USF head football coach Skip Holtz received some good news last week when Land O’ Lakes High quarterback Stephen Weatherford verbally committed to the Bulls.
The 6-3, 205 pound Weatheford is the first quarterback in the Class of 2011 and sixth player overall to commit to the Bulls. Nothing is binding until players sign a letter-of-intent in February of 2011.
Weatherford reportedly chose USF over Big East rival Cincinnati, which along with Iowa State, were the only other BCS schools to make an offer. He hopes to graduate high school early and enroll in college for winter semester of 2011.
As a junior, Weatherford threw for 2,052 yards and 27 touchdowns with only five interceptions playing for Matt Kitchie, who took over the Land O’Lakes job last year after serving as the Saint Stephen’s head coach for three years. Rivals.Com rates him a 3-star recruit and Scout.Com has him a 2-star.
Of course, Weatherford has a quarterback bloodline, which some consider strong and others might question. His oldest brother Drew played for FSU and is now with the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League. His other brother Joe transferred to West Georgia after originally signing with UCF.
The quarterback situation at USF appears fluid. B.J. Daniels, a rising sophomore, is solidly entrenched as the incumbent and Jamius Gunsby, who will be a true freshman this season, figures to be the backup unless they decide to redshirt him.