Land O' Lakes QB Weatherford Chooses USF

Land O' Lakes star quarterback Stevie Weatherford, a 6'3, 200 pound QB that passed for 2,052 yards and 27 touchdowns with only five interceptions as a junior, has made his decision to play for the hometown Bulls. Read on for all the details.

Bulls head Coach Skip Holtz got another piece to the puzzle when Stevie Weatherford, Land O'Lakes star quarterback committed to USF on Friday.

"Stevie has committed to USF, said Land O'Lakes coach Matt Kitchie. "He participated in their SuperBull camp and he and I've been talking and after narrowing it down to USF and Cincinnati, he told me during the morning works outs that he's made his decision."

The 6-foot-3, 200 pound Weatherford had offers from, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Southern Miss, BC, ECU, North Texas, and SMU, to name a few, and had plenty of interest before choosing to play for the Bulls.

Weatherford liked USF for many reasons, but one of the main ones was the coaching staff and USF quarterback coach Peter Vaas.

"One of the big reasons was Coach Peter Vaas, who created a good relationship with Stevie," said Kitchie. "The three guys that were instrumental in his recruitment were Vaas, Coach Phil McGeoghan, and Steve Bird. All three did a great job building a relationship and a bond with Stevie."

Weatherford comes from a football bloodline of quarterbacks with his two brothers Drew (Florida State), and Joe (Central Florida) both playing quarterback.

"Steven's family has been there and done that and know the ropes with recruiting, and the staff did a great job forming a relationship and making it important."

"Another big thing was that South Florida was the first school to offer," said Kitchie. "They were the first to offer and did a great job through-out the process."

The 6-foot-3, 200 pound Weatherford passed for 2,052 yards and 27 touchdowns with only five interceptions as a junior, and was named to the Times' All-Sun coast team in 2009.

"He really likes the offense they run, and it fits him well," said Kitchie. "We run a spread offense that incorporates a tight end so it allows a little more of a pro-style reading, and I think it will fit Steven very well with what they're doing. We watched spring practice and the spring game and he understands the offense."

The depth situation at quarterback was another big factor in his decision, that and the staff's honest approach.

"I think it's a great opportunity for Stephen because of the quarterback situation," said Kitchie. "They have B.J. Daniels returning and a freshman coming in, so the competition is going to be good."

"They were very honest and that was the biggest thing" said Kitchie. "They never promised him anything or said anybody was being handed the job, but talked about coming in and competing, and that's how you build trust."

Besides being the first team to offer, the chance to play close to home was very big in making his choice.

"The best part of it is his family can be at everything to watch him play," said Kitchie. "Not just his parents, but his brothers who are in the area. The come from a football family so it's all very exciting."

USF is a great fit for Weatherford and Kitchie said a lot of that has to do with the USF staff.

"I think it's a big win for USF, because they get a great prospect and get the local kid," said Kitchie. "The staff has done a phenomenal job since they took over, having a social for all the local coaches, and were way ahead of everybody in the recruiting process."

"They're getting a great one in Stevie, I'm biased, so I think Stephen is the best quarterback that's ever played," said Kitchie. They're getting a quarterback that will win games for them and possibly championships.

"He's very excited, and happy the decision is over." said Kitchie. "Now he can do is focus on his senior season and winning the championship for Land O' Lakes."

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