May 13, 2010

Floyd hoping for offers from pair of SEC West foes

Quarterbacks have to be confident.

Matt Floyd knows that, and he is. Still, when his first two scholarship offers rolled in earlier this month, the Milton, Fla., signal-caller admitted feeling some relief.

Now, as a busy summer full of camps approaches, Floyd is hoping more offers are on his way, and he's hoping a couple of SEC West schools will be among those making overtures.

"I'm definitely staying open-minded, but the two schools I'm really hoping to get offers from are Ole Miss and Auburn, but really Ole Miss," Floyd said Wednesday night. "I'd love to get an offer from Ole Miss."

Floyd, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, picked up offers from Southern Mississippi and Central Florida earlier in the process. Louisville, Florida State, Auburn and Florida Atlantic have dropped by his school to say hello.

"It was really relieving," Floyd said of the offers from the Golden Eagles and Golden Knights. "That was the best way to explain it. People said they were looking at me, but I never knew for sure. Southern Miss came and offered and UCF came and saw practice and offered me right away.

"With it taking so long, you start to worry if it would ever come. I always thought I'd get some offers, so it's finally coming, so it's getting really exciting."

Floyd said he plans to camp at Southern Mississippi, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Central Florida and Mississippi State this summer. He'll also camp at Ole Miss, and he's hoping he can make an impression on Houston Nutt and Co., something the Rebels certainly did when Floyd visited for a junior day in Oxford in late January.

"It was really eventful," Floyd said, laughing. "On our way we hit a deer. That made it exciting. We got there and it was snowing, and I had never seen snow. The campus was beautiful and with all the snow, it was 10 times better."

Nutt, Floyd said, was "personable, nice, easy to talk to." The Rebels' facilities were "top of the line."

"Everything felt really comfortable," Floyd said. "It felt like a home away from home."

Floyd will wrap up spring drills on May 28. The spring, he said, has been a productive one.

"I'm really excited," Floyd said. "I'm more excited than I ever have been. All the coaches who have come through say I'm now the D-1 size.

Floyd, who threw for 1,711 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, said he wants to improve his accuracy during his senior season.

"Everywhere we go, everyone says I have great footwork," Floyd said. "Footwork is my probably my strongest asset. I can make all the throws and I'm elusive. My one weakness is every now and then, I'll overthrow a ball or underthrow it. My main goal is to work on my footwork and work on my accuracy."

Floyd said he'd like to make a decision regarding his college home "as early as possible. I'm hoping to go to these camps and have some offers and make a decision by the end of June. That would make it more comfortable and less stressful, too."

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