Elite 11 Tryout: Chicago Recap

Quarterbacks from 23 different states made their way to the Lake Barrington Fieldhouse on Friday. We had an opportunity to see the current top rated passer in the country and several other major prospects.

A lot of eyes were on Kyle Allen, currently ranked as Scout's number one quarterback. The Scottsdale (Az.) Desert Mountain product did not disappoint, showing a smooth release, consistent accuracy and good quickness and ability to throw on the move. He's an athletic kid with good footwork and he earned a Golden Gun award for accuracy, consistently drilling the middle of the target in that particular drill and he solidified his lofty standing with this performance.

David Blough (Carrollton, Tx.) and Darrell Colbert Jr. (Houston, Tx.) both made their way up from the Lone Star State and did not waste their trips. Blough is very accurate and has great placement on his passes. At 6'1, 190-pounds, he's not as big as some of the other top guys who were at the event, but he was one of the best. Colbert Jr. has good zip on the ball and was accurate as well, also earning a Golden Gun award. A dual-threat who is committed to SMU, he showed that when taking the run element away in this kind of setting, that he can still get it done with his arm. He stands only 5'11, but has the tools to be successful in the Mustang offense.

Arkansas commit Rafe Peavey (Bolivar, Mo.) seemed to heat up more and more as the camp went along and did very well once they started throwing routes and also in his two minute drill. He has a nice quick release and was accurate throughout the day. He also showed the ability to throw on the move and not lose accuracy or velocity.

Tyler Harris, a four star prospect from Georgia has a good arm and was at his best when able to set his feet and let it rip. He's more of a pocket guy than some of the guys mentioned above, but in terms of pure arm and also ability to drive it down the field, he was one of the best in attendance. Oregon State commit Nick Mitchell, who came all the way from Washington, was one of the best athletes at the event. Fluid and quick, everything he does is very natural. He has the ability to really spin it and put some zip on the ball. He wasn't quite as consistent as some of the others, but the pure talent was very evident.

Michigan State commit Chris Durkin (Youngstown Ursuline) is very big and powerful. When he steps into and lets it rip, the ball has good velocity on it. He isn't as polished as some of the others, but he's developing and coupled with what he can do with his feet, once he reaches his full potential, he has a chance to be very good college quarterback. He ended the day with a strong showing in his two-minute drill.

Drew Barker of Hebron (Ky.) Conner had a solid day. He's always had a nice frame, but he's filled out since we last saw him and he's looking more and more like a college ready prospect physically. A kid who makes a lot of plays on film with his feet and on the move, we thought he actually looked his best at this event dropping back and throwing in a more traditional setting. Once they went to the deeper routes, he showed touch, dropping in a couple of nice deep balls.

There were some others who may not have the big time offers yet who had good days. Bear Fenimore (Austin Westwood, Tex.) showed good accuracy. Bud Martin (Dillard, Fla.) has a big arm. Luke Ward (Riverside, Tenn.) has good size and solid arm strength. Another Arizona product, Devon Palomino had a good day.

Keaton Studsrud (Benilde-St. Margaret, Minn.) really emerged as a sleeper to watch. He threw it very well as did Alec Ditoro (Papillion-LaVista, Neb.) and Isaac Harker (Lebanon, Ind.). Bret Mooney (Algonquin Jacobs, Ill.) had his moments. He spins it well and has nice touch.

B.J. Nagle (Louisville St. Xavier, Ky.) is a thicker kid who can step in and put some heat on the football. Zach Oakley (Mishawaka Penn, Ind.) and Landon Root (Wichita Collegiate, Ks.) were both noted for their accuracy and Michael Fiacable (Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Ind.) and Sam Straub (Ames, Ia.) are two other rising seniors with good ability.

Of the underclassmen, James Morgan (Ashwaubenon, Wisc.) had one of the best days. He has good zip on the ball and was very accurate. Pat Ford (Walsh Jesuit, Ohio) has good size and a good arm. Schafer Schuetz (Park Hill South, Mo.) and Brady White (Hart, Ca.) aren't as big, but had good days throwing the ball. Jon Wassink (Grand Rapids South Christian, Mich.) is a kid with solid size and an accurate arm. All of these young guys are still adding polish to their game but showed tools to make them guys to look out for down the line.

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