Santa Monica, California – Steve Clarkson QB Retreat was held over the weekend and the National Recruitment Director of Rivals Adam Gorny Heard his thoughts and rumors of hiring from the event with Gorni on Tuesday this week.
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Davis continues to impress
There seems to be a pressure to move Jadin Davis off the No. 1 line for pro-style quarterbacks in the 2024 class, but the Charlotte (NC) Providence Day standout was as good as anyone – even the 2023 quarterbacks – during Saturday’s workout when the quarterbacks threw more balls. And drilled more. Davis throws a beautiful ball, he can throw runs, he has a competitive drive and all weekend was justified. Davis will undoubtedly be pushed by others – including five-star Julian Sign and current four-star Dylan Riola – but Davis had another great show in Santa Monica.
Riola is the real deal
Dylan Riola made the longest toss of the day at 72 yards as the 2024 Chandler, Ariz has an absolute four-star cannon. But he also has control, which makes him more attractive as a five-star candidate. She is a big, strong kid, which makes her more likely to rise in the rankings. This is the first time since moving from Barleson, Texas this offseason that we have seen Riola in person in full and we must have liked what we saw. On the field, he has competitors and all arm talents in the world. Off the field, Raiola is a great kid who quickly befriends other quarterbacks. Can you tell the complete package?
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Rashada can rise in the rankings
I find it even harder to believe that there are six better quarterbacks in the 2023 class than Jaden Rashadar, who is from Gainesville, Fla. Made an impossible change to return to Northern California, only to be shot down in Los Angeles. At the Clarkson event. He still looked like one of the best in attendance, especially in the short time Sunday deep ball throw. It’s effortless, it’s timely, and when everyone is talking about five-stars in this class, Rashada also makes a compelling argument for going upstairs.
VIZZINA has impressive weekends
Christopher Vigna doesn’t do all the national events and he’s not too much on the 7on7 circuit, but Clemson Commit has an impressive show over the weekend and at the same time reminds me a bit of Sam Darnald. Its huge size, a smooth delivery, can go deep and feels like a quiet kid whose only focus is to make the field, move the ball down the field and work. A perfect fit for Clemson.
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SAYIN is as tough as ever
Before Sunday’s workout, I asked Steve Clarkson about his thoughts on Julianne Sain and he said, “He (Saturday) always looked the way he did,” which I said was nice, and probably the most precise walker without many errors. In high school positions. Carlsbad, Calif. From 2024 the Five Star, technically skilled, spins almost every ball perfectly and reaches its goal exactly where it was supposed to be. I don’t pay much attention to the fact that he threw just 62 yards in the long toss (didn’t throw anything more on Sundays), so he retains his five-star ranking and continues to impress. Summer visits to LSU, Texas and Alabama are coming.
Bryce Young is still the same guy
One of the highlights of the Steve Clarkson QB Retreat is to see all these top college quarterbacks return to town, meet them and see how their lives go.
Bryce Young, Alabama’s former five-star quarterback from Santa Ana (Calif.) Meter Dey, was in Santa Monica all weekend, and he’s the same person who was in high school – compassionate, thoughtful and mature, but still a child at heart.
Here Heisman Trophy winner and national champion is running with the little ones and laughing with them. He was taking pictures with a lot of people who asked. Young has always been wiser than his years, and perhaps more composing than any quarterback I’ve ever covered, and spending five minutes with him was a bright spot from the weekend.
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Think on top recipients
The QB Retreat is not only worth seeing many top quarterbacks nationally. There are also elite receivers in attendance, and among the participants in this year’s edition were five-star Brandon Ines and Cornell Tate, and high four-star Hikim Williams and Janet Cook.
From a physical standpoint, there can be no better looking receiver than Williams in class. I also get the idea that Texas A&M is really starting to differentiate itself from the pack, but Georgia and Pete are also at the top of the list, along with the states of Alabama and Florida. Williams has already chatted with current Tampa Bay Books and former A&M receiver Mike Evans about playing for Agis, and he just seems to be attracted to that program.
The situation in Inis looks like this: Basically, the Five-Star Receiver is considering the USC too much but his family members are still wrapping their minds around the idea of staying away from the Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage Standout home. He also loves the Ohio State and position coach Brian Hartline And Buckeyes is fine. Then Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and Miami are within significant distance as a big summer visit approaches.
Tate is weighing two Northern Schools (Ohio State and Notre Dame) versus two Southern Schools (Tennessee and LSU) as his recruitment could enter the final stages. A Chicago resident who plays at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy has confirmed a rumor that he prefers cold weather, but I get the idea that this is not going to be a final factor. It looks like Ohio State vs. Tennessee now.