July 8, 2013

Underclassmen Challenge: Ranking the QBs

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DeSOTO, Texas -- The Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge presented by Under Armour was the final event of the inaugural Rivals Camp Series. Rivals.com analyst Rob Cassidy breaks down the top quarterbacks.

1. QB Jarrett Stidham Stephenville, Texas (2015)
Stidham got the best results of any quarterback at the camp. His mechanics aren't perfect but that's at least partly the product of the learning curve that comes with being relatively new to the position. That said, he spent the afternoon dropping deep passes into narrow spaces and hitting his targets out of breaks. There were stretches that saw him string multiple difficult throws for large chunks of yards. It's scary to think what Stidham might be as he becomes polished and more comfortable in the pocket.

2. QB Alex Delton Hays, Kan. (2015)
Delton's speed is a major weapon and it is taken away from him in camp settings. That bothered him not at all in Dallas, though. Delton grabbed attention by putting tremendous zip on the ball during drills and carried the momentum into one-on-one drills, where he completed a number of difficult deep passes and routinely crammed the ball through tiny windows. Delton has a bit of an odd throwing motion, but his arm strength and speed make him unbelievably dangerous.

3. QB Ty Storey Charleston, Ark. (2015)
Story's drops and footwork are what stand out but it's not as though the Arkansas commitment is lacking an arm. Story hit his receivers out of breaks and timed his passes as well as any player. His delivery is a bit long but nitpicking doesn't seem appropriate because he was effective from start to finish in Dallas. Storey has the size BCS coaches look for and he moves his feet smoothly.

4. QB Tyler Hilinski Upland, Calif. (2015)
Hilinski has the prototypical quarterback build and a nearly flawless throwing motion. He was the best quarterback at the event early in the day but faded slightly as the afternoon went on. That said, he was truly great for a solid chunk of the camp. He has great arm strength, spins the ball well and delivers passes over the top. The fact that he is still without a single scholarship offer is puzzling.

5. QB Tristan Wallace DeSoto, Texas (2016)
Wallace showed off an amazing touch during one-on-ones and was as consistently accurate as any quarterback present. He functions as the backup for his powerhouse high school but his time to start will come soon enough. The knock on Wallace, a rising junior, is that he struggles to make multiple reads. He wasn't forced to do that in the camp setting, however, and shined while hitting receivers in stride and timing his passes perfectly.

6. QB Ross Trail Olive Branch, Miss. (2015)
Trail is another young quarterback with fantastically polished mechanics. He spent the day delivering catchable footballs to a wide variety of targets. He shined on intermediate routes, showing off the kind of accuracy that moves the chains. He didn't test his arm with deep balls often and struggled a bit when he did. That said, the good he did was far more obvious that the moments of trouble.

7. QB Drew Lock Lee's Summit, Mo. (2015)
Lock was responsible for a few of the day's most noteworthy passes. He has every imaginable tool and arm strength to spare. He had no problem stretching the field and placed a few balls in the hands of receivers who seemed to be blanked. Lock had some lapses and overthrew a few open targets, but his lows were by no means alarming. Lock has the tools that can't be coached. He's the type of player who will garner a slew of scholarship offers should he continue to progress as a junior. He can also make plays running the football, but the nature of the event didn't allow him to showcase that skill set.

8. QB Auggie DiBiase Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Providence School (2016)
Just a junior-to-be, DeBiase already stands 6-foot-2 and carries an offer from Indiana. On Sunday, he showed off the reasons for the early hype. It was clear that his mechanics still need polishing but his decision-making was on point. DeBiase held the ball too long from time to time but never forced a bad throw or put the ball in a questionable spot. He flashed elite talent and hit receivers in stride. If he learns to sustain his success, he'll be a commodity down the road.


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