Catching Up With Drew

This past weekend Land O Lakes quarterback <b>Drew Weatherford </b> publicly committed to his childhood favorite Florida State a the Elite 11 quarterback camp in California. Territory recruiting analyst Dave Peters caught up with four-star thrower to discuss his decision. Click here for all the details.

Drew Weatherford can now take a step back and exhale -- at least for a moment.

Weatherford, the standout quarterback at Land O' Lakes High School, publicly committed to childhood favorite Florida State at the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in California last weekend.

The news spread quickly.

Weatherford's stock skyrocketed this summer, and there's no denying his talent.

Weatherford passed for more than 2,600 yards with 39 touchdowns and only two interceptions and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes last season as a junior. He also earned high marks for his leadership and toughness, playing the entire season with a knee injury, as Land O' Lakes finished 12-1.

Still, Weatherford's name wasn't as popular in the early stages of the recruiting process and, quite frankly, was overshadowed by some bigger names in the state. The competitive Weatherford barely blinked, instead focusing on the task at hand and emerging as a top choice at quarterback for FSU coaches.

Weatherford, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder who has started since his freshman season at quarterback, quickly erased the doubts of those who questioned his college potential. It started out in Gainesville at the Florida Nike camp, where he helps his own against highly recruited Xavier Lee of Daytona Beach Seabreeze. It ended in California at the Elite 11 quarterback camp, where he was considered one of the top performers.

"Weatherford has had a great week at the camp and has shown he should be mentioned among the nation's top five quarterback prospects," Greg Biggins of Student Sports said.

Weatherford announced his decision to attend FSU Saturday in a local mall.

"It was kind of spontaneous," said Weatherford, whose father and grandfather both played quarterback at SMU.

"I knew Florida State was the place for me. It had nothing to do with the quarterback situation there now and it had everything to do with being the right fit for me. God wanted me to go there. Even if Florida State signed a quarterback in past class, I still would've ended up there. I will not be changing my mind."

The personable and polite Weatherford also had his family in his thoughts when announcing his decision. He selected the Seminoles over Auburn and Tennessee, though many others were expected to join the recruiting race.

Weatherford was scheduled to return home today from California after spending time with a cousin following the conclusion of camp.

"Florida State is a lot closer to home than Auburn and Tennessee," Weatherford said. "I have three younger brothers and a younger sister at home that want to see me play in college. In addition, I'll know have a better opportunity to see them play also. I weighed everything out and I made the right decision."

There's also no denying Weatherford's feelings for the Seminoles.

"I've been a fan of Florida State since I started following college football around the age of nine," he said. "I've always been a big fan of the defensive side of the ball. At that time Florida State was one of the most aggressive defensive teams in the country. Plus, I love Bobby Bowden and him and I share the same religious beliefs. I remember the day when Charlie Ward was the quarterback and when Warrick Dunn was running the ball."

After a busy summer, capped by competition and daily drills that pitted 12 of the nation's top high quarterbacks against each other in California, Weatherford just wants to get back home.

But don't think for a second he's ready to kick back and rest. Plenty of work awaits.

"My first priority to play attention to my high school and get ready for the season," he said.

"I'm also going to be helping Florida State out by making some calls and trying to get others to come with me."


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