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Louisville football recruiting: four-star quarterback Lamar Jackson commits

Bobby Petrino got his biggest recruiting win of the year by getting a commitment from four-star quarterback Lamar Jackson.

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In Bobby Petrino's biggest recruiting win of the class of 2015, Boynton Beach, FL four-star quarterback Lamar Jackson committed to Cardinals just before the kickoff of the noon slate of games. Jackson (6'3, 185) is a composite four-star recruit and ranked one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country according to the analysts at 247Sports. He is Louisville's 15th commitment. He had offers from an impressive list of schools including Auburn, West Virginia, and Nebraska among others.

In spring ball, Reggie Bonnafon has been running some back zone read plays out of the pistol formation and even out of the shotgun. With previous quarterbacks, that has not been a feature of Petrino's offense. Perhaps Jackson's commitment and the additions of Bonnafon and JUCO transfer Pat Thomas represent a bit of shift in Petrino's offensive philosophy to include the quarterback being more a part of the running game? Is Petrino going to give up aggressively throwing the ball at will? No. But maybe the days of statuesque quarterbacks like Ryan Mallett are over for the near future.

With Jackson, Petrino has gathered commitments from a very talented set of skill position players. A future offense that features Jackson/Bonnafon (both four-star QBs), James Allen and LJ Scott at running back, JaQuay Williams, Dahu Green, Jaylen Smith, and Traveon Samuel (not to mention the kids they're still targeting and the freshmen that are all likely to redshirt) will be very potent.

The last four-star south Florida quarterback to come up to Louisville worked out pretty well, right?