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August 1, 2012
The summer camps have wound down and the Rivals.com recruiting analysts were all over the country scouting hundreds of prospects. Over the next week, Rivals.com is releasing its Summer Standouts list, position-by-position. We start today with the quarterbacks, led by Penn State commitment Christian Hackenberg.
Note: This does not reflect a guaranteed move up in our next set of rankings. Many players listed had excellent summers but also proved we had them ranked in the correct range in our previous rankings. These are in alphabetical order.
QB Corwin Cutler, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes: Cutler was impressive on two occasions this summer when we saw him, at the Chesapeake Bowl tryout in May, and once again at the NLA 7-on-7 championship in June. He's likely not a four-star talent, but you can see he's pushing toward the top of the three stars at his position and has improved his arm strength as well as added size and accuracy.
QB Brandon Dawkins (2014), Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian: Dawkins impressed at the SoCal Showcase with very good size and a live arm. Already at a high-profile school in Oaks Christian, look for Dawkins to add many more offers as he is just starting the recruiting process.
QB Jared Goff, Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic: Goff was impressive at the Oakland NIKE Camp and followed that up with an impressive performance at the Elite 11. Goff is a tall quarterback with tremendous upside.
QB Christian Hackenberg, Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military: Hackenberg was very busy, attending the Elite 11 in Vegas, the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, The Opening and the Elite 11. While he was up and down at times, his ceiling is high and he can make throws that few others in this class can make. In the Challenge in Atlanta and at the Elite 11, he flashed amazing potential at times.
QB Anthony Jennings, Marietta, Ga.: Jennings was very good at the Elite 11 in California, showing off a solid arm, very good downfield accuracy and a good feel for the game. He's still raw in some aspects of the game, but his mechanics and vision make him an intriguing prospect.
QB Shane Morris, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle: Morris has a cannon of an arm and showed flashes of brilliance at The Opening, was very good on the field at the Elite 11 and had some great moments at Gridiron Kings. He was also one of the best on the field at the IMG 7-on-7 finals. His development is evident each time he hits the field.
QB Michael O'Connor (2015), Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor School: O'Connor was impressive at Michigan and Michigan State's camp, and followed that up with a very good performance at the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge. A transfer to Tennessee from Canada, his size is excellent for a player his age and his ceiling is very high.
QB Kevin Olsen, Wayne (N.J.) Wayne Hills: Olsen was impressive at the Elite 11, showing good poise, the ability to make the right reads and the arm to make all the throws. He's still a couple of years away from scratching the surface of his potential, but he is starting to put everything together.
QB David Sills (2015), Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy: Sills is still very young and his release is a bit off at times which makes the ball wobble, but you can't argue with the results. He was flawless in leading his team to the Rutgers 7-on-7 title and he also led them to the NLA title, with very good intermediate accuracy.
QB DeShaun Watson (2014), Gainesville, Ga.: The early Clemson commitment was especially impressive at the IMG 7-on-7 championship, showing good velocity and the ability to zip the ball into tight spaces. He was also able to show nice touch down the field.
QB Davis Webb, Prosper, Texas: Webb was one of the biggest surprises at the Elite 11 finals, showing that he is a bit undervalued right now. Webb has good accuracy, his arm is solid at least in the intermediate passing game, and best of all he is smart and sees the field well.
QB Asiantii Woulard, Winter Park, Fla.: Woulard was very good at the IMG 7-on-7 championships, but it was at the Elite 11 where he really made his name. He showed a strong arm, made great decisions, threw with accuracy and rarely needed to check down because he was confident in his reads.