RECRUITING: QB Lunching with Urban Meyer

Stephen Garcia has been one of the state's most productive quarterbacks over the last two years. While leading his team to the state title game as a sophomore, Garcia threw for just under 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns. He followed that up with a strong junior year, throwing for 2,800 yards and 28 touchdowns. He was a Class 4A second team All-State pick behind Nease's Tim Tebow in 2005.

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"I just have the ability to make a lot of big plays in our offense," Garcia said. "I have a lot of good players around me and we make things happen. We'd like to improve on what we did last year and I think we're capable of that."

Garcia, 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, also ran for 700 yards and nine scores as a junior. With former head coach Mike Simmonds now working at USF, former Jefferson OC Mike Fenton will run the show.

"He was our offensive coordinator so it won't be much of a change for me," he said. "I'm going to try improving our record and I'd like to throw for 40 (scores) and run for 20 so we'll see."

The talented quarterback is getting lots of interest from college coaches. He isn't ready to narrow it down just yet.

"I'm still wide open," he said. "I like Ohio State, USC, Florida, Michigan, Iowa, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Georgia. I have a couple offers but I don't know if I'm supposed to say anything about that right now."

Garcia will be busy the rest of this week, as he plans on making a couple unofficial visit stops.

"I'm having lunch with Urban Meyer (today)," he said. "That'll be fun. I've been there before and really like it there. I really like the things they're doing and they're recruiting me pretty hard. After that, I'll be going up to Georgia to check it out up there."

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