Oregon NFTC: Breaking Down the QBs

A look at the top quarterback performers at the Oregon Nike Football Training Camp, led by MVP Kelly Hilinski…

The quarterback talent pool was not especially deep in Eugene, but there were a few prospects that stood out.

The MVP wasn't hard to spot. Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame quarterback Kelly Hilinski stands 6'6" and towards over most of his peers. Hilinski earned honors for his accuracy and ability to thrown the ball down the field. Hilinski holds four offers at the moment and could see his list grow as some of the top quarterbacks out west have started making decisions.

Bellevue (Wash.) Newport athlete Isaac Dotson is an intriguing prospect to watch. The 6'3" 200lbs junior is has been offered as both a quarterback and safety/linebacker. Unlike many prospects who play the position in high school, Dotson truly is a college level quarterback. He has great arm strength and the athleticism to move around the pocket. However, he might not be a Pac-12 level quarterback and already has a Pac-12 offer as an athlete. Dotson will likely have to decide at some point how important his position will be when choosing a school.

San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep 2014 prospect K.J. Carta-Samuels name should ring a bell for recruiting fans. His older brother quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels signed with Wyoming before ending up at Vanderbilt. Carta-Samuels might have had the strongest arm in the group and can put real zip on the ball. He is extremely mechnically sound and doesn't waste any motion.

Two other signal callers from the state of California stood out. Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame 2015 quarterback Tyler Hilinski and La Verne (Calif.) Damien 2014 quarterback Gage Pucci both wowed scouts. Hilisnki doesn't have the height his brother does, but still has plenty of size to play the position. Pucci continued what has been a very positive spring with a good outing, flashing great accuracy and footwork.

National Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.


Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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