Justin Black, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound dual-threat quarterback, transferred in recent months from Port Huron (Mich.) to Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier for his senior season. Black talked about making the change.
"I officially moved about two months ago," Black said. "Mostly it was based on the exposure down here. Kids down here have a lot more opportunities to gain exposure. Coach Mark (Ivey) here at Barron Collier runs a really strict program, a good, physical program, and I really liked him. Florida is a different brand of football."
Since arriving at Barron Collier, Black admits that there has been a bit of a transition period.
"It has definitely had its challenges," Black said. "Physically, just getting in shape down here. The workouts at my school are very, very different from what I was used to. I love it down here though, I love working hard. So that was a big step."
This past weekend Black got his first taste of that Florida talent in action when he participated in the Badger Sports 7-on-7 competition held at the University of South Florida. He hopes that participating in events such as that, combined with his upcoming spring practice, will equate to more interest from colleges.
"I didn't really know what to expect but once we got out there and playing I realized this thing is the real deal," Black said. "You just have to perform and hope for the best."
In addition to participating in 7-on-7, Black is focused on his first spring under center at Barron Collier.
"I can't wait," Black said. "Being my senior year this is my last chance to play high school football and have all these memories and all of these good times. I just can't wait to get on the field."
So far, Black has picked up two early offers.
"Western (Michigan) offered me and Bryant University has sent me a letter that said they are going to offer me," Black said. "Northwestern hasn't offered me yet but they are showing interest in me."
As a junior at Port Huron, Black played quarterback in seven games racking up 1,168 passing yards and 14 touchdowns through the air. On the ground, he had 83 rushes and five touchdowns.