SoCal NFTC: Quarterback Standouts

Some of Southern California's best quarterbacks showcased their talents at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp, held at Cerritos College. FOX Sports NEXT takes a closer look at some of the standouts and surprises...

Last weekend's Nike Football Training Camp, held at Cerritos College, brought out some of Southern California's top talent.

Though many of the quarterbacks in attendance are still awaiting their first collegiate offer, the camp allowed a few of SoCal's best to showcase their talents.

Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro's Conner Manning was named the Quarterback MVP of the event. The 6'2" 195 lb. pocket-passer threw for over 4,200 yds. for 41 touchdowns last season, surpassing Matt Barkley to become Orange County's single-season passing leader. He's hearing from Wisconsin, Colorado, and Hawaii, and after displaying both accuracy and consistency this weekend, his recruitment should soon see a rise.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Bishop Mora Salesian's Jihad Vercher, who was also a standout at last weekend's Las Vegas New Level Athletics 7on7 Tournament, proved once again that he has the tools to compete with the best. Vercher was one of the most even-keeled quarterbacks of the bunch, dropping back with ease while showing off his strong arm and explosive release. Vercher will continue to hear that he's undersized, but does not let his height hinder his performance.

Pasadena (Calif.) signal-caller Brandon Cox currently holds an offer from Arizona and is hearing from a good number of Pac-12 programs, as well as Auburn and Virginia. The dual-threat prospect has great legs and a solid, athletic frame (having already gained ten pounds during the off-season) which complement his cannon of an arm.

One of SoCal's most highly-touted quarterbacks (and deservedly so) is Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne's Troy Williams, who proved again on Sunday why he currently holds nine offers, including UCLA, Washington, and Arizona State. Another dual-threat quarterback, the 6'3", 190 lb. Williams has a quick release and even in a camp setting, showcased his ability to read the defense.

Upland (Calif.) prospect Nate Romine is also a target of undersized stigma, but is one of the most mechanically sound quarterbacks in the class. He possesses both an effortless release and a very strong, accurate arm, performing consistently both at the NFTC and at last weekend's NLA 7on7, and has been hearing from programs including Duke, Northwestern, and Boise State.

One of the more under-the-radar quarterbacks at the event was Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha's Andrew Elffers. He has great size (6'3", 200 lbs.) and has put up consistent performances at camps throughout the month. Though Elffers has been focusing on improving his footwork in the off-season, he does have a strong arm, throwing some solid balls on Sunday, and is hearing from a good number of programs including Oregon State, UCLA, Vanderbilt, San Jose State, and San Diego State.

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame's Kelly Hilinski currently holds an offer from Arkansas and took a visit to Duke's campus this past week. At 6'6", 220 lbs., Hilinski has more of an adjustment to make when throwing to receivers at camps, but is the type of player who really thrives in a game-like setting. He's been working on both his speed and agility in the off-season and is poised to have a very strong senior season.

Other players who had a strong day include Santa Margarita (Calif.) quarterback Johnny Stanton, Las Vegas (Nevada) Bishop Gorman's Anu Solomon, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 2014 quarterback Brandon Dawkins, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra 2014 quarterback Jalen Greene, and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen.


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