Stoudt Garners Major Interest

Dublin Coffman [Ohio] has as much star power as any school in Ohio with players like Mike Adams and Jacob Stoneburner on the roster. Another name to watch is Zack Stoudt, son of former Steelers quarterback Cliff Stoudt. Zack Stoudt has limited varsity experience but has been tearing up the combine circuit. Read more about this fast-rising prospect.

When you hear about Dublin Coffman most fans immediately think of future Ohio State players Mike Adams and Jacob Stoneburner. Those two are certainly good but quarterback Zack Stoudt is quickly making a name for himself in recruiting circles. Stoudt had two great performances in the past two weeks, first at the Elite Skills Camp in Cleveland, where he was named to the all star team, and at the Scout.com combine in Pittsburgh this past Sunday.

"These two camps have really helped get my name out there," Stoudt admitted. "The interest has really picked up and more schools are in contact. I'll be going to the Elite-11 camp at Penn State this Saturday and that might be my last combine. I'll probably just concentrate on a bunch of one-day camps at certain schools that have shown interest."

Stoudt talked about which schools are currently recruiting him. He does have one scholarship offer at this time.

"I have one offer right now from Gardner-Webb," he noted. "I'm hearing from Miami of Ohio, Michigan State, Louisville, Oregon and Cincinnati, as well as a few others. Alabama is recruiting me and I've been down there on an unofficial visit. Alabama was a sweet place to see. It's really beautiful there. The Eastern Michigan quarterbacks coach was in the school this week. He said they are close to offering and he said he's really pushing the head coach to offer me. This has been really exciting and I feel fortunate to be in this position."

Stoudt stands 6' 5" and weighs 205 pounds. He talked about his strengths as a quarterback and what he's working on to get better.

"I feel that my arm strength is an asset for me," he said. "I think with my height that I can see the field and I think I have good quarterback vision. My coach, Mark Crabtree, tells people that I'm coachable and that comes from my dad. Since I didn't play much last year after tearing my MCL on my knee, I've been focusing on rehab and I do that twice a day. I'm also lifting and throwing every day. My knee feels almost 100% and I'm working to get my knee stronger."

Being the son of a former NFL quarterback has helped Zack's development as well. His father Cliff is best known for backing up Terry Bradshaw on the great Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl teams.

"My dad has helped me so much," Stoudt revealed. "His experience and knowledge of the game is invaluable to me. He helps me with my mechanics and in reading defenses. I mean how many high school quarterbacks can watch film with their dad? That means the world to me."

Stoudt doesn't have a lot of film out because of the time missed due to injury and splitting time at quarterback with another player. But the combine performances show a quarterback who deserves the attention that is currently coming his way. Scout.com's regional recruiting manager Bob Lichtenfels was also impressed with Stoudt.

"Zack Stoudt is an interesting prospect," Lichtenfels stated. "He shows an above average arm and has a nice touch on the football. Even coming back from the knee injury he showed good movement and the ability to roll out and throw the ball. You can see he's been taught by an NFL quarterback. I think most colleges will wait to see senior film before offering. He doesn't have a lot of game experience but it's easy to see why he's getting so much attention."

Stoudt should have a big senior season at Coffman and is being counted on to trigger an offense that could be one of the best in Ohio in 2007.


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