QB commit Jeff Driskel shines at Elite 11 camp

By Adam Silverstein
July 23, 2010

What a week it has been for Florida Gators five-star quarterback commitment Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, FL). Named Most Valuable Player of the Elite 11 QB Camp, Driskel dominated the proceedings from start-to-finish, showing off a strong arm, impressive accuracy, enviable mechanics and college-level decision-making.

Tom Luginbill, ESPN’s recruiting director, said that Driskel resembles Washington QB Jake Locker. ESPN’s Corey Long added, “Driskel is a massive young man at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, his release is on point and his passes have tremendous heat on them.”

He even drew comparisons to some NFL legends – including Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning – as he shredded the competition over the course of four days.

“You always have to try to be at your best and you have to want to be the best and I came out here to play football,” Driskel told Rivals. “I wasn’t here to go to Disneyland even though that ended up being fun. You have to have that focused attitude and I had it throughout the week.”

If you think Denver Broncos rookie QB Tim Tebow and Gators incoming starter redshirt junior John Brantley were highly praised coming out of high school, Driskel’s hype is already reaching that level. He makes all of the required throws and showed during 7-on-7 drills that he can read the field with the best of them.

Even though Driskel is a pro-style quarterback, he is deceptively athletic and runs a 4.52 40-yard-dash. He won’t carry the ball much, but the threat of his speed in head coach Urban Meyer’s spread offense should keep defenses honest if he is able to prove that he can use it.

Driskel is considered the top-rated QB of the 2011 recruiting class by both ESPNU and Rivals. Nationally, he is ranked No. 13 overall by the former and No. 31 by the latter.

Photo Credit: ESPN

5 Comments

  1. O-town Gator says:

    Not that long ago, Urban Meyer stated that the next quarterback prospect coming into the Florida program needs to be a “monster”, and I really hope he’s found him in Jeff Driskel. Everything I’ve read about this kid so far is very positive, and I hope he turns out to be a gem for the Gators.

  2. joshgators says:

    the next tim tebow

  3. Charles says:

    Wow. a 4.52 in the 40 ain’t nothing to sneeze at, especially for a QB, and if he’s on point like the article’s experts are suggesting, man it’s great to be a Florida Gator. Stay clean kid, and stay a Gator!

  4. Rich says:

    Great stuff. I knew the kid had athletic skills but those quotes tell me he’s also a hard worker and a leader, 2 great qualities of a QB. Good Article, OnlyGators is my Only Source for Gator info. I’ll be around more when practice kicks off.

  5. hagerty says:

    yes, they say all the good things. but when you see him play live, not so pretty. and can not win.

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