Class of 2021: Intriguing QB Class
The Class of 2021 Quarterbacks has a variance of talent within the class going into next season. Recruits that each bring a skillset to the position that make them very intriguing prospects out of the DMV area. Which is why it is only right to highlight some of the Class of 2021 Quarterbacks and described […]
The Class of 2021 Quarterbacks has a variance of talent within the class going into next season. Recruits that each bring a skillset to the position that make them very intriguing prospects out of the DMV area. Which is why it is only right to highlight some of the Class of 2021 Quarterbacks and described the QB talent coming out of this area. This piece will look to analyze the abilities of each of these players, emphasizing their best tools a t the position.
The first Quarterback is Gonzaga High School QB Caleb Williams. This 5-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com, is considered the best recruit of his class in the state of Maryland. While also being ranked the 5th best recruit nationally. At around 6’1” 200 lbs. Williams has the prototype build of a QB with still some physical maturity to come. Because of his performance so far at Gonzaga he’s garnered much interest from college programs. Currently holding 24 offers including schools such as Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Penn State, and Oklahoma. This talented Quarterback still has much more to show before his time at Gonzaga concludes. As far as his play on the field he displays many tools that make him a top QB prospect in the nation. On film he shows great athleticism and escape ability both in and outside the pocket when plays breakdown. Showing the ability to scramble and make plays with his legs to either gain yards himself. Or buy time to find a receiver downfield if the opportunity comes about. He also displays good arm strength able to throw solid deep balls, while also completing routes outside the numbers accurately. Williams ball handling is very good, as he hides the ball well on play fakes and in option situations. His accuracy continues to get better each year, as well as, his pocket presence has improved from his freshman year to junior year immensely. He even showcases a good quick release on time throws which is key to keep the rhythm of an offense flowing. Williams by his numbers, film, and all has continued to prove he is a top QB talent out of the DMV and in the nation.
The next QB to discuss Austin Tutas of Archbishop Spalding. This 6’1” 182 lbs. 3-star recruit as rated by Rivals.com show some solid skills at the position. This young signal caller has 3 offers from college programs these schools being Temple, Virginia Tech, Massachusetts. Tutas on the field can make any throw to any spot on the field. He shows off good arm strength, while being able to put good touch on the ball on passes down the field and up the sidelines. Tutas has a quick release with a solid spiral and always gives his receivers a chance to make a play on the ball. He is an effective runner as well, running with deceptive speed and strength because of his more long, slender build. He even does a quality job of keeping his eyes downfield when leaving the pocket to make throws to his receivers downfield. Tutas from his sophomore to junior year also made strides in his ability to read defenses quicker. Allowing him to get the ball out quicker to protect himself, but also keeping the offense on schedule. Tutas overall is a QB prospect with another strong campaign can firmly establish himself in the minds of college scouts. Generating more interest in his services and parlay them into many more offers from different programs.
Jordan Pierce of Bishop McNamara High School is the next QB to analyze. As this 6’1” 210 lbs. rising senior has some intriguing parts of his game. As a 2-star recruit he currently owns one college offer which is from North Carolina Central. With a strong senior year, he should increase his buzz and become a wanted commodity on the market. On the field Pierce displays a very repeatable throwing motion, giving him consistency in his mechanics. He does not have a huge arm but has plenty to make a majority of throws down the field and outside the numbers well. He is strong and hard to bring down because of his size. While also having the ability run the ball and be elusive in space in certain instances. Pierce does need to be quicker with some of his reads, though this will come with further reps. Pierce even displays the versatility to play multiple positions, playing both quarterback and tight end last season. Pierce is an under the radar prospect that will soon makes a statement the coming season. As he continues to refine his craft, he will rise to one of the most improved QB’s and players in the WCAC next season.
Next is Billy Atkins who plays at Mount Saint Joseph’s High School. This 2-star recruit as rated by 247sports.com stands at 6’0” 175 lbs. Atkins is a young player with still room to grow, but the returns so far have shown much promise. He has a college offer from William & Mary and with a breakout season the coming year should only boost college programs interests in recruiting him. Atkins in terms of his play he passed for 3,089 yards and 36 touchdowns last year, so that will be a tough to follow up. Atkins skillset includes the ability to make throws outside of the numbers, which shows his arm strength. He showcases mobility when escaping the pocket to make plays with his legs. He utilizes his legs to also buy time to make throws to receiver off-schedule as well. He puts good touch on the ball when making throws, dropping the ball down into his receivers in stride. He displays toughness in the pocket as well standing in and taking hits to make throws when necessary. Atkins still needs to get through reads quicker at times. While also staying consistent with his footwork but the tools are there for him to excel at the position going forward.