The Elite 11 stopped at a windy Washington Redskins training complex in suburban Washington, D.C., on Saturday, but the elements didn’t play havoc with those who threw tight spirals and had the arm strength to spin a ball through the gusting win.
No one left with an invitation to the Elite 11 final in Oregon in late June, but there were still som strong performances.
Director of Scouting
1. Brandon Wimbush, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (2015)
Skinny: I thought the best thrower of the day was Wimbush (6’2/210). Wimbush is a big kid with broad shoulders who has a strong arm, quick release, and he threw the ball easy with a lot of velocity. He threw a tight spiral throughout the day, and he had little trouble cutting through the gusts when other quarterbacks saw their ball get away from them.
2. Jacob Park, Stratford High, Goose Creek, S.C.
Skinny: The 6-4, 205-pound Park looked like the top quarterback prospect of the class of 2014 on the day. He is another big kid who didn’t have to muscle up to make the longer throws. He was comfortable throwing on the run, which should be no surprise looking at his film, but he was also solid as a drop back passer. As other quarterbacks began to tire, Park still had a lot of arm left, because he didn’t have to over exert himself on throws.
3. Trace McSorley, Briar Woods High, Ashburn, Va.
Skinny: Maybe the most consistent quarterback o the day was McSorley (6’0/180), who plays just minutes from the Washington Redskins practice facility. I was impressed with his accuracy, so it was no surprise when he was awarded the Golden Gun accuracy award. His release is a little unorthodox, but it's effective. His height will always be a concern to some recruiters, but his ability to throw the ball shouldn’t be.
4. Caleb Henderson, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va.
Skinny: The North Carolina commit Henderson (6’4/210) looked very similar to Park throwing the ball throughout the day, but wasn’t quite as accurate when I was watching him. Again, it was easy to tell the players who had strong arms, because they weren’t affected by the wind or the sheer volume of throws that the others were. Henderson has a strong arm. While not the athlete that Park is, Henderson still showed good footwork and was comfortable throwing the ball on bootlegs and moving within the pocket.
Stephen Barmore, Southington (Conn.) High
Skinny: Connecticut isn’t known for producing a lot of D1 prospects, but Barmore (6’2/200) is a player coaches should keep an eye on. Smaller than Park and Henderson, but bigger than McSorley, Barmore rounds out my Top 5 with Saturday’s showing. Barmore found a quick rhythm with his receivers and continually hit them in stride on each of the routes. It doesn’t take long for the ball to arrive at its target once he cuts loose, because his release is compact, and he has a live arm.
Skinny: William Crest, Dunbar High, Baltimore: Good footwork, quick release, great arm, inconsistent accuracy.
Skinny: Jarrett Guarantano, Bergen Catholic High, Oradell, N.J. (2016)
Just a freshman, this may be the last time he misses a Top 5.
Andrew Ford, Cedar Cliff High, Camp Hill, Pa.
Skinny: He showed good footwork and a nice touch on his passes.
East Coast Recruiting Analyst
1. Brandon Wimbush, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J.
Skinny: Wimbush was pure arm strength, and he was much more accurate than he showed during a 7-on-7 earlier this month. He threw the ball effortless, and it got to the receiver quickly. He didn’t need to wind up when throwing into a formidable wind, and he showed nice touch on his short- and mi-range passes. His footwork was sound and the ball exploded out of his hand. He was able to throw with accuracy and velocity on three-, five- and seven-step drops, and while rolling out.
2. Trace McSorley, Briar Woods High, Ashburn, Va.
Skinny: Going strictly off performance and pushing aside any question about his height, no one was more accurate throughout the day than McSorley. He was able to throw the deep corner route, and also put the ball on the outside shoulder throwing down the sideline while nearly every other quarterback saw their ball come back toward the numbers because of the wind. His footwork was good and although he appeared to tire late in the session, he rallied on his last few throws for a strong finish.
3. Jacob Park, Stratford High, Goose Creek, S.C.
Skinny: If I were starting a team, Park would be my quarterback selection. He is a legit 6-4, has a big arm, sound mechanics and he is athletic. In fact, he was one of the most athletic quarterbacks at the event, and he showed it afterward by easily defeating West Virginia commit William Crest in a 40-yard dash. Park was able to throw on the run, didn’t tire during a grueling three-hour session and threw the ball with fluidity. He had one of the biggest arms at the event, and it didn’t even look to be taxing for him.
4. Caleb Henderson, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va.
Skinny: Henderson was solid through the session. He has the arm strength and enough mobility to get out of the pocket and throw on the run. He did a nice job on the multi-read drills and was accurate throwing the intermediate ball. He showed the arm strength to the get the ball outside on 12-yard outs and touch on corner post patterns.
5. Andrew Ford, Cedar Cliff High, Camp Hill, Pa.
Skinny: Ford showed accuracy, touch and consistency to earn a spot on the top five. Whether it was the short passes over the middle, the quick slants, the corner posts, the rollouts or the rush avoidance and throw to the sideline, Ford was accurate. His arm strength isn’t in the category of Wimbush, Park or Henderson, but he does possess enough of it to throw the ball to the sideline. He also makes quick decisions.
Jarrett Guarantano, Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (2016)
Skinny: Guarantano will be on the top of many of these competitions as he gets more seasoned. He has a big arm and nice footwork.
William Crest, Dunbar High, Baltimore
Skinny: When Crest is relaxed and loose, he throws a beautiful ball with arm strength. But his accuracy needs to improve.
Matt Muh, Shore Regional High, West Long Branch, N.J.
Skinny: Muh has size (6-3), arm strength and velocity and was able to throw on the move as well.
Elite 11 Six Pack
The six quarterbacks selected to compete in the one-minute drive the field competition at the end were Wimbush, Crest, Henderson, Ford, Park and Alex Ogle of Jensen Beach (Fla.) High.
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