Tebow, who played with Demps for two years at Florida, said the Jets’ personnel department picked his brain about Demps.
“Yeah, they asked me about him,” Tebow said, in comments distributed by the team. “Jeff is a great guy and a great player and he is someone that I was proud to play with in college. He did a great job for us in college. I feel like wherever he goes he’ll work hard and do a good job for that team.”
Tebow said he spoke to Demps about the Jets, not to put a high-pressure sales job on, but simply to give his former teammate an honest assessment.
“I talk to him as a friend, but the Jets [are] a great organization and a great place,” Tebow said. “Would we love to have him? Absolutely. I would as a teammate just because I know how hard he works and what he could bring to the table.”
Demps, who won a silver medal with the U.S. 4×100-meter relay team last week, ran for 2,470 yards and 23 touchdowns and averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return at Florida. His agent said he has fielded calls from most NFL teams since Demps declared this week that he wants to play in the NFL, and Demps is expected to choose a team soon.