When Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough quarterback Jarred Fayson blew up in early April at the Miami NIKE Training Camp, he already had quite a few solid scholarship offers. Yet after he ripped the camp apart with a 4.32-second electronic 40-yard dash time and also did well throwing the football things really started to blossom for the 6-foot, 184-pound dual-threat quarterback.
"It's been kind of crazy around here," Fayson said Wednesday night. "I just got offered last week by the Big Three. I now have offers from all three of the Florida schools – Florida, Miami and Florida State."
And that's not it.
Fayson also has offers from Auburn, Duke, Iowa State, Kansas State, Maryland, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and several others. But he had to admit the offer from the Big Three kind of took him back.
"I'm evaluating everybody now," Fayson said. "But some early leaders are definitely Miami and Florida. I like Duke and Maryland and everything that goes with teams like that, but who couldn't be excited about Miami and Florida?"
Fayson said he talked with Miami assistant coach Dan Werner on Wednesday night and the Canes officially made their offer last Tuesday.
"The biggest question with Miami was what position they were looking at me for," Fayson said. "Coach Werner said I'm a quarterback, but if that doesn't work out then I can help the team win the national championship somewhere else. They said with my talent they'd find a way to get the ball into my hands."
Florida coach Urban Meyer made a visit to Tampa last week to watch him in spring drills and Gator assistant Stan Drayton is also doing a solid job with him.
"Coach Drayton is real down to earth," Fayson said. "He's a real truthful person. He's very honest, and I like his personality. Coach Meyer came and watched me practice. They told me I did some good things at quarterback and they like me there."
The Gators also made it clear that they'd like to sign two quarterbacks in this class.
"I know they already got the kid in Texas (Jevan Snead)," Fayson said. "That's not going to bother me because there is competition everywhere."
Fayson said when he's not fielding calls from recruiters he's working hard at improving his game.
"I've been working hard on my feet and passing footwork," Fayson said. "I want to become more known as a passer first and then a runner second. I want to be more of a Donovan McNabb type quarterback. I want people to know me because of my arm and then my legs."