QB Talks Recruiting

At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Land O Lakes, Fla. standout quarterback Drew Weatherford has emerged as the state's top prospect at his position in the eyes of the author or this article.

Weatherford, who threw for close to 3,000 yards last season with 32 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions, is very accurate, precise, and productive. His game will likely translate very well to the college level and that's a big reason why he's being heavily recruited by many top notch programs.

As he prepares for his senior season, Weatherford is running every morning with some teammates from 9 to 11 AM before spending the afternoons working out with his older brother, who plays at Fordham University in New York. He said he's getting ready to participate in some summer camps in the coming weeks.

"On June 8 I'll be in Georgia for their camp," Weatherford said. "Then it's off to Tennessee and then Auburn. Hopefully I'll also get a chance to compete at the Elite 11 Camp in California to see how I stack up against some of the best quarterbacks in the country."

Weatherford, whose father played QB at Southern Methodist, said he can't wait for the season to start.

"I still have that bad taste in my mouth from the Palm Bay game," he said referring to a 3rd round playoff loss to the Pirates. "They showed us stuff that we hadn't seen all year and to be honest, they were just better than us. We now know what it takes. We're hungry and I think we have a team that can make it that far and then some this season. I can't wait."

Weatherford, who carries a 3.5 GPA inside the classroom, was scheduled to take the SAT last month but was unable. "I blew a tire on the way to the testing center," he said laughing. "I wasn't able to make it on time but I think I'll score over 1,000 on it when I take it June 7."

The talented quarterback, who helped his team complete four come-from-behind victories in the 4th quarter of games last season, is now getting attention from college coaches all around the country.

"Recruiting is going really well," he said. "Florida State was the team I grew up liking. I've always liked them and on the last day of school they offered me a scholarship. I was pretty happy about that."

So does that put the Seminoles in the driver's seat for the talented signal caller?

"I don't know whether you'd call them a favorite or whatever because I won't be committed to them or anyone else anytime soon," he said. "I want to know a lot about each of the schools I'm considering before jumping into a decision as big as this one. But it was comforting to know that FSU's an option for me."

In addition to Florida State, Weatherford received recruiting calls from many other top programs last month.

"I also talked to Coach Werner from Miami, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Auburn, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Michigan, N.C. State, Texas, and Tennessee," he said. "My biggest offers right now are from Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina, and N.C. State."

Weatherford talked about the conversation he had with UM quarterbacks coach Dan Werner.

"I actually just talked to him today," he said. "He had called me a few days back and left a message because I wasn't home so I called him back today. He said that he really likes me and that I'm the No. 4 guy on their list right now. They go in shifts with offering quarterbacks so if they see the other three guys showing a lack of interest then I guess I'll be the next offer. He was really honest with me and that's what I like about him."

Weatherford said while he hasn't given it much thought since he's not real familiar with many schools yet, he has come up with a short list of early favorites.

"I'm mainly going on my offers here but I like Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, and Auburn," he said. "I also like LSU but they signed two quarterbacks last year and may not have much room. If someone like Miami offered, they'd definitely enter into my top five."

Weatherford said there's a lot to like about Miami.

"I like the school, I like the area, and obviously they have an unbelievable football program," he said. "I'll definitely consider them strongly if they offer me a scholarship and I'm even considering going down there for camp later this month. I went to the NIKE Camp there last year and was very impressed."

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