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Blake Bortles was second best QB in his hometown going into college

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Since starring for UFC in their January 1 Bowl game upset of Baylor, Blake Bortles' rise to the top end of the NFL draft rankings has been fairly meteoric.

He is now considered one of the top five prospects ahead of the NFL draft but prior to his impressive display for the Knights in Phoenix many outside of Florida weren't paying much attention to the 22-year-old.

And it must have been a familiar feeling for Bortles.

As revealed by Lost Letterman today, the hottly tipped quarterback was not even the top-ranked signal-caller in his hometown when he was being recruited to college back in 2011.

And when that provincial town has a population of just 33,342 that isn't a great endorsement.

Bortles was usurped by Jeff Driskel for the honor of Oviedo's best QB three years ago.

A three-star recruit, Bortles chose to play his football at Central Florida largely because they were the first school to offer him a scholarship - and were located a stones throw from his family home.

Driskel meanwhile ended up signing for Florida, and has enjoyed a limited amount of success as a Gator.

Three years of efficient play have seen Bortles upset the pre-college predictions however and he can truly defy them at Radio City Music Hall next Friday if he hears his name called in the first few picks.

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