July 20, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- The second day of the Elite 11 was loaded with lots of action against live defenders and numerous opportunities to evaluate not only physical traits, but also quarterback smarts and the ability to read defenses. Led by Michigan commit Shane Morris, here is our rating of the top 11 signal-callers from Thursday.

1. Shane Morris, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle: Morris earned the gold jersey after winning the accuracy contest in the morning, and he continued his fine play in 7-on-7 situations. While all of the quarterbacks have been encouraged to check down quickly, Morris keeps his eyes downfield longer than others and used his cannon of an arm to fit the ball into tight windows. Morris still clearly prefers to throw to his left and needs to work on his field vision, but he has shown the most college-ready tools through event's first two days.

2. Anthony Jennings, Marietta (Ga.): Jennings was solid in the morning, but he really came alive in the evening's 7-on-7 play. He threw arguably the best long ball of the day in addition to a tremendous sideline out and a few great seam routes. His footwork was good, his vision and decision-making were excellent and he displayed a smooth, compact release. Jennings was certainly one of the top performers of the day.

3. Asiantii Woulard, Winter Park (Fla.): It's almost hard to believe that Woulard has progressed as much as he has, especially after watching him in 7-on-7 play. The most physically imposing quarterback at the event (6-foot-3, 205 pounds), he also made some of the best reads and throws of the evening, showcasing his potential as a true dual-threat prospect. He won't make many lists out there is headed to an often overlooked program in USF, but if he continues to develop, Woulard has the makings of a Division I star.

4. Malik Zaire, Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter: Zaire does everything well: his accuracy is nearly always on point, he always seems to put the right amount of zip on the ball and, more often than not, he leads receivers well. He's also a good decision maker and knows when to check down. Put everything together, and the Notre Dame commit seems to have a bright future ahead of him.

5. Davis Webb, Prosper (Texas): Webb has emerged as one of the bigger surprises over the first two days of the event, and he even earned the red jersey for being the best in the film room after Day 1. He is tall and thin (6-foot-4, 195 pounds), but he has a great throwing motion and can get the ball where it needs to be. Accuracy is his best trait, but in the 7-on-7 session he also demonstrated that he sees the field well and is a trusted decision maker.

6. Kevin Olsen, Wayne (N.J.) Wayne Hills: Olsen is really filling out his frame (6-foot-3, 196 pounds) and, better yet, is starting to show off the arm strength that many scouts expected him to have at this stage of his career. After aiming the ball a bit too far downfield on Day 1, Olsen was on-point on Thursday, keeping his long ball on a line and fitting the ball into tight spots. He also led receivers downfield properly.

7. Max Browne, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline: Browne has moments in which he appears just average, but he always seems to rebound by making a string of terrific throws. Every time doubts arise that he's the best quarterback in the country, Browne drops a few amazing long balls over defenders or makes an advanced read in a 7-on-7 drill that exemplifies his sky-high potential. The USC commit still needs to speed up his release clock and cut down on his lapses, but his accuracy, vision and positional smarts make up for it.

8. Danny Etling, Terre Haute (Ind.) South Vigo: Etling isn't a big-name recruit and has a tendency to drop his elbow for a three-quarter delivery at times, but he has an unmistakable knack for getting the ball where it needs to be. The Purdue pledge has very good arm strength, is solid down the seam and doesn't force throws that aren't there. He may not be flashy, but he's consistent.

9. Troy Williams, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne: Williams is another player who tends to drop his elbow at times, but his ball always comes out quickly -- and typically with a tight spiral. Very few quarterbacks get the ball to the target, whether in one-on-one drills or 7-on-7 sessions, with more speed than the Washington commit.

10. J.T. Barrett, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider: Barrett has a strong build (6-foot-1, 209 pounds) to go with his strong arm, and he can spin it with the best of them. He gets the ball out quickly, he's comfortable throwing both intermediate and out routes and he can sling the ball downfield with accuracy. The Ohio State pledge tends to push the ball at times, but that doesn't seem to slow it down. That's also an issue that could be ironed out before the Elite 11 winds to a close.

11. Cooper Bateman, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood: Bateman has been up and down in recent weeks, but on he was certainly on-point on Day 2. The Alabama commit started to put more velocity on his intermediate passes, showing off his impressive arm strength. Bateman is especially effective when he checks down, but he also took a few shots downfield and was accurate more often than he wasn't.

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