Junior QB Has FSU Ties

For the recruiting 2004 class, the Seminoles landed two of the countries finest quarterback prospects in Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford. With the signing of those two players, it has been difficult for the Garnet& Gold to land a quarterback this year. However, next year looks a lot more promising. One of the top quarterbacks for the 2006 has already been to Florida State for an unofficial visit and he has ties to the Noles.

"My trip to the Florida/Florida State was a lot of fun," quarterback Mathew Stafford of Dallas (TX) Highland Park said. "It was a good game and it would have been better if we would've won. The facilities are awesome. I camped at Florida State in the 8th grade and things look a lot different now."

Stafford, who checks in at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, has some serious family ties to Florida State.

"My father and mother both went to school at Florida State," he said. "My father lettered in swimming and actually coacher there at one time. My mother is originally from Tampa and we have a lot of family in Florida."

Despite losing several key offensive players, Stafford was still good enough to be selected as the District Offensive Player of the Year by throwing 18 touchdowns in his junior season. His sophomore year was even more impressive. He threw for over 3,100 yards and 38 touchdowns with only five interceptions.

"Some people say I remind them of John Elway because of my arm strength," he said. "I think my strengths are my accuracy and leadership abilities. At the end of game, I want ball in my hands."

Stafford, who already has scholarship offers from Louisville and SMU, is talking about attending several football camps ove rthe summer including, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida and Florida State.

What is the Texas standout looking for in a school?

"I want to play for a good team," he said. "I would like to find someplace that I could compete for early playing time. Some of the schools I'm interest in are Texas, Oklahoma, Florida State, Georgia, Florida and Virginia."

Stafford is an excellent student who carries a 3.5 grade point average.

"Since I like to write, I would love to major in Journalism," he said.

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