Getting a stellar quarterback early in the recruiting process almost always provides a boost to the overall recruiting class and that's what Louisville got today. Columbia, TN quarterback Tylin Oden (6'5, 180) committed to Louisville this afternoon. Oden is Louisville's tenth commitment for the class of 2016.
Of the major recruiting services, Rivals rates Oden the highest. They have Oden rated a four-star prospect and have him in their "Rivals 250" as the #204 player in the country, the #6 player in the state of Tennessee, and the #7 dual-threat quarterback in the country. 247Sports' composite rating has him a three-star prospect and the #10 overall player in Tennessee. Oden picked Louisville over offers from Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Georgia Tech among others.
Oden's commitment once again highlights the offensive evolution of Bobby Petrino toward quarterbacks that can add a running element to the offense. In his first class Petrino signed (and used extensively in 2014) four-star local Reggie Bonnafon. In February, Petrino signed Lamar Jackson, another four-star quarterback with a big arm and exceptional mobility. Is Louisville becoming Oregon or Auburn? No. But it's clear from the targets at quarterback in each of Petrino's recruiting classes since coming back to Louisville that more of a running element will be a fixture of the offense going forward.