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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Updated: July 24, 3:02 PM ET
Heaps impresses college quarterbacks

By Greg Biggins

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- College counselors at the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, which ended Thursday at Soka University, do more than just provide technical instruction to the 12 high school quarterbacks who participate in the event.

Quarterbacks themselves, the college counselors explain defensive coverages in chalk talks, let the high school players know what they'll face in the coming years and provide tutelage on the finer points of technique.

On the last day, the college counselors also are asked to evaluate the players.

The 2009 counselors are certainly well-known to college football fans. Heisman Trophy runner-up Colt McCoy (Texas) was joined by Zac Robinson (Oklahoma State), Daryll Clark (Penn State), Juice Williams (Illinois), Cody Hawkins (Colorado) and former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel.

Here's a rundown of the top five quarterbacks, as voted on by the counselors:

1. Jake Heaps (Skyline / Sammamish, Wash.)
"He's really good," Robinson said. "He's the guy most ready to play now. He's a leader, has great mechanics, makes all the throws and has really impressed me this week."

"He is ready to play [in college] now and has all the throws," Elite 11 coach Matt James said. "I love how hard he works and what a perfectionist he is. If he misses a throw by just a few inches, he wants to know what he did wrong, and you can tell he knows what he's doing by the questions he asks."

Heaps plans to graduate early from Skyline after the upcoming football season and participate next spring in practices for BYU.

2. Tyler Bray (Kingsburg, Calif.)
"I think Heaps has been the best guy this week, but Bray might have the most upside," Robinson added. "Once he fills out, he's going to be really good, and he's already very good right now."

Bray went home as the winner of the overall Golden Gun Accuracy Challenge. He committed to San Diego State before he was chosen for the Elite 11 camp.

3. Chandler Whitmer (Downers Grove South, Ill.)
Although Whitmer didn't win the Gold Gun, the college counselors felt he was the most accurate passer of the group.

Whitmer, who was a ball boy for the 2008 Elite 11, has committed to Illinois.

4. Nick Montana (Oaks Christian / Westlake Village, Calif.)
"I think he struggled in the first workout, but he was really good the last two days," Hawkins said. "I really like him; he does everything well and has a chance to be very good."

The son of Hall of Famer Joe Montana and a Washington commit showed the counselors his versatility and impressed with his leadership qualities.

5. Robert Bolden (St. Mary's / Orchard Lake, Mich.)
"I think he has the strongest arm in the camp," Robinson said. "A lot of the receivers have struggled to catch his passes because he has been putting so much heat on it."

Bolden is headed to Penn State.

Greg Biggins covers football events for ESPN RISE. Mark Tennis contributed to this report.