UF WR Ja'Juan Story heading to TCU

August, 17, 2012
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Former ESPN 150 wide receiver Ja'Juan Story will transfer to TCU immediately according to Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast assistant coach Rob Kazmier said.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver was at the school on a visit and posted his intentions on his Facebook page.

"I've been getting blown up all morning about it and I finally got a hold of Ja'Juan and he said it was happening," Kazmier said. "I talked to him on late Thursday too and he said he was having a great time there. It's going to be a good situation because Jaime Byrd is there and they grew up together."

Kazmier said that Story never felt comfortable with the offense at Florida. When he committed to the program, Urban Meyer was head coach. During the offseason, Meyer resigned from his position and head coach Will Muschamp came in with then-offensive coordinator Charlie Weis in late December. Weis left Florida after the 2011 season to take the head coaching job at Kansas.

"When Ja'Juan committed there, Coach Meyer knew he was going to be a project and he was excited to work with him," Kazmier said. "But the offense changed when coach Weis came in and things just never worked out.

"It was a mutual parting. Ja'Juan wasn't sure about Florida after the coaching change and he looked at some other programs, specifically Ohio State, but he stuck with Florida because there was a lot of local pressure on him to go there. I don't think he felt the love from them and I don't think they felt like he was putting in the work necessary. So both sides needed to move on."

Kazmier said that Story needed to get away from home and get a fresh start.

"I think this is the best move for him, because Brooksville is just an hour and change from Gainesville -- and people were always coming around and distracting him from putting in the work he needed to," Kazmier added. "Now he has no more excuses and he's in a place where they are going to work with him to get him on the field in 2013."

Story played in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game. He was a quarterback at Nature Coast and accounted for almost 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. He was ranked 43rd overall in the 2011 ESPN 150.

Corey Long

Reporter, RecruitingNation

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