5 Top-Performing Quarterback Recruits from 2014 Oakland Elite 11 Regional
The Elite 11 quarterback camp set up shop in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, and over 50 of the nation's most promising quarterbacks turned out to put their skills on display.
Some were hoping to impress enough to garner new college offers, while others are already comfortably weighing their options of elite programs.
Bleacher Report was on hand to see which quarterbacks earned a coveted gold shirt and additionally an invite to the Elite 11 finals, as well as which other young athletes stood out in drills.
Here's a look at the five quarterbacks who really rose to the occasion.
5. 4-Star Sheriron Jones (Moreno Valley, Calif.)
School: Rancho Verde High School
Size: 6'2.5", 192 pounds
Sheriron "Jonesy" Jones is a 4-star talent who holds a handful of offers already, most notably from Tennessee, Florida and both Arizona and Arizona State. He still awaits an offer from Ohio State, another program he considers to be high on his priority list.
At the Oakland Elite 11, Jones showed off quick feet and a very precise arm. Through most drills he connected with all of his wide receivers, and in the "pressure cooker" drill (where coaches simulate a two-minute drill), he showed both calmness and accuracy while under the gun.
Jones considers himself a throw-first, run-second quarterback, and he really displayed that on Friday. He received high praise from ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer for his calm demeanor under fire.
4. 3-Star Sam Darnold (San Clemente, Calif.)
School: San Clemente High School
Size: 6'4", 208 pounds
One of the less-heralded quarterbacks at Oakland's Elite 11, 3-star Sam Darnold impressed coaches so much that he earned a coveted gold shirt, and with it, a spot in the Elite 11 finals.
He currently holds offers from Utah, Duke and Northwestern among others, with Utah being the favorite at this time.
Darnold stood out for his ability to find his receivers on deep routes, where many of the other quarterbacks either didn't put enough air under the pass or completely overthrew their receivers. He showed a knack for putting a lot of zip on his passes and proved to be pretty agile in hurry-up situations.
He missed much of his junior season because of an injury, so Darnold said he plans to spend the rest of the spring and summer getting healthy so that he can lead his football team in the fall.
When he received his gold shirt, Tren Dilfer said: "A lot of you didn't know the name 'Sam Darnold' before you got here, but you're going to remember it now."
With his blazing red hair and 6'4" frame, it'll be a lot harder for him to go unnoticed now.
3. 3-Star Brian Lewerke (Phoenix, Ariz.)
School: Pinnacle High School
Size: 6'3", 180 pounds
3- star Brian Lewerke is a pro-style quarterback, but on Friday he showed that he can make plays on his feet if need be. He has a strong arm and very good spatial awareness; Lewerke particularly exceeded in one drill where the quarterbacks had to target receivers as they ran behind a line of defensive backs. Where other quarterbacks mistimed their pass, Lewerke didn't miss a beat.
One of the most accurate passers on the day, Lewerke hit every single one of his targets in each drill. Even in the pressure cooker, he showed an ability to float passes deep to the corner of the end zone as well as zip five yards across the middle of the field.
At the end of the day, the Michigan State commit earned his golden ticket to the Elite 11 finals.
2. 4-Star Travis Waller (Anaheim, Calif.)
School: Servite High School
Size: 6'3", 190 pounds
4-star Travis Waller was easily one of the most impressive quarterbacks of all in attendance, showing quick feet and a strong pocket presence on Friday. He's incredibly athletic, and though he's a little slight of build, he could sling the rock like some of the bigger quarterbacks in the camp.
He got to show off his dual-threat skills the most in the pressure cooker and in roll-out drills, where he excelled at hitting his wide receivers while on the move and under pressure.
Currently being recruited most aggressively by Pac-12 schools Oregon and Arizona, Waller said he doesn't yet have a favorite and won't be ready to commit to a school until later this summer.
While he's mulling his options, Waller will also appear in the Elite 11 finals later this summer.
1. 4-Star Brady White (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
School: Hart High School
Size: 6'2", 190 pounds
Easily the favorite in Oakland's Elite 11 camp, 4-star Brady White did not disappoint in his performance on Friday. The Arizona State commit was the top-performing quarterback of the bunch and often earned praise from Trent Dilfer throughout drills.
A pro-style quarterback, White has a cannon for an arm and is only getting stronger. White got through each of the early drills without throwing any incomplete passes, though he did miss his end-zone receiver twice during the pressure cooker. Still, his pass was largely on target, but it just didn't have enough under it to sail over a wall of defensive backs.
As expected, White earned his spot in the Elite 11 finals and continues to be one step ahead of his competition.
Oakland Elite 11 roster obtained firsthand via press release.
Recruit star ratings, statistics and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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