This is the first in the series of Missouri Tiger 2011 signee spotlights where we profile the player, get the Tiger coaches take on the player, give our analysis of them, and show you highlights from their senior season.
QB Corbin Berkstresser 6'4" 220 4.8 Lee's Summit (MO) (***)
As a senior, under first-year coach Eric Thomas, Berkstresser led his Lee's Summit Tigers to the state quarterfinals, where his team lost in a 42-39 shootout to eventual state champion Lee's Summit West, to complete an 8-5 season. Berkstresser completed 61% of his pass attempts, passing for 3383 yards and 36 touchdowns, against just 6 INTs, while gaining another 692 yards (4.2 yards/carry) on the ground, and scored 12 rushing TDs, during his senior campaign.
"Having a year in a spread system (under first year Head Coach Eric Thomas), I think will definitely help him," explained Missouri Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach David Yost, speaking of Berkstresser. "Especially with the no-huddle side of it. Because he's been through that, he'll pick it up kind of easily, and naturally."
"(He's) a very, very athletic kid," continued Coach Yost, describing Berkstresser's abilty to run the football. "(He) moves around well. He's not the fastest guy that you're ever going to have, but he really has a lot of athleticism, as far as getting side to side, and runs well with the football................... (He's) not Brad Smith, but (he runs well) enough to keep people honest."
Berkstresser was named 1st-Team All-State as a senior, after being named 2nd-Team All-Conference in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He threw for 1,300 yards and 7 TDs as a junior, and 1,800 yards and 10 TDs, as a sophomore. Berkstresser is a quality all-around athlete who was named 2nd-Team All-State, and conference player of the year, in baseball. He's also already lettered twice in varsity basketball.
"He's a really good player," said Coach Pinkel, talking about Berkstresser. "He's got good quickness, and is a very tough player. He's got a good arm............................ He's a good athlete. He's a big, strong athlete. He's athletic. He can run. He's very tough. He played defensive end for them a couple of times. You want tough quarterbacks........................ I think he's in line with some of the very high level quarterbacks we've been recruiting. We're very excited about him!"
The Tigers got a good early look at Corbin at their June 2009 one-day camp in Liberty, MO, and offered him soon after that. It didn't take long for Berkstresser to commit to the in-state Tigers. He and his parents, Greg and Kim Berkstresser, had been life-long Missouri fans, and Corbin, who lists reading the Bible and playing X-Box as his hobbies, knew all along where he wanted to play. He plans to major in business at Missouri.
"It's kind of a relief, but it's also surreal," said Bekstresser, referring to the feeling of having signed his LOI to play at his home-state school. "It just made me realize how close the upcoming summer is, and how quickly it's going to be here........................ I'm a little anxious to get down there. I'm ready!"
Coach Andy Hill was the primary recruiter for Berkstresser, and Coach Hill talked about the talented signal caller.
"He's a three-sport athlete over at Lee's Summit," said Coach Hill. "Certainly, he has the physical tools. He's got height. He's got size. He can throw the ball. He's got a good release. He's got good velocity on the football. But, we also felt like he's an extreme competitor. He's a highly thought of baseball player. He plays basketball effectively.......................... We really think he can be a competitive guy. He's not afraid to tuck it and run. He gets hit, and throw the ball. He's not Ben Roethlisberger, but he's one of those type of guys who can stand in there and throw the football, and he's not afraid to compete every game."
JP's Take on Berkstresser
Corbin is one of the most underrated prospects in the country in my opinion. That has to do primarily because he committed to the Tigers so early, but that did not stop the major schools from coming to see if they could get a foot in the door with him. He is a smart player, and a real leader both on and off the field. Corbin is a big,strong athlete with a strong,accurate arm who sees the field well and understands the game. He can make all the throws and has nice touch on the ball. Corbin has a good feel for the pocket, but he also has some really nice scrambling ability. He is a big time competitor and plays with a passion to win. You could see that when Coach Thomas moved him around to some different positions on offense and defense. He played just as hard. He is a physical kid who runs like a fullback or tight end with the ball. He likes the contact, but will have to change that a little in college. Physically, he looks capable of coming in and playing early. How quickly he makes the adjustment the college game will determine where he winds up on the depth chart.
Corbin Berkstresser is a quality young man, and a very good student. He possesses some outstanding leadership qualities. On the football field, he displays a physical toughness, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to win. He likes the Ben Roethlisberger comparison, and said that the Steelers' QB is a player after whom he kind of patterns himself. He stands tall in the pocket, and throws the football with good velocity, and good touch, and accuracy. From what I've seen, he makes all of the throws. He has a physical running style. He can make guys miss, but he'll also run over people. After he signed his letter of intent, he told ShowMeMizzou.com that he's champing at the bit to get started at Missouri.
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