Peach State QB Eyes Out of State Teams

Sequoyah's <b>Tony Pastore</b> went into 2003 expecting to be the backup QB behind Clemson signee <b>Cullen Harper</b>. That all changed in the 3rd game of the year when Cullen went out with a shoulder injury and Tony had to step in as the starter. All Pastore did was go out and garner All-County honors and put his name on the list of recruiters throughout the southeast. He names an early top 5.

"I like Tennessee, LSU, Florida State, Florida, and Miami-Ohio. All of them have sent me letters," Tony Pastore said.

What does he like about each of his favorites?

Tennessee: "I went up there Saturday for junior day and their indoor facility is really nice and they are expanding it to 120yds. I like how they're expanding the weight room also."

LSU: "They have top athletes and a top program. I like how they can run straight at you or spread it out."

Florida State: "The tradition. They just have a real rich football tradition, and you know if you go there your going to be competing for the ACC title every year."

Florida: "I like their offense and their style of play. They also have that rich tradition."

Miami (OH): "I've got a friend (WR Marcus Tate) there, and it's very nice school. I really liked what they did with Ben Roethlisberger."

Tony insists he has no leader, but he did grow up a fan of one of the team's on his list.

"I grew up liking Florida. I liked Steve Spurrier a lot. I loved the offense and how they'd spread it and run that fun and gun."

What are the most important factors for Pastore?

"Getting my education and earning a degree I can go places with. I'll look at playing time as well because I don't mind redshirting, but I don't want to sit on the bench for four years."

Tony gained valuable experience filling in for Sequoyah last season, and the job is now his in 2004. He will be an interesting prospect to watch as he develops as a senior.

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