COACH: Doeren Huge In Landing Brissett

Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer head coach Jack Daniels doesn't hide his feelings about his former quarterback, Jacoby Brissett. Daniels feels that Brissett has everything you look for in an athlete and young man.

Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer head coach Jack Daniels doesn't hide his feelings about his former quarterback, Jacoby Brissett. Daniels feels that Brissett has everything you look for in an athlete and young man.

"Jacoby, there isn't a thing bad I can say about him," said Daniels. "He's a kid that doesn't smoke, drink or get in trouble. He goes to class everyday... I hope my son will end up just like him. He's remarkable, and he wants to win... that's all he wants to do. He's so much fun to be around. Like I said, I can't say anything bad about Jacoby.

"On the field, I think he can throw the ball as well as anyone, anywhere. He studies the game and can make all the throws."

A prep All-American at Dwyer, Brissett was the focus of an intense recruiting battle out of high school in 2011 after starring as a senior and at various camps and combines. He was tabbed a consensus four-star recruit and top-10 quarterback nationally by nearly every recruiting publication.

Brissett held numerous offers before eventually selecting Florida over Miami, Florida State, Washington, Wisconsin, LSU, and Louisville among others.

While he didn't pick Wisconsin, Brissett did develop a strong relationship with Dave Doeren, who was his lead recruiter for the Badgers.

"That relationship was critical," said Daniels. "I know that Jacoby has had a relationship with coach Doeren since he was... I think coach Doeren was on him since he was a freshman at high school. He recruited our school hard when he was at Wisconsin, and he really pursued Jacoby and got to know him and his mother very well."

Brissett enrolled at Florida in 2011 and became the first true freshman quarterback at the school to take his first career snap as the starter when he lined up under center against No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge. He would make another start against No. 24 Auburn, play in seven games, and finish the year completing 18-of-38 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions.

The problem for Brissett was he arrived in the same class with Jeff Driskel, the consensus No. 1 quarterback recruit in the 2011 class. Like Brissett, Driskel played as a true freshman but was even less effective, completing just 16-of-34 passes for 148 yards with two interceptions.

Head coach Will Muschamp stated the two would compete for the job in the offseason, and Driskel would eventually win the job after the first game of the year. He would lead the Gators to an 11-2 record but passed for just 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. Driskel passed for over 200 yards in only two games, but he rushed for an additional 408 yards and four scores, and coach Daniels believes that is a big reason why Muschamp chose to go with Driskel over Brissett moving forward.

"I still think Jacoby was the best quarterback at Florida," said Daniels. "There was a battle for the position, and I think they decided on the guy that can run better. They went with him and had a great season."

At the end of the season Brissett elected to transfer, and he quickly cut his list down to West Virginia and NC State. Needing to enroll at a school this week, he took official visits to NC State and West Virginia over the weekend.

What did he think of the Wolfpack visit?

"He thought the players there were great," said Daniels. "He went to the basketball game and loved that. He thought it was a beautiful place. At that time he was totally wide open and loved everything about it, but he still had to visit West Virginia.

"He went to visit West Virginia, and I think coach Doeren visited him and his mother Sunday night when he got back. Coach Holgerson was here [Tuesday] and they met as well. It was time for him to then make a decision."

Coach Daniels seemed surprised by the choice.

"Honestly I thought he was leaning toward West Virginia," Daniels stated. "I know that him and his mom were going to decide after meeting with both coaches, and I didn't know until [Wednesday night]. He and his mom decided on their own."

Daniels believes the relationship with Doeren was the deciding factor.

"It was totally him," he said. "They've had a relationship for a while, and I know Jacoby likes him a lot. His mom likes him a lot. Nothing against West Virginia, but I believe the relationship with coach Doeren was too strong.

"Dave is one of the best guys around. He's so honest and you don't find that a lot today in college recruiting. He's recruited Dwyer for a while now, and I think he does a great job. He's a great family man... I can't say enough about him. That's ultimately what Jacoby and his mom saw. They've known him for four years... they love him."

Brissett, who notified both coaching staffs of his decision Wednesday night, is scheduled to enroll at NC State today. He will sit out the 2013 season and have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2014.

He expects to go in and compete for a starting job after sitting out this year.

"Both schools had similar depth charts," Daniels stated. "The coaches told him that they have two quarterbacks on campus, and he knows that he has to compete. Every college in the country is going to have competition at that position, so Jacoby knows that going up to NC State."

Dwyer has produced numerous D-1 football players under Daniels, including Brissett, defensive end Malik Brown (Syracuse), quarterback Faton Bauta (Georgia), offensive lineman Patrick Miller (Auburn), cornerback Julian Whigham (Syracuse), kicker Bobby Puyol (UConn), defensive end Keith Bowers (Maryland), wideout Tommylee Lewis (Northern Illinois), defensive end Curt Maggitt (Tennessee), and tight end Nick O'Leary (Florida State) in just the last three recruiting classes.

Don't be surprised to see coach Doeren and his staff involved with Dwyer athletes moving forward. The 2013 squad will be led by a trio of talented wideouts: Johnnie Dixon, Ezra Saffold, and Clint Stephens.

"With Dave there I already know NC State is going to be active here, and it couldn't be a better time for them because we have three great wide receivers in the 2014 class," said Daniels. "Those kids all look up to Jacoby and him going to NC State will only be a positive.

"Jacoby transferring there is going to help for sure."

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