Which of this year’s Elite 11 Camp prospects should we be watching in devy?
2020 Participants and Devy Outlook
The annual Elite 11 camp has been an early glimpse into the arm talent of several top tier recruits like Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford and many more. This series will explore the finalists and what we learned of their talent and devy prospectus during this year’s Elite 11 camp. Throwing on air does not tell the whole story in regards to quarterback play, but the camp showcases natural arm talent and provides a direct comparison of some of the top devy prospects at quarterback.
College: Oklahoma (Hard Commit)
High School: Gonzaga (Washington D.C.)
247 Composite Rank: #4 overall, #1 QB
Size: 6’1″ 210 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds
Oklahoma has two options at quarterback in 2020 after losing Jalen Hurts to the NFL. Spencer Rattler is the favorite to start due to the elite arm talent displayed during the recruiting cycle. The five-star recruit in 2019 is heading into his true sophomore season. Oklahoma also has 2018 four-star Tanner Mordecai heading into his true Junior season. My prediction is that Rattler starts for the next two years before moving on to the NFL leaving Williams an opportunity to take over the offense as a sophomore. Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma coaching staff are the best in the country at developing quarterbacks and Caleb Williams already has natural athleticism, offering the rushing upside to be an elite fantasy quarterback down the road. Caleb Williams is the best devy prospect of this bunch.
Caleb Williams was named MVP of the 2020 Elite 11 camp, which heavily weighted the 2019 film of the prospects. Williams had a solid camp, with a few inconsistencies, but most would agree that he did not turn in the top camp performance. This isn’t to say he didn’t have a good camp, but it was a controversial result. Caleb finished 10th in the pro day scores and 12th in the accuracy gauntlet. He’s still arguably the most talented of the bunch and someone you certainly want on your devy squads.
Check out Todd Foster’s Devy quarterback ranking series for more on the highly touted Spencer Rattler here.
College: Florida State (Hard Commit)
High School: Starkville (Mississippi)
247 Composite Rank: #207 overall, #20 QB
Size: 6’2″ 190 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.74 seconds
James Blackman returns as the starter in 2020 with two more years of eligibility. Blackman should retain the job for the next two years before Altmyer and several other young arms get a chance to compete for the job. Incoming freshman Chubba Purdy is the early favorite to take over the Seminoles’ offense after Blackman, which leaves Altmyer as a speculative devy prospect at best.
Altmyer certainly wasn’t the most heralded recruit of the bunch but held his own at camp. He finished 19th in the accuracy contest, just missed the top ten of the pro day scores. He was not named one of the Elite 11 at the end but some recruiting analysts believe he did well enough that Florida State should be worried about potentially losing him.
College: Notre Dame (Hard Commit)
High School: Helix (La Jolla, California)
247 Composite Rank: #28 overall, #6 QB
Size: 6’2″ 205 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds
Ian Book is entering his final season of eligibility and Notre Dame lost Phil Jurkovec to the transfer portal. This leaves a pretty big opportunity at the quarterback spot in 2021, and Buchner has the talent to step in and compete for the job immediately. His biggest competition projects to be incoming freshman Drew Pyne, but Buchner appears to be the more talented option and presents a solid upside with his running ability as well.
Tyler Buchner was one of the most heralded recruits entering the contest, but the performance didn’t match the hype. It was arguably the most disappointing performance of the group and some questioned changes in his throwing motion. Buchner was named part of the Elite 11 – again in large part due to 2019 film. He’s not necessarily a fade in devy, but he probably is looking at a bit of a drop in recruiting rankings.
College: Auburn (Hard Commit)
High School: North Shore (Houston, Texas)
247 Composite Rank: #121 overall, #14 QB
Size: 5’10.5″ 200 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.87 seconds
Auburn seems to be set at the quarterback position for the foreseeable future with Bo Nix returning for his sophomore season. Joey Gatewood left for Kentucky through the transfer portal which leaves former minor league baseball player Cord Sandberg as the projected backup. If Nix continues to progress as a passer, he could be a candidate to leave early for the draft, but there is not exactly a clear path for Davis. There is some rushing upside for Davis, but he does not have the elite straight-line speed of some of the other prospects.
Davis finished 13th in the accuracy gauntlet and didn’t show the same arm talent as most of the other competitors. While he does show quickness on film, the lack of arm talent and straight-line speed aren’t positive indicators of future success. Davis is a good player, but not an elite player and is falling off my devy radar.
College: Florida (Hard Commit)
High School: Grayson (Loganville, Georgia)
247 Composite Rank: #213 overall, #21 QB
Size: 6’3″ 215 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds
Kyle Trask returns as the incumbent starter but is in his final season of eligibility. Feleipe Franks left for Arkansas through the transfer portal. Florida also returns redshirt sophomore Emory Jones who was utilized as a rushing quarterback at points of last season. Incoming freshman Anthony Richardson is a four-star recruit with good athleticism as well. I think Jones will replace Trask, but Del Rio should have an opportunity to compete for the job after that.
Del Rio really raised eyebrows with excellent all-around performance. He’s likely one of the biggest risers from the event after finishing second in the accuracy gauntlet and seventh in the pro day event. He was impressive throughout the whole camp and should see a nice bump in recruiting rankings, especially if he can carry the momentum through his senior season. Del Rio is not someone I’m looking to draft yet but has at least jumped onto my devy radar.