COMBINE: Fayson Wows Coaches With Arm, Legs

TAMPA --- He showed up late for camp after taking his first SAT exam. All he did when he showed up was wow everyone in attendance at the All-America Combine. Fellow players, college coaches, scouts and fans left the University of South Florida shaking their heads after Jarred Fayson of Tampa Hillsborough showed his stuff, proving to everyone in attendance that he is first, last and always a quarterback with athletic skills, not an athlete who happens to play quarterback.

Jarred Fayson Profile

With Division I coaches from Georgia, Miami, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Maryland and Illinois among others in attendance, Fayson ran and threw his way further up the charts. He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, fastest among all the players at the combine. He showed he can throw the deep pass as well as the tough, 20-yard out pattern. He showed the ability to rifle the ball as well as take some of the mustard off for touch passes.

Nearly every school in Division I has expressed an interest in him, but if you're looking for a favorite, it's 145 miles up I-75 in Gainesville. Even though the Florida Gators got a commitment earlier in the week from Jevan Snead of Stephenville, Texas, Fayson still has the Gators at the top of his list.

The 6-0, 185 pound Fayson knew about the commitment of Snead when he came to the combine. He keeps close tabs on what Coach Urban Meyer and his staff are doing as they start the process of shaping up a top notch 2006 recruiting class.

"Yes, from Texas," he said when asked about Snead's commitment. That the Gators have Snead committed doesn't faze Fayson in the least. If he chooses Florida, he says he is "ready to compete."

When asked to name his favorites, he responded "Florida (long pause), Miami, and Duke."

The reasons the Gators are at the top of his list are numerous, but they begin with the offense and Coach Meyer.

"We have an identical offense and Coach Meyer is a real cool person," he said. "Coach Stan Drayton (running backs coach, Tampa area recruiter), he is really down to earth. I talk to Coach Meyer a lot."

He's long been a fan of the Miami Hurricanes, so it's not surprising that he would have UM among his favorites.

Fayson at the Tampa Combines

"I like Miami, I grew up liking them," he said. "I think Coach (Don) Werner, the quarterback coach, is a good guy.

There are two other schools whose approach to recruiting has caught his attention.

"I also like Duke and Maryland," he said. "They are real down to earth people and don't give you the whole recruiting thing."

Fayson is a good student with a 3.0 core GPA. He arrived late at the combine because he was taking the SAT. Because he was busy with the SAT and the combine, he missed a scrimmage by his Hillsborough team which completed its first week of spring practice.

"We just had a scrimmage Saturday so I am going to get the tapes from my coach," he said. "I called my coach he said it was high tempo and hard work out there."

He already has 15 offers and there will be more pouring in, especially after his excellent combine. He has paid unofficial visits to a few schools already and he plans to do more visiting during the summer months.

"I went to Miami," he said. "I visited Florida for the first day of spring practice. I am going to Duke for camp. I am going back to Florida in June, and I am going to Georgia for camp."

There is no question in Fayson's mind that he can play quarterback at the next level. He's made it abundantly clear to recruiters that he's only interested if they recruit him as a quarterback. He's tried to pattern his own game after two of his favorite players.

"It's a mixture," he said. "I like Tom Brady and Michael Vick. I try to put them together."

Fayson showed he has the physical skills Saturday. He's an articulate, intelligent young man who promises to rise quickly up the recruiting ratings. If his fall season is anything like his combine on Saturday, he will be an extremely hot commodity on signing day.

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