It was a windy day, but the competitors at the Elite 11 Regional in Indianapolis did a good job handling the conditions. Here are the standouts from the event (247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong attended and contributed to this report).
Penn State commit Drew Allar of Medina (Ohio) is a big, physically noticeable prospect but then as soon as anyone sees the ball come out of his hands, it is obvious he has the velocity to make any throw. What is impressive though is how little wind-up or set-up he needs to generate that pace. He can also throw from any arm angle, which he showed on this day. It was a windy day and he had few issues with the wind. He may not have been perfect, but we came away feeling very good about his standing as a Top 100 prospect.
Luther Richesson – Nashville (Tenn.) Lipscomb Academy (2022): Watching him throw and looking at his size, it is hard to believe Richesson’s offer list has only five schools on it with Michigan State the lone Power Five and Cincinnati recruiting him hard. He has great zip on his passes and where the wind led to some inconsistencies from others, there were very few balls from him that were not catchable. He also was a top five tester. Look for his stock to rise.
Tayven Jackson – Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove (2022): The Tennessee commit also threw at Under Armour Ohio recently, a similarly windy day, but we thought Jackson, with more reps and opportunity to get into rhythm in Indy, had an all around stronger day than when saw him in Ohio. We expected him to do well in the throws on the move portions because of his athleticism, but he also stood out when making set throws from the “pocket.” His deep outs and seams were coming in with good velocity and placement.
Eli Holstein – A 2023 from Zachary (La.), Holstein had the highest rating so far this year with a 469. His 42-foot powerball throw, 4.4 shuttle and 38-inch vertical all contributed to that. In addition to those numbers, Holstein threw the ball well among a pretty loaded underclassman group.
C.J. Carr – A 2024 from Saline (Mich.) Carr, has impressed us this off-season. At this stop, considering the wind, the format, and his youth, his consistency and accuracy stood out. Michigan and Michigan State have offered early, and he was behind a D1 quarterback, so there is not tons and tons of game film, but he has shown at these events that he has a smooth stroke, growth potential and maturity beyond his years.
Brady Allen – A Purdue commit, the Fort Branch (Ind.) Gibson Southern senior to be, just edged out some others for a spot in this five. He continues to build on what we saw of him at other events. He is a tall, well-built prospect with the arm strength to make any throw including into the wind.
Top Tester: Holstein
Golden Gun Accuracy Winners:
For the older group, Allar and Richessen tied at 19 points. Carr took it in the underclassmen also with a score of 19 points. Landon O’Connell, a 2024 prospect from Pickerington (Ohio) North won it out of the quarterbacks participating in the Elite 11 Academy.
Around the Camp
– In addition to Allar and Allen, two more Big Ten commits were in attendance and both could have made cases to have been in that top five. Minnesota verbal Jacob Knuth tested very well, running a 4.61 forty and then showed a nice arm in a nearly 6-foot-4 frame.
Wisconsin commit Myles Burkett is a consistent passer. Where the wind and format led to some inconsistencies from others, Burkett was regularly throwing catchable balls and shows good touch. He also did good work during the drills where he had to throw on the move and off-platform.
– Right there with Carr and Holstein in that underclassmen group were several notables. In the 2023 class, Top247 prospect Avery Johnson was unsurprisingly one of the top ten testers. I think he could look over at Tayven Jackson and see how he could progress through the next year. They are similar in style and ability. J.J. Kohl has thrown well this off-season. The Ankeney (Iowa) 2023 recruit is big, and can generate power on his throws. He tested pretty well for a bigger guy also. Look for him to get to camps and try to earn his first offer this summer.
A 2024 prospect who caught our eyes was Indianapolis Cathedral’s Danny O’Neil, who has a live arm and clean mechanics at his age. We will look to see where he gets to height wise, but there is no doubt he has the arm talent. Isaiah Marshall, a fellow 2024 from Southfield (Mich.) who has several college opportunities looked comfortable throwing on the move and has done well at several off-season events.
– Liu Aumavae from Provo (Utah) Timpview flashed velocity and a quick release. He holds a BYU offer.
– There was a good group of 2022s from Ohio. Te’Sean Smoot from Springfield had a really nice day. Marshall commit Chase Harrison was in the top group and was steady and consistent. Owen Bainbridge, who we just saw the week before, is a six-offer prospect who threw with pace in the wind. Thomas Richardson, a sleeper 2022 from Gilmour Academy has a powerful arm and continues to show he is worthy of more college attention. Jeffery Beverly is a taller passer who we saw have some good reps.
– Coastal Carolina commit Dontrell Jackson from Chicago Marist has a powerful arm and is coming off a good spring season. Samuel Cornett of Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglass is big 6-foot-6 prospect who moves well for a bigger guy and has intriguing upside. Western Kentucky commit Jaxon Dailey had a nice showing and drew the praise of coaches at the event. Vinny Booth out of Michigan recently received his first offer and showed why. He has size and arm strength.
– Carmel (Ind.) senior to be Zach Osborne was another top tester at the event and is a good player with the athleticism to catch the attention of schools. Bryson Singer out of West Virginia, Jeff Becker from Carroll (Ind.), Devin Sherwood of Austintown (Ohio) Fitch and Trey Dunn, a 2023 from West Virginia were other top testers.
– A number of other 2022s who are looking to get further onto the college radar had nice days at the event. They include Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood’s Christopher Calhoun, Fortville (Ind.) Mt. Vernon’s Gehrig Slumaker, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central’s Joey Silveri, Lawrenceburg (Ind.) native Garrett Yoon, and Clinton (Ind.) South Vermillion’s Anthony Garzolini.