Top 2011 QB recruit Jeff Driskel commits to Gators

By Adam Silverstein
April 19, 2010

With Tim Tebow headed to the NFL and redshirt junior John Brantley firmly entrenched as the starter, the 2011 recruiting cycle was targeted by head coach Urban Meyer as the next in which he would lure a top-rated quarterback recruit to the Florida Gators. Meyer has accomplished that goal perhaps earlier than even he expected as Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, FL) committed Monday to wear the orange and blue next year.

Driskel, who originally planned to make his decision at some point over the summer, has formed a budding relationship with quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler that no doubt had a strong influence in his commitment.

He is known for throwing accurate balls with tight spirals and impressed Florida at the Gainesville Nike Camp over the weekend. He named UF his leader shortly after the conclusion of camp and apparently took just a day off before committing to the Gators.

At 6’3″, 225 lbs., Driskel also has aspirations to play baseball, and it is believed that Meyer and head baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan had previously agreed to let him participate in both sports. However, it is currently unknown whether or not the high school center fielder will pursue his interests on the diamond while at Florida.

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  1. Atlanta says:

    Welcome aboard ad enjoy the ride Jeff. Don’t forget the other teams will still try to fill your head with mush but you have found home.

  2. El Meester says:

    Really great pick-up for the future. And if I remember correctly, Jeff has said in the past that he wanted his recruitment process to be over early, so I don’t expect any drama.

    How’s that “Tebow Effect” working? Oh you know, the theory that states Urban Meyer won’t be able to get pro-style QBs to come to UF because he “doesn’t know how to develop QBs” for the next level. Hah.

  3. npgator says:

    That is great! I was hoping we would land him and now he can help bring in others.

  4. Mr2Bits says:


  5. ReptilesRule says:

    Im excited about this commitment! This is the QB I had hoped we would get and he’ll have a chance to develop and reach his max potential without being thrown to the wolves. He’s going to be a great fit up in Gainesville!

  6. SaraGator says:

    Welcome to Gator Nation, Jeff!

  7. On Campus says:

    YES!!! This was the guy I was hoping would commit to us. Similar to Tebow in many aspects, but with a nicer touch on the ball. He could easily be a future star for us. Go Gators!

  8. Wingtee says:

    Don’t forget about me …. Signed Trey Burton

  9. El Meester says:

    I think you already forgot about me!

    Signed, Tyler Murphy

  10. Murphy is not poised to be the team’s starting quarterback. Burton may have something to say about the job – no doubt about it – but you can be sure the coaching staff looks at Driskel as Brantley’s successor whether the year after he leaves or two years after.

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