Parade of QBs Highlight Arkansas Camps

Over the course of the past two weeks, Arkansas had a chance to look at its 2015 pledge Ty Storey and some top 2016 and 2017 prospects in its football camps. Hawgs Illustrated's Dudley E. Dawson sizes up what he saw of the signal callers during the camps.

Arkansas is all set with quarterback recruiting for 2015 with Charleston star Ty Storey pledged and planning to arrive in Fayetteville in January and go through spring drills.

The Razorbacks had the opportunity to see a lot of 2016 and 2017 prospects up close in their camps over the past two weeks.

Here's some thoughts about ones that stood out:

2015:

Ty Storey, 6-3, 215, Charleston:

The Arkansas commit – who came to three different Razorback camps in one week - was clearly the most fundamentally sound, makes all the throws, has a strong arm. Polished and all set to be a Razorback.

2016:

Kasey Ford, 6-6, 257, Bentonville:

The junior-to-be is just a huge young man with a big arm, good presence in the pocket and the ability to anticipate when his guy will be open and where the ball needs to be. Baseball or football or both? We'll see. Louisville offer for football and Wichita State for baseball so far.

Jon Randall Belton, 6-3, 210, West Monroe, La.

Came to the first Elite Camp and sure looked bigger than listed. Looked more like 6-5, 230 standing there. Strong arm, not as accurate as some others, but also made some power throws that made you think NFL guy. Five offers, including Mississippi State and Georgia Tech after season in which he was injured halfway through it.

• Jeremy Smith, 6-3, 185, Missouri City, Texas, Fort Bend Marshall

Smith got reps at both quarterback and wide receiver – the two positions colleges are recruiting him at - during the first Arkansas Elite Camp. He showed off his speed at both positions, a very accurate arm and really nice route running. Arkansas is currently looking at him as a quarterback first.

Terry Wilson, 6-2, 180, Del City, Okla.

Looks like RG3 - dual threat guy - very fast with an offer from Arkansas State - anxious to see more of him - may have made the biggest jump in the coach's minds. He was off to a great start as a sophomore seven games in before getting hurt – one to definitely keep an eye on – runs a fast-pace offense that got to 90 plays at times this season.

Scotty Gilkey, 6-3, 204, Broken Arrow, Okla.

Will be the starter this season at BA after being the back-up at Jenks last season and playing as a freshman at Pawhuska. Got an offer from Louisville after the Arkansas camp to go along with one he already had from Louisiana-Monroe. Has a funky little motion, but throws it well.

Brennen Wooten, 6-2, 180, Marble Falls, Texas

Reminded me of Tom Brady in that he is calm in the pocket, has a great football IQ with a great arm and you can see him thinking ahead. He has offers from TCU, Kentucky, Clemson, Akron and Houston.

Micah Wilson, 6-3, 195, Tulsa Lincoln Christian

Would like to see more of him than I did, but you see poise and made the throws - he passed for 2,650 yards last season with 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

• Andre Sale, 6-2, 200, Little Rock Catholic

Andre and his dad have gone to or will be going to several camps this summer – including Arkansas, Notre Dame, LSU, Auburn and several others. He showed off a strong arm at the high school camp. Definitely one to watch in-state as he develops.

Skylar Thompson, 6-2, 175, Independence, Mo., Fort Osage

Skylar is a very intelligent young man. Really enjoyed talking to him after camp. Very poised, thinks about what he is saying. Is positive about each school and coaches, etc. Strong arm. Looked very accurate and his high school stats - nearly 60 percent completion percentage - back that up. Seem to really flourish during the quick drop portion of the drill

• Jake Rieves, 6-3, 200, Dewitt

Keaton Torre, 6-2, 185, Edmond Sante Fe

These are two guys that also caught my attention, but didn't get to see them as much as others – Rieves would do it alone as the only red-headed QB in camp. The Las Vegas-born Torre jumped in for injured QB Justice Hansen – an OU signee – last year and led them to the playoffs.

2017:

• Taylor Powell, 6-1, 190, Fayetteville

I hesitate to pronounce a kid a future star before he plays his first down of high school football and there is no guarantee he will start for the Purple Dogs this year. But the kid looks wise beyond his years on and off the field, fundamentally sound, his dad is 6-4 or 6-5 so he has a chance to grow and he has had good camps at both Arizona State and Arkansas now.


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