Pre-Spring: QB's to Watch

This is the first of several articles where I'll begin discussing some of the state's top prospects by position. I'm currently gathering film of all the kids and look forward to watching them live at the NIKE Camps next month.

CORNELIUS INGRAM, 6-4, 195, Hawthorne
First of all, he's the best player in school history. Ingram has been sensational since the day he became the starter during his freshman season. As a junior last season, Ingram threw for over 1,400 yards and 23 touchdowns. While he enters the season as one of the state's top football prospects, he'll enter his senior year as one of the entire country's top basketball players. "He's the best player I've ever played against," said one fellow NIKE Camper following last summer's performance. Ingram is a big-time athlete that is still learning how to play the game.

XAVIER LEE, 6-3, 210, Daytona Beach (Seabreeze)
Lee has been tearing up opposing defenses for the past two seasons in a QB-friendly offense. He was the most talented quarterback at last year's Miami NIKE Camp, which also featured Florida-bound Justin Midgett. As a junior, Lee threw for just under 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns. Lee, whose father played for the Kansas City Chiefs, was at his best in big games. Against arch-rival Mainland, which had given up six points in its first eight games, Lee was awesome. He threw for over 300 yards and hung more than 50 points up. "He's the total package," said Mainland coach John Moronto. "He's got the arm, the poise, everything. I've been around some good ones and he's as good as any of them."

DREW WEATHERFORD, 6-2, 205, Land O Lakes
This talented quarterback, whose father played quarterback at SMU, also burst onto the scene at last year's NIKE Camp, showing tremendous accuracy. He became Pasco County's all-time leading passer this past season after throwing for over 2,200 yards and 33 touchdowns, compared to just two interceptions. Weatherford, who played most of last season with torn cartilage before having surgery after the season, will likely emerge as one of the state's premier prospects this season.

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