BERKELEY, Calif. -- The expected attendees were, for the most part, as advertised during the two-hour EA Sports Elite 11QB regional Friday afternoon on the campus of Cal-Berkeley, but the event showcased some under-the-radar prospects as well.
Cody Kessler (Bakersfield, Calif./Centennial) continues to rise in the eyes of college recruiters throughout the spring and is receiving attention from programs across the country, not just on the West Coast. This is the second time we've seen Kessler in person, and the more we watch him, the more he reminds us of a less polished Jake Heaps from the 2010 class. Kessler isn't quite as far along as Heaps was at this point and isn't as consistent from rep to rep, but Kessler shows real flashes, and his best football is ahead of him.
Michael Eubanks (Mansfield, Texas) appears to have refined his mechanics since we saw him in March, but we still believe he may be a better fit at another position. He has a great arm and at times will wow you with his physical tools much in the same way Cardale Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) did at the Columbus Elite 11 two weeks ago. Eubanks, however, is a bit smoother and catches your eye quickly on the hoof.
Kyle Boehm (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) has a real nice arm, something we saw back in March. The ball didn't quite jump off his hand the way it did when we last saw him, but he has great size, is well built and has taken most of his snaps from under center, which makes him attractive from a footwork and ball handling standpoint.
Chad Jeffries (Glendora, Calif.) is a good athlete with great feet and a late bloomer's body who really hums the ball. He consistently displayed good drop speed, a balanced setup and the ability to get rid of the ball in a hurry with velocity and power. Has a live arm and a lot of frame development upside.
Arguably the biggest surprise of the day was Michael Bercovici (Woodland Hills, Calif./Woodland Hills-Taft), who had the best performance of the day. He hasn't garnered much attention from recruiters yet, but his release is lightning-quick, and he possesses velocity you cannot coach. The ball jumps off his arm and he was consistently accurate throughout the day. He is purely a pocket passer, but you can't help but admire his ability to get the ball out and he displayed the ability to make all the throws. He has just marginal height and a unique build, but he should be receiving some recruiting attention quickly.
Lamar McKnight (Jersey City, N.J./Oak Ridge Military) has a big arm and nice velocity on the ball. You can see he is a dual-threat guy who is not able to showcase his athleticism in this setting, but the ball really jumps off his hand and he looks to be a dangerous shotgun/spread guy.
Bart Houston (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) may play at a school that prides itself on the veer option, but he is a tall, good-looking pocket passer who could garner some interest if he is able to showcase his skills as a passer some this season. He showed good arm strength and a smooth delivery.
Tom Luginbill is the national director for ESPN Recruiting.