RECRUITING: Gators Get Commit From JUCO QB

The Florida Gators took a significant step in easing the depth issue at one woefully thin position for the 2007 Wednesday night. With Tim Tebow the only scholarship quarterback returning for 2007, the Gators are looking to sign at least two quarterbacks in this recruiting class. They got a verbal commitment from a standout from a California junior college when Bryan Waggener of Citrus College told Gator Country that he's coming to Gainesville.

(See Bryan Waggener profile)

Bryan Waggener (6-4, 226) had a solid freshman season for the Owls, throwing for 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns for a 60.8 completion percentage. Those numbers made him one of the top west coast prospects in the juco ranks.

"I have been talking to Coach Mullen, the offensive coordinator for about the last month," said Waggener. "He set up a visit to come and to visit me at 2 o'clock yesterday. When I was in the weight room he went to watch film with my coach. After that he contacted me on the phone and said I had a scholarship offer. I ended up talking to him for about an hour and he also talked to my parents."

Waggener talked about how he wound up at Citrus College out of high school.

"I went to Ayala High school in Chino Hills (CA)," he stated. "I was a non-qualifier. I knew Coach (Kevin) Emerson at Citrus and we just clicked right away and it's been good for me ever since."

His ability to think on the field and not get flustered is what makes him a good quarterback.

"I am just cool calm and collected," he said. "I go out there and nothing really gets to me. I just want to win ball games."

That attitude caught the attention of a lot of college scouts and Waggener says the attention was really starting to heat up.

"Nebraska was actually at the same practice Coach Mullen was at," he said. "Auburn, Washington and others like that have been calling."

The lure of The Swamp was something he inevitably couldn't pas up. He can't wait to run out of the tunnel with 90,000 Gator fans are going ballistic.

"Florida is a big time program with all the history," he said. "It's just a tremendous place to play. They are nationally ranked every year. What, they have lost like 11 games total in The Swamp in 16 years? That is just tremendous.

"Before I actually told Coach Mullen I was coming I talked to my parents and they were real excited about the opportunity for me. I haven't told Coach Meyer, but I am supposed to talk to him in the next couple of days."

Waggener has read plenty about Florida and he's seen a lot on television but he's never actually been to Gainesville where he can experience first-hand how an entire city is so zany about one team. He's going to make the cross-country trek with his family quite soon to see it for himself.

"I am supposed to be coming out there in a month." He said. "I haven't talked to Coach Mullen yet to set it up exactly, but they want my family and me to fly out there and tour the campus."

He's expecting to start classes in January of 2007. He knows there is a competition waiting in the form of Tebow but he's ready to take it on.

"Coach Mullen told me I would get a fair chance," he said. "It just sounds like a great opportunity. I will finish my season here at Citrus and transfer in December. I am real excited to play in that offense."

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