RECRUITING: Mainland QB has offer from Spurrier

Daytona Beach Mainland southpaw quarterback Jonathan Garner expects to find out in the coming days just where he stands with new Florida head coach Urban Meyer.

"There's not as much interest from Florida," the 6-4 210 All-State quarterback said Tuesday evening. "Coach Meyer spoke to me yesterday and said that he is going to watch some film of me. They're still offering me, but he said that he wants to do what's the best for me. I haven't de-committed from Florida. It depends on what they say"

If things don't work out for Garner in Gainesville, there is a former Florida coach who is trying to convince him that Columbia, South Carolina might not be such a bad place to call home.

"Coach Spurrier has offered me a scholarship," Garner said.

When asked if the Gamecocks are heavily recruiting him he replied, "Yes sir. Coach Spurrier called me during a pep rally. It was pretty special having Coach Spurrier call me. I like him as a coach. I just don't know very much about South Carolina. I really like and respect him as a coach"

Garner didn't attend the Class 5A state championship game in Gainesville, saying, "I couldn't go over there and watch that." Garner was injured a couple of weeks ago n the Bucs semifinal loss to the Lakeland team that won the 5A title.

"We found a weakness in their defense and that was in the secondary," Garner said of the semifinal loss to Lakeland. "I completed the first two passes and on the third series of the game I dropped back to pass and my elbow got hit by a helmet."

From the moment Garner left the game, the Dreadnaughts took over the momentum and Mainland's hopes of a second straight state championship went down the drain.

Despite the loss and injury, it appears that Garner will have a chance to showcase his talents once again before signing day on February 2. He's been selected to play in the January 2 California-Florida All-Star Game.

"It (his elbow) is just tendon and ligament damage, so I will be able to rehab it pretty quickly," Garner said. "I should be able to play the all-star game in the Orange Bowl. I was able to run today"

Garner is also drawing interest from Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, and LSU.

"Coach Stockstill is recruiting me [to South Carolina]," he said. "Coach Buddy Geis is recruiting me to Georgia Tech and Coach (Chan) Gailey (Georgia Tech) called me last night."

Interestingly, should Meyer determine that Garner definitely has a bright future in Gainesville, it would mark the first time the old head ball coach and the new head ball coach go to war.

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