Elite 11 Hits Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Elite 11 quarterback camp made one of its annual stops in the Lone Star State on Saturday and Scout.com was on hand for all of the action. There were definitely a number of strong arms in attendance in the class of 2011. And naturally there were a few surprises.

Minutes after the TCU Spring Game ended the Elite 11 quarterback camp got rolling behind the stadium on the Horned Frogs' practice fields. Scout.com Top 150 throwers Kiehl Frazier, J.W. Walsh, and Kendal Thompson were all in attendance, but it was a couple of more unheralded passers that ended up grabbing some new found spotlight.

Top Guns

Max Shortell, a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Bishop Miege High in Kansas City, Kan., came in to the camp not holding a single scholarship offer, but after the way he threw the ball in front of all the scouts it may only be a matter of time before some paper starts to stack up in his mailbox. As a matter of fact he may have ended up having an MVP type performance. He has a huge frame that is already ready to take a college pounding. He threw the deep ball effortlessly and was extremely accurate on his passes, especially at the end of the camp when throwing live routes to receivers.

Scout's Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy agreed. "I saw a guy warming up that I thought looked better suited to play linebacker," said Kennedy. "Then I watched a couple of his throws and despite the muscle mass in his shoulders, he was still flexible in his delivery and was getting good zip on the ball. Throughout the entire camp, I thought he and Walsh were the two most consistent passers through the event, but I thought Shortell finished the day a little stronger."


Walsh looked solid once again
Greg Powers, Scout.com
Pete Maetzold, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound gunslinger from Friendswood was one of the most technically sound quarterbacks at the Steve Clarkson Dreammaker Camp at SMU a few weeks back and he came out and had a similar performance at the Elite 11, where he showed off a nice technical skill set. He has a nice arm and shows good form rolling out and in the drop back despite playing in a predominantly spread offense in high school. He also has adequate arm strength to be a rock solid division one quarterback.

Denton Guyer's J.W. Walsh is rated as the top quarterback in the state of Texas and once again he did nothing to harm his stock. He has the arm and all of the intangibles to be distinguished as such. He was easily the best quarterback rolling out and has tremendous footwork. He looked solid in every drill. Throw in the fact that he can also hurt you with his feet in a live game scenario and you can see why he was so heavily recruited. He has committed to Oklahoma State and he will fit in the offense like a glove.

Shiloh Christian's Kiehl Frazier was the top ranked quarterback heading in to the event and is easily one of the most heavily recruited throwers in the country. When he was on he had a huge arm and it is easy to see why college coaches are salivating over signing him. Once he develops his skills in college he has a wealth of potential. Like Walsh he is also a threat to beat a team running the ball and that is a big part of his game.

Said Kennedy, "I thought Frazier and Kendal Thompson are players that are at a disadvantage in a pure passing event, because they're such great runners, but Frazier showed me the armstrength to develop into a more accurate thrower. Frazier's misses were usually on touch passes. Thompson was more accurate on the underneath routes, but he lacked the natural armstrength to consistently deliver the deeper throws. He looked like he had to muscle up on his throws to get more zip on them, and his accuracy suffered."

Best of the Rest

Corbin Berkstresser has made a commitment to Missouri and he has a huge frame and big arm. He is a more traditional thrower than what you would typically see in a Gary Pinkel style of offense.

Being a left hander Kendal Thompson has an interesting look to his game. He does not have the big huge arm that some of the other guys have, but he has great feet and works hard to get himself in position to deliver an accurate ball.


Bellomy has plenty of upside
Greg Powers, Scout.com
At 6'3 Russell Bellomy has nice height and after he adds some weight he will be even better. He is a dual-threat but in the Elite 11 he was pretty solid in almost every drill he did. Not a surprise that he is closing in on double digit offers.

Bram Kohlhausen is the top quarterback in the Houston area and he was pretty accurate all day. He was pretty good at everything. He has a nice arm and good ball skills. He was also pretty accurate.

After watching film on Chuck Keeton last week I knew that he was a terrific athlete, but he was easily one of the biggest surprises from a quarterback standpoint. He was much more polished than I expected.

Austin Westwood's Grant Peterson does not have a whole lot of experience under center on the prep level, but after watching him live for the second time I am convinced that he is a division one player. He has ideal size and an above average arm.

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