UConn Stands Out for Weatherford

Joe Weatherford definitely has the pedigree to become a great quarterback. His brother Drew Weatherford is one of the top signal callers in nation for Florida State. Joe is beginning to develope into one of the best signal callers from the "Sunshine State" and his recruitment is heating up.

Joe Weatherford, a 6-foot-4, 195 pound, quarterback, from Land O'Lakes, Fla. respects the notoriety that his brother brings to the family name. He also believes that his brother is one of the most important figures in his life, and he has helped him to prepare his own game for the next level.

"I can not really say all of the things he has been able to do for me. He has done almost too much for me. He pretty much shows me all of the stuff that he has learned. From the beginning he has taught me how to step up to the collegiate level," Weatherford explained.

Weatherford has been extended an official offer to play for Florida International, but there are plenty of other schools that are recruiting him. Schools like UConn, Florida State, Texas, Louisville, Notre Dame, Auburn, and South Florida have been in close contact. One program has elevated their interest to the next level.

"I recently visited the University of Connecticut for a junior day. I really liked the campus and everything up there. They gave me a verbal offer while I was up there, but I have not gotten an official letter yet."

"I was invited to a lot of junior days, but I went to UConn because one their coaches came down to my school and I really liked him a lot, so I thought I would give that a shot."

"Coach (Dave) McMichael recruits this part of Florida, and I also got to talk with their quarterback coach and new offensive co-ordinator coach (Rob) Ambrose. I like him a lot. He was a real nice guy."

Weatherford broke down some of the things he enjoyed while he was on the trip.

"I went to the Louisville versus UConn basketball game. It was a lot of fun."

"I was really impressed by the facilities. Everything is brand new up there. They have added a 55 million dollar football facility, and a brand new indoor football field. The food, the weight room, and the academic centers are all in the same spot."

"They also basically have a brand new stadium that is only two or three years old, so it is really nice," Weatherford said.

Florida State not only has his brother on their roster, but they also signed one of his teammates and close friends in the class of 2006. Will this give the Seminoles a leg up in his recruitment?

"Caz Piurowski is one of my best friends. He is on his way to FSU. He definitely thinks I am going to there. He always tells me that I will wind up there, but I always tell him that I am going to go out of state. I hope that I will be good enough to get into a school like FSU, but I just do not think that it is the school for me," Weatherford reported.

Notre Dame, South Florida, Texas, Auburn and UConn are the early leaders for his services, and he broke down the positives he sees in each of those programs.

Notre Dame- "My sister lives about 30 minutes away from the school, and that has always been one of the top two schools that I have wanted to go to. I have always had a passion to go there."

South Florida- "I would love to go there too. I would basically be the hometown quarterback. I like all the coaches. I have met them all, and they are real nice guys. They are a program on the rise.

Texas- "I am actually from Texas. My whole family is, except for my two younger brothers. My dad went to SMU so I was real close to Texas, and we have always been huge Texas fans. Basically all of my dads side of the family still lives in Texas."

Auburn- "I went to their football camp last year, and the coaches impressed me a lot. The campus there is real nice, and they are recruiting me very hard right now."

UConn- "They are a program on the rise, and I have had a real connection with the coaches. I also really enjoyed the time I spent up there on junior day."

Weatherford is also fired up to be attending some of the more prestigious camps and combines, and he is ready to show everyone how he has developed as a player.

"I am going to the Scout.com combine in May (Boca Raton, 5/13). I have also been invited to the Elite 11 camp and I will be going to that as well," Weatherford explained. "I want to get out and show people what I can do. I do not feel like I had the greatest junior year, and I just want to get out there and show people what I can do. I also want to get out there and show people that I have matured physically. I played at about 175 pounds as a junior, and I am now up around 195 pounds."

As a junior, Weatherford threw for 1,975 yards and 15 touchdowns while racking up All-District and All-Conference honors for his efforts on the field.


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