Louisville offers three-star QB

Tyler Bass

Tyler Bass, Scout.com's No. 45-rated quarterback prospect in the nation, recently received some good news from Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe. InsideTheVille.com spoke with the 6'3, 210 pound Stockbridge, Georgia standout about his recruitment, visit plans, favorites and his interest in the Cardinals.

Tyler Bass, Scout.com's No. 45-rated quarterback prospect in the nation, recently received some good news from Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe.

"They offered about three weeks ago and I got it here in writing in the mail about a week after that – about two weeks ago," Bass said of Louisville's scholarship offer. "We had been talking about it. It wasn't like it was out of the blue, boom."

While Bass, a talented athlete, plays quarterback for his high school team, the Cardinals might have other plans for him at the college level.

"They offered me as an athlete but I did ask Coach Kragthorpe if he would consider me playing quarterback and he said he would give me an opportunity to try out for it," Bass said. "So we'll go from there. I talked to Coach Kragthorpe before and after I got the offer. He talked about the program and what he was recruiting me as. Mostly he just talked about why he liked me and how I carry myself as a leader and he said he was impressed with me when he came down for the spring game and saw me play last spring."

"I think I could fit into (Louisville's) spread offense," Bass said. "It's a really good pro system. They like to throw the ball. I like the way they throw the ball and the routes they run. They have a lot of pro throws in the offense and that would allow me to show what I can do."

Bass said he has offers from Southern Miss, East Carolina, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Purdue, Indiana and Memphis. Bass said he'll likely make an official visit to Louisville next month. Where does Louisville stand with Bass?

"I'm still wide-open and I haven't narrowed it down (yet)," Bass said. "I'm going to start really thinking about it now. I'm starting to set up some visits. I should be going to attend Louisville's game November 29. That's pretty firm. I have to look at exactly the date and make sure my team isn't playing because if we are I won't be able to go. But if the date looks good and the flights into Louisville look good and I don't have a game it's pretty firm."

Bass is familiar with Louisville. He visited U of L last April and attended Louisville's spring game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Still, Bass isn't quite ready to name favorites – not until he makes a few visits to some of the schools that he's interested in.

"Louisville is right there with everybody else because I haven't narrowed anybody down as my favorite," Bass said. "I haven't seen all the campuses of the schools that have offered me. And until I get to know them and get to see the campuses - that's when I'll be able to rank them and put them in order."

Bass added this about his interest in Louisville: "A far as the coaches and their pedigree that's really good. That caught my eye a lot."

Stockbridge is 4-3 this season. Bass missed two games earlier this month because of a concussion. His team lost both games he missed. "I just came back last week and we lost by a touchdown. The other team scored with just a few seconds left. So we lost 35-28."

Tony Alford is recruiting Bass for the Cardinals. Bass said he and his family have developed a good relationship with Louisville's running back coach.

"I like Coach Alford, he's real down to earth," Bass said. "He's a real nice guy. He always talks to my mom and that means a lot to me because he's talking to my parents. When he first started recruiting me he said he wanted to first talk to my parents before he talked to me and that was the first time a recruited had said that to me. He wanted to get to know my parents before he got to know me. That means a lot to me."

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