August 13, 2007
Virginia QB one to watch for '09
Class of 2009 quarterback Teddy Bacote from Hampton (Va.) Bethel hasn't had the chance to throw the ball much yet in his high school career, but schools have still managed to take notice. The 6-foot-2, 174 pound passer attended three camps at BCS conference schools this summer and two of college football's elite programs will be keeping an eye on him this fall.
"I've just been working with my team recently," Bacone said. "Earlier in the summer I went to camps at Rutgers, North Carolina and Virginia. All of them were good but I'd really like to stay in the south for college just because I wouldn't want to play in the cold.
"The UNC camp was really, really nice. I could definitely see myself playing there. Their quarterbacks coach (John Shoop) really knew the position well. He knew what he was talking about and I learned a lot down there. All their coaches were laid back and real cool. I pretty much stayed in the same type of small area at all those schools, so I couldn't see much of the campuses."
Bacote said Bethel ran the ball almost exclusively last year but will likely be running more out of the spread when the season starts this fall. That may allow him to showcase his skills more - skills that have already been noticed by two other high profile programs.
"I know Florida and Penn State are going to be keeping up with me," Bacote said. "They've both sent me letters and I'd have to check them out. I don't know what my plans are going to look like. I'll just do what I can to have a good season and hopefully they'll be impressed.
"I've seen a lot of stuff on the Friday Night Lights camp at Florida and that looks like something I'd really like to do next year."
Bacote, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.89 seconds, classifies himself as a pocket passer. He is also an excellent student and carries a 3.6 grade point average.
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