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#AskLoogs: Crafting the perfect QB

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Sure, we’ll give this a try with QB’s in the current 2014 class with the categories below…

Arm strength: Georgia commit Jacob Park (Stratford/Goose Creek, S.C.). This was close, could have put Alabama commit David Cornwell (Norman North/Norman, Okla.) here as well. The ball jumps out of Park's arm with velocity, power and RPMs to drive the ball vertically and into tight spots.

Accuracy: Stanford commit Keller Chryst (Palo Alto/Palo Alto, Calif.). Chryst shows terrific ball placement and timing with the ability to change ball speeds and drop the ball in over coverage to small windows. His ability to anticipate allows him to throw to a spot before the receiver breaks.

Delivery: Purdue commit David Blough. Is is an uncoachable trait, in my opinion, and one that is highly coveted. Blough pops the ball out of his hand with a lightning quick stroke. It is tight, compact and smooth.

Running ability: Florida commit Will Grier. He is a true dual-threat only when needed. If asked to be an integral part of the running game, Grier can really hurt you with his legs and is not a guy you want to let out of the pocket.

Mental toughness: Chryst. This is where his aptitude and upbringing (his uncle is Pitt coach Paul Chryst) come into play. Chryst is mature and capable of handling the ups and downs of the position having grown up around the game in ways few prospects have.

Competitiveness: LSU commit Brandon Harris. This was close; Texas A&M pledge Kyle Allen also fits the bill. Harris wants to be great and is willing to do what it takes to make it happen. He had received limited exposure and offers in the spring, but proved himself on the camp and combine circuit.

Poise: Clemson commit Deshaun Watson. Calm, cool and collected. Watson has a quiet swagger and calming pocket presence that exudes confidence and control. He weathers the peaks and valleys of the game with an even keel.

Instincts: Oklahoma commit Justice Hansen. Hansen and Grier could swap categories here. Hansen is just one of those guys that knows when to pull the trigger and is at his best when improvising and on the move. He has a sixth sense about where pressure is coming from, can evade defenders and keep plays alive instinctively.
ATHENS, Ga. -- For most high school players, the end of practice means they get a break from the incessant nagging and ceaseless instruction of their coaches. They go home, eat dinner, study and enjoy the respite until the whistles start blowing next time. For ESPN Watch List safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), that is not the case.

Wilson’s father is the defensive coordinator and the defensive backs coach at the University School, so Wilson jokes that he gets no respite.

“Oh no, there’s no break, there’s no break,” Wilson said. “Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Yeah, I get it at practice, before practice, after practice, in the car, at the dinner table ...”

The talented junior laughed about the nonstop instruction but he also credited his father with making him the player he is today -- one of the most coveted safeties in Florida.

Most people would think that being the son of an NFL tight end coach would result in long, laborious, tactical conversations about the position and schemes.

And don’t get it wrong, Watch List wide receiver Austin Roberts (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) has had a few of those conversations with his father, Colts tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts. But more often, the two will talk about the recruiting process, with Alfredo giving advice to his son about how to handle it as a player.

“He was at FAU before he was in the NFL so he’s able to give me the recruiter’s perspectives,” Austin said of his father. “He has been a really big help so far.”

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound receiver (who some colleges are looking at as a flex-tight end-wide receiver) holds nine offers from the likes of Florida, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Stanford and Indiana.


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Four-star WR likes Ohio State's mix 

January, 27, 2013
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They’re still kicking. But so is everyone else.

That’s what one four-star wide receiver from Urban Meyer’s old stomping ground had to say about the Ohio State Buckeyes and his recruitment.


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Four-star WR Clark has change of plans 

January, 23, 2013
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Four-star wide receiver James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) was all set to go to Florida on an official this weekend, but not before a round of in-home visits from other programs. Did a visit from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer change Clark’s travel plans?


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2014 OT Denzel Ward looking around 

January, 4, 2013
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Offensive tackle Denzel Ward (Chicago/Hales Franciscan), a 2014 Michigan commitment, has made quite an impression at the Under Armour 2013 Combine.

The 6-foot-9, 295-pound prospect now has other schools in hot pursuit, and he is considering jumping back into the process.

"I am committed to Michigan, but I don't know what is going to happen," Ward said. "Our family might be opening the recruiting process soon. Some other schools may be coming in real hard.

