After local visits Monday afternoon, Rutgers head coach Chris Ash and offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer hit the recruiting trail to Tennessee and met with quarterback target Tylin Oden.
Oden, who plays for Columbia (Tenn.) Spring Hill, hosted the coaching duo on an in-home visit Monday that built a stronger bond with the staff.
“It was a great experience today,” Oden said. “I think that they’re really good at what they do and they’re trustworthy. As a player, that’s what you look for in a coach.”
The three-star quarterback remains a soft verbal commitment to Louisville with other schools in play for his services. A 6-foot-5, 190-pound quarterback with a 4.68 laser 40-yard dash fits what Mehringer wants in his system.
“Coach Mehringer told me that I can throw the ball and when things don’t go right throwing, I can also run it,” he said. “I can do a lot of designed runs for him. It’s kind of the best of both worlds, that’s what he told me.”
Oden rescheduled his Rutgers official visit to Jan. 29, where many other key prospects will be on campus.
“It was really great to meet coach Ash,” Oden said. “He’s a great guy. He has a plan. He talked about how you’re on the big stage being there and they need a really good quarterback at Rutgers. Everyone around there in the Northeast, things will open up for me [if I went there].”
Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Iowa State are also after Oden. The Cyclones host Oden this weekend.