Scouting Report: Hendon Hooker – 2017 Quarterback

You can find my scouting report on quarterback Hendon Hooker on Irish Sports Daily ($).

He is a good, but not elite, athlete that is a threat with his legs and shows great touch with the deep ball. I wasn’t blown away by his arm on film, but liked what I saw from him in person at the Army Combine back in January.

He does a nice job of escaping the rush, but mostly looks to run first when he does rather than keep his eyes down field. Also a very good basketball player, I think he’ll likely fill out and end up. He has a high ceiling, but may take some time to develop at the next level.



Scouting Report: Avery Davis – 2017 Quarterback

You can find my scouting report on Avery Davis at Irish Sports Daily ($)

He’s an outstanding athlete with solid footwork in the pocket and a terrific feel for the rush. There are others who look the part more, but he is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in this class. He is a scrambler that can gain big chunk yardage with his legs and yet looks to pass first when flushed from the pocket.

Scouting Report: Shane Buechele – 2016 Quarterback

Charlie Strong and Texas are putting a new emphasis on the quarterback run game from spread this season and it’s more than likely because of the players they have at the position currently. They are adding a big time athlete at the position in Kai Locksley for this season and landed another talented runner in Shane Buechele, who is committed in their 2016 class.

Buechele is one only eighteen quarterbacks selected in the nation to compete at the upcoming Elite 11 and he’ll have the chance to distinguish himself as one of the best recruits in the nation at his position.

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Scouting Report: Nick Starkel – 2016 Quarterback

Nick Starkel is one of the many Elite 11 quarterbacks this year who isn’t exactly a high profile recruit. He didn’t have a boatload of offers before he committed to Oklahoma State back in April, but now he has the last laugh and is headed to Oregon for the Elite 11 finals.

He has some intriguing traits that should translate well to the Cowboys offense.

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Scouting Report: Jett Duffey – 2016 Quarterback

In football, they often say that the tape doesn’t lie. As someone who watches a lot of tape of recruits, I wholeheartedly agree with that statement.

However, I will say that the tape doesn’t always tell the whole story. It can’t always give an indication of what level of a competitor a recruit is and it also definitely doesn’t tell you how hard a player is willing to work to improve.

I can see from his film that quarterback Jett Duffey is not a big time prospect and why he has a lack of FBS offers. Separately from that though, I also know what kind of competitor and how much he wants to get better by him competing in three Opening regional camps, earning the quarterback MVP at two of them, before ultimately earning a ticket to the Elite 11 and The Opening finals in July. He’ll have another chance to get better and turn some heads, garner more interest, and hopefully earn some more offers.

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Scouting Repot: Devon Modster – 2016 Quarterback

I like quarterbacks who are the second quarterback commitment for a team in a recruiting class. It shows they embrace competition.

There is going to be a heck of a quarterback competition down the line at Arizona after Anu Solomon leaves and players like Khalil Tate and Devon Modster battle to be the starter. Rich Rod is getting another very good quarterback to work with after Modster committed to the Wildcats today.

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Scouting Report: Jarrett Guarantano – 2016 Quarterback

Tennessee is trying to return to glory in the world of college football and Butch Jones has them going in a good direction with the talent they have brought in with the Vols last few recruiting classes.

They landed two good quarterback prospects in the 2015 recruiting cycle and they just landed an even better one in their 2016 class with a commitment from Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) quarterback Jarrett Gurantano. He might have the best natural arm strength out of any quarterback in his class and has the chance to develop into a heck of a player in the SEC East.

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Scouting Report: Austin Kendall – 2016 Quarterback

There used to be a thought that the least likely players to de-commit from a school were quarterbacks. I’m not sure if that was really the case, but it certainly wasn’t the case last year. Several of the top quarterback recruits last year flipped to other schools, including six of them who competed at the Elite 11.

The biggest quarterback de-commitment that has happened in the 2016 class thus far was when Cuthbertson (North Carolina) quarterback Austin Kendall took back his pledge to attend Tennessee. He’s back on the open market, but not for very long. He plans on deciding between schools like Oklahoma, Auburn, and Kentucky very soon.

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Scouting Report: Matt Fink – 2016 Quarterback

Scheme fit is important for every prospect, but having a quarterback that doesn’t fit the scheme you want to run is basically a wasted scholarship.

When I watched Matt Fink‘s film, all I could think about is how important it is for him to be put in the right scheme in order for him to succeed. He may develop into a quarterback that can fit into any scheme, but for right now he needs to go to a program that can take advantage of his athletic talent.

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