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July 22, 2008
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. ? The first day of the EA Sports Elite 11 got underway Monday afternoon at Soka University. Twelve of the top quarterback prospects in the country were on hand to learn and compete against current college quarterbacks such as Matthew Stafford, Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every was on hand, and the following are his top six performers on day one. Players listed in alphabetical order.
Elite 11 Day One: Barry Every's Top Six
Richard Brehaut, 6-2, 206, PQB Rancho Cucamonga (CA) Los Osos
Assets: Demonstrated a strong arm and has nice spin on his passes.
What was most impressive on Monday: His arm strength seems to be getting better every time I see him.
On the Hoof: He has a good frame and is well proportioned in the upper and lower body. Brehaut is one of the more physically mature competitors at the camp.
Conclusion: His stock started rising at his first showing at the Berkeley Elite11, and it still seems to be rising. I think UCLA will be really excited to get a quarterback who is not only a very accurate thrower but has good mobility.
Allan Bridgford, 6-3, 213, PQB Mission Viejo (CA) Mission Viejo
Assets: Has a quick release and does a nice job reading coverages.
What was most impressive on Monday: On his short passes, he really gets the ball out of his hand quickly and right on the money. He also won the accuracy contest today.
On the Hoof: His upper body is lean and his lower body is already filled out.
Conclusion: Cal has a commitment from a well-coached and intelligent quarterback who will have a head start fundamentally over most quarterbacks entering college next year.
Andrew Maxwell, 6-3, 192 PQB Midland (MI) Midland
Assets: Has a quick release and good spin on his passes.
What was most impressive on Monday: He was very consistent and has good feet.
On the Hoof: He is a very lean, athletic-looking prospect who has wide shoulders and a frame that can add at least 20 more pounds.
Conclusion: Without a doubt, the top signal caller in the state of Michigan and perhaps Big Ten territory. He is someone Michigan State can build a solid team around.
Aaron Murray, 6-1, 198, PQB Tampa (FL) Plant
Assets: Has tremendous arm strength and excellent accuracy on short and intermediate passes.
What was most impressive on Monday: Murray had great consistency throughout the day and finished second in the accuracy contest.
On the Hoof: He may be the shortest of all the quarterbacks but he is well put together and has a very athletic-looking lower body.
Conclusion: He will be able to make all the throws at the next level. Murray may end up being Georgia's version of Chase Daniels.
Tom Savage, 6-4, 217, PQB Springfield (PA) Cardinal O'Hara
Assets: Throws a beautiful deep ball and has excellent size.
What was most impressive on Monday: He is probably the biggest and most filled-out prospect in the camp.
On the Hoof: Has excellent height and is put together like Matthew Stafford, but two inches taller
Conclusion: May become one the better quarterbacks ever to play at Rutgers. His body is already physically ready to compete in Division I college football.
Eugene Smith, 6-3, 182, DQB, Miramar (FL) Miramar
Assets: He has a very quick release and real zip on his short and intermediate passes.
What was most impressive on Monday: Has really improved on his accuracy from his previous two camps at Miami and Gainesville.
On the Hoof: Smith is the leanest of all the competitors. His body is built like a basketball shooting guard, similar to that of A.D. McPherson out of high school.
Conclusion: Currently the only uncommitted quarterback competing at the Elite11. Since he is one of the few top-rated quarterbacks yet to make up his mind, I expect his recruiting to really become a heated battle.
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