EA SPORTS Elite 11 QBs Tryout in Las Vegas

The first of two back-to-back tryouts in Las Vegas for the national EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB Camp to be held in SoCal from July 23-27 took place Friday afternoon on the UNLV campus. Players came from as far away as Oregon and Florida to be considered for the final six spots for next month's event.


In temperatures ranging from 102 to 105 degrees (yeah, but it was a DRY heat), 59 quarterbacks from literally every corner of the nation worked out for two hours under the watchful eyes of Bob Johnson and Andy Bark, who will lead the selection of the remaining half dozen QBs to be picked for the prestigous event that will be aired this year on national TV.

According to Student Sports Dir. of Player Personnel Brian Stumpf, "there were a lot of good D-I players there." Here, according to Stumpf, are the attendees who shined on Friday:

* BUSH HAMDAN, 6-0 1/2, 194
Bishop O'Connel, Arlington VA
Stumpy says: "He also attended the Penn State NIKE Camp and was probably the top guy of the day. He spun the ball very well all day showing a strong arm, good accuracy and feet." Notable: His brother, Gibran Hamdan, was the 223rd pick of the latest NFL draft, going to the Redskins from Indiana Univ. in the 7th round.

*DAN EVANS, 6-2, 162
Broughton, Raleigh NC
Stumpy says: "Evans was close to the top with Hamdan. He threw for over 3,000 yards with 35 TDs on the field last year and is lanky but will develop down the line as he gets bigger. He threw the ball very well with a tight spiral." Notable: His brother, Ardan, caught balls during the day and is a receiver on the Broughton High team.

Landmark Christian, Fairburn GA
Stumpy says: "We've seen Alex at several NIKE Camps and other workouts. He's got impressive tools including a strong arm, a good mind and he really knows the game." Notable: His father, Chris, is the famous NFL analyst for ESPN.

*DAVE JOHNSON, 6-1 1/2, 191
Southridge OR
Stumpy says: "The top surprise of the day as he only passed for 400 yards his junior year due to injuries. He definitely looks like a D-I player and has impressive mechanics." Notable: Johnson came down from Oregon with noted SAQ trainer Matt James, who trains NFL and college players and travels the country on the NIKE Camp tour.

*DAVID WOLKE, 6-2, 198
Smyrna TN
Stumpy says: "He's very athletic and has good feet although he tired somewhat in the end in the heat." Notable: Michigan leads the list of those who've already offered.

Deerfield Beach FL
Stumpy says: "He can do everything on the field, although his arm isn't as strong as some of the other guys. Still, he has a great feel, is accurated, gets the ball off quickly and has a great, coachable attitude." Notable: Also has several college offers because of his athleticism, including 11.0 speed in the 100 meters.

*TAYLOR BENNETT, 6-2, 1/2, 194
Lafette, Wildwood MO
Stumpy says: "We've seen him at several events across the country including the Stanford EA SPORTS Elite 11 tryout and NIKE Camps at Texas A&M and Stanford. Once again he had another good day throwing the ball." Notable: Bennett is one of the top lefty throwers in the Class of 2004.

*SEAN GLENNON, 6-3 1/2, 196
Westfield, Chantilly VA
Stumpy says: "Glennon looked pretty good considering he hasn't been throwing for more than a week because of a broken wrist. He was only cleared six days ago. Notable: Glennon is one of four QBs from Virginia in the Top 100 list of QBs under consideration for the national EA SPORTS Elite 11 camp. The aforementioned Bush Hamdan is one of the others.

* Ryan Walters, 5-11 1/2, 196
Grandview, Aurora CO
Stumpy says: "One of the strongest arms of the day, Walters is very athletic though still somewhat raw. Notable: He has already committed to Colorado.

* Patrick Bryan, 6-3, 191 (Catholic, Pensacola FL)
* Ben Johnson, 6-0, 186 (A.C. Reynolds, Asheville NC)
* Joe Bauserman, 6-1, 225 (Lincoln, Tallahassee FL)
* Conner Wise, 6-4 1/2, 197 (Heritage Acad., Columbus MS)


What a difference working out in the morning versus the afternoon makes in the Las Vegas desert! Yesterday's EA SPORTS Elite 11 tryout went from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and was held in sweltering 100+ degree heat.

