Florida QB receives Rutgers offer

The quarterback from Dwyer High in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., recenlty received an offer from Rutgers. But deciding which college to attend is only part of the equation for the talented 6-foot-4 athlete, who is also an accomplished basketball player. He talks about his interest in the Scarlet Knights, which sport he favors, and whether or not he can play both sports in college.

The offers are coming more from football programs right now, which is creating an interesting decision for Dwyer High (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) quarterback and Jacoby Brissett next winter.

Brissett, who also has a few scholarship offers for basketball, said he likes the game on the hardwood better, but is yet to decide if he will play one sport, and which one, or both in college.

The latest to offer him on the football side was Rutgers, a school he said he would like to visit in the spring or summer when AAU basketball team, the Florida Rams, play in the northeast.

"I'm interested in them,'' the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Brissett said. "I met the coach a while ago. I know my coach sent my highlight tape to them, so I guess they got it.

"I'm pretty sure that's where Ray Rice came from. I watched them a couple of times. I watched them when they had (Kenny Britt). I watch a lot of college football, and I watch them when they are on t.v.''

In addition to the Rutgers offer, Brissett said Wisconsin, West Virginia, Boston College and FIU offered on the football side, and he is also being recruited by Florida, Tennessee, Florida State, Miami, South Florida and Georgia.

He threw for 1.463 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions as a junior. Brissett also rushed for 296 yards.

"I'm looking at the level of competition I'm going to play against, the education, the weather and the stability there,'' said Brissett, who expanded on his weather thoughts. "Just something I am accustomed to, or if it's not, something I can become accustomed to.''

On the basketball side, Brissett said Miami, Xavier, South Carolina, Clemson and West Virginia "told me they offered me and told me they wanted me to be part of their program.''

The dual-sport interest presents an intriguing situation because Brissett enjoys basketball more.

"To me, it's more competitive,'' he said. "It's a lot of running, which I like. And it's a lot of fun.''

Brissett acknowledged he is thinking about playing both sports in college, which could be more difficult because of his position.

It may not be as trying for a receiver or defensive back to play basketball because of the demands of the position, but quarterbacks take on a different role because of offseason throwing programs and the amount of time dedicated to film study.

"It's a thought that entered my mind,'' Brissett said. "Some schools have given me the ok to do it, but it's really if I want to do it, and how I will be able to do that and keep my grades up.''

But could Brissett play both sports if he changed positions in football?

"I wouldn't want to,'' he said. "I think I'm more familiar with quarterback, and that's my position. If there's someone in front of me, I would just have to work hard enough to get that spot to show them I will be the best candidate for it.''

After Dwyer's basketball season, Brissett will take some time off to allow his body to rest. He will also attend a few football camps to showcase his skills.

When it comes to deciding what athletic path he will take in college, Brissett said he plans on "making a decision after my senior season of basketball.'' But he added that timetable was fluid and he would not rule out signing with a football program in February.

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