On a better than average March day, over 120 quarterbacks made their way to SMU for the first Steve Clarkson Dreammaker Academy. Quarterbacks ranged from the 2011 recruiting class all the way to the 2018 class.
Clarkson is known to be a one of the ultimate authorities when it comes to the quarterback position. He has coached names like Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Leinart, Matt Cassel, Jimmy Clauson Terrelle Pryor, and Matt Barkley.
Several future D-1 quarterbacks were on hand inside Ford Stadium to prove they could be next college star. Not only was the state of Texas well represented, states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Michigan had players in attendance.
"The quarterbacks are always strong here. They do such a strong job coaching these kids up at the high level and youth level in Texas," said Clarkson to PonyStampede.com. "You are always going to look at Texas, California, Ohio, and probably Pennsylvania, as the standards for the quarterbacks. This year is no different."
Quarterbacks were taken through many passing drills, agility tests, and had classroom time. The academy is a 15-city nationwide tour to search for undiscovered quarterback talents.
While the SMU coaching staff was not in attendance, tours likes this coming through SMU are great exposure for the program. Recruits are able to see the campus and facilities up close and personal.
"This is an unbelievable place. I'm amazed, I have always heard of the legends back in the day as most Americans have. Seeing how beautiful this place is, I couldn't be happier," said Clarkson.
While Clarkson might be considered one of the nation's elite quarterback guru's, SMU coach June Jones is another. Some consider Jones' Run and Shoot offense a gimmick style attack, but not Clarkson.
"He is not kind of (a guru), he is. People are always afraid of the unknown. Coach Jones has been at it for a long time. He has done it at every single level, and it's been successful," said Clarkson. "If that is gimmicky, I would take it every time because it works."
PonyStampede.com will highlighting and evaluating some of the quarterbacks in attendance later this weekend.