May 5, 2008

Closer look at Tuscaloosa Elite 11 workout

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - There was a good number of big, talented quarterbacks on hand at the Elite 11 workout in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last weekend.


Rivals.com's Barry Every took in the workout and breaks down some of the top performers from the session in this feature.











Tuscaloosa Elite 11 Workout


Barrett Bailey (DQB) Baton Rouge (La.) University Laboratory School


Assets: He has good height to go along with good mobility.

Needs improvement: Needs to be more consistent with his accuracy.

What was most impressive: He really had nice touch on his passes, especially the intermediate ones.


Conclusion: He continues to get better and he definitely improved upon his Baton Rouge performance. It is a little hard to believe he does not have offers yet, especially from some of the in-state schools.



Raymond Cotton (DQB) Fort Meade (Md.) Meade


Assets: Had great height at 6 feet 4, and a very strong arm.


Needs improvement: His footwork is a bit mechanical and slow. He just needs to continue going to camps and getting some fundamental work.


What was most impressive: Even though his footwork and delivery were a tad unorthodox, he could still make very accurate throws with some serious zip on the ball.


Conclusion: He is very Jason Campbell-like, with the great size and some athleticism. I would really classify him as a pro-style quarterback who happens to be athletic. This kid definitely fits great into Auburn's offensive scheme.



Brendan Cross (PQB) Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahoochee


Assets: Quick release that gets out of his hand incredibly fast.


Needs improvement: Has a tendency to let his elbow dip, creating a low release which will cause the ball to sail high at times.


What was most impressive: He showed great maturity and was one of the quarterbacks that really took to coaching.


Conclusion: Didn't have any written offers as of the camp, but felt a handful were on the way. This kid at the very least could excel in the MAC or Conference USA.



Drew Little (PQB) McDonough (Ga.) Henry County


Assets: Has great height and arm strength at 6feet 5, 242 pounds.


Needs improvement: He needs to lose a few pounds and perhaps reshape his body just a tad. That should help his foot speed.


What was most impressive: He could make a variety of throws and had touch on all of his passes.


Conclusion: He has a definite chance of being a DI quarterback. He just needs to find the right fit for someone looking for a pro-style quarterback.



Zach Mettenberger (PQB) Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County


Assets: Great height at 6 feet 5, and superior arm strength.


Needs improvement: Just needs the opportunity to use all his tools in game situations.


What was most impressive: He demonstrated tremendous accuracy and velocity on all his throws, and he did it for four hours.


Conclusion: He may not have the stats of some of the other highly-touted quarterbacks, but his tools are as good, if not better than, most of the guys in current Rivals250. If he takes to learning the schemes of the college game, then the sky is the limit for this gunslinger.



Ryan Mossakowski (PQB) Frisco (Texas) Centennial


Assets: Has great mechanics, and also had great height at 6 feet 4.


Needs improvement: He needs to add some muscle mass because he is a tad thin at 205 pounds. This should come once he is playing only one sport.


What was most impressive: He was a very approachable and likeable kid and exudes leadership. Mossakowski could also make a variety of throws with touch.


Conclusion: He has several offers, all well deserved. I would not be surprised if he ends up having the best career of any quarterback in this deep Texas class.



Tyler Russell (PQB) Meridian, Miss.


Assets: Had tremendous velocity on his passes and good height coming in at 6 feet 5.


Needs improvement: His release is real long. He probably does not have to change it since he has real good velocity on his passes, but it wouldn't hurt.


What was most impressive: He was another kid that really took to the tutelage of position coach Tee Martin. He also had above-average footwork.


Conclusion: I may be going out on a limb, but this kid has better tools than the entire roster of quarterbacks currently at Mississippi State. Sylvester Croom must be really excited about this guy.



Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at bevery@rivals.com


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