Commentary

Illinois' Whitmer stars at Elite 11 event

Originally Published: March 1, 2009
By Tom Luginbill | Scouts Inc.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The class of 2010's first EA SPORTS Elite 11 regional camp certainly presented the day's throwers with plenty of challenges, most notably the cold temperatures that included rain and extreme wind.

More than 70 prospects attended the event at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, which is also home to the Under Armour All-America Game. A select group began to separate itself from the pack as the workout continued. Listed below is a quick snapshot of some of the players who stood out the most throughout the day. (Unfortunately, due to a conflict with a basketball game the night before, Florida commit Trey Burton of Venice, Fla., was unable to attend.)

It is very important to note in all fairness to the prospects who participated, the windy conditions were quite severe and as a result inconsistent accuracy was evident.

Top Performer

Chandler Whitmer (Downers Grove, Ill./South)

Whitmer was a ball boy for the Elite 11 event a year ago, and he held his own against the likes of Aaron Murray, A.J. McCarron and Co. in the 2009 class. He is now a bit taller and has bulked up some. He was polished, nicely groomed and displayed solid footwork, ball speed and arm strength. His natural wrist velocity gave him an edge against the wind and aided in his overall accuracy. At this stage, Illinois, Arizona and Stanford have offered, and he is also receiving interest from Northwestern, Notre Dame and Purdue.

[+] EnlargeClint Trickett
Gary Bogdon for ESPN.comClint Trickett has an impressive pigskin pedigree.

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Eddie Sullivan (Boca Raton, Fla.)

Although Sullivan does not possess ideal measurables in terms of height, he clearly displayed the strongest arm and greatest RPMs of anyone in attendance. Standing right around 6-foot, Sullivan is on the shorter side. Regardless, he shows quick feet, good drop speed, a live arm and quick release. He tends to throw with a tense upper body and must relax in his methods, but Sullivan has some nice physical tools and is built similar to Aaron Murray from the 2009 class. Sullivan has offers from Southern Miss and SMU and is garnering interest from Auburn, NC State, Tennessee and Wisconsin at this time.

Sleeper

Clint Trickett (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian)

The son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, Clint is obviously going to be a tough guy if his father has had any influence on him at all. A late bloomer, Trickett is lean, still has some growth potential and clearly is a guy with upside. He reminds us a little of 2009 Michigan State commit Andrew Maxwell, but Trickett isn't quite the same size. He is smooth in his mechanics and delivery and is a guy with his best football ahead of him.

Tale of the tape
Best arm
Eddie Sullivan (Boca Raton, Fla.)
A few guys showed similar power, but, naturally, Sullivan's combination of wrist velocity and pure strength on a consistent basis gave him the edge. The ball pops off his hand.
Most accurate
Chandler Whitmer (Downers Grove, Ill./South)
Whitmer's footwork and delivery are often in sync, which means he is likely not going to miss the strike zone much. He had a good feel for timing and threw a catchable ball.
Best upside
Trevor Seimian (Orlando, Fla./Olympia)

While Whitmer and Sullivan are on the shorter side, Seimian possesses ideal size and still has the frame to really fill out. At times, he flashed excellent arm strength and ball speed along with good footwork and ball control. To truly stand out, he must become more consistent. He really got better as the day went on; he got a feel for the drills and what was asked of him. At this time, Duke and Vanderbilt have offered, and we expect his recruitment to heat up soon.

Honorable mention: Michael Strauss (Miami/Gulliver Prep)

Strauss was similar to Seimian -- not quite as tall, but also maybe more of a gunslinger. He showed a bit of a swagger, but also inconsistent accuracy, which the wind certainly had something to do with. Tulane has offered to Strauss and Akron, UNC, Ole Miss, Alabama and Vanderbilt are expressing interest.

Best dual-threat
Tarean Austin (Tampa/Hillsborough)

Not only did Austin test well the day before at the Nike Football Combine, but he was more than just an athlete playing QB. He has wonderful size and a sturdy build. Austin displayed a raw, powerful arm. In the right scheme, he could be really dangerous. Austin could be a terror in the open field; he is built like a physical safety. USF, Wake Forest and Duke have offered to Austin at this stage.

Best raw tools
Brion Carnes (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee)

Whether Carnes remains at QB is yet to be determined, but he is a special athlete with good size, an athletic build and great feet. He showed raw skills as a passer, but Carnes has real tools for the spread scheme. At times, he was really sharp with his arm and at other times was erratic, but there is a lot to work with. Although Carnes is committed to USF, he holds offers from Clemson among others. It's easy to see why.
Best breakout performance
Ryan Singer (Dunedin, Fla.)

Singer has a combination of good size, decent footwork and solid arm strength. At times, he will wind up a bit in his delivery, but he really showed flashes of developing into a quality pocket guy.

Tom Luginbill is the National Recruiting Director for ESPN's Scouts Inc.

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