BEAVERTON, Ore.- Elite 11 finals head coach and Super Bowl champion quarterback Trent Dilfer got the opportunity to evaluate the quarterbacks in a live 7-on-7 setting during The Opening on Tuesday at Nike World Headquarters.
Top247 quarterback Drew Barker, a Kentucky commit, performed well Tuesday at The Opening.
Dilfer mentioned several quarterbacks that stood out to him...
"The quarterbacks that stood out today were Sean White, David Blough, Jacob Park, Kyle Allen, Luke Rubenzer, Drew Barker and David Cornwell. They played the way I asked them to play. They didn't panic, they didn't freak out, they didn't start making up their own (stuff)," Dilfer said.
Overall, though, Dilfer was not pleased...
"There was a receiver open on every single play I watched the entire day. The offense is built to get them the ball on time. We talked about it all week long, I told them about the dangers that would be lurking - ten of them (quarterbacks) thought they knew better. They're going to get their ass chewed tonight and watch the film. It's unacceptable, they're too good for that."
Dilfer was asked about several individual performances...
Luke Rubenzer, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro (Cal commit)- "Luke's day started with a dropped touchdown, a dropped third and two and a dropped third and two. But he didn't flinch and he kept doing the same exact thing. In the second half he throws a couple touchdowns."
Kyle Allen, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain (Texas A&M commit)- "I did miss some of Kyle today because of TV, but every time I watched he looked pretty clean."
Deshaun Watson, Gainesville (Ga.) High (Clemson commit)- "He was awesome up until today."
Keller Chryst, Palo Alto (Calif.) High (Stanford commit)- "Keller was having a really good weekend, but today he was very inconsistent."
Manny Wilkins, Novato (Calif.) San Marin (Arizona State commit)- "Manny had high's and low's. All of his low's were the same reason why, jocking the ball around."
Jerrod Heard, Denton (Texas) Guyer (Texas)- "Jerrod was good. His first half was good, his second half wasn't great. His first half he was decisive and he got the ball to the running back. He had success, but then he resorted back to his high school or backyard way of playing. He's improved light years from when I first saw him."
David Cornwell, Norman (Okla.) North (Alabama commit)- "He had the biggest turnaround. He was near the bottom of the list because he had such a terrible day yesterday (Monday). He was just wildly inconsistent. It's not a question of his talent or character, because I really like the kid. He'll have a chance to be in the eleven after today.”
Brad Kaaya, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade (Miami commit)- "He was very good the first half, but not very good the second. He was awesome in the first half, I watched the whole game. So maybe you could put him in that top group (from today). I'll have to watch the film on him to see more. Kaaya had a great throw on a fade route. That was one of my favorite throws on the day."
Will Grier, Davidson (N.C.) Day (Florida)- "Will Grier would have been in the top list if it wasn't for his second game. That team probably had the worst mojo after the first game. I thought they'd be a top three team, but they just kind of lost energy. I want to see if that contributed to Will's struggles in his second game."
DeShone Kizer, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic (Notre Dame commit)- "He's improved a lot since I saw him in Columbus. He's still pretty inconsistent though. What bothered me today was that he lacked some disciplined. The coaching staff also didn't have the best day overall."
K.J. Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep (Vanderbilt commit)- "I didn't think he was bad, my impression was that he was almost good. A lot of almost plays for him.
Stephen Collier, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County (Ohio State commit)- "He was hot and cold. He did some great stuff and then some scratch-you-head stuff. Somehow I watched almost everyone of his plays and he did some really good stuff. He was one of my favorites coming in. He naturally sees the throw, but I don't think he trusts himself. He's indecisive. He's one of the most indecisive. He doubts himself."
Jacob Park, Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford (Georgia commit)- "Park was the most decisive quarterback. He's a gifted guy. He's extremely intelligent."
There were also several non-quarterbacks that caught Dilfer’s eye...
Justin Brent, WR, Indianapolis Speedway (Notre Dame commit)- "I loved the Notre Dame kid, Justin Brent. He's a good receiver, he understands depth and timing. He's going to be a heck of a player. He doesn't look like a burner, but he has enough of that other stuff."
Speedy Noil, WR, New Orelans (La.) Edna Carr- "I love Speedy (Niol). He's fast, he's smart and since he's a quarterback he gets it."
George Campbell, WR, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake- "I really like the 2015 receiver George Campbell. He's a real coachable kid. He had a couple drops, you can tell catching the ball isn't real super natural for him, but he'll figure it out."
Josh Malone, WR, Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp- "I liked him a lot."
Tony Brown, CB, Beaumont (Texas) Ozen- "Tony Brown can literally ruin you."