The last two weeks of May marked an exciting time for one of the Sunshine State’s top prospects.
Land O’ Lakes (Fla.) quarterback Drew Weatherford had a steady stream of college coaches visiting his school to make their best sales pitch.
“The past week or so, pretty much the whole SEC was at school,” he said. “I think it was eight of them. Florida State, Penn State, Michigan and Oklahoma were also here.
“Florida State offered me on last Wednesday. That was kind of exciting. They’re definitely in my top five.”
Weatherford (6-3, 205, 4.7) also has offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina, Tulane, SMU, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. He lists Auburn, Tennessee and Florida State as his top three, followed closely by Georgia and Michigan.
“I like the coaches from all of those schools a lot, and I like their quarterback situations,” he said. “I want a chance to go in and compete as soon as possible. It doesn’t have to be as a true freshman or anything. I don’t want to be thrown out there before I’m ready, but I want to be in a position to compete and have a chance.
“I’m also looking for somewhere I can play for a national championship. I think I can do that at all of those schools. After that, I just want to be comfortable with the coaches and the offensive scheme. I’d like to be somewhere they throw the ball more than 50 percent of the time.”
With good reason. As a junior, Weatherford completed 70 percent of his passes for 2,494 yards and 37 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He earned Class 4A all-state honors and was named the Tampa Tribune’s Pasco County Player of the Year.
Weatherford’s summer plans include camps at Georgia (June 8), Tennessee (June 12) and Auburn (June 14). He’ll also attend Florida State’s camp in July.