Student Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp Roster

The nation's top high school quarterbacks will fine-tune their skills and receive unique instruction from some of college football's best quarterbacks and the Student Sports staff July 24-28 at the Student Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, held at the Rancho Capistrano Resort in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

The Student Sports Elite 11 Camp is commanding attention across the nation as the premier gathering of college football's future stars: last year's camp graduates are scheduled to suit up for the 2002 season at such prestigious football universities as Ohio State, Michigan State, Texas and Florida among others.

Following in the tradition of such past Elite 11 graduates as Matt LoVecchio (Indiana), Jeff Smoker (Michigan State), Casey Clausen (Tennessee), Kyle Orton (Purdue) and Chris Rix (Florida State); the 2002 Camp participants are selected from across the nation and brought to Southern California to receive intensive training and instruction on what it takes to be a successful quarterback in college and beyond, both on and off the field. The dozen players (an even number are chosen for balance in drills and housing) were chosen by a staff of experts who have played at the college and pro level based on in-person workouts at events such as the Nike Football Training Camps, on game and highlight film and personal interviews. The participants get morning and afternoon on-field instruction, daily classroom "chalk talk," and film study while enjoying off the field activities such as a visit to the nearby San Diego Chargers team camp, attendance at an Angels baseball game and a trip to a Southern California beach.

Student Sports also announced today that it would schedule 11 regional workouts next year, as another opportunity for Student Sports staff to evaluate players to assist in selecting the 2003 Elite 11 quarterbacks. Elite 11 head coach Bob Johnson, who has garnered national acclaim as a passing instructor for the Nike Football Training Camps, oversees the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp instruction for Student Sports. Johnson said the workouts would enable the Student Sports staff to directly interact with a greater number of players as well as schedule in-person player interviews.

"Those in-person interviews are extremely important because as much as we look for athletic ability, we also look for character in our quarterback selections," Johnson said. "You have to be one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but we also look at several intangibles… the kids have to be coachable, they have to want to learn. We don't want arrogance, we want confidence. We want someone that cares about their teammates, that is known generally as being a ‘good guy'."

Following is a list of each of the 12 quarterbacks invited to the camp, with biographical information:

Michael Affleck 6-3, 235
Timpview, Provo UT
The more you see him, the more you like him. Throws a tight spiral every time and has tremendous arm strength. Has good athleticism for his size and ran a 4.71 in the 40 with a 28-inch vertical jump at the Nike Camp in Palo Alto. Is very smart, makes good reads and can throw on the run as well as stand in the pocket. Throws an excellent deep ball and has the talent to fit in well with any system. Completed 105-195 passes for 1,090 yards and 15 touchdowns a year ago. Looking at USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Washington.

Dennis Dixon 6-3, 170
San Leandro CA
Randall Cunningham clone with great arm strength and the ability to make plays in or out of the pocket. Threw for 1,715 yards and 22 touchdowns last season and has as much upside as any signal caller in the country. Clocked a 4.59 in the 40 at the Nike Camp in Palo Alto and is also a very good baseball player who may double sport in college. Has lost just two high school games in the last two years, both to national power De La Salle. Is wide open among college choices and has offers from LSU, UCLA, Oregon, USC, Cal, Arizona State and Colorado among others.

