Canes & Gators Battle for Top Athlete

Jarred Fayson is very excited about the start of the upcoming season. His team started practice last Monday and had the first scrimmage of the year on Saturday.

"We went 20 plays," Fayson said. "It was just a small little scrimmage to see where we're at as a team. It was fun. I'm just trying to lead my team to the promised land this season. I just wanna get to the state championship game at Pro Player Stadium."

Fayson, whose Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough team will take on Lakeland and Armwood later this month, is coming off a busy summer. He attended camps at Miami, Florida, and Duke. He spoke briefly about them.

"Florida was fun," he said. "Me and Tim Tebow were connecting. I caught like four touchdowns against some of the best DBs there. Miami was OK. The field was kinda wet. I wasn't gonna do it at first but I did anyway and won the MVP award. I played some receiver there. It was nice getting a chance to catch some balls from Pat Devlin. He's real good."

Fayson was asked about the possibility of becoming a Hurricane now that Devlin has pledged to the Canes.

"Pat's an Elite 11 guy," he said. "He's a great player and I understand that he fits their offense better than me because he's a dropback guy who has more experience in that system. However, that wouldn't stop me from competing and seeing where I'm at."

Fayson says he plans on taking official visits to five programs that are currently on his list of favorites.

"It's Florida, Miami, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia," he said. "The only visit I know of is Florida for when they play Tennessee in September. I'm still setting up the rest of them."

The talented quarterback prospect admits the Canes and Gators are out in front of the rest of the pack but isn't ready to name a favorite right now.

"They're even right now," he said. "It goes back and forth. At Florida, I think they're gonna be big time under Urban Meyer. I definitely like the players and the Gator nation is ridiculous. There are Gators everywhere. At Miami, the coaches are great. I've become real good buddies with Lance Leggett and Khalil (Jones) and guys like that. I really like the atmosphere at Miami. They put guys into the pros. It's pretty much the same right now between those two."

Fayson, who names Tampa (Fla.) Middleton linebacker A.J. Jones as his toughest opponent, spoke about the possibility of becoming a wide receiver at the college level.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "It's definitely an opinion. Everything's open. Obviously I want a chance to play quarterback but wherever I can help, I'll be happy. I just want the ball in my hands. I don't wanna miss an opportunity at receiver just because I think I'm a quarterback."

Jerred Fayson broke down his strengths as a player at each position, beginning with what he brings to the table as a signal-caller.

"I put a lot of time into it," he said. "I study tapes a whole bunch on my opponents and I work on my feet a lot and things like that. At receiver, by me playing quarterback, I know the routes. I'm good at finding holes on defenses and I think that's an advantage I would have. I can see things developing a little better."

The talented senior carries a 3.1 core GPA and is preparing for the next installment of the SAT.

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