One of the South’s top quarterback prospects has picked up a number of new scholarship offers heading into spring practice.
Land O’ Lakes (Fla.) standout Drew Weatherford now has seven offers on the table, according to Gators coach John Benedetto.
“Drew has offers from Auburn, Louisville, South Florida, Tulane, Minnesota and SMU,” he said. “I think he also just got one from Tennessee. I haven’t spoken to them recently, but he told me they offered him this week.”
Other schools showing heavy interest include Florida State, Florida, Miami and Georgia.
And what’s drawing all the attention?
As a junior, Weatherford (6-3, 205, 4.7) completed 70 percent of his passes (151 of 215) 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.
“Drew is a classic drop-back passer,” Benedetto said. “He’s got a great, accurate – and I mean very accurate – arm. He reads defenses well and is not afraid to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball under pressure. He’s very poised.
“He can get out and run with the ball a little if he has to. He’s got a refuse-to-lose attitude and will do whatever it takes to win. He’s got all the leadership qualities of a great quarterback.”
Weatherford’s father, also a quarterback, and grandfather played for SMU.
“I think his dad was on that team that had Eric Dickerson and Craig James,” Benedetto said. “His grandfather played with Doak Walker.”
The family moved to the Sunshine State almost 10 years ago, but Benedetto says the ties to Texas are still strong.
“I think Drew really loves the University of Texas,” he said. “But I think the Florida schools, as he’s got to visit them for games and camps, have been growing on him. Florida State is probably his favorite at this time.”