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UCLA Prospects in on Many Elite 11 QB Awards

June 7 -- We wrap up the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp with our picks for the best of the best in several categories, on and off the field, and UCLA's two prospects at the camp fared well...

Bruin Report Online Note:  UCLA had a prospect that is verbally committed in Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Dorian Thompson-Robinson participate in the Elite 11. The Bruins are also recruiting Tanner McKee, from Corona (Calif.) Centennial, who intends to go on his Mormon mission out of high school and is effectively part of the 2020 class. 

Best Pro Prospect

We can envision several of the quarterbacks we saw playing on Sunday's but these three kids all show a tremendously high ceiling. 

1. Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville (Ga.)- Clemson

2. Justin Fields, Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison- Penn State

3. Tanner McKee, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- un-committed  

Lawrence and Fields are the obvious top two here and there were a ton of guys we could have put in that third spot. Assuming he’s not affected by taking his mission (LDS) right out of high school, we think McKee has all the tools and intangibles to be very successful at the highest level. 

Best Eye Opening Performance

Everyone at the event was good but a few players performed even better than we expected. Here is a look at three kids who out-performed their current ranking. 

1. Devin Leary, Sicklerville (N.J) Timber Creek- NC State

2. Quincy Patterson, Chicago (Ill.) Eric Solorio Academy- Virginia Tech

3. Jarren Williams, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett- Kentucky

Leary wowed us with his arm and accuracy at Saturday’s Pro-Day workout, Patterson was flying way below the radar but earned his spot in to The Opening Finals and Williams is another who finished strong on Sunday to earn his invite over several other more highly ranked players. 

Biggest Arm

Pretty self explanatory. We know having a huge arm isn’t the most important thing for a quarterback but it sure doesn’t hurt. These kids can fit the ball in to some very tight spaces because of the heat they throw with. 

1. Matt Corral, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)- USC

2. Trevor Lawrence

3. Devin Leary

Corral has dynamite in his elbow and has an NFL arm right now. The ball jumps out of Lawrence’s hand and Leary can get a ton of zip on his passes without much of a windup. 

Quickest Release

Some players have a hitch that needs tweaking, others have a windup and takes time to get the ball out. Not these three kids. 

1. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman- UCLA

2. Camm Cooper, Lehi (Utah)- Washington State

3. Jarren Williams

Thompson-Robinson, Cooper and Williams can all get the ball out quick with very little wasted motion or windup yet still throw with very good accuracy. 

Best Pure Passer

A quarterback has to be smart, tough and definitely helps to be mobile in this day and age. You also have to be able to throw it, these guys all have an advanced feel for throwing the rock. 

1. Trevor Lawrence

2. Tanner McKee

3. Justin Fields

Lawrence does everything well including throw the football, McKee has an advanced feel for timing and anticipation and Fields is a guy we would trust throwing it from anywhere on the field. 

Most Physically Impressive 

Some high school quarterbacks have a college body early, these guys have NFL frames and look like they live in the weight room. These are definitely the guys you want leading your team off the bus. 

1. Joey Gatewood, Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail- Auburn

2. Joe Milton, Orlando (Fla.) Olympia- Michigan

3. Emory Jones, Franklin (Ga.) Heard County- Ohio State

Gatewood is all of 6-5, 235 pounds and looks like a college tight end. Milton and Jones look the part as well and are very well put together. 

Most Versatile (can play in any system)

Whether it’s a pro-style system, spread or combination of the two, these guys have the passing tools and athleticism to fit in well, no matter the scheme. 

1. Justin Fields

2. Tanner McKee

3. Matt Corral 

Fields is an elite athlete with great passing ability, McKee plays in a spread system but is a prototype pocket passer and Corral has great pocket sense, is a better athlete than given credit for and can make all the throws. 

Best in Chalk Talks

From talking to the Elite 11 staff, these are the guys who were not only engaged during the meetings but showed a high level understanding for offensive and defensive concepts. 

1. Jack Tuttle, Mission Hills (Calif.)- Utah

2. Justin Fields

3. Tyler Shough, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton 

Several players showed sound football intelligence on and off the field but these three players drew a lot of praise from the coaching staff who worked with all the quarterbacks behind closed doors. 

Most Athletic

As fast as defenses are these days, it really helps to have a quarterback who can move, make that first guy miss and extend a play. 

1. Justin Fields

2. Dakereon Joyner, North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester- un-committed

3. Dorian Thompson-Robinson  

Fields ran a 4.51-40 at one of the Nike Regional’s and his 120 Rating was tops among all quarterbacks. Joyner is a kid who could play multiple positions in college and Thompson-Robinson was an all-state receiver as a junior. 

Best Touch

This isn’t saying these guys don’t have a big arm, these are the players who understand how to take a little off, change speeds and can get the ball over a linebacker and in front of a safety. 

1. Cammon Cooper

2. Tyler Shough

3. Jack Tuttle

Cooper and Shough both threw some great deep balls during their Pro-Day workout and Tuttle has developed a great feel for how much air to put on all of his throws. 

Best Pocket Presence

These guys move around well in the pocket, can extend a play, don’t always look to take off and run and rarely get rattled or nervous under pressure.

1. Justin Fields

2. Matt Corral

3. Emory Jones

Fields is a  guy we envision being extremely tough to sack in college, Corral has great feet in the pocket and we love the way Jones moves around and his ability to improvise. 

Most Accurate 

There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a quarterback have perfect protection, his receiver breaks open, the fans are on their feet waiting to hear the fight song played only to see their signal caller overthrow a wide open man. 

1. Tanner McKee

2. Trevor Lawrence 

3. Dorian Thompson-Robinson

McKee and DTR showed great accuracy during the weekend and although Lawrence wasn’t as consistent as maybe some expected, we know what kind of accuracy he has as a thrower. 

Most Improved (Day 1-3)

These guys started off a little slow but came on strong as the weekend progressed. 

1. Dakereon Joyner

2. Re-al Mitchell, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Iowa State

3. Carter Bradley, Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence- un-committed 

Joyner struggled a bit on opening night but showed he belonged with his day two and three performance. Mitchell was money in the 7v7 portion of the camp and Bradley was extremely good the last two workouts as well. 

Player You Would Want To Start A Program

The 24 quarterbacks were asked to pick who they would choose first to start a program (couldn’t pick themselves). Here are the results. 

1. Trevor Lawrence

2. Jack Tuttle

3. Justin Fields 

Lawrence and Fields are arguably two of the top five prospects in the country, regardless of position. Tuttle was a bit of a surprise choice here but shows how respected he was among his peers. We've said it before, his improvement over the last few years has been incredible. 


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