Posted: 7:20 pm Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
By Matt Porter
Two of the top quarterbacks in this year’s senior class decided to play college football in their home state.
During a short ceremony at Jupiter Community Park, Jupiter’s Tyler Cameron chose South Florida, while Jupiter Christian’s Kedric Bostic committed to Central Florida.
Cameron, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals, picked the Bulls over LSU, Illinois and Purdue. He said he wants to make his mark on a rising program.
“They have the best recruiting class in the Big East,” Cameron said. “They’re going to keep getting bigger and bigger players. Before you know it, I think they’re going to be right up there with Miami, Florida and Florida State.”
“A lot of kids feel they can do big things there,” he said.
Cameron, who plans to graduate early from Jupiter and redshirt next fall, enters USF behind senior starter B.J. Daniels. Cameron would play the 2012 season as a redshirt freshman.
At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Cameron is a threat with his arm and a bullish ballcarrier. The centerpiece of Jupiter’s offense as the Warriors have adapted from the Wing-T to the spread over the last two seasons, Cameron says he’s fast adapting to the pro-style offense installed under new offensive coordinator Eric Kresser, a former NFL quarterback.
Rated a top-250 national prospect according to Rivals, Cameron is the top-rated area QB and No. 6 overall prospect on the first preseason PBGametime Big Board. Despite missing time with a shoulder injury, he threw for 821 yards on 52-of-99 passing, with seven touchdowns and seven picks. He was the Warriors’ leading rusher, with 478 yards and six TDs on 100 carries.
Bostic chose UCF over Princeton and Dartmouth. The Knights, who earned their first top-25 berth last year, have sophomore starter Jeff Godfrey and two more scholarship QBs on the roster. Bostic, who said he plans to study either engineering or medicine, wants to try to earn reps next fall in UCF’s spread offense.
“I’m going in there to compete from day one,” he said.
Bostic (6-3, 175) is a pro-style passer and rated a two-star QB by Rivals. He holds the distinction of being the area’s highest-rated returning starter. He completed 80 of 124 passes last season for 1,354 yards, 18 touchdowns and two interceptions, earning a 134.2 passer rating. Like Cameron, he was a second-team All-Area selection in his junior season.
After speaking in front of about 250 parents, coaches and youth football players at Jupiter Community Park, Bostic pulled on a UCF hat and Cameron donned a USF cap. Longtime friends who played youth football in the Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association, both said it was important to announce their college choices in the same park at which they played growing up.
“This is where it all began,” Cameron said. “It’s good for these kids to know that we did it, and all of them can do it.”