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Monday, January 28, 2013
SEC power in mix for juco QB McEvoy

By Erik McKinney

Junior college quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Hillsdale, NJ/Arizona Western College) seemed to be settled on a final few schools, as Oregon and West Virginia sat atop his list after official visits to the Mountaineers on Dec. 14 and the Ducks on Jan. 11.

But the 6-foot-6, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback said previously that he might not be ready with a decision by signing day, and now that another member of college football royalty has joined the race, McEvoy's recruiting picture could be even more clouded.

Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease visited McEvoy last Friday and offered the quarterback a scholarship. On Sunday, McEvoy scheduled an official visit to Florida for this weekend (Feb. 1) and Pease was back in Arizona on Monday morning to meet with McEvoy again. To say there has been a strong push late in the game from Florida would be an understatement.

"They said the backup kid is transferring," McEvoy said of former Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who is now at North Carolina State. "They are looking for a juco kid who can come in and compete for the job."

The interest from Florida is very sudden, according to McEvoy, who didn't hear from the Gators during his recruiting process out of Oradel (N.J.) Bergen Catholic or early on in this cycle. He is slightly familiar with the Florida campus, however. Although he said he doesn't remember much detail about it, he was on hand for the Gators' spring game during his junior year of high school.

"It's obviously a great program, but so are the other schools," McEvoy said. "I was excited when they came in and I'm excited to get out there."

McEvoy said he will head to Florida with several questions he is looking to have answered, but is glad to be taking the trip several days before signing day, which will allow him some time to reflect on all of his options. The trip will come on the heels of another official visit, as McEvoy will travel to Wisconsin on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

"It makes it a little more confusing," McEvoy said of his ultimate decision. "But at least all the cards are out on the table and I can make a decision from there."

Last season, McEvoy completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,813 yards and 24 touchdowns against just five interceptions. He also rushed 49 times for 252 yards and three touchdowns.