Schaeffer, Mangold impress at Miami Nike Camp

Deerfield Beach (Fla.) - Quarterback Brent Schaeffer, who is receiving interest from Pittsburgh, showed up very late to the Miami Nike camp because he had to take the SAT in the morning. The 6-2, 180 pound South Florida native didn't arrive at the Miami Camp until 2 pm EST, almost an hour after the event officially ended.

Bob Johnson, who instructs quarterbacks at the Nike camps, stuck around to work Schaeffer out and came away impressed.

"Brent has an above average arm, very good feet, and a nice, tight ball that he throws," Johnson said. "He has a chance to be something special."

As a junior, Schaeffer passed for 2,475 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, 765 rushing yards, and 15 rushing touchdowns. According to a high school coach that has seen him play, he believes Schaeffer will be a big-time Division 1A quarterback despite not being as flashy or having the arm strength that some of the other national prospects have.

Pittsburgh commitment Mike Mangold had an impressive showing at the Miami Nike camp this past weekend. The John I. Leonard junior checked in at 6-foot-2, 221 pounds and ran an impressive 4.65 40-yard dash. Mangold has carried more weight in the past but he just recovered from the flu. According to The, he performed all of his drills well and had a non-stop motor.

This weekend at the Florida Nike camp, Pitt Insiders got the opportunity to chat with Gregg Biggins of Student Sports and Pac West Football about some of the top quarterback prospects in the country for the class of 2004.

Biggins felt that John Davis Booty of Evangel Shreveport was the top signal caller in the country. Following Booty is Pittsburgh (PA) Penn Hills Anthony Morelli.

Biggins told the Pitt Insiders that Morelli was the ball-boy for the Elite 11 quarterback camp out in California two years ago and that he looked better than all of the prospects and most of the camp counselors, including Carson Palmer. The only counselor that looked sharper than him was David Carr of the Houston Texans. Biggins thinks that Morrelli has the strongest arm in the country.

Other top quarterbacks for 2004 will most likely be Chad Henne (West Lawn, PA), Xavier Lee (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Cornelius Ingram (Hawthorne, Fla.), Drew Weatherford (Land O Lakes, Fla.), and Rhett Bomar (Grand Prairie, TX).

Dave Peters

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