Posted: 1:08 pm Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Dwyer junior Jacoby Brissett has yet to play a full season at quarterback, but several schools already have promised him a scholarship offer.
Brissett (6-5, 225, 4.7 in the 40-yard dash) split time at the position with Bradley Wallace last year and is expected to be the Panthers’ full-time quarterback this season. As a sophomore, he completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 876 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had the highest passer efficiency rating in the area among players with at least 75 attempts.
Colleges can’t officially offer him a scholarship until Sept. 1, but at least eight schools have promised him an offer will be coming: Florida, Miami, Boston College, Wisconsin, Tennessee, LSU, South Carolina and Clemson.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” Brissett said of the early attention. “I’m going to wait until my senior year to commit. I don’t want to go early and then change my mind, and I still play basketball.”
Basketball could play an interesting role in Brissett’s football recruitment. Basketball is his first love and he should be one of the area’s top returning players this season. Last year he averaged 11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, and those numbers should rise even higher now that Ramon Galloway is gone. Brissett absolutely has the potential to average 20 points per game this winter.
Brissett said he has talked with Miami, Boston College, South Carolina and Clemson about the possibility of playing both sports. It has been done before at major schools (and Glades Central’s Clive Walford could play both at UM), but it would be a little unusual for a quarterback.