Illinois' Whitmer stars at Elite 11 event

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The class of 2010's first EA SPORTS Elite 11 regional camp certainly presented the day's throwers with plenty of challenges, most notably the cold temperatures that included rain and extreme wind.

More than 70 prospects attended the event at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, which is also home to the Under Armour All-America Game. A select group began to separate itself from the pack as the workout continued. Listed below is a quick snapshot of some of the players who stood out the most throughout the day. (Unfortunately, due to a conflict with a basketball game the night before, Florida commit Trey Burton of Venice, Fla., was unable to attend.)

It is very important to note in all fairness to the prospects who participated, the windy conditions were quite severe and as a result inconsistent accuracy was evident.

Top Performer

Chandler Whitmer (Downers Grove, Ill./South)

Whitmer was a ball boy for the Elite 11 event a year ago, and he held his own against the likes of Aaron Murray, A.J. McCarron and Co. in the 2009 class. He is now a bit taller and has bulked up some. He was polished, nicely groomed and displayed solid footwork, ball speed and arm strength. His natural wrist velocity gave him an edge against the wind and aided in his overall accuracy. At this stage, Illinois, Arizona and Stanford have offered, and he is also receiving interest from Northwestern, Notre Dame and Purdue.

Stock Up

Eddie Sullivan (Boca Raton, Fla.)

Although Sullivan does not possess ideal measurables in terms of height, he clearly displayed the strongest arm and greatest RPMs of anyone in attendance. Standing right around 6-foot, Sullivan is on the shorter side. Regardless, he shows quick feet, good drop speed, a live arm and quick release. He tends to throw with a tense upper body and must relax in his methods, but Sullivan has some nice physical tools and is built similar to Aaron Murray from the 2009 class. Sullivan has offers from Southern Miss and SMU and is garnering interest from Auburn, NC State, Tennessee and Wisconsin at this time.


Clint Trickett (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian)

The son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, Clint is obviously going to be a tough guy if his father has had any influence on him at all. A late bloomer, Trickett is lean, still has some growth potential and clearly is a guy with upside. He reminds us a little of 2009 Michigan State commit Andrew Maxwell, but Trickett isn't quite the same size. He is smooth in his mechanics and delivery and is a guy with his best football ahead of him.

Tom Luginbill is the National Recruiting Director for ESPN's Scouts Inc.