RECRUITING: Will Garcia Make It In For FNL?

Don't expect many changes when Jefferson quarterback Stephen Garcia takes the Dragons first snap of the season in late August. Over the past two seasons, the 6-3, 212-pound senior has thrown for roughly 5,600 yards and 55 touchdowns as the Dragons starter. He is perfectly suited to usher in the Mike Fenton era.

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"We'll definitely miss Coach (Mike) Simmonds," Garcia said. "He's been here for long time and we've had a lot of success under him. But, Coach (Mike) Fenton has been our offensive coordinator for a couple of years now. He's been at our school for twelve years. He hasn't changed anything. I might throw the ball a little more this year, but other than that, it's the same offense."

Simmonds moved just down the road to the University of South Florida, where he'll assist with the Bulls defense. Jefferson is expected to battle cross-town rival Armwood for the city crown. In recent years, the winner has usually ended up in the state title game. In fact, ESPN has picked up the September 15th game for telecast.

"We've been working in seven-on-seven drills, basically just getting our timing down," Garcia added. "We're in a seven-on-seven tournament at Disney from the 14th through the 17th. It's invitation only. There are sixty-four teams in the tournament, so we want to do well there."

He has offers from many of the top programs in the country, including Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida State, and Louisville, just to name a few. He said that he has no idea as to when he'll actually make a decision or even begin to narrow his list officially. Right now though, it appears that Florida, South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Alabama are still among his favorites.

While the Gators are among his favorites, it is unlikely that he'll attend Florida's Friday Night Lights Camp on July 21st.

"I don't think that I'll be at the Friday Night Lights camp," he said. "Coach (Urban) Meyer told me that he didn't need me there. He's seen enough of me to know what I can do."

Garcia said that the only remaining camp that he'll attend is the Elite 11 camp.

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