When you first look at the video clips of Ada, Ohio quarterback Mitchell Faine you see a signal caller with nice physical size. Standing 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, Faine has the build to grow into a strong quarterback at the college level.
As a junior Faine passed for over 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns in his first year as a starter, but does his tape match-up with his physical size?
The first thing that stands out about Mitchell Faine is his poise on the field. Showing the ability to handle pressure and moving his team are keys for a player college coaches are looking at.
A very effective quarterback, Faine does well on each route but doesn't show the velocity and tightness many will look for. This doesn't mean Faine has a weak arm, in fact he shows the ability to throw all the routes without having to muscle the football with his body. This is still part of the development process for a young player and with work he should be ready to show the zip college coaches will look for when he attends combines and camps in the spring and summer.
Playing in a traditional spread attack allows Faine to rollout a lot. He shows well going right and left and throws the ball accurately without having to set his feel but a lot of his passes have a lot of air under them and that doesn't go well at the next level.
Because he plays in a spread attack you don't see him taking snaps from under center showing the ability to drop and set up. But the one thing that stands out is his vision. No matter if he's rolling out or looking to run Faine keeps his head up looking for an open receiver. This is an area a lot of high school quarterbacks struggle with as many will tuck their head and run as soon as they feel the pressure.
Faine does a great job running the ball and while I wouldn't classify him as fast he shows enough speed to pick up positive yardage.
Is Faine a Division One college prospect? Yes, but how high his interest level becomes may come down to what coaches think of his throws on film. A good showing at senior camps in the summer could raise his stock even higher.
Here are three video clips to see Mitchell Faine in action.
Scout TV - Mitchell Faine
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