September 3, 2006

The Breakdown: Dual-threat Quarterbacks

In "The Breakdown," veteran talent scout Randy Rodgers is analyzing film of a select group of the nation's top prospects for Rivals.com. Rodgers has more than 35 years of experience in the college recruiting arena. He was the recruiting coordinator at the University of Illinois (1988-91) and the University of Texas (1992-97) and is one of the leading authorities on high school football talent analysis in the country. In this edition, Rodgers takes a look at dual-threat quarterbacks.











































color=#FFFFFF>Dual-threat Quarterbacks
Aaron Corp, 6-4, 195, 4.6 - Villa Park (Calif.) Orange Lutheran
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Committed to USC. I really don't see him as a "dual-threat" QB and I don't see USC using him that way. What he is is a really athletic QB who can both throw and run. Similar to Alex Smith (Utah/49ers), he is comfortable in pocket, can roll out and throw on run, and shows good speed and vision as an option runner. Has good foot mechanics, a nice high release point, and a loose arm. Should add some new dimensions to USC's offense if and when he becomes the starter.
Marvin Nesbitt, 6-3, 1800, 4.6 - Hazelwood (Mo.) Central

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Committed to Iowa. I don't see him as a "dual-threat" guy either, because what he seems to be is a "scramble-to-pass" QB. His junior rushing stats aren't very impressive, but what he does is avoid the rush, buy time with his feet and get the ball to his playmakers. Has a nice arm, threw a variety of routes to a variety of targets. A lefty, he throws a soft-catchable ball and has a fairly compact motion. He makes players around him better and has the toughness needed to play in the Big 10.
Chris Forcier, 6-3, 185, 4.53 - San Deigo (Calif.) St. Augustine

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Committed to UCLA. Long strider with good speed. Showed more speed in open field than I would have guessed. Can scramble. Has good arm strength and mechanics. I see him as more of a thrower also. Seemed to have a lot (ie."whole" lot) of deep balls on his highlight tape, so it was hard to determine how precise a passer he was on intermediate routes. Seemed to throw a lot of balls up for grabs that some terrific receivers bailed him out on. Obviously the Bruins have seen more tape than me and have no such concerns.
Kellen Kiilsgaard, 6-3, 215, 4.6 - Auburn (Wash.)

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Big lefty with lots of size and strength. Has a stiff arm and uses it. Has lots of good runs on designed QB keepers on his highlight tape, so he isn't really a scrambler. 1830 SAT is important in decision making. Throws a good deep ball, needs to work on compacting his motion a little bit more when in the pocket. Being recruited by the Pac-10.
Kodi Burns, 6-2, 195,- Ft. Smith (Ark.) Northside

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The best "dual threat" QB in this bunch, because he acts, reacts, and looks like a RB when he runs with the ball. Has far more acceleration and burst than any in this group. Has terrific feet, can make tacklers miss. Has a loose arm motion, but can snap off throws under pressure. Throws well on the run. Has plenty of velocity when his feet are set. Says he is down to Arkansas and Auburn- but could be instant excitement for anybody needing someone to play early.
Logan Gray, 6-2, 185, 4.45 - Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge

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Committed to Georgia. Looks a little shorter than listed and not sure he is a sub 4.5, but very good athlete. Runs well, but wouldn't call him a scrambler. Throws a soft catchable ball and had lots of excellent deep throws on his highlight tape. Does a nice job getting his feet under him when forced to throw from the pocket.
Phillip Bates, 6-2, 189, 4.69 - Omaha (Neb.) North
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Verbally committed to Iowa State. Appears taller than listed, but might just be on the thin side for junior tapes. Long strider, but shows good speed in open field. Was surprised by his 4.19 shuttle, which is pretty good for tall guy. Seems to be able to get out of trouble and make plays. Can throw on move. Needs to follow through more on his pocket throws. His testing numbers appear better than his play, but as you watch more tape, he just makes plays. Would guess his high school coach puts the ball in his hands on 99% of third downs.
Josh Nesbitt, 6-0, 204, 4.58 - Greensboro (Ga.) Greene Co.

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Can really run. One of the few in this bunch who appears to have different gears. Stocky with good strength-would guess he can run as fast as he needs to in game conditions. He had lots of designed QB runs on his tape and appears to be not only a smart runner (runs OB, slides, etc), but also able to avoid tacklers in open field. Has good velocity on throws, but needs to work on refining mechanics. Has a host of SEC/ACC schools that have offered, but will do best in offense where the QB run is featured as much as the pass.
Tavaris Cadet, 6-0, 193, 4.43 - Miami Central
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Very athletic lefty. Appears taller than listed, but might just be thinner than 190. has long motion and needs to improve strength to increase velocity. Has excellent change of direction skills and appears fast vs. competition that everyone realizes is very fast. Can throw on the run, can find secondary targets while scrambling. Miami hasn't offered, so call VA Tech the leader. The comparisons to a former VT QB start with the number and the athletic ability.


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