Tyler Bass: Louisville emerging as favorite?

Tyler Bass

Tyler Bass, a three-star quarterback from Stockbridge, Georgia, made an unofficial visit to Louisville Thursday night to watch the Cardinals play Rutgers. Bass said he was extremely impressed by the visit. What did Steve Kragthorpe say to Bass? Will UofL give him the opportunity to play QB? Where does Louisville stand on Bass' list of favorites? InsideTheVille.com has the latest…

Tyler Bass, a three-star quarterback from Stockbridge, Georgia, made an unofficial visit to Louisville Thursday night to watch the Cardinals play Rutgers.

"I'm glad they came back and then when the fans ran out there I liked that too," Bass said. "I loved it. How they came back and the fans were all into it and they jumped over the wall and ran out there. Overall it was just a good atmosphere."

Bass met several U of L players before the game, including quarterback Brian Brohm and running backs Bilal Powell and Brock Bolen. Scout.com's #46 rated quarterback also had an opportunity to speak with head coach Steve Kragthorpe and assistants Jeff Brohm and Tony Alford.

"I did meet with the coaches and I did talk to the players," said Bass. "I talked with Brohm and Powell before the game and Bolen because I actually walked into the locker room. "I met Brohm last spring. After the game I just told him congratulations and he shook my hand and said this could be you – come on up and become a Cardinal.

"Then I just talked to Coach Alford, Coach Brohm and Coach Kragthorpe. (Coach Kragthorpe) just thanked me for coming up and said he really appreciated it. I didn't get to talk to him very long because he was in a rush to get down to the field but he just wanted come in and say hello to me."

The deciding factor for Bass could be whether or not the school of his choice will afford him an opportunity to play quarterback. It sounds like Louisville is willing to give the 6'3, 210-pound Bass a shot to play the position.

"Coach Alford and Coach Brohm talked about playing quarterback last night and Coach Kragthorpe has in previous conversations," Bass said. "They say I can come up (there) and play it. All I can do is ask for an opportunity."

Bass said WKU, Louisville, Memphis, Southern Miss are on his short list, adding, "I'll probably add one or two more schools to my list. Besides his visit to U of L last night, Bass has also made unofficial visits this season to Southern Miss and Western Kentucky. He has no official visits currently scheduled.

"I might take four or five visits or might just take one to a school I really like and commit there."

Though Bass isn't ready to name a favorite, it appears Louisville is emerging as a leader in his recruitment.

"After last night (seeing) the fan support and all that was real nice," Bass said. "Right now all the schools are pretty much even but a (couple) of schools are starting to pull away and one of them is Louisville."

Louisville will follow up with Bass with an in-home visit next week. "Coach Alford told me he was going to come in for a home visit this Wednesday to see my mom," Bass said. "She didn't come up to the game it was just me and my dad. He said he would come by and see my mom and stuff." WKU and Middle Tennessee have also made in-home visits.

Bass also had a chance to meet a few recruits who were in attendance at U of L's game Thursday night.

"I met Dexter Heyman – and he was pretty funny. And I met Tatum Lewis. Those were the two guys I talked to. They were pretty nice guys," Bass said. "Dexter and I just talked about Louisville and he told me his brother played on the team and he said his brother loves it because I was asking him about that. Then we just talked about other things – his high school and my high school."

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