The NexXt Wave of Middle School Field Generals

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July 13,2018 Miami, Fl

Practices have started nationwide the smell of football is in the air. As for me speaking for Generation NexXt football is year around for us. I have my sights fixed on breaking down the NexXt Wave of Youth Footballs top 7th & mostly 8th grade Quarterbacks around the Nation. I’ve had the unique pleasure of watching some of these Field Generals perform in person and boy oh boy, I’d have to say this is a very deep class of signal callers with endless amounts of potential.

       If you’re looking for content & information on some of the top prospects around the country tune into GenNexXt, were just getting things started for the 2018 season. With such an outstanding 2017 season, we look to build on that while taking things up a couple more notches. Starting things out with the tour around the country introducing you to some shining stars who have earned the recognition.  Let’s Go!

 

Field General Introduction

 

Name: Blake Murphy

Height & Weight:

QB Style: Pocket Passer

Team: American Heritage (FL)

Class: 2023

Film: 

https://youtu.be/h_5v7_ErJQE

The Skinny:

For as long as I can remember I’ve been watching Blake’s growth as a Quarterback over the years. Last year Blake lead his Plantation Wildcat team to a Battle National Championship some might say it was an upset over the mighty Atlanta Ducks. But if you ask Blake and his teammates it was expected after being in two tough games versus these same Ducks, Blake lead by a power running game made the plays that needed to be made to seal the Natty. With nothing left to prove on the Youth Level Blake has set his sights on High School as an 8th grader. If I had to describe what Blake brings to the next level, I’d say in basketball terms he is a streaky shooter. Meaning once he is in a rhythm theirs not a throw he can’t make with arm strength being an added bonus this kid can light you up in the zone. While it’s just the preseason you can be sure by seasons end I’ll be revisiting this hot shot progress on the next level.

 

Name: Keldric Luster

Height & Weight: 5'8"-150 lbs

QB Style: Dual Threat

Team: North Texas Cowboys (TX)

Class: 2023

Film:

https://youtu.be/r3wl6sTH_4g

The Skinny:

The guys with the sparkling resumes always get the job or are offered the job. Well folks Keldric Luster resume speaks for itself, seems like every time I’ve had the pleasure of watching Keldric he is holding an MVP trophy at the end of the game. There isn’t a game as a runner where it is evident what a great athlete he is. He doesn’t look overly explosive in terms of his speed, yet he is able to run away from defenders in probably the most talented All-American games out there. Luster has solid mechanics. Has a good release and good arm strength. He is balanced in the pocket and throws an accurate deep ball and is deadly on the run when finding his receivers after the defense breaks down. With his most talented supporting cast look for Keldric to put up eye popping numbers on one of the top 13u’s in the country.

 

 

 

 

Name: Collin Hurst

Height & Weight: 5'6"-120

QB Style: Pocket Passer

Team: Cooper City Davie Colts (FL)

Class: 2023

Film:

https://youtu.be/veHPZqQy9z4

The Skinny:

Me and this next Field General go back to his 9u days at West PPO. Rack City 7v7 Tournament was my very first time watching Collin Hurst in action ever since that day I’ve been a fan. In my head I would always say if this kid hits his growth spurt lookout you would know longer use that excuse of him being to small. Well I’m here to tell you that time has come and with growth comes more arm strength. Hurst is extremely polished in his technique and fundamentals of the position. His movement and ability to slide in the pocket is terrific. Hurst is also very good at using pump fakes to freeze a defense. With growth came a rocket for an arm, because he is so balanced, and his feet are so good, he is rarely in bad position to deliver the football. Watch out for Collin because if you know like I know he is coming out gunning with the first of his growth spurt kicking in, I'm quite sure he will be able to see more of the field clearly. The Colts have added more weapons look for Colin to do Case Keenum type numbers when he was in College ooooooooweee the season is almost upon us.

