2016 Class Positional Breakdown: QB

A look at each of the major positional groups within the Illini 2016 recruiting class, starting with quarterback, anchored by Jacksonville (FL) Sandalwood commit Eli Peters, and other prospects to possibly watch at the position.

Who's Committed:

Peters, one of Cubit's hand-picked quarterbacks has prototypical size for the position.  He has a quick throwing motion, but throws a little side-armed on his deep ball.  He shows good throwing velocity on short throws such as slant and out routes.

Peters is comfortable throwing the deep ball to either side of the field, though he will need to work on his intermediate and deep ball timing at the next level, as some of his deep throws have a tendency to be slightly underthrown.  

He has plus mobility, giving him the ability to escape the pocket to either extend plays or scramble for a first down.  As a runner, he typically makes good reads and follows his blockers well.  

Peters, who signed as an early-enrollee, begins his career this spring, which will give him valuable experience in a QB race that will be wide open after senior Wes Lunt graduates.

Still On The Radar:

Illinois is likely done recruiting the quarterback position, however they aren't necessarily done recruiting quarterbacks.  I'll explain.  Illinois recently picked up interest in Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan QB/ATH Kato Nelson, an Akron commit.

Nelson, who played his junior year at Champagnat Catholic and transfered to Flanagan, is a good quarterback in his own right.  He is diligent in going through his progressions and typically puts the ball where only his receivers can get it.

As a runner, Nelson has speed to burn, with quickness in space, and shifty body control.  It's that speed and ability in space that is appealing to other schools, specifically Illinois.  A good comparison would be Greg Ward Jr., an undersized dual-threat QB who led Houston this season to a breakout season.

Keep An Eye On..

Monticello (IL) Quarterback Brandon Wildman visited Illinois a handful of times throughout the season.  He may be from a small school, but Wildman has a big arm.  Surprisingly, Wildman doesn't have any offers yet, so if he doesn't land any offers, he would absolutely be worth offering a preferred walk-on spot.

Wildman is a smart quarterback who makes good reads and is able to make things happen with his feet when a play breaks down.  If Illinois were to get Wildman as a walk-on, it would be a steal.

Wildman played for the now defunct Core 6 7-on-7 team, so he's played with some of the state's top skill players in the past who are either at or headed to division one programs.  


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