Columbus Elite 11 Recap

The Elite 11 regional in Columbus had top guys from around the country at it. Here are our scouting notes from the event including our clear top three.

Scout's staff was at a near consensus that the top three performers from the event were South Carolina commit Lorenzo Nunez, Michigan commit Alex Malzone and Green Bay (Wisc.) Ashwaubenon's James Morgan in that order.

Nunez showed off a big arm. He had great velocity on his underneath to intermediate routes. He was not as good on his touch passes, but he had a very good day and capped it off by doing well in the pressure chamber.

Malzone was generally on the money. His passes down the seam were excellent and showed the arm to hit the deep outs as well. As noted in the past, he has a hitch in his delivery, but the ball comes out of his hand nicely, with good pace, and he's an accurate passer.

Morgan was the surprise of the group. He did well last year, but took it to another level this year. He doesn't quite have the same arm strength as Nunez or Malzone, but he has more than enough and was very consistent and accurate. He was on the money throughout the day and on a variety of routes. Only with three offers currently, we believe a lot of schools are missing the boat on him right now.

Right behind them was a group that included Austin King, Ross Trail and Ryan Brand. King has a quick release and good arm strength despite still having room to fill out. Trail, like King, has multiple FBS offers, and was accurate and threw well on the move. Brand always spins it well. Of course, at 5-foot-10, he does not have prototypical height, but there is no questioning his ability to throw the football.

Ohio State commit Joey Burrow was solid all day. He can throw on the move, puts good touch on his passes and showed improved velocity. He's best described as dependable, steady and consistent. He doesn't have a huge arm, but the ball gets to the right place. Class of 2017 Buckeye commit Danny Clark is physically way ahead of the game. He looks like a senior. We expected the young man to maybe be overwhelmed by the setting, but he is extremely confident. He has all the tools to be a great one. Naturally, his first time at an event like this, it was a big learning experience, but his talent was evident.

Auburn commit Tyler Queen is a powerful kid with a big arm. He's at his best when he can set his feet and power through the ball. Arkansas commit Ty Storey had a nice day. He has good size and footwork. New Vanderbilt commit Kyle Shurmur had a good day. He's a nice sized kid, not a big big arm, but was consistent and accurate. Toledo commit Mitch Guadagni was solid. He throws the ball with good touch and placement. As he has done at every event he has been at, Houston verbal Ben Hicks showed his natural ability to spin the football and place it accurately. Kansas commit Ryan Willis is a good sized kid who also competed well throughout the day.

Other rising seniors we liked included Billy Bahl, an Illinois native with good size and and the arm to be able to make the throws he was asked to at the event. Long Beach Poly's Josh Love does not have any offers, but has a good arm, can spin it well and was accurate. He's a kid who could easily earn offers through camp season. Troy (Mich.) Athens quarterback Alex Mussat is similarly not a big signal caller, but throws a very consistent, accurate ball and had a very nice day as well. Jake Johnson (DeWitt, Mich.) can throw darts and he also does well on the move and drew praise from the staff. Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward's Brett Kean, a kid we liked on film, backed it up with how he threw in Columbus. Riley Neal (Yorktown, Ind.) is a tall kid who recently got his first offer from Ball State. He threw the ball well on Sunday, he just has to keep getting stronger and filling out his long frame.

Green (Ohio) product John Davies recently added his first offer and showed he has natural arm talent and good size. He still has some polishing to do as far as his mechanics, but he had a good performance. Fellow Ohioan Griffin Dahn (Worthington Kilbourne) was solid and has good size as well. He doesn't have any offers but should end up playing at the next level.

One sleeper with no offers that we liked was Tre Moore from Burroughs (Mo.) he has a chance to be an FBS offer guy. Lexington (Ky.) Catholic's Reese Ryan throws well on the move and isn't real big, but was solid.

Of the underclassmen, we thought Brownsburg (Ind.) 2017 prospect Hunter Johnson had the best day. He has great natural arm talent. Messiah deWeaver, Steven Frank, and Noah Wezensky are three class of 2016 kids who did some nice things. DeWeaver has gotten in the weight room and looks good physically. Two other rising juniors from Ohio, Jacob Harrison and Elijah Cunningham backed up the early recruiting attention they are receiving. Two 2017s, Ohio native Ryan Phillis and Lindell Stone, who has a UCLA offer already, both showed they are young talents to know.

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