Jeff Driskel named High School Player of the Year

By Adam Silverstein
January 4, 2011

Florida Gators five-star quarterback commitment Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, FL) was officially named the Maxwell Football Club’s 2010 National High School Player of the Year in a release on Tuesday from club president Ron Jaworski.

“I’m excited to receive this honor,” Driskel said in a Maxwell Club release. “It’s a prestigious award and to be named national player of the year is awesome. There are all kinds of people I’d like to thank who have given me help to get here, from my parents, to the coaches I’ve had, to my teachers, and it’s great to know that all of the hard work that I’ve put in throughout my whole high school career has been recognized. But I think I’m most proud of my team. We never had a winning record, or were even close to a winning record before this year, and this team worked hard all summer to achieve a goal we set.”

Driskel, who will be presented with the award at a banquet on March 4, was previously named the FACA District 9 Class 5A Player of the Year and Gatorade Florida Player of the Year after throwing for 1,819 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 1,333 yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior season with Hagerty High School. He also caught two touchdown passes for a total of 138 yards in 2010.

“Jeff’s performance against Lakeland was the greatest single-game performance I have ever seen in my 20-plus years of remembering high school football,” Hagerty head coach Nate Gierke said. “Jeff led our team to the most wins in school history and a playoff appearance in only our fourth year of existence. For what he has done over the past four years, and especially for his performance and what he meant to our success this season, Jeff is the best high school football player I have ever coached or seen in person.”

This marks the second-straight year the award was given to a Gators commitment. Florida freshman defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd was the recipient of the Maxwell Club’s Player of the Year honors for 2009.

Photo Credit: Orlando Sentinel


  1. npgator says:

    Congrats Jeff! Cannot wait to see you in the Orange and Blue!

  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    This is fantastic! Way to go Jeff!
    I can’t wait to until we see him in orange & blue!

  3. Will W says:

    Big congrats to Jeff. I am excited to see you as the next Gator great and thank you for sticking with us during this transition.

  4. brlgator says:

    I read that jeff struggled during his first day of practice at the under armor game. Have you heard anything adam?

    This is typical of spring practices too where the D always starts off a little ahead of the offense but I was curious

  5. Wingtee says:

    Will,,,,, we are not Iowa State where we have to thank a recruit for sticking with
    us. U F is way bigger than Driskell

  6. FLA_GATORZ says:

    Congrats Jeff… very deserving!!! I saw the Lakeland game, you were unbelievable!!!!!

    Cannot wait to see you run Coach Weis’s offense!

  7. Rich says:

    Driskel looks like a great guy. I wish the expectations weren’t so high, it’s always tough to live up to so much hype.

  8. tony smith says:

    Didn’t Brantley win a similar honor? Yes.

  9. TonyM1449 says:

    Brantley did not face the level of competition Driskell
    faced. I do believe he came from a 3A program ….IMO, overhyped
    when he came out.

  10. TonyM1449 says:

    Also I do believe Brantley only won Gatorade player of the
    year? Driskell was a one man show at a 5A program and has received
    several honors. The show he put on against lakeland has certainly
    garnered my respect. I’m feeling pretty optimistic about what he
    may be able to accomplish with some real threats and dangerous
    playmakers around him. If he lives up to the billing, once again
    teams will respect the quarterback at the University of Florida.
    It’s great to be a Florida Gator! Go Gators!

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