Posted: 12:06 am Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Interview: Jacoby Brissett on why he chose Florida Gators over Miami Hurricanes 

By Matt Porter

Before Dwyer’s basketball game Friday night, Jacoby Brissett announced his intentions to sign with Florida. (Note: full story here.) After, he spoke about his decision, his mother’s involvement, Jeff Driskel, the Hurricanes and more to a group of about 20 media members at midcourt:

How do you feel about your decision?
I feel great about my decision. I thought to myself since Wednesday about where I could see myself next, and that decision was Florida.

Did you want to be a Gator all along?
Uh … (small laugh) … a little bit, yeah.

How much did Miami’s recruiting push sway you?
It came down to UM and Florida, and I just had to follow my heart, and my heart lies in Florida.

Jacoby Brissett shared an emotional embrace with his mother after announcing his decision. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Jacoby Brissett shared an emotional embrace with his mother after announcing his decision. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

You’ll be joining some friends up there, too [Dwyer alums Matt Elam, Gerald Christian and Robert Clark] …
Yeah, I’m excited. We’ve all already discussed that.

What did Matt Elam say to get you to come to Florida?
Nothing. He told me to go wherever I want to go. He’ll be happy for me no matter what.

Did you fax in your letter of intent yet?
No … no. That’s tomorrow.

Your mother said you’re going to wait until Monday …
I guess I’m waiting until Monday. Whatever my mom says, we’ll do that.

Your mom said she’s going to try to change your mind …
Nah … I’m pretty set on my decision.

You also played a basketball game tonight …
Oh, for sure (laughs) It was good. I came out and played my hardest. I wanted it all for this team that I take pride in playing with every day. For us to win this game means a lot.

Why did you wait until tonight to announce?
I felt like the basketball players deserved to be around this environment, they get overlooked because of the football team. I wanted them to get publicized like everybody else is.

Miami fans are wondering why you want to play behind Jeff Driskel. What do you say to that?
Ah … he’s just got to show he’s better than me. That’s all it is.

Are you happy this process is over?
Yeah, I’m happy all the headaches are gone. I’m ready to play the rest of this season and get this championship.

What are your goals for next year?
I’m not worried about next year right now.

What about Wisconsin? Where did it fall in your decision?
They were going to be the next after Miami, but I just thought to myself, like I said, where I could see myself progressing and making the best of myself and it was at Florida.

How many times did you go back and forth over the last couple of days?
Probably about 25 times.

When did you finally decide?
It was yesterday during school.

What are your thoughts on Charlie Weis?
I feel like that’s a person I can progress with, one of the best coaches in the industry at quarterback, and me and him talk pretty much every other day, and it was good.

Does it upset you that your mom is against your decision?
That’s my mom, I love her no matter what. But uh, it came down to making the decision where I felt the best for me. I can’t please everybody, and I’m hurt that I hurt my mom, as you can see I was crying with her before the game. You know, she means the world to me.

What did you learn most throughout this process?
Just take your time. The best decision will show, and when you’re ready, you’re ready. Don’t let nobody else make your decision.

Nick O’Leary is going to FSU, any trash-talk already?
(laughs) Yeah, we play them last game this year. Nick’s one of my good friends so it’s all love there.

You also play Curt Maggitt [and Tennessee] this year …
Yeah (laughs) We already discussed our game plan for that, so we ready.

Can you reveal the game plan?
The first time, he gets to hold me up, but he can’t sack me … and the second time I get to stiff-arm him.

What about a position change, to tight end for example?
I’m not moving no positions. I’m a quarterback. He’s [Driskel] got to prove to me every day, every year, that he earned that starting spot.

What about playing basketball in college? Have you talked to Billy Donovan about that?
He [Donovan] said it’s primarily my decision. Whatever I feel I should do, I can do.

Do you feel you can handle both?
Whatever I put my mind to, I can accomplish.

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