New Rutgers offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer described his ideal 2016 quarterback as “extremely competitive and super intelligent.”
The newest quarterback offer fits that in aspiring chemical engineer Tylin Oden of Columbia (Tenn.) Spring Hill. The three-star Louisville soft verbal picked up an offer from Mehringer Wednesday.
“He told me a little bit about Rutgers and what they do,” Oden said. “He talked about his past coaching jobs at Houston and Ohio State. They’ve got a new offense.”
Oden remains committed to Louisville but a logjam of young passers in the program has him exploring other options. Oden officially visits Iowa State Jan. 22 and likely heads to Rutgers for the final weekend before National Signing Day.
“It’s a soft commitment,” he said. “I let them know that I was looking at other schools. They’ve got a true freshman and he’s playing his butt off right now, so he’s going to be there for years to come. They took a guy in my class too. He’s pretty good. I just want to go somewhere where the opportunity is a little bit more free than what’s going on at Louisville. I’m considering them.”
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound quarterback runs a 4.68 40-yard dash and fits what Rutgers wants in its power-spread attack.
“With their new offense, they need more of an athletic quarterback that can run and throw,” Oden said. “ … He offered me a scholarship and I plan on going up there. That was really what we talked about.”
Oden remains new to Rutgers as a program, but educated himself during the summer as a casual fan.
“During the summer when I was in football mode, I would put on the TV and watch Big Ten Network,” Oden said. “Sometimes, they’d have a special on a team and it would be Rutgers some days. I learned a lot about them. Rutgers is actually the school where the first football game was played. I saw that on TV. I saw a lot of what they do but of course they were still a pro-style offense when I was watching.”
As a prospect, playing time and education come to the forefront of Oden’s final decision.
“I want a school that has my major – chemical engineering,” he said. “If I have an opportunity to play somewhere, it doesn’t matter the conference or the things behind the school. I just want to go somewhere and have an opportunity to play and educate myself. That’s all I need. I don’t ask for too much, honestly.”