Dave Doeren recruited Jacoby Brissett out of high school three years ago.
Two coaching stops later for Doeren, and one college stop for Brissett, the two will get together at N.C. State.
Brissett, a transfer from Florida, will play quarterback for Doeren and the Wolfpack. Brissett was a top 100 recruit coming out of high school in 2011, when Doeren recruited him for Wisconsin before taking the Northern Illinois job.
Brissett, who is from West Palm Beach, Fla., decided to stay in state with the Gators rather than play for the Badgers, but the connection to Doeren remained.
Brissett, 6-foot-4 and 229 pounds, started three games in two seasons for the Gators. He will have to sit out the 2013 season but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
He will give Doeren a potential program-building block.
“Jacoby is an NFL-style quarterback with a tremendous arm and great accuracy, and he has some of the best hand-eye coordination I’ve ever seen,” Doeren said in a statement released by N.C. State. “He has the ability to throw the ball deep, intermediate and short. He has great touch and arm strength.”
One of Doeren’s first tasks at N.C. State is to replace quarterback Mike Glennon, who threw for more than 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in each of his two seasons as starter.
Glennon, ranked No. 59 in his class in 2008 by Rivals, and tackle Rob Crisp (No. 13 nationally in 2010) were the only top 100 recruits on N.C. State’s roster last season.
Rivals ranked Brissett as the No. 75 prospect in the class of 2011, behind four other quarterbacks, including Jeff Driskel.
Driskel, who was a better runner than Brissett, ended up winning the starting job at Florida this season and leading the Gators to an 11-2 record, so Brissett decided to transfer, his high school coach said.
Brissett completed 41 of 74 passes in his two-year career at Florida, for 455 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for three touchdowns. He started two games as a freshman in 2011 and a 23-0 win against Jacksonville State this past season.
Brissett is a winner, said Jack Daniels, his football coach at Dwyer High in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He said Brissett led Dwyer to a state championship in football as a junior and in basketball.
“He’s a great leader,” Daniels said. “He has a great presence in the huddle and he’s very competitive.”
There will be competition at quarterback this season for N.C. State. Colorado State transfer Pete Thomas and Manny Stocker, who will be a sophomore, will contend to replace Glennon, who is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in the NFL draft.
Brissett has already enrolled at N.C. State and will participate in spring practice.