Commentary

Zach Kline shines at Stanford Elite 11

Originally Published: May 14, 2011
By Billy Tucker | ESPN Recruiting

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Elie 11 regional quarterback camp at Stanford University was loaded with talent. The highly-touted prospects didn't disappoint and there were a few under-the-radar quarterbacks who opened some eyes and should start to see their stock rise.

Top performers

[+] EnlargeZach Kline
Courtesy Tom HauckZach Kline has decided to play his college ball at Cal.
Zach Kline (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley)
College: California

Arguably the top QB prospect in California, Kline was as advertised and had a polished overall showing. He lacks ideal size but stays balanced as a passer, has a quick release and can really get some RPMs and spin on his ball to fit it into tight spots. While he needs to avoid pushing it at times, he showed the ability to take something off his underneath passes, add touch and lead receivers downfield when needed. The Cal commit also threw some of the better intermediate-to-deep balls at the camp, exhibiting great arm strength, timing and accuracy.

Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral)
College: Texas
Not a real physically imposing quarterback, but Brewer is mechanically polished with good footwork and a fluid delivery. The well-groomed QB has a high release point and the ball comes off his hand with really good zip and spin. He showed great anticipation and timing on intermediate throws and deep comeback routes, but we would like to see him rotate his hips more to improve downfield velocity. His ball placement could become more consistent as well, but the Texas commit had one of the better overall performances.

Mike Baker (Fresno, Calif./Central East)
College: Undecided

Baker has a good frame and showed a lot of attributes needed to develop into an athletic pocket passer at the next level. He threw some of the better balls at the camp, including a few lasers on seam routes with accuracy. His passes had zip despite a long and robotic delivery. Baker showed good feet and balance in his drop and has a lot of upside. Expect his BCS attention to increase.

Jake Rodrigues (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney)
College: Undecided
The solidly built Rodrigues (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) may be the quarterback who sees his stock rise the most from his performance. He improved as the day went on and really showed well-rounded tools and a lot of ability for a college program to develop at the next level. He put some real juice on his short-to-intermediate passes and showed good downfield velocity but needs to be aware not to aim and work on his touch.

Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island)
College: Washington

He was inconsistent, but has great size and arm strength to develop at the next level. His overall mechanics were good but he struggled at times with accuracy and consistency. Lindquist threw some of the day's better deep passes by showing great velocity, driving the ball downfield and leading receivers. He lacks a quick deliver at this time but a lot of his flaws can be refined and he has a ton of upside.

[+] EnlargeBart Houston
Courtesy Tom HauckBart Houston showed off his accuracy while throwing on the run at the Stanford Elite 11.

Bart Houston (Concord, Calif./ De La Salle)
College: Wisconsin

The Wisconsin commit showed flashes of a strong-armed pocket passer. After watching him throw live and seeing his precision and power driving the ball vertically, it's hard to imagine he comes from a run-oriented high school offense. Houston is athletic throwing on the run and can fire the ball downfield, particularly when his feet are settled. Already mechanically polished, his upside is through the roof.

Matt Morin (Temecula, Calif./Chaparral)
College: Undecided
Morin had a good day throwing the football. The strong-armed lefty got rid of the ball quickly and did a good job on timing routes. He got into a rhythm at times during the camp and it led to smooth drops and delivery as well as a few lasers, leading receivers vertically while showing good timing and anticipation.

Travis Wilson (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente)
College: Utah

Wilson made all the throws Friday. The Utah commit has the size, quick delivery and arm strength to produce at the next level. He is a very good deep ball passer and did a great job driving the ball downfield, particularly when he shifted his weight forward. His accuracy needs to become more consistent, but he has all the tools are there to develop into a quality college passer.

Others who did well
Tyler Ferguson (Bakersfield, Calif./Ridgeway), Alex Matthews (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego), 2013 prospect Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) and BYU commit Tanner Mangum (Eagle, Idaho/Eagle),

Billy Tucker is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting and has close to a decade of coaching experience at the college and high school levels.

Billy Tucker

Scouts, Football Recruiting
• Recruiting coordinator for ESPN RecruitingNation.
• Nearly a decade of college coaching experience.
• Was recruiting coordinator at nationally-ranked Division II colleges.