Posted: 10:51 pm Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
By Matt Porter
Since this is already the craziest time of the year in high school and college football, why not add to the madness?
Everyone loves predictions. (This is an indisputable fact; please do not try to argue with me.) And since Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett will announce his college decision Friday night (7:30 p.m.), it’s our solemn duty to go on record with a prediction on where Brissett will land.
On Wednesday, which marked the start of the national signing period, Brissett said he’s “60-40″ on his decision, between Florida, Miami, Washington and Wisconsin.
Brissett, who spoke with coaches from those four schools Thursday night, would appear to have the best chance to start at Miami or Wisconsin, neither of whom signed a quarterback for their 2011 class.
That said, I’m predicting Brissett will be a Florida Gator.
Florida, which has John Brantley for one more year, has the top-ranked quarterback of this recruiting class, Jeff Driskel, already taking classes in Gainesville. That doesn’t matter to Brissett, who believes he can beat out anyone in his path. Like most athletes, he’s pretty competitive.
The Gators also have three of Brissett’s friends, Dwyer alums Matt Elam, Gerald Christian and Robert Clark, all of whom played as true freshmen last year. Brissett has the three as examples to follow and has publicly said he wants the chance to play with them.
And, Gators offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and head coach Will Muschamp have made it clear they want Brissett in orange and blue. Conceivably, they could tell Brissett that he is the quarterback they want, and that they didn’t recruit Driskel. (Though that may not be their pitch to Brissett.)
Brissett is conflicted over his decision, and he has until April 1 to fax a letter of intent somewhere, if he wants to play this fall. He has been advised to get it over with, move on and start the next chapter of his life. I believe that chapter will be at either Miami or Florida, and I think tomorrow he’ll be a Gator.
And if I’m wrong, I owe you all … nothing. Which is exactly what predictions mean, anyway.
Former Post co-worker and ESPN 760 personality Jason Pugh didn’t make a prediction on tonight’s 6 p.m. WPTV newscast, but he did do some serious digging to try to uncover Brissett’s college choice. Take a look: