Commentary

Sleepers wake up at Elite 11

Updated: February 28, 2010, 6:55 PM ET
By Brian Stumpf | ESPN RISE

ORLANDO, Fla. -- More then 70 quarterbacks competed in the EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB regional camp, the first event on the 2010 Elite 11 tour, Sunday at the Disney Wild World of Sports complex in Orlando (Fla.).

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Over the next week, ESPN RISE will have several items pertaining to the NIKE Orlando Combine and Elite 11. For complete coverage of the event be sure to check ESPN RISE daily.

Hagerty (Oviedo, Fla.) signal caller Jeff Driskel and Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) dual-threat standout Teddy Bridgewater were just two of the players that lived up to their advance billing, but there were some sleepers that emerged in what was quite possibly the deepest quarterback Elite 11 events ever.

Driskel, a well put-together 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, possesses the physical tools that already have colleges throughout the country salivating. His combination of arm strength and athletic ability are rare. Bridgewater showed the trademark accuracy and competitiveness he has become known for in South Florida.

Right there with the top names were a solid group of 10-12 performers who put forward fine efforts. Here is a rundown of some of those quarterbacks.

*Akil Dan-Fodio, Redan (Stone Mountain, Ga.) -- This Georgian took a bit to get warmed up, but once he did he showed some of the promise that has already drawn in a few Division I scholarship offers. Dan-Fodio has good size and athletic ability and as he takes more reps and gains polish and consistency he should develop into one of the Peach State's best this fall.

*Teddy Dwork, The Benjamin School (West Palm Beach, Fla.) -- Dwork is a project who is still filling out his rangy 6-5 frame, but threw well Sunday. He moved fairly well for his size and threw a tight ball with good spin. Dwork can make all the throws.

*Phillip Ely, Plant (Tampa, Fla.) -- The two-time state champion at Plant had as strong a day as any QB at the event. Well-groomed with solid mechanics, Ely ranked amongst the days most consistent performers and impressed with every rep he took.

*Trey Heren, Saline (Saline, Mich.) -- An understudy who saw some playing time last year behind Elite 11 quarterback and Michigan State signee Joe Boisture, Heren came out of relative nowhere to have a solid day that he capped off by winning the EA SPORTS Golden Gun Accuracy. While he does not have the size and big arm that Boisture does, Heren is obviously accurate and was one of the days most solid and consistent performers.

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Over the next week, ESPN RISE will have several items pertaining to the NIKE Orlando Combine and Elite 11. For complete coverage of the event be sure to check ESPN RISE daily.

*Steven Hughes (Palm Bay, Melbourne, Fla.) -- Hughes is a player to watch this fall, as he showed good strength and quick feet Sunday. While he's still very raw, he has athleticism and the arm to be a productive quarterback who might fit best in a spread-system at the next level.

*Josh Jones, East River (Bradenton , Fla.) -- Jones drew attention with his 6-5 height, but he kept those eyeballs with his performance. Very smooth for a player his size, Jones is accurate and composed and should build on a solid junior year this fall at a relatively new school in East River.

*Jovani McCray, South Dade (Homestead, Fla.) -- An attention grabber with his Mohawk, McCray, a second team All-Dade County performer a year ago, has the game to match his haircut. Can make all the throws and is well-built at about 6-1, 190 pounds.

*Brian Rody, Stone Bride (Ashburn, Va.) -- Rody was probably one of the top three sleepers to emerge Sunday, making his trip from Northern Virginia well worthwhile. While he did not put up huge numbers last fall in state power Stone Bridge's run-oriented attack, the solid pocket passer has great size and throws a nice ball.

*Kevin Sousa, Lake Nona (Orlando, Fla.) -- This sturdy 6-3, 220 pounder can match any quarterback in the nation in terms of physical tools. Blessed with a strong arm and quick feet, with continued work and development he has a chance to be as good as he wants to be.

*Quentin Williams, Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.) -- The 3A state player of the year in Florida a year ago, Williams is another player with some physical gifts that rank up there. While not blessed with ideal height at around 6-feet tall, Williams has good feet and can hum it with the best of them.

Several underclassmen also had good days Sunday including Plant City's Bennie Coney, Pasco's Jacob Guy, Miami Northwestern's Elgin Hilliard, Dr. Phillips' Nick Patti and Lassiter (Ga.) rising sophomore Eddie Printz.

Now in its 12 year, the national Elite 11 competition will bring together the nation's top quarterbacks for a four-day event in California this summer after a regional selection tour that includes the six Elite 11 regionals plus 13 Nike Football Training Camps.