Was Hillborough High's Jarred Fayson destined to be a star at UF?
When he transferred from Florida following the 2006-07 season, former Hillsborough High standout Jarred Fayson was searching for more playing time and a school where he could have a more prominent role in the offense?
After sitting out last season, Fayson is now preparing to be a starter at receiver for Illinois, which Florida coach Urban Meyer said comes as no surprise to him. Interestingly, Meyer said Fayson would be in a similar role at UF if he had stayed
"I think he's one of the best players in the country,'' Meyer said. "He was next to a guy named Percy Harvin that was another great player, so we recruited obviously very well that year. I wish he would have stayed. He'd be a getting ready to be the go-to guy at Florida, that's how much talent he has. I think he's an excellent player.''
In one season at Florida, Fayson played in 11 of 13 games and had 12 receptions for 148 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 89 yards on 13 carries.
Meyer said he understands why Fayson felt the need to transfer, adding that college football no longer fosters an environment that encourages waiting and developing.
"In college football it's almost like the NFL now, you don't have time,'' Meyer said. "It's almost like the development phase at places like Florida, people don't want to do that. Like coaches, they don't give coaches time to develop programs a lot of times. So I think everything is so sped up in college athletics it's pushed its way to the athletes and the athlete is like I've got to play now, I've got to get my touches or I'm out. But Jarred is a very good person and a great player.''