The Elite 11 quarterback event for high school seniors is in full swing at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Eighteen QBs who advanced through regional competitions go through more drills before college quarterbacks (including Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire) and scouts, and final rankings of the group will be revealed at the end of the week.
Brandon Peters of Avon, a Michigan recruit, earned a spot in the finals. Here’s what is being said about him.
• Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY lists Peters at No. 7 among the group.
Peters isn’t exactly a vocal presence. But after the class left its locker room a mess after Monday’s practices, it was these two quarterback (Peters and Nick Starkel) who stayed behind, unprompted, to put the area back into spick-and-span shape. Elite 11 staffers love those little things. As a player, meanwhile, Peters simply does not get enough credit for his athleticism. “He’s a freak,” (former NFL quarterback Trent) Dilfer said, calling him likely the best overall athlete in the competition. That doesn’t always show up during instruction, but this will be evident during the 7-on-7 events later this week. In my eyes, Peters is a tent-pole quarterback for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan — the sort of player the new staff can build a program around.
• Barton Simmons of 247sports:
In the Elite 11 semifinals, one coach remarked to me that Peters needed to find some urgency within his drop. That was evident on Monday morning. When two quarterbacks would go through their drops side by side, Peters was always a step or two slower than his counterpart. It’s a fixable issue. He’s extremely athletic, so he’s absolutely capable, he just hasn’t had the need to get set quickly in the pocket out of a high school offense. That will change in college.
Now that we’ve said that, let’s get to the good part. From the top of his drop to the completion, Peters is as good as anyone here. He spins it consistently, he’s got outstanding accuracy and his receiver always has a chance. Peters still looks like he could really see his national profile among the quarterback group rise this week.
• From Chad Simmons of Scout, who had Peters as one of six standouts from the opening day:
(Peters) was one of the most consistent passers all morning. Was just hot from the get-go on day one. Looked athletic and threw the ball with very little effort. The Michigan commit really dropped the ball into the basket for receivers and it looks like the Wolverines have a lot to be excited about.
• Peters still has a season of high school ball, but he’s already recruiting for Michigan. He explains the process in this story by USA TODAY‘s Myerberg:
We’re all just dudes, so it’s easy.