Exciting Stop

One can bet that <b>Drew Weatherford's</b> performance at Florida State's summer camp the past two days will be closely scrutinized. Weatherford, a top-ranked quarterback from Land O' Lakes High School, has always held a soft spot in his heart for the childhood favorite Seminoles. "It's hard to imagine that I'd be in the situation that I'm in right now," Weatherford said "Growing up loving the school and now having the opportunity to come here."

One can bet that Drew Weatherford's performance at Florida State's summer camp the past two days will be closely scrutinized by Seminole coaches.

Weatherford, a top-ranked quarterback from Land O' Lakes High School, has always held a soft spot in his heart for childhood favorite FSU.

One current FSU player -- Stanford Samuels -- had the opportunity to watch Weatherford up-close and personal, when the pair and other prep and collegiate athletes trained with a speed coach in the Tampa Bay area a few weeks ago.

"I was impressed with the way he look and how he handled himself," Samuels said. "He looked very athletic."

Athleticism is just one of many attributes Weatherford hopes to showcase to collegiate coaches this summer.

Weatherford has already camped at Georgia and Tennessee and is scheduled to travel to Florida Saturday and Sunday in addition to a trip to Auburn next weekend. Weatherford also was selected to the prestigious Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in California, where he will be measured against the country‘s best.

Still, Weatherford said participating in the Seminoles' camp has been a burning goal. Following the conclusion of Thursday's afternoon session, Weatherford chatted with FSU redshirt freshman quarterback Wyatt Sexton. The two smiled and laughed easily.

A few yards away, Miami Carol City standout linebacker Willie Williams was grinning and talking with FSU incoming linebacker Ernie Sims, who was rated the nation's top prep recruit last year out of nearby North Florida Christian High School.

"It's hard to imagine that I'd be in the situation that I'm in right now," Weatherford said following Thursday's session. "Growing up loving the school and now having the opportunity to come here. It's a great honor and something I'm going to take into consideration."

While Weatherford has been to Tallahassee twice before -- games against Notre Dame and Florida last fall -- his goals were well-defined.

"I just wanted to see the campus, get a feel for the coaches and see how everybody is – personality-wise, their coaching styles and things like that," Weatherford said.

"It's just a great opportunity to get comfortable with the people who are going to be around you if you plan to come –wherever you go."

Weatherford stressed he won't hurry into a decision, though FSU fans are certainly watching the recruiting process closely. The Seminoles want to sign two quality quarterbacks in February, and there's a short list of high-profile signal callers who certainly fill that bill. Rhett Bomar of Texas is scheduled to camp with FSU next week.

"Throughout the summer, I'm just taking things into consideration," Weatherford said. "Then I'll talk to my parents and friends and pray about it. I'll make the decision whenever I feel that there's no doubt in my mind. When I can eliminate any doubt, that's when I'll know."


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