West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett racked up numerous offers throughout the spring after leading the Panthers to a state title in 2009. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Rivals250 prospect threw for over 2,200 yards and added another 400-plus with his feet, showing colleges that he could be a dual-threat if needed.
Brissett is also a star basketball player who is being heavily recruited in that sport as well. This summer, he spent much of his time on the AAU circuit and sort of put recruiting on the back burner a bit. In fact, he admits he stepped back from the process, especially interviews, going so far as turning off his phone. He spoke at length on Monday afternoon, though.
"I've been kind of like trying to enjoy my last summer," Brissett said. "I kind of turned my phone off to get away from all that. I emailed back and forth with coaches a lot, but I just wanted to have fun and not have to think about recruiting too much. I've pretty much been keeping in contact with all the coaches. I try to stay in contact and they email me a lot."
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Despite taking a step back, Brissett says he has been able to pare down his college choices a bit. In fact, he says seven programs remain in the running for his services.
"I've narrowed it down a little bit, yeah," he said. "Notre Dame, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida State, USF, LSU and South Carolina - those are the ones that I'm still looking at.
"I haven't set up any official visits yet. I was thinking about where I wanted to go today, but I didn't have that much time to do anything about it. I'm not sure exactly where I'm going yet. I kind of want to go see some things and see some places but I don't know yet."
Though many of those programs have other quarterback commits, Brissett says that is not something that is factoring in his decision.
"I follow recruiting somewhat but not too much," he said. "Pretty much every school that I listed, I'm No. 1 on their list. They probably have other commitments (at quarterback) but they're still recruiting me. It doesn't affect me if they have other QB's committed."
The big quarterback had a chance to take in several college campuses this summer, but says he did not truly get to experience each one.
"I visited North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Wisconsin, Florida State, USF and Louisville this summer," Brissett said. "Since it was the summer, there wasn't much really going on at any of the places so it was hard to really get a read on the schools. All the campuses were nice. The people that were there were pretty much cool at all the places."
With the possibility of playing basketball or football in college, Brissett is still wrestling with the decision on which sport to focus.
"It's still up in the air," he said. "I kind of want to do both my first year to check and see how it is. It all depends on how I come in my freshman year and how I feel, if I'm going to make an impact on the team.
"I've talked to the basketball coaches and the football coaches and they told me that, anytime I had time off, I could go to the other sport. When I'm in one sport then I'm just concentrating on that one, though. It could be hard as a QB, but we'll see."
Though he spent much of the summer on the hardwood, it does not mean that Brissett is not ready for the football season.
"Every time I came back from a (basketball) trip, I came to football and worked out," he said. "I've been doing that as much as possible. Throughout the month of June I was working out two times a day."
Dwyer is coming off a state championship but Brissett loses such receivers as Matt Elam, Gerald Christian and Robert Clark, who all signed with Florida. Though the team returns the country's top tight end in Nick O'Leary, the receiving corps is still a question mark.
"It's been a bit of a concern all this time, since we lost those guys from last year," Brissett said. "I think we have a lot of guys that are coming and stepping up and ready to make plays that want to play."
Despite the presence of Brissett, O'Leary and four-star defensive end Curt Maggitt, many people are doubting whether Dwyer can repeat their state title run. Brissett says it serves as motivation.
"I honestly don't think there's that much pressure," he said. "Everybody knows that we lost a lot of talent so they're expecting us to lose and everybody wants to beat us since we're the state champions. Our thought it that we are just going to take things one game at a time and win every game from start to finish and be state champs again.
"Our motto out here is, 'Win every game, win every snap.' We want to go out and prove everybody wrong."
Brissett and his Dwyer teammates play a tough schedule, opening up the season in the Herbstreit Classic at Ohio State against Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville on Sep. 6.