Posted: 8:39 pm Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
By Matt Porter
Jacoby Brissett signed something on Wednesday, but it wasn’t a scholarship offer.
At Dwyer’s signing day ceremony, Curt Maggitt (Tennessee), Nick O’Leary (Florida State) and other seniors passed around ceremonial placards bearing several college logos. They all signed under the mark of their newly adopted school.
When each one got to him at the end of the table, Brissett inked his name in small print … in white space.
Brissett has yet to make up his mind, but said he will by the end of the week. The four-star quarterback could sign with Florida, Miami, Washington or Wisconsin, and he’ll announce his choice before Friday’s basketball game against Jupiter. He said he’s “60-40″ on his decision.
Since neither Miami nor Wisconsin signed a quarterback Wednesday, Brissett signing a letter of intent becomes even more important for those schools.
‘Canes coach Al Golden told CBS Sports he is “still holding a spot for a special quarterback.” He currently has senior-to-be Jacory Harris and rising sophomore Stephen Morris on the roster, and has recruited Brissett hard since he took over coaching duties at Miami. UM’s signing class could go from good to great (a la Jimmy Johnson) if they lure Brissett to Coral Gables.
The Badgers have five returning quarterbacks, including two rising sophomores, a redshirt sophomore-to-be, redshirt junior-to-be and redshirt senior-to-be. They did not sign a QB Wednesday. Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said Brissett feels the most comfort with Wisconsin’s coaches, but the distance from South Florida to Madison, Wisc. may prove to be too great for Brissett and his family.
For that reason, he said, Washington would also appear to be out of the running for Brissett. The Huskies, who lose Jake Locker to the NFL Draft, signed two QBs Wednesday and have two returning sophomores and two redshirt sophomores.
The Gators have the nation’s top QB recruit, Jeff Driskel, already enrolled, and senior-to-be John Brantley has one year of eligibility left in new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis’ pro-style offense. Weis has recruited Brissett since taking over and has yet to cease despite Driskel’s enrollment. Two Gators who played quarterback last season – Trey Burton and Jordan Reed — are being considered for new positions.
And of course that would hurt ‘Canes fans if the Gators signed Brissett.