RECRUITING: FNL Was Reunion For Tim Tebow

Friday Night Lights brought out the stars to Gainesville for the one-day camp at The Swamp on the University of Florida campus. It was a chance for some of the nation's top high school football players to show off their stuff, but for Tim Tebow, the five-star (by Scout.com) quarterback from St. Augustine Nease, it was also a chance to hang around with some of the friends he's made on the recruiting circuit.

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Tebow got to show off his speed in the 40-yard dash, his agility in the shuttle run and his strength in the weight room, but it was on the field when he got a chance to show off that strong left arm that he made the biggest impression. The 6-3, 225-pounder who set passing and total offense records at Nease last year, showed he can make all the throws timely and accurately. He also showed that he's developed good touch on the ball in the last year.

Throwing to some of the best high school wide receivers in the country during the passing drills, Tebow showed why he's so highly regarded. Saturday, watching the Florida team go through strength workouts and then at Lake Wauberg for a picnic, he had a chance to hang out with the Florida players and coaches. This was also a chance for Tebow to add to his growing list of friends that he's making on the recruiting circuit.

The entire weekend was an excellent experience for Tebow who has his pick of Division I schools.

"I had a really good time," he said. "It was very well done and very well planned out. We watched the team work out. We got to see how they do everything. Then we hung out with the coaches and went to a cookout. It was great fun."

He has become fast friends with Jamar Hornsby of Jacksonville Sandalwood and Jarred Fayson of Tampa Hillsborough. Like Tebow, they are members of the Scout.com National Top 100. Tebow relished the chance to spend time with his buddies.

"Jamar and I are pretty good friends," Tebow said. "We have gotten to know each other through this whole recruiting experience. We rode down together and hung out the whole time. We both like Florida, we like the campus and everything. We hung out with Fayson too … he is a fabulous athlete. He did very good in all the drills and he is a lot of fun to hang out with."

When it was mentioned that it must be an awesome experience to throw to top athletes like Hornsby and Fayson, Tebow agreed, saying "that is an understatement!"

Because he has spent a lot of time in Gainesville on the Florida campus in the last seven months, Tebow has built up a solid relationship with the Gator coaches. He has a growing respect for the quarterback coach and the head coach.

"Coach Mullen (quarterbacks) seems like a great coach," said Tebow. "He is good with the fundamentals. He seems like he cares about the whole team and especially the quarterbacks. He seems like a good coach and a good guy. Coach Meyer, first of all is a great coach. He is so enthusiastic and has so much emotional adrenaline going on … it is just amazing he can keep going. All the players say he is very inspirational."

Tebow spent the last month in the The Philippines on a Christian mission with his father, so getting back to football and the bright lights of The Swamp provided a bit of culture shock. He's been to The Phillipines before on mission work. He enjoys the work and the people he encounters on those trips.

"It's a huge difference going from that last week to this here," he said. "It is always a learning experience to go where it is so poor to everything we have. It is a tough transition.

"This was my third summer, I was actually born in the Philippines and I love going back. People are so receptive to the gospel. We are very lucky to have a platform over there to share the gospel. We got to spend time with an orphanage and that is such a great times and the kids are really great … it makes you not want to leave."

Tim Tebow has his choice of top Division I football programs. His big time arm and ability to run with the football have all the scouts talking, but the fact that he is well grounded in his values and beliefs makes him an even greater attraction. Tebow is one of the top recruiting targets for Coach Urban Meyer. He definitely fits into that "one percent of the one percent" mold that Meyer always talks about.


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