The famed Elite-11 Quarterback Camp held their regional competition in Columbus Monday evening, and several top quarterbacks were on hand.
The state of Ohio was well represented, and several in-state signal callers impressed with their showings. Who stood out among the Buckeye state quarterbacks?
The following is not a numerical ranking of how each player fared against the others, but rather snapshots of how the Scout.com team viewed each. With nearly 100 participants, there's no way to see every player in every drill, so this is what we saw.
Joey Burrow. 2015. Athens. With the recent commitment to Ohio State, combined with the fact that only Dave Berk from Scout.com has seen him live, Burrow got a lot of media attention and scrutiny. I think he came through just fine and did a lot of nice things. When I watched Burrow I saw what I saw Sunday, and I think the term "solid" fits even more after seeing him on consecutive days. I was told that in the middle portion of the camp Burrow struggled with his accuracy, but when I saw him that certainly was not the case. There is a lot to like with Burrow, and you can see he is only scratching the surface physically. He will add more muscle up top, and his arm strength will be even better. He did move well and exhibited good footwork. I can see Ohio State continuing to recruit a second quarterback for this class, but Burrow can win games for the Buckeyes.
Danny Clark. 2017. One of the top physical specimens at the entire camp, and a lot of these seniors-to-be only wished they had the size and strength of the freshman. You could easily make the argument that Clark was the most impressive Ohioan, even though he learned there are facets of his game that need worked on. There were struggles with the deeper drops, because Clark has not been asked to do that, but he listened to what the coaches were telling him, and improved as the night wore on. There was no sign that being around older players had any impact on Clark at all, and this is where starting at Massillon as a freshman has taught him to handle pressure. If Clark had been a 2015 prospect, you would say he did pretty well. Knowing he has three years of high school remaining, his showing was pretty impressive. As his accuracy gets sharper and Clark's arm gets even stronger, it's evident the future is ultra-bright for him. The best attribute I've seen out of Clark in over a year is that no moment has been too big for him. Starting at Massillon as a freshman. Competing in the rivalry game with Canton McKinley. Playing in the state playoffs. Or going against the top older quarterbacks in the country.
Messiah deWeaver. 2016. The physical growth is noticeable and has added more zip on the football. He just keeps getting better and better, and the improvement is coming gradually, not by leaps and bounds. His physical ability is impressive, but what will eventually make him a BCS quarterback is the intelligence and the work ethic. He holds three offers currently, and has two high schools seasons remaining. Has led Trotwood-Madison to the state title game as a freshman and sophomore, so this is a player that can win games. Has added 15-pounds of muscle in the off season, and has a better delivery than in the past. Still needs work on mechanics and footwork, but there is no doubt he will put in the work.
John Davies. 2015. Green. Picked up his first offer recently (Buffalo), and there could be more coming. Has the size and threw a nice ball. Hasn't started a lot of games in his career, so he is only starting to develop. Will look forward to seeing more of Davies going forward.
Griffin Dahn. 2015. Worthington Kilbourne. First time seeing him in action live, and like Davies, Dahn has nice size and threw the football well when I watched him. Should be in the mix for MAC offers if he will get out and camp this summer.
Steven Ficyk. 2015. Brunswick. Had never seen or heard of Ficyk prior to the Elite-11 camp, but came away very impressed. Although his high school does not throw much, Ficyk threw ropes at this camp. Has the size (6-foot-2, 200-pounds) and arm strength, and would be comparable to Davies. Can see Ficyk earning MAC offers with strong camp showings.
Mitch Guadagni. 2015. Hudson. Already committed to Toledo, so this was the first MAC quarterback to drop in Ohio. Had he stayed uncommitted, Guadagni could have earned offers from the likes of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Boston College with strong camp showings, but loved the Rocket program and ended his recruitment. Not the biggest player, but he can spin the football and will win a lot of games for Toledo.
Jacob Harrison. 2016. Dayton Chaminade-Julienne. Showed a lot of polish and intelligence, while not being the biggest quarterback on the field. Has put up great numbers, and it's easy to see why. This is a Kellen Moore type of quarterback, and a player that will win a lot of games at the next level. Famed quarterback guru George Whitfield was an instructor at the camp, and he raved about Harrison during and after the camp. Having George Whitfield in your corner is a very good thing for a high school quarterback. Holds an offer from Akron, and has two years of high school remaining.
Brett Kean. 2015. Lakewood St. Edward. Already holds double-digit offers, including South Florida. Can still earn more BCS offers, and Kean not committing to the MAC could open things up for the Ohio senior quarterbacks. Does everything well, and is a player that is a solid take at the next level. A very consistent thrower every time out, and schools know what they're getting with Kean.
Christian Klink. 2015. Parma Holy Name. Played as a backup last year at Cleveland St. Ignatius, and had some nice moments. Has a strong arm and would appear to fit with Dahn, Davies and Ficyk. Will need to go to the various camps and compete for offers, and there should be a spot for him at the next level. Could be a player that wins national titles for Mount Union, or end up contributing for Akron or Ohio University. Camps will determine.
David Murray. 2015. Nordonia. Had a nice camp Monday and is another player that can win games at the next level. Not sure what level that ends up being, like Klink, but there's a lot to like with Murray. Not the biggest player, but he's smart, tough and knows where to go with the football.