- Craig Haubert, RecruitingNation
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A big group of QBs braved windy and wet conditions at the Athens Elite 11. While the event was cut short due to severe weather, here a few highlights from Friday night's event:
Short but sweet
The standout performer at the event was Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn./Cleveland), who put on a strong and well rounded performance. The knock on the 2012 prospect is that he lacks ideal height at right about 6 feet, but his ability makes him hard to ignore. He possesses a real quick release and the ball just fires out of his hand with good velocity. He continually displayed the ability to not only quickly deliver the ball, but also deliver it accurately. He displayed the ability to throw on the move with accuracy as well. He is a competitive and focused kid who seemed to perform at a high level regardless of the drill. His size will scare some off, but Voytik has ability. In a scheme that plays to his strengths, he could be a very productive college quarterback. A handful of programs have offered and it looks at this point that Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Pitt sit in the best position.
Another quarterback who lacks size but has good ability is Nick Patti (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips). His size (he measured in under 6 feet) is an obstacle, and if he were taller he would likely be a highly sought-after prospect. He has good fundamentals and is a consistent player. He displayed very good footwork, nice zip on the ball and good accuracy.
Chris Moody (McDonough, Ga./Henry County) is a prospect who may fit better in college at wide receiver or even safety, but if he lands in a spread offense he displays enough tools to at least warrant an opportunity at quarterback. He is a good athlete and a dual threat. He has a quick, whiplike delivery and can sling the ball around, but he needs to keep improving his mechanics. Moody is making a case that he at least deserves a shot to play quarterback in college.
A.J. Doyle (Boston, Mass./Catholic Central) made the trek from Boston and is a prospect who intrigued us on tape. He possesses some upside, but still has some work to do. He flashed good zip, accuracy as well as touch at times, but also struggled at other times. He showed the pieces to be a good quarterback prospect, but was a bit inconsistent in putting them together. Doyle needs to keep working on footwork and accuracy as well as his delivery, which can show some wasted motion. Doyle has tools to work with and shows flashes to make him worth keeping an eye on, but he still has aspects of his game to keep developing.
Jamil Golden (Memphis, Tenn./Ridgeway) may be flying a bit under the radar. He is a long and rangy prospect who, at times, seems to still be growing into his body. His delivery is not always pretty, but he has a strong arm and can deliver the ball. We saw some of that inconsistency in his mechanics and footwork, but we also saw a kid who can fire the ball around and be a powerful and accurate passer. Golden is a quarterback who on film and in person shows nice upside and is one to watch in the 2012 quarterback class.
Craig Haubert is the recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting and has more than a decade of coaching experience. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.
Rain and wind cut short the Athens Elite 11, but several QBs still impressed.