Florida Quarterback Ready to Camp at Rutgers

Rutgers' search for a quarterback for the 2011 class could take them to Central Florida, and Land O' Lakes (Fla.) High. That is where Stephen Weatherford, the younger brother of former Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford, is plying his craft. Weatherford was visited by Rutgers earlier this week, and talks about whether he will camp at Rutgers next month.

As Rutgers continues its quest to land a quarterback for the 2011 class, the latest under-the-radar prospect comes from the Tampa, Fla., area.

Rutgers quarterbacks coach Kirk Ciarrocca and assistant coach Ed Pinkham were at Land O' Lakes (Fla.) High earlier to check out Stephen Weatherford, the younger brother of former Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford.

"I think they want me to go to their camp, so we'll see,'' Stephen Weatherford said. "They didn't tell me if they were going to offer me yet, so I don't know.''

Several quarterbacks are heading to Rutgers' summer camp to throw in front of the coaching staff, and an offer or two could come from the showing.

But will Weatherford be one of those in attendance next month?

"That's one of the camps I have in mind to go to,'' the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Weatherford said. "I think I'm going to go to the Michigan one, go the Vanderbilt, I'm going to go visit ECU, FAU and I'm going to go to the USF camp. I'm not really sure about other ones.''

Weatherford holds offers from East Carolina, South Florida, SMU, North Texas and Iowa State, and another one could be coming soon.

"Michigan is talking to me like they're going to offer me,'' he said. "We'll see about that.''

Weatherford plays in a spread offense at Land O' Lakes High, but he has drop back quarterbacking in his past. He said the first two years of high school were run out of a pro-style offense similar to the one Rutgers runs.

"Most of the teams that are recruiting me are passing teams,'' he said. "Most of them are spread teams, and they feel like I have a quick release, decent height, and I'm pretty athletic. Different coaches say different things. The Rutgers coaches think I could be a drop back quarterback. I used to be a drop back quarterback.''

One of the advantages Weatherford has in his recruitment is his quarterbacking siblings. Drew played at Florida State, and Joe played at Central Florida, and both offer advice on the recruiting process.

"We talk about my recruiting and who I like,'' Stephen Weatherford said. "They tell me to just be smart about where I go, and to make sure it's a good school, and it's not just for football.''

Before naming a favorite, Weatherford wants to visit various campuses to get a better feel for the football program, the student lifestyle and the academic prestige of schools.

"I don't know what I'm going to major in,'' he said, "but I'm obviously looking for a good academic program, good coaching – you have to look at the coach's background – and you have to look and see how many starters they have and make sure they recruited good quarterbacks, which most of the schools recruiting me do.

"I know Rutgers has produced a lot of good quarterbacks the last couple of years.''

Another bonus to getting a commitment from Weatherford is his targeted December graduation, which would enable him to take part in spring practice.

"Hopefully, after the summer I get all my offers in, I can make (a decision),'' Weatherford said. "But if I still don't know for sure, I'll wait and see.''

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