Saturday's workout took place in the relatively "frigid" 80 degree range and was attended by 52 more elite high school QBs vying for a shot at the national EA SPORTS Elite 11 which will take place July 23-27 in Southern California.

There were several bluechip signal-callers who returned to workout a second day and the top one yesterday solidified his stock as one of the best in the nation.

Here, with comments from Student Sports Recruiting Director Greg Biggins, are 10 QBs who, if they're not already, will soon be on every major colleges radar:

* BUSH HAMDAN, 6-0 1/2, 194
Bishop O'Connel, Arlington VA
Biggins' Buzz: "Bush and Nate Longshore were the top two of the day and Hamdan was the most consistent. He spins it every time and is very accurate. Because of his injury as a junior, he doesn't have much of a game or highlight tape; if so, he'd be a lock for the EA SPORTS Elite 11 and have 30 offers by now." Notable: The Virginia QB played in 10 games last season, but four of those were with a leg fracture that obviously hobbled him.

* NATE LONGSHORE, 6-4, 231
Canyon Country CA
Biggins' Buzz: "Nate played four games in a passing tournament Friday night, beating highly skilled Hart for the second week in a row. He drove four hours and didn't get to Vegas until 3 am so he wasn't as good as he could've been, but still had probably the strongest arm there. He has good feet... his footwork has improved tremendously since last season as he's been working out with a sprint coach and it definitely shows." Notable: A star in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA, he also has offers from Pac 10 schools like Washington State and Oregon State as well as Colorado.

* A.J. BRYANT, 6-1, 185
Peach County, Ft. Valley GA
Biggins' Buzz: "The surprise of the camp; we kept hearing about his athleticism, but he probably had the quickest release of anyone there. A nice looking QB with a good arm, he definitely has a shot at the EA SPORTS Elite 11 national camp." Notable: Already committed to Georgia.

* BRENT SCHAEFER, 6-1, 188
Deerfield Beach FL
Biggins' Buzz: "Brent has everything a QB needs--he doesn't have the strongest arm, but he throws a nice deep ball and is like A.J. Bryant although he's left handed. Definitely a high D-I guy." Notable: Very prolifice junior season with 2,475 yards passing, 31 TDs, with only five INTs. Also rushed for 538 yards and 15 TDs in 12 games

* ALEX MORTENSEN, 6-1, 191
Landmark Christian, Fairburn GA
Biggins' Buzz: "Another good workout, which is what we've come to expect with Alex. The youngest of the group at 16, he has a very high ceiling." Notable: Has seven D-I offers although he and father Chris of ESPN fame don't want to divulge them.

* CALVIN BOOKER, 6-2 1/2, 212
Mays, Atlanta GA
Biggins' Buzz: "Has a bigtime arm, he's been varsity since the sixth grade, but has had five coaches so he's somewhat raw because of the coaching carousel. Still, his upside is huge." Notable: Another stellar student, has a 3.8 GPA; Auburn has offered and Stanford is close.

* DAVID WOLKE, 6-2, 198
Smyrna TN
Biggins' Buzz: "A good athlete with a strong arm although he throws all with his arm and doesn't use his hips or feet so he's prone to get tired quicker. Still, has a high ceiling and is to watch." Notable: Like most of the other QBs here has an impressive list of offers: Miss, Syracuse, Nebraska, Michigan, and Vandy among others.

* SEAN GLENNON, 6-3 1/2, 196
Westfield, Chantilly VA
Biggins' Buzz: "A great kid who just got cleared to throw because of a broken wrist (non-throwing hand). Looks great on film, he and his Dad postponed a trip to Hawaii to attend both Vegas workouts and caught a flip as soon as today's tryout was over." Notable: His final four have all offered: Virgina, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Ohio State.

* BLAKE BARNES, 6-3, 215
Baldwyn MS
Biggins' Buzz: "Had a really, really good camp showing he can throw a great deep ball with a quick release." Notable: Five offers including Michigan, the past two years he's thrown for 62 TDs with only 17 INTs.

* CULLEN HARPER, 6-2, 200
Sequoyah, Canton GA
Biggins' Buzz: "Good arm although he has a little hitch in his release... has a high release. Along with Barnes really helped themselves out the most by coming out to the Vegas tryouts." Notable: His father, Jeff, played at Georgia.

Note: we'll have more stories and information on these and other top QBs in the upcoming weeks.

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