April 22, 2007

Sleepers emerge at Elite 11 workout

ATLANTA- Friday's Elite 11 regional workout at Georgia Tech in Atlanta featured several under-the-radar quarterback prospects who emerged during the approximately two-hour event on the Yellow Jackets' practice fields.

Kingsport (Tenn.) Sullivan South signal caller Curt Phillips impressed onlookers at the event. Phillips has a strong arm and good size. He was accurate during some of the drills and struggled to find his timing in others, but all in all had a good day's work at the event.

The 6-foot-3, 213-pounder came into the event with no Division I-A scholarship offers, but received an offer from an Atlantic Coast Conference program Friday evening.

"I got an offer from Duke," Phillips said.

Another Volunteer State signal caller, Maryville's Brent Burnette, isn't the biggest quarterback prospect, but he has a good grasp of the game and an understanding of the drills. He also throws a nice ball and understands where to place his throws. Even though there was no defense during the drills, Burnette did a nice job of throwing to spots where the receivers could catch even if there had been traffic.

Reid McCollum of Summerville (S.C.) High puts good velocity on the ball and is somewhat advanced with his drops and footwork. He has above average accuracy and good size.

At least one of the Elite 11 coaches made positive remarks about McCollum's performance in accuracy drills.

McCollum is getting interest from South Carolina, Wake Forest and others. He currently has no scholarship offers.

Here's a look at several additional sleepers at Friday night's event:

-Florence (S.C.) West Florence's Jimmy Powell, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound kicker/punter/quarterback, impressed with his size and raw ability. He's got some developing to do, but it would not be a surprise to see him emerge at some collegiate level somewhere thanks to his physical tools.

-Like Powell, Cumming (Ga.) South Forsyth's Joe Babrick has good size and good arm strength. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder just needs coaching and development to emerge as a legitimate Division I-A prospect.

-Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hanna's Tyler Brennan would fall in the same category as Powell and Babrick. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has good physical upside, but will need coaching and development if he wishes to make it to Division I-A.

-Phenix City (Ala.) Glenwood School's Branden Williams threw several nice balls during the event. He's a prospect that could fall to the Division I-AA level, but is worth taking a look at because of his arm and athleticism.

-Matt Roark of Acworth (Ga.) North Cobb impressed several of the coaches at the event with his size (6-6, 190) and mobility.

-Paul McIntosh of Evansville (Ind.) Seitz also had some nice moments throwing the football Friday night.


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