As Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee continue to age through their college years, it leaves ample opportunity for high school quarterback prospects. Many are well aware that 2010 signee Zach Lee could choose to devote all of his attention to professional baseball which would leave Chris Garrett standing alone when Jefferson and Lee graduate following the 2011 campaign.
Les Miles is also aware of the ongoing situation, and that is why one of his priorities for the Class of 2011 is securing the quarterback position. One of the gunslingers the headman has his eyes on is Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) William T. Dwyer product Jacoby Brissett.
Standing at 6-foot-4, and 225-ponds, Brissett clearly possesses the measurements needed for the next level. Last season, the three-star prospect completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,212 yards with 26 TDs and 7 INTs, while leading his team to a Class 4A state title, as well as Florida Class 4A All-State honors. Those numbers proved that he is ready for the next level, and that is why programs such as LSU, Florida State, West Virginia, Texas A&M, Miami, North Carolina and Wisconsin, among others have already begun knocking on his door.
“We started spring practice Saturday, and I was ready for it,” Brissett stated. “I’ve been working out since last season and I’m ready to lead my team to another state title. Recruiting has picked up too. I have like 14-15 offers right now. I’m excited about it because I have offers from a lot of good schools.”
One of the programs Brissett was excited to hear from was LSU. He said his relationship with the LSU staff has really gotten stronger, and he likes what the Tigers have to offer.
“I’ve been talking to coach Miles and coach Gonzales,” Brissett informed. “It’s exciting having them recruiting me. Coach Gonzales said he is going to come to one of my spring practices. I like LSU because I know if you’re good, then coach Miles is going to play you no matter if you’re a freshman or not. He is going to play the best players.”
Although his relationship with the LSU coaches just kicked off, Brissett claims that he and Miles already had one topic in common.
“Jamarcus Russell,” Brissett responded when asked what he knew about LSU. “I remember watching him when he played at LSU. Coach Miles was making comparisons of me and him. I thought he was a good quarterback.
“I haven’t really watched much of LSU’s offense since they’ve gotten the new staff though, so that’s something I’m going to do this season. They invited me to come to the summer camp, but I don’t have the funds to go, so I’ll probably take an official visit, possibly for a game.”
LSU will be just one of the programs hoping to land one of Brissett’s official visits. Scout.com’s No. 33-rated quarterback said he is unsure where all of his stops will take him, but he is certain of what he will be looking for once he gets there.
“I want to go to a program that runs more of a pro-style offense,” Brissett stated. “I also want to see what the program has been producing players-wise. Then I want to see if the school has strong academic support, and if I feel comfortable on the campus and in the community. As of now, I do not have a favorite. I am open to everyone, and am looking at everyone equally.”