Posted: 7:41 pm Friday, January 14th, 2011
By Matt Porter
On his first recruiting trip, Charlie Weis went to see a quarterback Urban Meyer had snubbed.
The new Gators offensive coordinator, along with receivers coach Aubrey Hill, traveled to Dwyer High Friday morning to recruit senior Jacoby Brissett.
Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said Weis, a four-time Super Bowl winner, wore a ring “the size of somebody’s hand” and “a ton of stories about what he’s done and situations he’s handled” in his two decades as a college and NFL coach.
He also brought back a good report to Will Muschamp. After meeting with Weis Friday evening, the Gators coach offered Brissett a full scholarship. Former head coach Urban Meyer had only extended a greyshirt offer, which Brissett turned down.
“It went well,” Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said of Weis’ visit with Brissett and senior defensive end Curt Maggitt, also a Gators target. “He’s really good. He has a great sense of humor, and he’s very straightforward and honest. … [Brissett and Maggitt] asked a lot of questions.”
Daniels said Brissett will head to Gainesville this weekend for an unofficial visit, but it will be to see Florida’s basketball team take on South Carolina. Brissett, who wants to try his hand at playing football and basketball in college, is close friends with Dwyer alum Ramon Galloway, a shooting guard for South Carolina.
“I don’t know how much football stuff he’ll be doing,” Daniels said of Brissett’s weekend activities.
Florida has long coveted Maggitt, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end/outside linebacker and The Palm Beach Post’s Large Schools Defensive Player of the Year. Maggitt was impressed by Weis, Daniels said, but would not commit to a visit. He is visiting Tennessee this weekend.
Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley met with Brissett after Weis, and Daniels said the visit went well but that Coley told him “Jacoby’s wide open, which he is.” Dwyer senior Nick O’Leary, who has long favored the Seminoles, made an official visit to Tallahassee this weekend.
With their final official visit, Brissett and Maggitt could visit Florida or Miami. “I think those guys want to take a visit together,” Daniels said.
If they take a visit to Florida, Maggitt and Brissett might run into Dwyer alums Matt Elam, Gerald Christian and Robert Clark, all of whom played for the Gators last year as true freshmen.
Brissett is considering Florida, Miami, Florida State, South Carolina, Wisconsin and in a late surprise, Washington.
Maggitt was visited last week by new Florida head coach Will Muschamp, who asked him to make an official visit to Gainesville. Maggitt said he was not ready at the time. Maggitt is considering offers from Alabama, Florida, Miami, LSU, Tennessee and Wisconsin. He is very much up in the air with his decision, according to sources.
Weis, who was the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator last season and held the same duties with the New York Jets and New England Patriots before a stint as Notre Dame’s head coach, has pledged to install a pro-style offense in Gainesville. That would seem to suit the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Brissett, who has a big arm. As the Gators (and ‘Canes, for that matter) were reminded last season, a program does well to have options at quarterback.
The Post’s Gators reporter, Jason Lieser, points out that one of the two would likely redshirt. Since he is already enrolled, Driskel would seem to have an advantage since he can play spring football.