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Billy Pavlock spent the past three seasons pushing the physical limits of football, making jaws drop and decorating highlight clips with bursts of brilliance.
As a quarterback, Pavlock led Palm Harbor University to its first playoff appearance and first postseason victory. He was given serious consideration as a player of the year candidate for his ability to turn sacks into long gains.
About the only thing he has not been able to do is convince a college to offer him is a scholarship.
Less than a month before national signing day, Pavlock still is waiting for his first official offer. He has a visit scheduled to Jacksonville on Jan. 28 and said the school could extend an offer for him to play safety. Pavlock also has interest from schools such as Charleston Southern, Citadel, Florida Atlantic, Fordham, Georgia Southern and USF (preferred walk-on).
“It’s tough because I’ve been trying everything,” said Pavlock, who threw for more than 1,300 yards, ran for more than 600 and had 24 total TDs this past season. “I’ve wanted to play college football since I was a kid. And I’m not looking just at playing quarterback. I’ll play any position. I just want to play.”
Pavlock’s plight is similar to former Hurricane quarterback Sean Shelton's. In 2008, Shelton led PHU to its first winning season and barely missed the playoffs, losing in a district tiebreaker. Shelton had interest from some schools, such as Florida Atlantic, but ended up going to Division III William Jewell in Missouri.
Pavlock was a freshman during Shelton’s senior season.
“I know he struggled to get noticed,” Pavlock said. “I hope the same thing doesn’t happen to me.”
Pavlock was able to get Rivals to list him as a two-star quarterback, which has generated more interest.
“I’ve tried to get Billy’s name out there and I know other coaches in the county have done the same thing,” PHU coach Matt LePain said. “I don’t know what else to do. I know colleges have him on their board. It’s just a matter of one pulling the trigger.”