Tommy Grady 6-6, 210
Edison, Huntington Beach CA
Talented signal caller has great mechanics and throws one of the prettiest balls you'll ever see. Has a nice tight release and has the arm strength to make all the throws. Completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,791 yards and 33 touchdowns with just three interceptions a year ago. Also a standout in basketball and baseball and is getting recruited in all three sports. Currently looking at UCLA, USC, Miami, Tennesse, Florida State, LSU and Fresno State.
Robert Lane 6-2, 205
Neville HS, Monroe LA
Can do it all from the quarterback position, with a strong, accurate arm and surprising speed and agility. Is very tough in the pocket and is a good leader. Named Student Sports Junior All-American and Class 4A All-State a year ago after passing for 2,508 yards and 28 touchdowns with just seven interceptions while also rushing for 631 yards and 12 more scores. A fine shortstop who may play both football and baseball in college. Has over 60 scholarship offers and currently favors LSU, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee.
Chris Leak 6-1, 210
Independence HS, Charlotte NC
Legendary prep quarterback who enters his senior season on the verge of breaking national high school career records for passing yards and touchdown passes. Very refined signal-caller who can make every throw. Good athleticism and excellent pocket presence. Completed 296-of-450 passes for 4,541 yards, 57 touchdowns and 12 interceptions as a junior, earning Student Sports Junior Player of the Year honors and leading Independence to a state title. Passed for 4,544 yards and 51 touchdowns and was the Student Sports Sophomore of the Year in 2000. Will likely follow join his older brother C.J. at Tennessee when all is said and done, but Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State will also have a shot.
Justin Midgett 6-4, 185
Charlotte County HS, Punta Gorda FL
The top quarterback in the Sunshine State this year. Possesses passion for the game matched by few. Has an accurate passing arm and a great feel for the game. Was the top quarterback at the Nike Camp in Miami each of the past two years, and can make all the throws. Threw for 1,653 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, earning Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention. Committed to his dream school, Florida, in early April over offers from North Carolina, NC State, Illinois and Mississippi.
Blake Mitchell 6-4, 175
La Grange GA
Very solid dropback quarterback prospect from the South who often gets overlooked nationally. A good leader with a strong arm and good pocket presence. Also a talented baseball player. Was an All-State selection as a junior, leading La Grange to the 3A state title while completing 145 of 234 attempts for 2,086 yards and 23 touchdowns. Has offers from top schools like Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and LSU. Currently lists Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida State, LSU and Miami as his favorites.
T.C Ostrander 6-3, 186
Menlo-Atherton, Atherton CA
Fast rising signal caller who lit it up at the Nike Camps in Palo Alto and Eugene out-throwing several other more highly touted quarterbacks. Reminds us mechanically of former Elite 11 quarterback Trent Edwards in terms of his drops, release and feet. Is a very consistent player with 4.6 speed in the 40 and a big upside in college. Completed 80-143 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in just seven games last season. Also averaged 46 yards per punt as the teams punter and boasts an 85 MPH fastball in baseball. Favors Stanford, Oregon, Virginia and USC.

Clayton Richard 6-5, 225
McCutcheon, Lafayette IN
Physically imposing quarterback who has an uncanny pocket presence beyond his years and a cannon for an arm. Looks off safeties and finds the open man very well. Has been selected All-State in each of his three years as a starter, totaling over 7,700 yards and 67 touchdown passes. Earned Student Sports All-American honors in each of the past two seasons. Also a top-flight baseball prospect, as a left-handed pitcher with a fastball in the low 90s. Likes Michigan, Purdue, Tennessee, Indiana, Stanford, UCLA and Illinois to name a few.
JaMarcus Russell 6-5, 215
Williamson HS, Mobile AL
The sky's the limit for this tall, lanky signal-caller. Has a whip for an arm and a quick release. Was the top quarterback at the Nike Camp in Alabama, where few receivers could handle his fastball. Threw for 1,850 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior and has thrown for just over 7,500 yards in his three years as a starter. Averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game in basketball. LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia have the inside track.
Andre Woodson 6-5, 220
North Hardin HS, Radcliff KY
Raw talent who put his name on the map with a breakout performance at the Nike Camp in Pennsylvania. Possesses one the nation's strongest arms and spins it very well. Makes the toughest throws look easy with his natural ability. Threw for 1,430 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. Also averages 18 points per game in hoops. Could be a huge recruit for Kentucky, but watch out for Penn State and others to jump on this diamond in the rough.
Kyle Wright 6-4, 185
Monte Vista, Danville CA
The top quarterback in the West and could be the nation's best as well. Technically sound with great feet and a quick release. A good athlete with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash and a cannon for an arm. Threw for 3,015 yards and 26 touchdowns and earned All-State and Student Sports Junior All-American honors last fall. Has offers from every top program in the country and favors USC over Miami, Florida State, Texas and Tennessee.

The event producer of the prestigious Student Sports Elite 11 Camp is Student Sports President Andy Bark, Elite 11 Head Coach is Bob Johnson and Event Director Chris Keldorf, who was named the Most Valuable Player as the North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback in the 1998 Gator Bowl.

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