They want their names to shine bigger and brighter than Tim Tebow and Tom Brady. They want their reputations to loom larger in the Sunshine State than icons Danny Wuerffel and Ken Dorsey.
Simply put, they want to be stars.
Jacory Harris and E.J. Manuel, two of the hottest senior quarterback prospects in the country and members of the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team, have their sights set on turning around the once-elite Miami and Florida State programs that have fallen on hard times.
They dull the pain of Miami's tepid play and Florida State's academic woes with talk about Harris' speed and Manuel's strong arm.
Can Harris and Manuel possibly live up to all this hype?
Players and coaches think so, but recruiting analysts are more circumspect.
Harris is oozing confidence.
He led Miami Northwestern to a 15-0 season capped with a 41-0 shutout of Boone for the Bulls' second consecutive Class 6A state championship.
Northwestern also clinched the mythical national title.
Harris, who is 6 feet 4 and 185 pounds, thrived on piloting the Bulls' spread offense.
He passed for 6,365 yards and 86 touchdowns in two seasons.
"There's no question he's the best player we faced all season," Boone Coach Phil Ziglar said. "Usually a quarterback has some kind of weakness. If they throw well, they usually can't run. If they can run, their arm usually isn't as strong. And a lot of them don't make real good decisions under pressure.
"Harris was different. He could do it all. Miami's really getting a solid football player."
Harris is on the mend after suffering a knee injury in the fourth quarter against Boone.
He told the Miami Herald he only strained his anterior and medial cruciate ligaments, avoiding dreaded tears that could have derailed his chances of playing for the Hurricanes next season.
Harris is graduating from Northwestern this month and will enroll at Miami in January.
This will give him a head start on learning the Hurricanes' offense, which in turn gives him a better chance of beating front-runner Robert Marve for Miami's starting job.
"You can tell Robert Marve I'll be ready to compete with him in the spring," Harris told the Herald when discussing his knee injury.
Manuel speaks of his future with just as much bravado.
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