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."
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
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.
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.