Shrine Bowl: NC QB Breakdown

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Day one is complete and Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons had his eyes on the quarterbacks much of the day. Find out how the North Carolina quarterbacks performed here.

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It was cold, the wind was blowing, the footballs were brand new, and it was just day one, but there was still plenty to look at when watching the North Carolina quarterbacks take part in this practice.

Chauncey Conception
High School: Providence
Measurements: 5-9/160
Recruiting: N/A
Thoughts from Day One: Conception threw the ball well in the afternoon session. While Lee and Williams worked more on the running game package, Conception got to throw it a lot. He is small, but he throws a nice spiral and has a better arm than expected. He was on and off when talking accuracy, but threw many balls that were catchable throughout the afternoon.
Projection: I do not see Conception playing quarterback on the next level. I am not sure who is recruiting him, but he is just too small of a quarterback to draw much attention to play that position in college.

Vad Lee
High School: Hillside
Measurements: 6-2/210
Recruiting: Committed to Georgia Tech
Thoughts from Day One: The first thing that came to mind was that Lee is all legs. I have watched film, but seeing him In person made me see him in a different way. He is athletic and he is nimble in the pocket, but he has to work on the consistency of his release. That affected the trajectory of his ball and he was hot and cold on day one. He was best when throwing the underneath passes to the tight ends or inside receivers.
Projection: Lee is an athletic quarterback and he has the ability to run the option under Paul Johnson. He will need to work on reading his keys and running lower to the ground and try not to leave himself exposed to big hits. He will be able to keep defenses honest with his ability to throw the ball as well.

Marquis Williams
High School: Mallard Creek
Measurements: 6-3/215
Recruiting: Committed to North Carolina
Thoughts from Day One: Williams was the best quarterback on the field today for me. He really threw a nice ball despite the conditions and he really excelled when throwing the deep ball. He threw multiple passes over 40 yards up in the wind that hit the receiver in stride and another one a wideout could have caught. He can still work on his footwork, use his lower-body more when throwing the ball, and square his shoulders before delivering the pass, but he had a strong first day.
Projection: Williams has a chance to be a good quarterback on the next level. He has that mobility that is so big in today's college game, he throws well on the move, and he has a strong arm. Just how he improved technically and how he picks up the system will determine just how good he becomes in Chapel Hill.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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