Now, after a record setting junior season, Tebow (6-3, 220, 4.61) figures to be one of the top quarterback prospects in the country in the year ahead.
As a junior, Tebow had a state record 5,576 yards total offense and accounted for 71 touchdowns. Included in those totals were a state record 4,304 yards and 46 touchdowns passing and 1,272 yards and 25 touchdowns rushing.
He helped lead Nease to an 11-2 record and a berth in a Class 3A regional final.
For his exploits, Tebow was featured in a recent edition of Sports Illustrated in the "Faces in the Crowd" column. He was also third in balloting for Florida's Mr. Football award behind Pahokee running back Antone Smith and Lakeland Lake Gibson quarterback Matt Grothe.
"I think I am real teachable," said Tebow, who threw for 2,200 yards and rushed for 900 more as a sophomore. "I think I am able to pick up stuff quickly. I try hard and I think I bring a lot of toughness to the team. I try to be a leader. Those are some of the main qualities I bring."
Tebow and his family got out and made visits to Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and Notre Dame.
He reflected on his visit to Ohio State.
"They invited me to come up," Tebow said. "Everybody knows about Ohio State and the great tradition they have. You would have to be interested in a school like that. I wanted to get out and check out some top notch schools like that and get a feel for the coaches and the atmosphere.
"The passion the fans have at Ohio State makes the atmosphere great. Ohio State plays smashmouth football. They have a great coaching staff and it was exciting to be there with 104,000 fans.
"While I was there, I talked to all the different coaches. Coach Tressel was down at our school about two weeks ago and I got to see him a little bit. I also got to talk to (quarterbacks coach Joe) Daniels when I was up there."
Tebow has a number of offers already, although he did not divulge which schools have offered. He has also removed one or more schools that he visited from his list. OSU is still in the running, though.
"Oh, definitely," Tebow said about his interest in OSU. "That remains a possibility. You look at the tradition they have with athletes and their coaching staff."
Tebow attended the national high school combine Jan. 15-16 in San Antonio.
"It was fun being around great athletes," Tebow said. "I didn't think the combine was that well organized. But I made some good friends there. It was fun seeing what athletes from around the country are like. It was a good time.
"I wish I could have gotten more plays. On Sunday, I only got to throw nine passes to receivers. It's hard to get much done in just nine throws."
Tebow plans to attend the Elite 11 quarterback camp this summer.
"Other than that, I will stay here and throw to my receivers," he said. "They'll be the ones catching my passes."
Tebow holds a 3.5 GPA and already has scored an 890 on the SAT. He has also spent time during the summer doing missionary work in the Philippines.