Even with highly touted quarterbacks Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford getting ready to start their Seminole careers, the coaching staff still hopes to bring in one more signal-caller in 2005. So far scholarship offers have been extended to Ryan Perrilloux and Harrison Beck. However, based on early reports, it doesn't sound like either has FSU as a major contender. That isn't the case with North Carolina quarterback Cameron Sexton, who received an offer Tuesday.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound QB recently named FSU as one of his top five schools along with Virginia Tech, Miami, Texas, and NC State.
"They’ve been at my school to visit a couple of times now," Sexton told HokieHaven.com. "I love their offense and the history of the program. Coach Lilly is recruiting me for them and I get along real well with him."
In addition to FSU, he currently holds offers from Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Duke and East Carolina.
What is intriguing about Sexton isn't so much his statistics, he passed for 1,700 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, but his huge upside potential. First, he has amazing foot speed for a quarterback - he has been timed running the 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range and turned in a 4.22 second shuttle run at the Atlanta NIKE Camp. He also has all the other tools you look for in a college signal-caller.
"His natural attribute is that he has unbelievable speed," Scotland County head coach Mark Barnes said. "He runs about a 4.4 in the 40 (yard dash). He's got good arm strength. Everybody thinks because of his speed they categorize him as option quarterback but we don't run the option. He is a drop-back passer and uses his speed to escape and throw the ball."
In addition to his impressive physical tools, Sexton is also a student of the game, which is surprising since he only started playing organized football in the ninth grade.
"He makes all the throws," Barnes said. "That's one of the things that he does best. He throws the screens well, he throws the short game well, along with the deep ball. The thing that probably separates him from most people is his knowledge of the game. He has a great understanding of coverages and with his pre-snap read he can get you into a good play."
Sexton will camp at FSU this summer for one day and spend a second day checking out the campus and talking to the coaching staff.
Academically, he holds a 3.75 GPA and he scored 1000 on the SAT.