Though dual-threat quarterback Bruce Judson of Cocoa (Fla.) First Coast is a class of 2017 prospect, his top five list from schools which have offered is quite impressive: Ohio State, Florida State, Clemson, Cincinnati and Kentucky.
Temple offered him first, but two weeks before spring, Clemson came after him hard. Within a matter of weeks, both Ohio State and Florida State entered the mix, jolting the confidence of Judson, who as the starting quarterback led First Coast to an 11-2 record last season.
Right now, it's the Buckeyes with the early lead. He looks forward to proving himself to the coaching staff later this summer.
"They want me to come up there and show my arm off," Judson said. "They want to make sure I can read defenses, break down coverage, look people off - basically to see if I'm ready for the college level yet. Just because I'm young, that doesn't mean anything because they're recruiting me heavily. So I just want to go up there and show off what I know and what I've been doing in the offseason and that I'm better than my freshman year."
Judson also noted that the Buckeyes have been upfront about playing at another position besides quarterback if he stays at his current height of 5-foot-10.
"I'm not really worrying about that," he said. "Any way I can get on the field is fine by me."
If he prefers to stay at quarterback, however, Clemson would appear to be a sure choice to play him at that position.
"They told me they wanted me to be their first quarterback of 2017, start and play right away," Judson said. "That was pretty exciting for a ninth grader to hear, so I just had to stay humble and go along with the process, but that made Clemson my favorite at first."
Florida State finds itself among Judson's top choices for obvious reasons.
"They're the national champs so I'm very honored to get an offer from them," he said. "That shocked me a lot, but you've got to live up to the hype there."