ISU Appealing to Top Florida QB

One of the top quarterbacks in the country for the Class of 2004, with approximately 37 scholarship offers Deerfield Beach (Fla.) standout Brent Schaeffer can play for about any Division I program he wants. But before writing the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback off to a top Florida school or SEC program, read on, because Iowa State has a shot.

ISU joined the ranks of several top teams, including Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida State, South Florida, Florida, Georgia, Kansas State, Michigan and Notre Dame that have offered Brent Schaeffer.

The Florida gunslinger passed for 2,551 yards and 25 touchdowns to just five interceptions, while completing 85 percent of his passes one season ago. The quarterback that's being compared to former Virginia Tech and current Atlanta Falcon superstar Michael Vick added five rushing touchdowns.

"They're left handed and wear the same number," said Deerfield Beach coach Joe Redman, referring to Schaeffer and Vick. "Brent weighs right at 200 pounds and runs a 4.3 to a 4.4. He's elusive and can beat you with him feet, arm and mind. We throw the football a lot and that's his game. He likes that very much. When we run and utilize him, he likes that. He can benefit the team either way. He has a good touch all the way. He can throw the long ball, the intermediate and short pass well. He has a great presence on the field."

It appears the Cyclones are appealing to this high profile quarterback in two different ways, one that should be obvious and in another that's not so obvious. Schaeffer couldn't help but notice ISU's offensive explosion under Seneca Wallace the past two seasons.

The quarterback also can't help but listen when one of his offensive line teammates and close friends keeps mentioning this school several miles away in Ames, Iowa.

"The style of play at Iowa State is the style that fits him," Redman said. "When you look at Seneca Wallace, you look at Brent. It's just a younger version. Maybe Brent can do more things in the long run. I know he's taller and the kid can do just about anything with a football.

"He may surprise some people. A lot of these big-name schools hand the ball off. That's not his style. He wants to be involved where he's the focal point of the game. Seneca Wallace could have a great deal of influence on him."

Schaeffer's close friend and possible future teammate at ISU is Holmes Drayton, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman that is getting a serious look from area recruiter Marty Fine.

"All they talk about is going to the same school," Redman said of his two players. "I don't know if Coach Fine realizes what an ace in the hole he has with Drayton. That's the guy who's pushing the whole situation to go to Iowa State."

But whether the Cyclones have emerged as a serious contender for Schaeffer may not be known until after his 2003 season is in the books.

"He has 37 schools that have offered him scholarships and as far as consideration of any schools, we agreed not to do anything until right after the last football game," Redman said. "He'll sit down with his parents and invited me to sit down with him to discuss the pros and cons of each school, and I'll tell him what I know about them. He'll probably take five visits."

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