Highlighting the event will be quarterbacks Torrance Gibson (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage),Dwayne Lawson (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough), Feleipe Franks (Crawfordville, Fla./Wakulla), Deondre Francios (Orlando, Fla./Olympia), Lamar Jackson (Boynton Beach, Fla.), DeAndre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), Brad Mayes (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep), Daniel Parr (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer), Tucker Israel (Lake Nona, Fla.) and Deundre Pickett-White (Miami, Fla./Southwest). All are members of the 2015 class except for Franks, who is a sophomore.
"I'm seeing most of these guys for the first time live, so I have a lot of interest," said Chad Simmons, Scout.com national recruiting analyst. "I really want to see Lamar Jackson, Deandre Francois, Brad Mayes, and others that I have only seen on tape. Then you have Torrance Gibson, a five-star that improved a good bit last season as a passer, but he still has a ways to go when delivering the ball. Of course he is another one I really want to see."
Gibson is a five-star athlete from one of the premier programs in South Florida. He has great size (6-4/207) and super mobility in the pocket. He is the definition of a dual-threat quarterback that has made some big strides throwing the football. There's no question that he has a bright future playing this position if he continues to show the improvement. Teams from across the country have already offered Gibson knowing if quarterback doesn't work out he could be a super player at wide receiver on in the secondary. Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, LSU, Florida State, Florida, Miami and a host of others have already offered Gibson. He's currently the No. 3 ranked signal caller in the nation.
Another outstanding athlete at the quarterback position that is starting to garner a lot of recruiting attention is Lamar Jackson. Like Gibson, he's another standout dual-threat guy from south Florida. He has very good size (6-3/180), speed and athletic ability. He's improved his throwing tremendously over the past year. This event will be a nice gauge to see where he's at compared to his peers in the Sunshine State. Programs like Clemson, Cincinnati, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Syracuse, Tennessee and West Virginia have all offered this exciting talent. Look for his stock to continue to rise this spring. He's currently a three-star recruit.
Another big name is Dwayne Lawson. He's one of the state's biggest quarterback prospects at 6-foot-5, 207-pounds. He also has a big time arm and good mobility. But he's a pocket passer first and foremost and a true student of the game. Lawson has an impressive scholarship offer list as well from programs like Florida, Miami, Maryland, N.C. State, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio State, USF, Tennessee, UCF and many others.
Staying in Tampa, keep an eye on Brad Mayes. It's an event like this where this talented quarterback could make a name for himself and start gaining recruiting momentum. Mayes, 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, has offers from UMass and Akron and has gotten a ton of interest from a lot of different schools. He's a good, accurate passer and one of the more underrated players in the state.
Another player in the same situation is Daniel Parr. He led his team to the state title and was impressive during their playoff run. He has size (6-2/185), a big arm and throws wide receivers open. He has good anticipation and really throws the football well. At this point Parr doesn't have any offers but that could change very soon.
DeAndre Johnson has been a long time commitment to Florida State. This Jacksonville product is only 6-foot-1, 177-pounds but he has a lot of athletic talent and arm talent. Deundre Pickett-White was very impressive back in January at the South Florida Express tryouts. Then you have a guy like Deondre Francois. He's another outstanding athlete that can throw the football. He's 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, and has a slew of offers from teams like Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Miami and others. Clemson commitment Tucker Israel has thrown for 10,588 yards and 106 touchdowns over the last three seasons. He is definitely a guy we are excited to see throw out there.
Of course one of the state's top quarterback prospects from the 2016 class, Feleipe Franks, will also be in attendance. Franks, 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, already holds scholarship offers from teams like Clemson, Florida, UCF, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, USF and others.
Of course all these signal callers are hoping to earn a spot to the prestigious Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and an invitation to the Opening. Both of these events take place over the summer in July.
Below are some other notable names to keep an eye on.
Christian Alexander (Lakeland, Fla./Christian)
Sage Attwood (Baker, Fla.)
Brycen Lee (Mayo, Fla./Lafayette)
Cody Long (Estero, Fla.)
Kato Nelson (Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic)
Chris Riddle (St. Augustine, Fla..Nease)
Ryan Stanley (Flanagan, Fla.)