Florida quarterback has 11 offers

John Wolford is one of the top rising senior quarterbacks in the Sunshine State. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound signal caller out of Jacksonville's Bishop Kenny High School has received 11 D-1 offers, most of them coming this spring. His latest offer came last week from the Air Force Academy. Wolford spoke with FalconsReport.com on what he likes about the Falcons program.

John Wolford is one of the top rising senior quarterbacks in the Sunshine State. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound signal caller out of Jacksonville's Bishop Kenny High School has received 11 D-1 offers, most of them coming this spring, after three years as a starter for the Crusaders. His latest offer came last week from the Air Force Academy. Wolford spoke with FalconsReport.com on what he likes about the Falcons program.

"This past Thursday Air Force was there and told my head coach about the offer after watching practice," said Wolford. "Afterward I called and talked to Coach Miller and Coach Calhoun. They thought I would fit the mold of what they're looking for in a quarterback as far as my ability to both run and throw. They liked how I get the ball out quick and accurate. They were impressed with my highlight tape and said after seeing me in person they wanted to offer.

"The Air Force Academy is a tremendous opportunity. I'd like to go out and see it first hand. I've heard it's really beautiful there and I've heard so many good things about the Air Force Academy and the program, but it all depends on how I feel when I'm there in person."

Wolford also received an offer from Toledo last week. His nine other offers are from Akron, Charlotte, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Idaho, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, and Western Michigan.

In his junior season, Wolford really came into his own throwing for 2,973 yards with a 64-percent completion rate. He threw 36 touchdown passes against only eight interceptions. Wolford also added 655 yards on the ground with five rushing touchdowns. For his 2012 performance, he was named Florida Class 5A Player of the Year and first team All-State for the second straight season. He led the Crusaders to their first Regional final in school history. Although he lost his top target in Ahmad Fulwood, who is headed to the University of Florida, Wolford is expecting even bigger things as a senior.

"Not to sound cocky, but confident, I feel like I'm improved in all areas," he said. "My arm strength, my accuracy, and my overall strength and speed have improved.

"Last year we made it to our first Regional final but lost to Godby. I think we're all pushing hard to go father this year and our goal is to take home a state championship."

Wolford's older brother, Bobby, is a redshirt freshman linebacker at Boston College. Both of his parents attended Vanderbilt and he is the nephew of three-time Pro Bowler, Will Wolford. He sees he'll consider a number of things when choosing a college but academics are on top.

"I want to play," Wolford said. "It doesn't have to be early necessarily but I want to go somewhere I know I'll have a good opportunity to play and be successful. The most important thing is to get a good education. I don't think location will play much of a factor. It's really a combination of things, but my comfort level with the football program and the university will certainly be a big part of it."

In addition to his 11 offers, Wolford is hearing from Alabama, Arkansas, Boston College, Duke, Florida, Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Wisconsin and others during the spring evaluation period.

Wolford has 36 varsity starts on his high school resume. This spring he's been honing his skills at an Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Columbus, Ohio and an Under Amour Combine in St. Petersburg. The Crusaders spring practice will culminate with their annual spring game with area rival St. Augustine on May 22nd.


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