Posted: 5:22 pm Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Suncoast’s Tony McQuay headed to Florida 

By Post Staff

The whirlwind that was track star Tony McQuay’s road to college finally seems to be settling. McQuay just informed me via text that he is going to the University of Florida on a track scholarship.

McQuay signed a track scholarship with Florida A & M the week of the Class 2A state track meet, turning down offers from several programs including Clemson and Georgia Tech because he wanted to stay in state. Also, his sister attends FAMU and his parents are both graduates.

But after his stellar performance in the track meet in which he won gold, silver, and bronze medals in the sprints, he started to receive interest from UF and Florida State. At that point, it was too late to hear them out because he had already signed just days earlier. Then FAMU’s track coach was fired and McQuay was granted a release from his scholarship, allowing him to fire up talks with UF and FSU.

He was leaning toward Florida State, partly because he could still be close to his sister, but he said today that the Seminoles were not going to give him a full scholarship and the Gators were. McQuay also wanted the chance to play football wherever he ended up and the Gators told him that per a new NCAA rule, he has to be on a football scholarship to do both sports but he won’t find out about that until next year.