Elite Junior recruiting recap: Quarterbacks

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Daniel David (Mill Creek):

The athleticism of David was on display in the Elite Junior Classic. The 6-foot-1 quarterback rushed for 55 yards on 13 carries and set the tone in the first quarter when he broke a slew of tackles on a 24-yard run. David projects as a pro-style quarterback, but his ability to throw on the run and create plays makes with his legs and arm makes him much more than a prototypical pocket passer. David showed his accuracy with a 37-yard completion to Sean Harper in stride that set up the North Team’s field goal before the half. David is as fundamentally sound as he effectively executes his play fakes and mechanics. Mill Creek missed the playoffs last season with a 6-4 record, but could be a favorite to win the region this season with there star quarterback returning. Against the four playoff teams out of Region 7-AAAAAA, David and the Hawks’ offense averaged 31 points per game and that same firepower will return in 2014.


Hampton McConnell (West Forsyth):

McConnell ran for 794 yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior season and the 6-foot-3 dual threat is dangerous as a runner or passer. McConnell completed two passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Elite Junior Classic and showed his ability to throw the deep ball on a 56-yard touchdown heave to NeKyle Lundie. McConnell is a north and south runner with the shiftiness to elude tacklers and spark game-changing plays. The West Forsyth quarterback has incredible field vision and his quick decision-making complements his rapid release. McConnell was a Region 6-AAAAAA first team selection this past season at quarterback and looks to be the favorite for offensive player of the year in Region 6 entering his senior season. McConnell can feel the pass rush very well and does a great job moving around in the pocket.



Tyree Paulk (Coffee):

Paulk kept his eyes down field and delivered a 41-yard touchdown pass to Brad Stewart right before the first half. Paulk did an outstanding job in the two-minute drill to give the South team its first touchdown. Coffee went 5-5 last season in Region 1-AAAAAA and will be moved down into Class AAAAA this season where the Trojans will enter the season as a possible state title contender. Paulk finished the 2013 season with 24 touchdowns, 1,693 passing yards and 134 rushing yards and is the all-time leader for career touchdowns and career passing yards at Coffee. Expect the record-setting passer to have his biggest season yet in 2014.


Cal King (Mary Persons):

King had the highest completion percentage in the Elite Junior Classic and finished the game five of 10 passing for 58 yards. King is a dual-threat passer with a solid 6-foot-2 frame that allows him to stand tall in the pocket and spread the ball out effectively. King led Mary Persons to the state quarterfinals this season and will return four of his five leading receivers from 2013 this upcoming next season. King has a great football mind and allows coordinators to go deep into the playbook. King played at Thomasville for two years and adjusted from the spread option offense at Thomasville to the new playbook at Mary Persons for his junior season.

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