Florida QB will announce Tuesday

Cameron was offered by LSU three weeks ago

On Tuesday, Jupiter, Fla., quarterback Tyler Cameron will decide between four schools, and LSU is among his finalists.

It's been a long year for Jupiter High's starting quarterback Tyler Cameron.

After a breakout sophomore campaign, last fall Cameron suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, meaning college coaches had just seven games of junior season highlight film to base their evaluation from.

Cameron finished the year with 820 yards passing and seven touchdowns and 600 yards rushing and six touchdowns, and by the spring evaluation period the Jupiter, Fla., native had picked up over 20 scholarship offers.

South Florida, Illinois, and Purdue have all been in the mix for the majority of Cameron's recruitment, and the three programs will have their hats on the table when he announces his decision this week.

The final hat will be purple and gold.

"I picked up an LSU offer about three weeks ago," Cameron told TigerSportsDigest.com on Sunday night. "(Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Steve) Kragthorpe and (Wide Receivers) Coach (Billy) Gonzales came out and watched me during the spring, and since then they have been in contact a lot. Then my high school coach got the word that they had offered.

"After the scholarship came Coach Kragthorpe let me know that I was a guy that they wanted to be their quarterback in this class. He felt like I would be a good fit.

"He told me about the two senior quarterbacks who are leaving, and they don't have anyone committed yet."

In a conversation this weekend with Scout.com's Larry Weisbaum, Cameron talked about what stands out about each school.

"With USF, I have this great relationship with the coaching staff, and with LSU, it's just the opportunity to play out there in that environment would be great," he said. "With Purdue I have a good relationship with them, and the same with Illinois, I've been talking with them forever.

"I'm looking for a good situation at quarterback and a chance to play. Where I get along with the coaches, and I'm looking for a place where I can feel comfortable at for the next four to five years."

Set to announce from the Jupiter Community Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Cameron – a December graduate who will enroll in the college of his choice next January – said he would select a school and stick with his decision.

"I'm just ready to get this out of the way," he said. "It's time. I like all four schools. And even though I have only visited South Florida, distance won't be an issue. It's about the right fit."

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