Pasco quarterback Jacob Guy grew up a Gators fan with season tickets to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The next time his family travels to a game in Gainesville, they’ll be able to see their son on the field at the Swamp.
One of the top passers in North Suncoast history turned down Division I scholarship opportunities and will attend UF as a preferred walk-on, Guy said Friday afternoon.
“I’ve always been a Gators fan,” Guy said. “The opportunity to go up there to Gainesville and play for the Gators got me there.”
The three-star prospect had other options after a standout high school career season. Guy was the Times’ 2010 North Suncoast Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and the all-Suncoast first-team quarterback as a senior.
He set Pasco County single-season records last fall in touchdowns (42) and passing yards (2,672). Both records were held by former Land O’Lakes and FSU quarterback Drew Weatherford.
Guy also delivered one of the best games of his career in the Class 5A region final against Jesuit. He completed 17-of-18 passes, threw for a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in the Pirates’ blowout victory.
Those performances and a 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame helped him land offers from UMass, Ohio and Western Michigan. But he chose not to make a decision on signing day.
“I’m not a big fan of the cold,” said Guy, who completed 71 percent of his passes last season and threw only six interceptions.
Pasco’s long season and run to the Class 5A state semifinals kept Guy from making some visits, though he checked out Colgate and Tulane in the winter. He also received late interest from Miami of Ohio before deciding between walking on at UF or FSU.
The pull of childhood trips to the Swamp and dreams of wearing Gators blue and orange proved too strong.
“I’m going up there to enjoy Gainesville,” Guy said.
Guy will become the second member of his family to walk on at a state school. His older brother, former Zephyrhills and Freedom QB Tyler Guy, plays tight end at USF.
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