Flying under the radar
Andrew Manley and Chad Dashnaw emerge as sleepers at Super Seven in Maui
MAUI, Hawaii -- No, it is not a stellar quarterback class as a whole. We have not seen a Matt Stafford, Tim Tebow or Jevan Snead, but we have seen some prospects with some upside who could surprise down the road. Two such prospects were in attendance last week at Steve Clarkson's Super Seven Quarterback Academy, and college programs are missing the boat on on both of them.
Andrew Manley (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) and Chad Dashnaw (Vasquez, Calif.) should both have multiple offers from non-BCS schools and, possibly, lower-end BCS conference schools. We have graded a number of prospects with five or more offers who are not in the same class as Manley or Dashnaw.
When we saw Manley first at the All Poly Camp in Hawaii, he stood out from the competition and, we expected him to. We were hoping he wouldn't back down when he stacked up against top competition at the Super Seven camp. He did not disappoint.
Manley has good size, is a good athlete and possesses the arm to make all the necessary throws. Somehow, he has gotten lost on the island, and obviously location has hindered his exposure, despite being a player that has led his team to the state championship game two years in a row. He currently holds one offer from the University of Hawaii, but schools in the quarterback market from the WAC, Mountain West and Big Sky conferences should be all over him. Louisville has started showing some interest, and we do not feel it will be long before others begin to catch on.
Dashnaw, who was a participant in the event with the high school players, not in the Super Seven group, showed he belonged in the group of seven by the end of the week. Dashnaw is a 2010 prospect with a stronger arm than any at the entire event. He has good size, and is a pocket-passer who can make every throw with zip and power (sometimes too much so). We would argue his arm is as strong as any prospect we have graded in this class.
The problem for Dashnaw is that he receives little exposure coming from a tiny, one-horse town (literally, people still ride horses into town where he lives). The town of Vasquez, Calif., features one stop light, not a traffic light, but rather a blinking stop light. Perhaps the most intriguing trait about Dashnaw is that he is a rodeo rider, who has collected more 25 buckles and trophies. As you can imagine, we don't think toughness is an area we need to be concerned about with him.
Right now, Dashnaw has two things working against him. First, there isn't any recruiting traffic coming through his area. Few have taken notice to this point. Second, he possesses an unorthodox throwing motion. In essence, he has a three-quarters delivery with a slight whip-like appearance, but the ball comes out with flames on it, and he can get rid of the ball quickly. Much like Chase Rettig (San Clemente, Calif.), he has to work on his control and learn how to change speeds.
If coaches take the time to view him on tape and can get past the quirky mechanics (which he is trying to get cleaned up), Dashnaw will have some options come the end of his senior year.
Tom Luginbill is national recruiting director for ESPN Scouts Inc.
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