Winter Park’s Asiantii Woulard has just one year of experience playing quarterback, but he has shown enough potential in that time period to be considered as one of the nation’s top prep signal callers.
Woulard, who has committed to USF, was announced as an invitee for the Elite 11 quarterback camp during Thursday’s selection show on ESPNU.
The camp consists of the who’s who of rising senior quarterbacks, putting Woulard in elite company, as the event title indicates.
“It’s a high honor to compete against the best,” Woulard said. “To see what they do well that I don’t, learn from them, add to my game. I want to rise to the occasion and just get better.”
Woulard (6-3, 205) will compete against 24 other quarterbacks from the 2013 recruiting class in Redondo Beach, Calif., from July 18-22. Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer leads a group of camp counselors that traditionally includes accomplished college quarterbacks.
Dilfer spoke highly of Woulard during the selection show.
“I call him my high ceiling guy of the group,” Dilfer said. “Asiantii’s only been playing quarterback for one year. His ceiling is so high because he’s a fluid athlete and has a beautiful stroke. Most importantly to me, he’s a fierce competitor that has a thirst to learn. This guy has only been playing quarterback for one year and has made these kinds of strides, imagine how good he will be when he is coached at South Florida by Coach [Skip] Holtzand his staff. We think Asiantii Woulard is going to be a tremendous success in college and maybe even the NFL.”
Woulard, who watched the selection show, was ecstatic when he heard Dilfer’s analysis.
“That’s a big confidence booster,” Woulard said. “I got a lot to live up to, and I can’t let anybody down.”
Woulard transferred to Winter Park from Orlando Freedom last offseason having never been more than a part-time quarterback.
But several strong performances during the summer seven-on-seven circuit put him on the recruiting radar and he received his first scholarship offer from USF before his junior season.
With lofty expectations, Woulard didn’t disappoint last year, although he didn’t set the world on fire either, throwing for 1,570 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He did show enough promise though to earn a four-star (out of five) rating from national recruiting sites such as Scout.com and 247Sports.com.
Although the accolades are something Woulard takes note of, he doesn’t want to get transfixed by just how far he’s come in a year.
“I move forward and don’t worry too much about the past,” Woulard said. “Of course I reminisce slightly a little bit, like ‘man I was at Freedom playing receiver just my sophomore year,’ but I don’t do that too much.”
Elite 11 coverage will air in two parts on ESPN August 7 and 14.
Former Orlando Dr. Phillips standout Nick Patti, who is now a quarterback at Boise State, participated in the Elite 11 last summer.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun