Tylin Oden is Rutgers bound.
The three-star quarterback from Columbia (Tenn.) Spring Hill brings his dual-threat talent and work ethic to the Rutgers 2016 recruiting class and head coach Chris Ash. Oden committed Wednesday after he returned from an official visit at Toledo. He visits Rutgers this weekend, which will be his first trip to campus.
Oden is the second commit on offense since Ash took over the program, where he joins tight end Korab Idrizi.
"I’m able to do a lot of what that offense needs, so I think I’m the man for the job," Oden said. "… One thing I think I do well is put points on the board for my team. I’m able to make those plays to keep the drives going. One thing I need to work on is just consistency. I need to be more consistent in my game. I’m going to work on that."
Oden and his mother fell quickly in love with what Rutgers offered as a school and football program.
"She liked Rutgers and what it had to offer academically and on the field," he said. "I liked them too. When they came on my in-home visit, they seemed like nice people. They had a vision and I wanted to be a part of it."
Offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer played the key role in Oden's recruitment. Oden is not yet in touch with other Rutgers recruiting targets but discussed the idea with Mehringer today. Oden also discussed a chance to play early in a new offense.
"I think there’s opportunity for me to play early," he said. "Coach Mehringer was telling me there’s not a lot of guys that kind of fit the new offense. They were using pro-style and now they’re switching to that style of offense and they don’t have that guy. I think it’s a great opportunity for me to play."
Oden's official visit begins Friday. He looks forward to an opportunity to represent his home state on a big stage.
"It’s a blessing for being where I’m from and going up to that area of the country and playing football and going up there for school," he said. "It’s an honor. I’m proud for Rutgers fans to know where I’m from."