On Saturday April 10, a couple of QBs from the Kansas City area made a splash at the Elite 11 QB camp that was held at TCU in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Both 2011 QBs, Corbin Berkstresser, a Missouri commit from Lee's Summit, and Max Shortell, from Bishop Miege, made strong showings and impressed all on hand.
ShowMeMizzou caught up with Max Shortell 6'5" 215 after he returned home, and he talked about the camp and about his recruitment. He's hearing from a number of schools, but as of this writing, doesn't yet have any offers. He reports that he's hearing from Northwestern and Kansas, among others.
"It was a good experience," Shortell said of the Elite 11 Camp. "I got to see what the top QBs in the nation were like. They had guys with 20 offers, and I got to compare myself, and I thought I compared pretty well............ That's what I've been working for."
According to Skip Stitzell of QB's Edge, who was one of the QB instructors at the Elite 11 Camp, and works with both Max Shortell and Corbin Berkstresser, both of the Kansas City area QBs performed very well at the Elite 11 Camp.
At the Elite 11 Camp, the QBs are graded out in a number of areas of performance including footwork, throwing mechanics, and their throwing accuracy. According to Stitzell, both Shortell and Berkstresser graded out very well.
"They really shined at TCU," said Skip. "Corbin drew a lot of praise for his footwork, and both guys were widely praised for their accuracy, especially Max, who was extremely accurate down there. Several of the scouts there had Max as their MVP."
"The biggest thing with both Max and Corbin is that these are both great young men," said Stitzell. "And, they both work extremely hard to be as good as they can be. Having had the opportunity to work with a lot of exceptionally good QBs, these two guys are both very good QBs.............. They can compete with anybody out there."
We also recently visited with Berkstresser. He talked about his experience at the camp and his visit to Missouri for the Spring Game.
"It was just fun," said Berkstresser of the Elite 11 Camp. "There was a lot of good QBs there. There was a lot of talent in one place. It was fun to compete with some of the top talent in the nation. I feel that I can compete with all of them."
Corbin said that he learned some new drills at the camp that he's been using since his return to try to improve the speed of his drops and to help him learn to keep his eyes down field.
Berkstresser graded out as one of the top QBs at the Elite 11 Camp, even though he's been playing baseball, and hadn't really been throwing the football much prior to his trip to TCU.
"At one point (at the Elite 11 Camp), several guys had Corbin as the MVP," said Stitzell.
"It was fun," said Berkstresser of Missouri's Spring Game. "Tyler Gabbert looked good. James Franklin looked good. There's some really good young talent. Once I get there, it'll be fun to compete with them. Blaine Gabbert looked good, and we had a lot of recruits there that seemed to like what they saw."
He said that he's having fun playing baseball, and is currently batting "close to .400, with 5 HRs. He's also pitched occasionally, in relief.