Half an hour before holding a news conference to announce his college choice, the five-star quarterback prospect still hadn't made up his mind. Would Tim Tebow attend the home-state school that his parents attended? Or would he join the coach he had grown to respect through the recruiting process...[details]
Notes: Cousin of Clinton Portis. California prep committed to then-head coach Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators. Completed 6-of-11 passes (54.5 percent) for 81 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception in 2005. Added 163 rushing yards on 29 carries (5.6-yard average) with zero TDs. Behind Chris Leak and Broncos '10 first-rounder Tim Tebow, transferred to Maryland and sat out the '06 season per NCAA rules. Was suspended for the '07 season for violating the University Academic Code of Conduct (cheated on a quiz). A running complement in '08, had 1-3-4-0-0 passing (33.3) and 31-186-1 rushing (6.0) in eight games played. Was not slated to start the following season and transferred to Division II California (Pa.), where he started all 15 games in '09 and hit 224-408-3,421-36-9 (54.9) and rushed 98-448-1 (4.6). Started all 12 games in '10 and passed 205-335-2,650-33-7 (61.2). Added 72-70-1 rushing (1.0). Two-time team captain. Had a 21-6 career starting record.
Positives: Outstanding athlete. Has a live arm. Good agility to escape the pocket and nice run vision to create with the ball in his hands. Outstanding 5-1 TD-INT ratio. Handled the elements well at Texas vs. the Nation all-star game.
Negatives: Marginal decision maker - cannot process the game quickly. Raw footwork and weight transfer. Marginal timing and anticipation. Lacks mental toughness and thinks he is better than he is. Made simple one-look reads in an unsophisticated offense operating heavily out of the gun. Could not handle the discipline of a big-time program. Lacks a stable support structure.
Summary: Extremely raw developmental prospect who might have to embrace a position change and convert to receiver in the pros to earn a roster spot.