Texas Quarterback Has Nine Offers

<P>Dallas, Texas has certainly produced their share of top prospects over the years. Highland Park high school has yet another top player who will certainly be one of the top quarterbacks in the country this season. With nine offers already, quarterback Matthew Stafford is already considered on of the top quarterbacks in the country. We spoke with the 6-3, 218-pound Stafford on Monday night to find out what all the buzz was about. </P>

Matthew Stafford is already experiencing the rigors of recruiting.

"I get a lot of mail," said Stafford. "I have offers from Baylor, SMU, Louisville, Duke, Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma, Michigan and Georgia Tech right now. A few others are also sending me a lot of mail."

The Dallas, Texas native says he's not positive why he's received all the attention so far.

"I guess they see a strong, accurate arm when they watch my film," Stafford said when asked why so many college coaches are after him. "I make good decisions and I know how to win.

"I threw for 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. I don't remember my completion percentage or anything like that. My team finished 8-2 last year, and I started my sophomore year and we finished 13-2."

Stafford will certainly be one of the top quarterbacks in the country, and most top quarterbacks end up committing early, most before their senior season. We asked Matt when he planned to make a decision.

"My coach wants me to decide before next season. I'll probably end up doing that," he said. "I'll probably narrow it down and try to decide before September."

In order to do that, Stafford will likely have to check out a bunch of his top school this summer. Will he be attending any camps or junior days?

"I don't know," he said. "I might go to a junior day at (Texas) because it's so close. I also might go to the Nike camp at TCU.

"What I plan on doing is going to see all my top schools over the summer. My dad and I will just start traveling to see all the schools I'm interested in."

The next obvious question is where Stafford will be visiting.

"I honestly don't know," he said. "I haven't even thought about it."

With Stafford growing up in Dallas, Texas, we asked him if he grew up a Longhorn fan since their campus is so close.

"Actually I grew up a Seminole fan. Both of my parents went to Florida State. My dad coached swimming there for awhile," Stafford said. "They aren't pushing me to Florida State though. They just want what is best for me and they're not pushing any one school over the other."

Stafford hadn't mentioned the Irish in our conversation so we asked him if he had any interest in Notre Dame at this point.

"Yeah, sure I do," he said. "They have a great program. I like their tradition and the fact that they have Charlie Weis now. He's a great offensive guy so he should be turning them around really quickly."

We also asked Stafford what would be important to him when choosing a school.

"I want to play for a winning team," Stafford said. "I also want to play a lot of good competition. I'm also looking for a good group of coaches who can help me develop into a better player."

So far all the attention hasn't seemed to faze Stafford. He's an intelligent guy that is grateful to be in the position he's in right now.

"I'm just having a good time with all of this," Stafford said of his newfound celebrity. "I'm just working on getting stronger and faster for next season. I feel honored to be recognized by so many great coaches and Universities. I feel I'm pretty lucky to be in the position I'm in right now."

Comments: Stafford seems pretty wide open at this point, but we get the feeling that FSU might be the team to beat. He didn't seem to know a lot about Notre Dame at this point, but we're certain the Irish will be recruiting him heavily this spring and summer. He will be one of the top quarterbacks in the country, and he should easily qualify with a 3.45 in his core g.p.a. Keep an eye on Stafford as we expect the Irish to start recruiting him heavily in the near future.

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