Top Quarterback Visits Tide

Tim Tebow, from Nease High School in St.Augustine, Florida, is one of the most sought after quarterback prospects in the country. Tebow was in Tuscaloosa Saturday for an unofficial visit, and the Crimson Tide is interested in the signal caller's signature in the class of 2006. Tebow talks about the Tide and his visit to Tuscaloosa.

"Alabama is definitely one school we are be looking at very hard," said Tim Tebow. "We are not going to drive eight and a half hours just for a courtesy visit. They are going to be given a fair shot just like everyone else."

Tebow finished an astonishing junior campaign with a state record 4,286 yards passing with 46 touchdowns and 1,266 yards rushing with 24 touchdowns. Tebow enjoyed spending most of his unofficial visit with former Alabama quarterback and current Alabama head coach, Mike Shula.

"Coach Shula is a great coach. I feel like Alabama is going to have a great season this year. They are pushing their players really hard. They had some misfortunes last year, but I think they are going to be really good this year," said Tebow.

"Overall Alabama is a great program. They have great tradition, and they have done a great job recruiting. They will be a top notch program for years to come. They had some misfortunes with probation, but now all of that is over," Tebow added.

"Coach Rader and I hung out during the visit. He is a good coach. He has trained Brodie (Croyle) very good. He is a very good coach when it comes to teaching fundamentals," said Tebow.

Tebow's former Nease teammate and go-to-guy, Will Oakley, is a red-shirt freshman at Alabama. "I got a chance to see Will (Oakley). I really enjoyed hanging out with him. He seems to be doing good, and he has been working hard this summer. He came home for a few weeks, and we were able to spend a lot of time together," Tebow said.

High school recruits take the summer to attend football camps, take unofficial visits, and prepare for their senior football season. Tebow is doing the same, but has a very special trip scheduled on his calendar. "I am going to the Philippines for a mission trip on July 2," he said.  "I will be gone for 2 ½ weeks. I probably won't take anymore unofficial visits or anything before or after the mission trip. I have to work-out for football and get ready for the fall. We will travel to Hoover High School for our first football game."

The anticipation of the Nease vs. Hoover game is receiving plenty of hype throughout the south. Tebow couldn't ask for anything better. He will face one of the top high school programs in the country, and the game is scheduled for broadcast on ESPN.

"The first game against Hoover is going to be a lot of fun," said Tebow. "I have seen one early poll where Hoover is the number two team in the country, and I have heard they may be number one. It's going to be a lot of fun because Hoover is one of the best programs in the country. They have won three state championships in a row. It will be a fun game for both teams."

The time table for Tebow's decision is up in the air, and several teams remain in the hunt to land the blue chip recruit. "I have kind of narrowed my list down to about 15-20 schools," he said.  "I am open to a few other schools as well. I don't have any schools that really stick out, so I don't have any favorites. I am going to have to watch during the season to see which teams do good. I want to watch and see how the quarterbacks at all the schools do. It's an interesting process, and I am trying to make the right decision."

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