HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECRUITING

Lindsey exploring his options


Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 12:24 a.m.

After a wait that surely had to be difficult for Aaron Lindsey, the recruiting process finally is bringing good things to Lafayette's senior quarterback.

Rated as one of Florida's top 5 prospects at his position, Lindsey believes he has the size (6-foot-3, 199 pounds), arm strength (he can wing a ball 65 yards), intelligence (he often capably read down to second and third options with the Hornets) and athleticism (his 4.8 40 speed isn't blazing, but he appears quicker in pads) to make some college team better.

But schools, after showing initial interest last summer, weren't offering scholarships or visits.

However, that changed last week when Jacksonville University invited Lindsey, The Sun's 2002 Class A-2A offensive player of the year, to campus Feb. 1. That was followed by a call from Florida offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher, who told Lindsey that the Gators already had fulfilled their quarterback commitments with Punta Gorda Charlotte's Justin Midgett and Charlotte Independence's Chris Leak, but Zaunbrecher added that he really liked Lindsey and was going to call coaches around the country advising them to look at him.

North Carolina State quarterback coach Mike Canales also called to say he was going to do the same thing (the Wolfpack have a commitment from highly sought Marcus Stone of Harrisburg, Pa.).

"It's starting to look up, and I'm pretty excited," said Lindsey, a first-team all-state player who was responsible for more than 2,000 yards of offense as a senior. "Hopefully, more good news will come in the next few days and weeks leading up to signing day (on Feb. 5)."

So far, the area has five seniors who have committed to colleges: Lafayette defensive lineman Tamar Jones to Bethune-Cookman and teammate Colby McKinley (an offensive lineman) to Samford, Columbia defensive lineman Allen Cray to South Florida, Gainesville quarterback/cornerback Kasey Ross to East Carolina and Union County offensive lineman Travis Andrews to Wofford. Plus, former Columbia running back/linebacker Cliff Magby will re-sign with USF after sitting out a year, and former Gainesville receiver Corey Gordon will sign with Virginia Tech, where he will play safety, after spending a year at Hargrave Military Academy.

You can reach John Patton by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at pattonj@gvillesun.com.

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