5 Top Performing Quarterback Recruits from 2014 Dallas Elite 11 Regional
The Elite 11 quarterback camp came through Arlington, Texas on Sunday—one day after the Nike Sparq Combine—hosting 70 quarterbacks from all over the country.
From 4-star prospects, like Texas Tech commit Jarrett Stidham (pictured), to future stars of the 2016 class, some of the best high school talent was on display at AT&T Stadium.
Bleacher Report was on hand to get a closer look. Which quarterbacks performed the best and stood out the most? The answers are in the following slides.
4-Star QB Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas)
Texas Tech commit Jarrett Stidham took home top honors from Sunday's event, so he gets the first nod in the list of best performances in the Elite 11 camp.
Stidham looks every bit of his list height, 6'3", and has a good frame to fill out. He threw the ball with confidence and displayed nice touch. He's exactly what college programs are looking for in an elite quarterback.
In the so-called "pressure chamber," when coaches simulate a two-minute drill, Stidham was a star. He made quick throws effortlessly and had a beautiful "touchdown" throw with perfect placement over a wall of simulated defenders.
Elite 11 coordinator and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer was especially happy with Stidham's performance in the drill. Texas Tech looks like they have a good one if Stidham in fact signs with the Red Raiders next year.
5-Star QB Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas)
To address the obvious, 5-star dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray wasn't the biggest guy on the field Sunday. Listed a 5'11" and 170 pounds—he's probably a touch shorter—Murray doesn't have the prototypical size for the position.
But, goodness, could Murray spin it. He had one of the quickest releases and best displays of arm strength on Sunday. Whether dropping back in a simulated pocket or rolling out, Murray was throwing footballs on a rope. Sometimes, he failed to display touch on shorter throws, but that's coachable.
Murray couldn't show off his wheels much, but he does have great foot quickness, and his fundamentals seem sound. His 247Sports profile shows he's interested in Oregon and Texas A&M. It seems like he would be a perfect fit for either of those spread offenses.
Whether as a quarterback or in another role.
3-Star QB L.G. Williams (Cibolo, Texas)
With Texas running back Malcolm Brown, Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. and now quarterback prospect L.G. Williams, Steele High School outside San Antonio has been turning out notable Division I talent lately.
Williams isn't big. He stands at about 5'9" and is listed at 175 pounds, though he looked thicker in person on Sunday. Because of his size, Williams will have a tough time gaining a lot of Division 1 offers as a quarterback; he only has one offer from UT-San Antonio, per his 247Sports profile.
Still, Williams could chuck it. Like Stidham, Williams dominated in the simulated two-minute drill. Typically, a quarterback of shorter stature can have a tough time with ball placement over defenders, but Williams actually succeeded in that area.
He doesn't have the strongest arm, but it was when all eyes were on him at the end of the camp that he performed at his best.
QB Dominic DeLira (Austin, Texas)
One of the under-the-radar guys from Sunday's action was Lake Travis quarterback Dominic DeLira.
DeLira doesn't have a 247Sports profile yet, but he stood out in a competitive crowd. DeLira isn't the biggest guy with the strongest arm or the fastest 40 time, but he has a nice release and showed decent accuracy given the stress and tempo of the drills.
Above all, though, DeLira's sense of timing is what stood out most, which is hard to do with brand new receivers in a quarterback camp. His performance in the "pressure chamber" was solid, showing good accuracy in out routes.
Overall, DeLira was a surprising prospect—in a good way.
4-Star QB Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
One of the few quarterbacks in the 2016 class on hand Sunday was Jacob Eason of Lake Stevens Sr. High School in Washington.
Eason, every bit of 6'5" and 205 pounds, recently took a trip to Texas and would be a great pro-style quarterback for the Longhorns—or any other program that lands him. Eason already has scholarship offers from places like Florida State, Georgia and Miami.
Eason throws the ball with great ease; he makes it look effortless. He can drive the ball when he needs to and throw it with touch other times.
Since Eason still has two more years of high school football, he didn't garner as much attention as other prospects on Sunday. Still, he holds plenty of high-profile offers and should only get better. He's a name to watch in the next couple of years.
Best of the Rest
Which other quarterbacks shined in Sunday's Elite 11 camp? Check out a quick "best of the rest" list below:
3-star Quinten Dormady: Dormady (pictured) is a big (6'4") pro-style prospect with three offers from Indiana, Houston and Vanderbilt. The Boerne High School prospect has nice arm strength and tangibles that make him an intriguing prospect with room to grow.
Cole Sears: The Hoxie High School (Ark.) quarterback and free safety recruit Cole Sears is a big kid with a bit of a long and awkward release. However, he had perhaps the prettiest spiral of anyone in attendance.
3-star Koy Detmer Jr.: If the name sounds familiar, it's because his uncle is Ty Detmer, the former Heisman winner and NFL quarterback, and his father is Koy Detmer, the former Colorado quarterback. At 5'11" and 165 pounds, Detmer is small. But he is an obvious competitor and has great football bloodlines.
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.
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