Elite 11: Stidham Taking Over

By Jeremy Birmingham on July 7, 2014 at 4:52p
Texas Tech commitment Jarrett Stidham

After one full day of competition here at the Elite 11 Finals in Beaverton, Oregon, the coaches responsible for the development and ranking of the participants had their initial list. Texas Tech commitment Jarrett Stidham, from Stephenville, Texas, found himself at the top of the list.

Today, during a shortened session, Stidham did nothing to jeopardize his standing. Firing on all cylinders during the seven-on-seven style drills, Stidham was sharp, decisive and accurate, earning a lot of praise from camp director Trent Dilfer along the way. The nation's second-ranked "dual threat" quarterback performed with poise and confidence and is now in an excellent position to win the coveted "Golden Gun," given to the camp's top overall performer.

Stidham was not alone today when it came to excellent performances, however. Many of the players that stood out today came back with guns blazing and out to prove that they are the top signal-caller in attendance.

After excellent performances on day one, Alabama commit Blake Barnett and UCLA pledge Josh Rosen continued their steady play this morning. Both California quarterbacks stood out once again during seven-on-seven drills. 

 My personal favorite quarterback on Sunday, Brandon Wimbush, was listed at number seven on the first day rankings, and the Penn State commitment was excellent again today. Wimbush, along with uncommitted Floridian Deondre Francois, could have the strongest arm in the competition. Each of them have been impressive during the first three sessions, but they struggle when it comes to taking a bit "off" and needing to make a touch throw.

As with Sunday night's finale, USC commit Ricky Town and Arizona State commit Brady White had standout performances today as well. White may not be the most physical imposing guy on the field, but he's continually thrown the ball well, putting it where it can be caught and is able to make all the throws.

Town, as he gets into the rhythm of the camp, could be pulling away from the others just as a matter of raw ability. There's no doubt that he's got all the tools to be a highly successful college quarterback, and he's a consensus five-star talent because of it, but he'll need to learn to make the "safe" throw occasionally. He's got a tendency to try and force things and it cost him a bit in today's drills with a few near interceptions.

I'll have photos of today's session online soon, so check back often.


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German Buckeye's picture

It's always nice to get your recruits at these dog and pony shows.  Hopefully our attendees will bring forth some good print.

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BroJim's picture

Nice update, thank you for putting the time in!

I season my simple food with hunger

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Can anybody give some good insight on who they think will be our next QB stud? I haven't seen anything exciting in our current back ups. I don't know much about Steve Collier's potential and not sure what to think about the potential of Joe Burrow and Danny Clark. 

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

DMcDougal24's picture

Don't sleep on our current backups. Cardale has explosive talent and is a good fit for the zone read. Barrett is a balanced QB with mobility and leadership off the charts.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

I have watched the 2014 spring game several times now and I don't see good timing between the QB's and the WR's and I see low accuracy. Makes me wonder what our offense would look like if BM gets injured this season. I would think a good defense would tee off knowing that we have basically no QB game experience behind Miller. 

DmcDougal24, if you have anything (articles or videos) of OSU back up QB's in action, please share. I want to have your optimism with the next gen QB's:) 

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

MAVBuck's picture


Any thoughts on Francois? My assumption is we dont take another QB in the class but I also see he was on campus recently. Do you think the staff makes room for a second QB or this was nothing more than an unofficial visit?

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

He did not make it to Ohio State, they are happy with Burrow.