Watson Shines at Elite 11

The Elite 11 regional camp hit Buford, Ga. Friday evening and DeShaun Watson had a strong showing. Find out about Watson's performance and more here...

For roughly three hours quarterbacks from multiple states competed for a spot in the 2013 Elite 11. In the end, one participant received an invite.

Deshaun Watson, a four-star quarterback on Scout was invited not only to the Elite 11, but also to The Opening.

Watson is a 6-foot-3, 180 pound signal caller out of Gainesville, Ga. he is excited about what lies ahead this summer.

"Getting invited to The Opening and the Elite 11 is pretty exciting," Watson told Scout. "This is what I have been working for and it has come together. I came out here working to get these invites and I am excited about them."

The state champion had a strong showing throughout the event and he was consistent from start to finish. That is what stood out to the Elite 11 staff.

He is ready to showcase his talented in Oregon now.

"I can't wait for it. I have been watching all kind of guys that competed in the Elite 11 and The Opening and I wanted to get there. Now I get invited and that is great. This is what I have worked for."

Watson is committed to Clemson and he is the No. 5 quarterback in the country on Scout.

The Final Group

At the end of each Elite 11, the staff calls out a group of quarterback to go through the two-minute drill.

Here are the prospects that heard their names called Friday:

Peyton Bender - Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.)
Stephen Collier - Lee County (Ga.)
Quentin Gibson - Archbishop Shaw (La.)
Chase Litton - Wharton (Fla.)
DeShaun Watson - Gainesville (Ga.)
Sean White - University School (Fla.)
Price Wilson - Walton (Ga.)

All seven had strong showings Friday night in front of a lot of media outlets.

Coming from California

Most of the quarterbacks at Buford High School Friday were from southern states, but there were a few that came from outside that region. One was Brandon Dawkins from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.

He wanted to compete with the talent in the south.

"I wanted to come out here where the best of the best are put myself out there to compete," Dawkins said. "The Elite 11 have great coaches, I knew there would be top quarterbacks out here, and I wanted to go to work with the best to raise my talents up."

The four-star quarterback from out west felt good about his performance, but he knows he could have done better.

"I would give myself a B- today. This was my first big camp and I think I did fairly well, but there are some things I can go back and fine-tune too. I want to get out to another camps and try to better my chances at getting an Elite 11 invite."

The Elite 11 was not the only thing Dawkins did while in Georgia Friday. He visited UGA as well.

"I went to Georgia this morning and it went well. The coaches told me that they liked my tape, that they like what I can do, and that they see me in their future. They have not offered me yet, but they will be out to see me practice this spring. Georgia would be a nice offer to have."

North Carolina State, Notre Dame, and Utah have offered so far, but plenty of other schools are showing interest.

Kennedy's Favorites

Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy had his eyes on the field of quarterbacks Friday and he picked out six that he really liked.

"Overall I thought it was a good group of passers, but there were some who caught my eye above the others," said Kennedy.

"I thought there were four players who warranted MVP consideration for the performance they had in the environment presented to them.

Chase Litton displayed all of the tools one looks for. He has a good frame at 6-foot-3 plus. He has a quick over the top release, and threw an accurate ball on the run and in dropback situations.

Tyler Harris out of Pierce County (Ga.) is a very similar quarterback though he's a little thicker and his release is a little longer. With a naturally strong arm, Harris kept his velocity throughout the day while others began to falter.

It shouldn't be a surprise that DeShaun Watson was arguably the most consistent of the group. A true field general, Watson doesn't possess the biggest arm, but he showed a stronger arm than I was expecting. His accuracy was the best on the day as he quickly developed a rapport with his receivers and their timing routes.

If Watson wasn't the most consistent, Price Wilson was. Wilson lacks the size and height of the previous three quarterbacks, but he threw tight accurate spirals through the wind the entire session. Wilson was the least known of the four quarterbacks, but based on the event's drills, he has just as much of a claim to the day's top spot as anyone.

Two out of staters lead the next tier of passers to round out the Top Six.

Quentin Gibson was a standout in Dallas at last week's tryout, and he had another solid showing in Atlanta. Gibson has a modified 3/4 deliverly that generates good power on his throws.

Nick Jeanty also had a consistently good day throwing. Coming from a powerhouse program in Miramar, Fla., Jeanty rose to the occasion and represented himself well."

Gillins Returns

D.J. Gillins made a name for himself a year ago in Buford at the 2012 Elite 11 tryout and he was back a year later.

Since this time in 2012, Gillins has picked up scholarship offers, been ranked a three-star on Scout, and he has torn his ACL.

He is recovering still.

"I would say I am about 70-80 percent right now. I still feel it and I still have a little ways to go," Gillins told Scout. "I feel pretty good, but I am not back to my normal self yet."

Gillins did not play in 2012 and you could see the rust a little. His arm strength was not the same, he did not have the same leg drive when he threw the ball, and he is working to get back to form.

"I have transferred over to Ribault High School now and I am working hard to get ready for the season. I am going to practice this spring, but I am not going to play in the spring game. I am focused on getting back healthy and returning to form."

He made an early commitment to Texas Tech, but he has opened things back up.

"We really just lost communication when the coaching change took place, so I am back open now. I used to talk to them a lot, but once the coaching change happened, things were different.

"I am looking around now and I like Arizona, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Boston College, and schools like that. A lot of schools will be down to see me this spring, so we will see how things go."

Gillins is a 6-foot-3, 191 pound quarterback and he is No. 40 in the country at his position on Scout.

For more from the 2013 Nike Football Training Camps, check Scout.com's Nike Football Training Camp Coverage.


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