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February 26, 2010
Driskel, Bridgewater to headline Elite 11 regional
Rivals.com Scouting the Nation 2010MORE:
The Elite 11 Regional Quarterback Camp comes to ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla., Sunday and will feature many of the top prospects from across the Southeast including surefire Division I standouts Jeff Driskel and Teddy Bridgewater.
Driskel, from Oviedo (Fla.) Hagerty, was the top quarterback at the U.S. Army National Combine according to Rivals.com and has received offers from across the country since that January event in San Antonio.
Arizona State, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Illinois, LSU and Virginia Tech have offered and Driskel, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder with a strong arm and outstanding accuracy, said Southern Cal, Alabama and others are reaching out.
"Driskel is that big-bodied, pro-style quarterback who happens to be really athletic, too," Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every said. "He has that combination of a strong arm and good mechanics."
Bridgewater leads powerhouse Miami Northwestern and the 6-foot-3, 170-pound recruit could play quarterback or wide receiver in college. He was outstanding at the Nike 7on Tournament in Beaverton, Ore., last summer and has many college options.
Georgia is considered a favorite but Florida, Miami, Rutgers, Tennessee and others are interested in the dual-threat standout. Both Bridgewater and Driskel are included on the Rivals 250 watch list for 2011.
"He's a Division I player at two positions because he's also a fantastic wide receiver," Rivals.com recruiting analyst Greg Ladky said of Bridgewater. "The one thing that really struck me, that surprised me, at the 7-on-7 event last summer was his accuracy.
"Over that two-day tournament he was the top player on the championship team and he made some very good throws.
"Usually when you have an athletic kid who excels at another position you don't think of him as being a really polished, accurate thrower but Bridgewater showed it that week. It will be interesting to see how he does in the very technical setting of an Elite 11 workout."
Other quarterbacks to watch on Sunday include Land O'Lakes, Fla., prospect Stephen Weatherford, who lists high interest in East Carolina and an offer from South Florida; Orlando (Fla.) Lake Nona dual-threat Kevin Sousa, who has offers from FAU, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Tulane and UCF; Tampa Plant's Phillip Ely and Akil Dan-Fodio from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Redan.
There are three 2013 prospects expected to work out, an early look at some top Southeast talent in the coming years. Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter's Eddie Printz, Richmond Hill, Ga., recruit Dominique Allen and Kristopher White from South Lake, Fla., are the three rising sophomores. Printz, at 6 feet 3 and 185 pounds, already lists interest from South Carolina.
One name to remember in the 2012 class is Plant City, Fla., pro-style quarterback Bennie Coney.
Other players to watch include Rex Harrison, from Yorktown (Va.) Tabb, who lists interest from a bunch of ACC schools including Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Marietta (Ga.) Walton prospect Bradley Kilborn has Duke, North Carolina, UAB, Vanderbilt and Virginia recruiting him. Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence School's Kade Bell and Lake Mary, Fla., recruit Matthew Flynn are also on the radar.