Friday, November 30, 2012
QB Todd Porter fields several offers
By Jared Shanker
To say the last 30 days have been busy for Todd Porter would be an understatement. The O'Fallon (Ill.) quarterback racked up more than a dozen offers over a month-long period, including one from an FBS program.
Florida Atlantic, along with a dozen other FCS programs, have offered the 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback since the last weekend of October. An offer from Furman that week got the ball rolling.
Porter will officially visit FAU the weekend of Jan. 11, and said the Owls are one of the programs he is highest on.
"If I have an opportunity to play at a higher level, then that's where I want to be," Porter said. "Florida Atlantic is FBS and that's where I'm leaning toward. I definitely want to play at the highest level possible and want an opportunity to play as well."
The Owls are not the "favorite" for Porter, but he did say "it's definitely a place I can see myself for five years."
Quarterback is a position that programs fill early, so only a few FBS programs are without a committed quarterback if they plan on taking at least one in the 2013 class. One of those programs is Oregon State, and the Beavers coaches reached out to O'Fallon coach Brandon Joggerst a few weeks ago.
The Beavers are still evaluating Porter, but the coaches spoke with Porter not long ago.
"They were talking about me as a player ad what they thought about me and staying in touch in the near future," Porter said.
Porter considers himself a pocket passer first, but he focused much of his senior film on his running ability. Colleges wanted to see Porter's dual-threat ability as a senior, so the coaches used him in a lot more running packages this fall.
"That was the No. 1 key -- me being a dual threat," Porter said. "[Colleges] were excited about that. It turned heads and gave them a different viewpoint on me."