- Henry Gola
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Nease High School quarterback Tim Tebow concluded a championship week by announcing his verbal commitment to Florida.
On Saturday, Tebow led his team to its first-ever state championship with a 44-37 win over two-time defending champion Armwood High School. He threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 183 yards and two more touchdowns.
It's that kind of performance that has made Tebow one of the most sought-after players in the class of 2006.
"In this day and age of the spread offense at the college level, Tebow's talents are the perfect recipe for success," says Scouts Inc. national recruiting director Tom Luginbill. "With so much emphasis being placed on the quarterback's ability to run and throw, guys like him are becoming a hot commodity."
Four coaches were scheduled to visit ESPN's third-ranked quarterback and 14th-ranked player in the past week, among them Alabama head coach Mike Shula and Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen.
Tebow holds the Florida high school records for career passing yards and touchdown passes.
"Tim is a perfect fit for Urban Meyer's offense," says Luginbill. "The ability to run the option and make plays out of the pocket are what is asked of a quarterback in the spread offense."
Tebow is Florida's 21st high school commitment for the class of 2006. In November, Florida lost QB Jevan Snead when he de-committed and verbally committed to Texas.