- Tom Luginbill, ESPN Staff Writer
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ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- Heading into the ESPN RISE Elite 11 QB camp, we didn't have enough information to give Adam Pittser (Richmond, Ill./Burton) a complete evaluation. That's all changed now after watching him in workouts and getting some game tape.
Pittser is without question flying under the radar for the class of 2011. He plays in a run-heavy, Delaware wing-T offense with limited opportunities to statistically showcase his skill set as a passer. He is a guy you need to see in person to get a true sense of his ability and upside under center. He has adequate height and a sturdy, strong build. He lacks prototypical height but is taller than the likes of Chase Daniel and Kyle Parker. His stroke is smooth, consistent and quick. He gets rid of the ball quickly and with consistent overall footwork and delivery mechanics. This offense does not feature any shotgun opportunities and few dropback concepts in the three- and five-step passing game, but he shows good footwork, quick feet, and a balanced drop and setup despite not having much of a foundation to work from. He is a good athlete who is not a dual threat, but can get himself out of trouble. Pittser throws well on the move to both sides, and can keep a play alive with presence, savvy and a nice feel for his surroundings.
The best thing he does, in our opinion, is get rid of the ball with a delivery you cannot coach. Pittser has zip, has good overall velocity to all three phases of the passing game and can make all the necessary throws. He has the strength to drive the ball downfield and can fit the ball into tight spots in traffic. He is very calm and balanced with good focus downfield with his eyes. He hits the strike zone consistently, has enough touch to make for a catchable ball and leads targets nicely.
With Pittser you have a sound, talented guy, but also one who might not be as far along in the theory of the game due to a lack of experience in a pass-friendly scheme. If he played in the spread offense or pro-style scheme with some shotgun sprinkled in, he would be one of the more heavily recruited kids in the class and, outside of Braxton Miller (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne), certainly the Midwest. Pittser is a very good prospect with a high ceiling for further development due to his lack of experience in the passing game.
Notes from Day 2
• Fundamentally, Kiehl Frazier has really smoothed things out with his delivery since his junior year. His accuracy still wavers at times, but he is more fluid in delivering the ball now. Making plays on the move is where he can be really good. Frazier must continue to develop footwork from center, but he is going to be working exclusively from the shotgun at Auburn.
• The release and ball velocity of DaMarcus Smith (Louisville, Ky./Seneca) continue to impress, and the Louisville commit's stock could continue to rise with a healthy senior season. It would be a good idea for him to start throwing with a newer, less worn ball as he prepares for the next level. It is going to change how he grips the ball, what type of velocity he gets on the ball and his overall power because it will be harder for him to control. He better get used to that now to prepare for the next level.
• After watching him more and more, I feel confident saying Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, Fla./ Paul J. Hagarty) might be the most physically talented passer we have seen in this event in the past six years.
• Phillip Ely (Tampa, Fla./Plant) continues to impress with his overall consistency. In the right scheme at the next level -- one that uses a heavy dose of the shotgun, moves the launch point and throws between the numbers at the intermediate and deep parts of the field -- he could be extremely efficient. Ely is a very confident player.
• Cody Kessler (Bakersfield, Calif./Centennial) is this year's version of BYU's Jake Heaps, although Kessler has a thicker build. Simply put, teach him the offense and let him go.
Tom Luginbill is ESPN's national director of football recruiting.