Brand Proves Himself

Brand Proves Himself

University of Detroit Jesuit (Mich.) junior quarterback Ryan Brand was impressive at Saturday's Elite 11 Regional in Chicago. He talks about his experience there and more here.

Since he is not 6-foot-5 like many of the nation's top quarterbacks, Ryan Brand has had to fight and claw and earn every bit of recruiting attention he has gotten.

That has been no problem for him as he has impressed at each and every camp stop he has made, and he made a big impression on Saturday when he was chosen as one of the top performers at the Elite 11 Regional in Chicago.

Brand was one of four quarterbacks chosen for the final "pressure chamber" drill and showed that he could throw it with the best.

"First off, just to be able to be at camp in the Bears' facility, I'm a Bears fan, my mother is a Bears fan and just being in this facility is awesome," he said. "I'm a competitor so anywhere I go, I'm going to compete. To be able to compete with the top kids out here is just an awesome feeling."

Not only was it a chance to prove himself, it was also an opportunity to get better.

"I'm taking back like six drills at least. I'm working them because they're beneficial drills and drills don't always relate to in-game, but these do, so it's awesome."

A few schools are turning up the heat with Brand and as he moves through the spring evaluation period and summer camp months, more coaches will be able to see what those in attendance on Saturday saw.

"Air Force is going to try to schedule a visit or work out for us. Dartmouth, we'll look for a visit out there. We're trying to focus on schools that are really pressing."

Then in June, more camps and more chances to impress.

"I know that I'll probably be going to Northwestern camp because there will be a lot of different schools there. I know I'll go to Ohio State for the same reason, then probably shoot up to Air Force over the summer and play it by ear."


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