Texas Camp Analysis: QB

Texas's first camp of 2013 included multiple 2014 and 2015 targets, including a key out-of-stater.

Overall, I thought the best two quarterbacks throwing the ball were 2015 quarterback Jarrett Stidham of Stephenville and 2014 Jeremy Jones of San Antonio East Central. Stidham showed the ability to make every throw, which is important given that he came into the camp with only three varsity throws to his credit. But he did a great job of spinning the ball, driving it into receivers when he needed to and adding some air when he had to. He was certainly one of the most talented quarterbacks — if not the most talented — in attendance in a pretty strong quarterback group that probably included four players who could end up with major offers (five if you count Humble Summer Creek offer Aaron Sharp). Stidham's athleticism also wasn't in question, as he put up 800-plus yards and 11 receiving touchdowns a year ago, but it was still nice to see him run a 4.65 40-yard dash.

Jones faces an uphill battle for a Texas quarterback offer, given that he's in the same class as commitment Jerrod Heard. But that didn't stop him from looking like the best quarterback in attendance at times. Jones was arguably the most consistent spinner of the football, and his accuracy was pretty on-point throughout the day. In drills, he looked athletic as a runner, and he changed direction well for a 6-foot-6 quarterback. He's been working with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield, and it looks

Heard had a pretty strong day as well. He's exceptional at slant and crossing routes with the timing and accuracy to fit the ball into small holes on moving targets. He also had the arm strength to make every throw they asked of him, though he needs to get more air on some of his throws to allow receivers to run into the ball. But you can see why he's such a tremendous fit for Texas — with his athleticism and ability to throw the ball, he's a perfect fit for a no-huddle spread type attack that can hit a defense in multiple ways.

Another intriguing target was Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill signal caller Kyle Kearns. While not as impressive on the hoof as some of the other guys, Kearns is the type of guy who shows up more as the stakes get higher. Kearns displayed nice polish at times. He really throws a nice deep ball, and while he played well in the camp setting, it's worth noting that he's more impressive when the lights come on.

Last, but not least, Sharp came into camp shortly after receiving a Texas offer as an athlete, but with the chance to potentially turn that offer into a quarterback offer. From what I saw, he didn't display the arm talent that the other quarterbacks had. There's still some funk to his delivery as well, but the thing about Sharp is that while it doesn't always look pretty, he's a fairly accurate guy. He can make some of the touch passes that some of the other quarterbacks struggle to make. So while he's not going to throw the ball through a brick wall, he's an interesting guy to take a look at … fix the delivery and you have a chance to get an athletic, accurate quarterback for a spread offense.

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