Nature Coast's Ja'Juan Story is one of the top wide receiver prospects in all of Florida, and this past weekend took a trip to Tampa to watch the Bulls first scrimmage of the spring, and came away very impressed.
"It was very intense, and I liked the contact," said Ja'Juan Story. "It kept my attention the whole time. It was fun to watch, and I really liked it."
Ja'Juan has been to a couple of practices but this was his first college scrimmage, and he liked how the Bulls were hitting on Saturday.
"They were making big time hits out there, I don't remember his name, but the safety number 1 (Jerrell Young) had a couple of big ones. He hit the running back on one play, and hit a lot of other people out there. It wasn't just him doing the hitting. All of them were all hitting out there."
Close to 1000 people came to watch Coach Skip Holtz' first scrimmage and he was amazed with the turnout of fans.
"I didn't think it was going be like that," said Story. ‘I figured there be some recruits, but I had no idea all those fans would be there watching to. It was nice that they had the fans come out, and how they showed there support of the team."
"I spent time with Coach McGeoghan and coach Holtz," said Ja'Juan. ‘Coach McGeoghan was giving me some tips and strategies, like how to take off the line and things like that."
The tempo and intensity of the scrimmage stood out to the talented receiver, but one thing that really made an impression was when head Coach Holtz came over, gave him a hug, talked to him and took a picture.
"I like Coach Holtz, he's a cool guy and likeable," said Story. "Coach Holtz said a lot of good things, and was telling me that QB B.J. Daniels is going to be there for 3 more years, and that I'd be the perfect complement to him."
Story finished his junior season with 13 catches for 432 yards and 4 TDs, and at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, is big receiver with speed, but could he see himself catching passes from Daniels at the next level?
"Of course, anybody could see themselves catching passes from B.J. Daniels if you're a good wide receiver," said Story. "He can throw deep, throw hard and make the tough throws."
Story is becoming one of the heavier recruited prospects in the state of Florida, and with recent offers from Auburn, Ohio State, and Michigan is now up to 17 offers, including offers from FSU, USF, Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Rutgers to name a few. But Story said he's taking it all in stride.
"It's not going to my head, it's just lets me know that all my hard work has paid off, and everything I do is being noticed by schools."
With offers coming in at a steady pace Story said he's still not ready to name any favorites.
"Right now I'm just taking it all in and am pretty open," said Ja'Juan. "I haven't really been to a lot of schools, so I can't say how a lot of them are yet to compare."
"Things I'm looking for in a school are academics, playing time, and the comfort level I feel with the program and the coaches."
Story has been to junior days at FSU and USF, and Florida is trying to get him up for a visit. But right now Story is in the midst of track season, and between meets and track practice his schedule has been tight.
Stay tuned with USFNation.com, as we keep you updated on Ja'Juan's recruitment and the rest of the 2011 class.