9:33 AM EDT, May 4, 2010
Last week I said we'd take a look at which Central Florida QBs will benefit most from the spring recruiting period during the May practices.
My conclusion? All of them.
Jeff Driskel stands tall as the cream of the crop and he's committed to Florida. Now he can concentrate on winning at Oviedo Hagerty.
The next best CF QB is probably Orlando Lake Nona's gifted-yet-raw Kevin Sousa, who will get a ton of college recruiters' looks during spring practice. The spring reps will only make him a better quarterback as he gets his technique set and his timing with his receivers sharpened.
Sousa has a couple of offers, including one from UCF that he rates pretty high, right now.
The rest of the QBs in Central Florida have no offers. I'm no QB expert but from what I've seen, the best of the rest is Winter Park's Sam Richardson.
Richardson, the 21st-ranked player in the Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60, has a great QB frame at 6-3, 185 and he might even be taller than that. He has a nice deep ball with excellent touch on the short patterns. His record of 16-3 as a starter also says a lot.
Here are some others, in alphabetical order (2011 class only):
•Michael Calabro, Orlando Bishop Moore, 6-3, 195, strong arm and has good athleticism out of the pocket. Has been working the camps and combines and gotten more technically sound. Takes over as the QB for Hornets after sharing time the past two seasons.
•Garrett Etheridge, Winter Springs, 6-0, 160, another QB with a slight frame, and his downfield strength correlates. He has speed and is very accurate on the rollout. He may not have to roll out so much this season with a bigger, stronger, more experienced offensive line. Has excellent touch to the corner.
•Matt Flynn, Longwood Lyman, 6-1, 195, excellent fundamentals, strong arm and very accurate. Lacks a little in height, but he's very athletic and runs well if needed. Very sound. Excellent touch on the ball. Also very intelligent QB.
•Josh Jones, Orlando East River, 6-6, 170, obviously has excellent height and has worked hard at offseason camps and combines. Accuracy an issue last season and he could face some underclassman competition.
•Brandon Kush, Sanford Seminole, 6-1, 165, his best trait is his ability to read defenses. He's shown ability to look off the hot receiver and find the right target. Arm strength a bit lacking and he's of slim build, but he's a tough competitor with an accurate ball.
David Nelson, Orlando Olympia, 6-2, 195, hard-working offseason has given Nelson some much needed reps as he steps in for the graduated Trevor Siemian. Nelson's accuracy was problematic earlier this spring but he's shown maturity, calmed down a lot and plays with a lot more confidence. Was named QB MVP at the Orlando NUC combine.
•Jordan Strittmatter, Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley, 6-3, 190, has good QB height but could use a little more weight. He's pretty streamlined, solid with his mechanics, but still lacks that arm strength that could put him over the top.
•Angelo Warner, Orlando Jones High, 6-2, 190, the best athlete of all of the CF QBs. Jones will go as Warner goes, and that could be all the way to their homestanding Citrus Bowl in December.
•J.J. Wartski, Orlando Trinity Prep, 6-1, 175, reads well and has very good accuracy, two traits which tend to go together. Doesn't have great speed and lacks in stature a bit. Solid I-AA prospect.
•Mike Weed-Farrara, Clermont East Ridge, 6-2, 210, not a big deep threat, but he can throw the mid-range bullet on a rope. Also has touch to the corner. Lacks speed, but he will tuck it and bowl up the middle for yardage. Nice footwork. Can take a hit.
Chris Hays is the coordinator for the Sentinel's recruiting coverage. If you ever have any recruiting news, he can be reached at email@example.com.
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