Focus 2005

Florida State's quarterback future looks bright. The Seminoles signed two of the nation's top quarterbacks in February -- <b>Drew Weatherford</b> of Land O' Lakes and <b>Xavier Lee</b> of Daytona Beach Seabreeze. The duo will join redshirt sophomore <b>Wyatt Sexton</b> as the only underclassman quarterbacks on the team behind senior starter <b>Chris Rix.</b> Of course, FSU's goal is to sign a quality quarterback each recruiting season, and <b>Ryan Perrilloux</b> certainly fits the mold.

Florida State's quarterback position looks solid.

And why not?

The Seminoles signed two of the nation's top quarterbacks in February -- Drew Weatherford of Land O' Lakes and Xavier Lee of Daytona Beach Seabreeze.

The duo will join redshirt sophomore Wyatt Sexton on the depth chart next season behind senior Chris Rix. Quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey said one of the two incoming freshmen will see action as the third quarterback. The other will redshirt.

Both Weatherford and Lee have said they want to compete for playing time.

While FSU's depth chart looks good, the Seminoles still are focusing on a quarterback in 2005. And one of the nation's top quarterback prospects is Ryan Perrilloux from Reserve (La.) East Saint John's High School.

Perrilloux, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, enjoyed an incredible junior season, throwing for more than 2,600 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushing for over 1,200 yards and 22 scores.

"I have a very good arm and I can throw," Perrilloux told The Insiders.

"We run a one-back set so I am kind of like the second running back for our offense. People have compared me to Daunte Culpepper because I am big, can throw and run. Right now, I am working on getting better at reading defenses as well as the little things with fundamentals."

Perrilloux said he has 30 or so offers including scholarship offers from Florida State, LSU, USC, Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and Miami. He is open but five teams have emerged as his favorites, and Seminole fans will be happy to hear his list.

"I am wide open but if I had to take five visits right now I would visit Texas, LSU, USC, FSU and Florida. But like I said everything is open," he said.

"I would love to find a school that runs a similar offense to the one we run in high school. I don't want to really play until I am ready. I mean I don't want to be thrown into the wolves. I know I will need to get a system down, learn the offense and all that stuff. But I wouldn't mind playing early as long as I am ready.

"I plan on taking my time with the decision and I want to take all five of my visits."

With Perrilloux being from Louisiana and the LSU Tigers coming off a co-national championship, everyone just assumes that the Bayou Bengals are the team to beat. They may very well be but for now this quarterback will play the waiting game.

"Everyone around here wants me to go to LSU and thinks I will go to LSU," he said. "I like them and have been there a lot and have been to some practices. But right now the plan is to wait it out and see what happens."

Perrilloux plans on attending the Elite 11 camp as well as camps at LSU, Texas and Florida State.

Perriloux also plays basketball and baseball. Over the last two seasons he has averaged 25 points per game. In baseball as a sophomore he played centerfield and hit .421. He's hitting over .400 this year.


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