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Weekend visits: Hungry Gators 

October, 5, 2012
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Apparently, Florida didn’t get the memo. Huge recruiting weekends are supposed to happen around Midnight Madness. Billy Donovan is hosting a prospect party a week early, and he’s invited five five-star recruits. Seriously, you have to be a bona fide stud to be in Gainesville this weekend.

Here’s the ranking of the players the Gators have on campus: No. 3 2013, No. 8 2013, No. 9 2013, No. 4 2014 and No. 1 2015. Donovan already owns commitments from point guard Kasey Hill and power forward Chris Walker. If he can just land one other player from this visit, it would be an historic recruiting weekend.

Elsewhere, there are talented underclassmen on a number of campuses. Pay close attention to Duke and Texas, as they host high-profile big man targets.

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ESPN Radio: Herbstreit on CFB

October, 3, 2012
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College GameDay's Kirk Herbstreit went on Mike & Mike to cover LSU-Florida, West Virginia-Texas, Geno Smith, Georgia-South Carolina, Miami-Notre Dame, Northwestern-Penn State and Michigan-Purdue. Listen here Listen

2014 CB Trey Marshall getting attention 

September, 10, 2012
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Class of 2014 defensive back Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) admits that he was surprised the ringer on his phone didn't break last week when the contact period began.

The 6-foot, 190-pound junior has plenty of interest and a few offers already.

"South Florida was the first school to get in touch with me and that makes sense because they were the first school to offer," Marshall said. "Tennessee, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Minnesota ... a lot of schools made contact last Saturday."

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Junior college tight end Beau Sandland (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College) is making the most of his first foray into the recruiting process. A non-qualifier out of high school, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound athlete turned in an impressive showing on the recruiting trail this offseason. Beginning in February, Sandland said it felt as though he collected an offer -- and sometimes two -- each day, through the end of spring. Though things have slowed considerably since then with the end of the spring evaluation period and fall camps starting, Monday proved that it isn’t over completely, as Tennessee stepped forward with a scholarship offer.

“It’s been fun,” Sandland said of recruiting. “This is the first time I’ve ever gone through it, so I didn’t fully know what to expect. You hear stories and see the sophomores from last year, but it’s been a really exciting and fun time. It can get a little hectic, but in a good way. It’s been really humbling talking to these schools and having offers from some of the top programs in the nation.”

Several SEC heavyweights extended offers to Sandland, including Florida, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi, though he took opportunities this summer to get a better feel for programs in other conferences. Pac-12 programs Arizona State, California and UCLA received unofficial visits, while Nebraska was the recipient of an official visit. This weekend, Sandland will travel for Oklahoma for his second official visit.

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Class of 2014 defensive back Juan Jenkins (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) was checking out the football offices at the University of Florida during the weekend as the 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore is looking for an offer from the hometown school.

"I just received my first offer from Utah a few days ago," Jenkins said. "But I'm here and I'll work out in hopes of getting an offer from the Gators.

"This is where I live and this is the team that I've been rooting for, so I hope it works out."

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Thompson is thinking Clemson 

June, 19, 2012
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The next prospect from Durham (N.C.) Hillside should be one of the best.

The talent-rich school has a rising junior prospect whom college recruiters are already well aware of. Trevion Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound wide receiver, is well aware of the exposure he can give his teammates. He's benefited from as much during his time at Hillside High.

“It's great,” Thompson said of the attention from college recruiters. “It gives opportunities for other kids on the team to get looked at, not just me.”

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The 7th annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 tournament will be loaded with FBS talent when the first pass is thrown Saturday morning in West Palm Beach, Fla.

ESPN 150/300 Prospects

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Tampa (Fla.) Wharton (No. 4)

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Four-star Under Armour All-American quarterback Kevin Olsen (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) committed Friday to play for the Hurricanes, multiple sources report.

Auburn, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Stanford, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia, Iowa, Purdue, East Carolina and Central Florida also offered the 6-foot-2, 195-pound talent.

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ESPN 150 OLB Matt Rolin nets UF offer 

April, 26, 2012
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Matt Rolin has picked up a coveted scholarship offer.

Florida is the latest school to offer the outside linebacker from Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods.

"I'm really interested in them," Rolin stated via text message to ESPN. "Really excited about the offer and I'd say they jump in my top five."

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