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Lessons Learned: Atlanta Elite 11

4/12/2013

BUFORD, Ga. -- More than 70 quarterbacks took to the practice fields Friday afternoon to compete in the Elite 11 Atlanta regional completion. The camp was not as star-studded as some in the past, but there plenty of quality arms present nonetheless.

Recruiting Nation’s Kipp Adams attended the camp. Here’s what he learned:

Deshaun Watson is who we thought he was

Coming into the Elite 11, all eyes were on ESPN Watch List prospect Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville). The Clemson commitment made waves last fall when he led the Red Elephants to their first ever state championship, while breaking the state career passing record as a junior. Watson did not have the strongest or even most accurate arm among the quarterbacks in attendance, but he is solid in every aspect of being a passer. During the ‘pressure cooker’ 2-minute drill at the end of the camp, Watson showcased what sets him apart from almost every other passer at the high school level -- being a field general. He led the drive downfield and into the endzone with ease, and was awarded an invites to the Elite 11 and The Opening later this summer.

Peach State QB ready to overcome height

Last season, Price Wilson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) was called into action after Alabama signee Parker McLeod went down and more than held his own. Now the 6-foot-1, 218-pound Wilson is preparing to reel in some BCS offers of his own.

Marshall and Louisiana Tech have already offered Wilson, but other schools have yet to show serious interest as of yet. After having one of the top, if not the top performances of any quarterback Friday, Wilson is sending a message to other colleges to stop by during the spring evaluation period and take a closer look. Wilson had great velocity on his throws, took coaching well and although he does not have prototypical height, he is still able to find the open passing lanes in the pocket. Programs coming to see Watch List defensive back D.J. Smith will find Wilson is also worthy of consideration.

Sunshine state passers impress

Sean White (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) and Chase Litton (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) did not come in with quite the pub of some of the others, but turned in very solid performances Friday. Like Wilson, White is undersized, but he showed excellent timing on his throws, hitting wide outs in stride throughout the camp. In terms of consistently being accurate, White was at or near the top. Litton has all of the tangible characteristics colleges are looking for, with great height, quick delivery and great velocity when his feet are set. The school that takes a chance on Litton could end up developing him into a very productive college passer.

Two Tyler’s got the arm

After seeing Watch List selection Tyler Harris (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County) at Rising Seniors and 2015 prospect Tyler Queen (Acworth, Ga./North Cobb) at the Charlotte NFTC, there was no surprise in the performances by both at the Elite 11. But it should still be noted that these two quarterbacks can really put a lot of velocity on the ball when they want to. Harris was firing bullets on short, intermediate and deep routes and Queen used an outstanding base and quick release to hit his targets. In terms of pure arm strength, these two Tyler’s stood out.

Quinten Gibson is worth checking out

Coming off a solid performance at the Dallas NFTC and Elite 11, Quentin Gibson (Marrero, La./Archbishop Shaw) continued his momentum with another solid showing at the Atlanta Elite 11. The 6-3, 197-pound Gibson was very consistent on Friday, putting the ball where his wide receivers rarely had to adjust to make the catch. Gibson might not have any offers yet, but he has shown multiple times now that he is worthy of consideration at the FBS level. The spring evaluation period could be an exciting one for Gibson and his family.