Proved himself as one of the top freshman signal callers as he ranks third in the country in passing yards by a freshman with 1,997 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 57.2% completion percentage…named starting quarterback after a season-ending injury to Deondre Francois…in his debut against NC State, threw for a career-high 278 yards on 22 completed passes and earned his first touchdown pass on a strike to junior wide receiver Auden Tate in the second quarter…in his first taste of the FSU-Miami rivalry, showed his grit and perseverance as he threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns, with both touchdowns and 121 yards coming in the fourth quarter against the ACC Coastal Division champions…completed a career-high 85.7 percent of passes in a win at Duke…showed incredible poise and toughness at defending national champion Clemson, throwing for 208 yards and a touchdown…guided the team to a school-best fifth straight victory over rival Florida, throwing for two touchdowns…accounted for at least one touchdown in 10 of 11 starts and threw multiple touchdown passes in four games.
Possesses a big arm and great size while showcasing his playmaking ability as the quarterback at Glades Central High School…captured a four-star rating from Rivals and 247Sports, while being tabbed a three-start recruit by ESPN and Scout…rated the nation’s No. 7 pro style quarterback and No. 29 overall player in Florida by 247Sports, while making the recruiting service’s coveted Top247 prospect list…rated the nation’s No. 10 dual threat quarterback and No. 33 player in Florida by Rivals…ranked No. 220 in the Rivals300…ranked the nation’s No. 24 overall quarterback by ESPN and a top 100 player in the state of Florida…called a “pass-first quarterback that does a good job of keeping his eyes locked down the field” by Scout…ESPN says “Can play on the move, as a runner and within the pocket”…passed for 2,511 yards and 14 touchdowns at Glades Central in 2016, leading the Raiders to the Class 4A regional semifinals…ranked Florida’s No. 3 quarterback prospect by Scout and the No. 7 signal caller in the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 prospect list…rated No. 5 on the Palm Beach Post’s Big Board of top area college prospects and was also a member of the Post’s Super 11 for the 2016 football season…collected Palm Beach Post All-Area First Team and Sun Sentinel All-Palm Beach County First Team accolades in 2016, as well as Class 4A honorable mention All-State honors in 2015 and 2016…tossed for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior…has same alma mater as 2014 Carolina Panthers first round pick Kelvin Benjamin, the former Seminole star wide receiver who caught the game-winning touchdown in the 2013 BCS National Championship…committed to FSU in August 2016…chose the Noles over offers from Louisville, Miami and West Virginia, among others.