Two quarterback recruits — Michigan State’s Messiah deWeaver and Michigan’s Brandon Peters — got some media props after Monday’s first day of the annual Elite 11 competition at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
In fact, deWeaver, out of Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne, “really blew up” the competition, according to a video from Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder.
That means he really stood out among the 18 high school quarterbacks vying to be pared down to MVP and Elite 11 status.
“I loved what I saw from him,” Felder said. “This kid can push the ball to the sideline, he can push the ball down the field. He’s athletic, but he’s still a pro-style quarterback, make no doubt about it.
“I don’t care what you think when you look at him, this kid is a pro-style quarterback, and he can make all the throws, he can take all those drops. I think he’s going to fit in tremendously in that Spartans offense, a guy that can really get the job done. Very similar, in my mind, to Connor Cook: athletic enough to get himself out of trouble but not a guy who’s going to be running the zone-read for them every play.”
And 247sports.com’s Barton Simmons said of Peters, out of Avon (Ind.) High: “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.”
Unfortunately, those are just media opinions. Two days into the competition — which runs through Friday — neither was ranked in the top 11.
— Damon Sayles (@DamonSayles) July 7, 2015
Michigan QB commit Brandon Peters narrowly misses the long bomb target. https://t.co/6OhgaW7mcK
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) July 7, 2015
Quarterbacks advance to the Elite 11 finals via regional competitions. Elite 11 alumni include Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Vince Young, the Spartans’ Jeff Smoker and Drew Stanton and the Wolverines’ Devin Gardner, to name just a few.
It’s also held at Nike in conjunction with The Opening, the annual gathering of elite prep players. This year, there are 167 prospects attending.
Other local kids attending are a couple of Detroit wide receivers — Cass Tech’s Donovan Peoples-Jones and King’s Donnie Corley — King defensive back LaVert Hill (Penn State) and Ann Arbor Skyline linebacker Daelin Hayes (USC).
And Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd linebacker Camilo Eifler tweeted that Michigan is one of his six finalists and he’ll be announcing his decision Thursday evening on ESPNU.
— Camilo Eifler (@_miloeifler) July 6, 2015
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