 

 

 

Name: Darius Curry

Height & Weight:

QB Style: Dual-Threat

Team: LA Rams (CA)

Class: 2023

Film:

https://youtu.be/AbenRRAi7rU

The Skinny:

One thing about Youth Football is you can never really pinpoint what position a kid will transition to on the next level. I say that to say this the LA Rams Darius Curry might be the best Athlete on his team, not to mention one of the most talented Quarterbacks in the state. I can easily go on about his impact on all three phases of the game but let’s focus on what makes him one of the top QB’s. He’s a long strider that really can eat up ground and run by people. I would like to see him be a bit more patient in the pocket, but there are a lot of benefits to him scrambling. Not only does he have the ability for significant gains when he breaks contain, but the threat of him running also opens up some coverage where he is able to get the ball downfield for big plays. He has displayed a big arm when throwing on the run and always keeping his shoulders square. Even though he’s a great athlete, when he’s moving he’s looking to deliver the ball in the right spot and not just thinking of running. It’s just preseason so far but best believe this kid is now our radar looking to see how he develops going forward.

 

 

 

Name: Isaiah Marshall

Height & Weight:

QB Style: Pocket Passer

Team: Southfield Falcons (MI)

Class: 2024

Film:

https://youtu.be/KXZaHmY4rmA

The Skinny:

My father use to always tell me there are things you're born with and can’t be taught you just have to have it. Isaiah Marshall pops in my head when I think of that saying. Why? Because this kid is a born leader & field general. I mean you don’t just have two National Titles before the age of 13 or throw 40 touchdown passes in back to back seasons. I’d have to say after seeing this kid in person the thing that Wowed me was his ability to throw guys open. Some guys don’t develop that skill until there on their way to College. Isaiah shows command of the entire offense from audibles to making sure guys are where they need to be. This young man embodies the true definition of a Field General. Super excited to see what this kid does for an encore with the move to the Southfield Falcons, one thing for certain you can bet he brings his A game.

 

 

Name: Kekahi Graham

Height & Weight: 5‘11“-163 lbs

QB Style: Dual-Threat

Team: St.Louis High School (HI)

Class: 2023

Film:

https://youtu.be/Ths0oDCWxFY

The Skinny:

With the success of Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota & Alabama Freshman sensation QB Tua Tagovailoa also UCF’s QB McKenzie Milton. The Island of Hawaii is now a hot spot for Quarterbacks who see the game from a cerebral stand point, allowing these guys to perform at a high level. On the Middle School level Hawaii has Kekahi Graham who happens to look like a younger version of Tagovailoa, simply because he sports the same number and is also a lefty. Graham is accurate with the football and is at his best when throwing off play-action when he can simply sling it to his first read. The ball hums out of his hand and is delivered while in-stride to his receiver. He does a good job of squaring his shoulders up to throw on the run as well. Don’t think for a second Kekahi dominance is restricted to just Hawaii, Graham put on a passing clinic at USC leading his team to a USC 7v7 Championship. It’s easy to get excited about this kid I mean some of the games top prospects traveled that same Hawaii blueprint to Power 5 conference scholarships.

 

 

 

 

Name: D.J Moore

Height & Weight: 6‘2“-160 Lbs

QB Style: Pocket Passer

Team: Detroit Spartans (MI)

Class: 2023

Film:

https://youtu.be/k4TMJR7PV0w

The Skinny:

Boy what a difference two years make. Almost two years ago I saw the potential, so I featured D.J Moore when he was sharing time at the Quarterback position on a National Championship team that he was one of the youngest on. Fast forward to now D.J has sprouted up to 6’2” wait, wait that’s not just it he also holds a verbal offer from the University of Michigan. I will breakdown why you offer a kid of D.J's caliber in Middle school, D.J can deliver the ball in tight windows and on time to receivers in stride when he is set and balanced properly. He has a cannon of an arm and has no issue getting the ball downfield. He has good ability as a runner, although he was mostly a pocket passer. One thing that really stood out to me is that he did a great job of squaring up his shoulders and being balanced before throwing when scrambling to his left. It just showed a discipline in his mechanics that is not always consistent with young quarterbacks. Receiving an offer before your 8th grade year is a clear sign this kid will be racking in more when his Youth career is over during the nexxt spring.

 

 

 

Name: Khalon Davis

Height & Weight: 5'8"-150

QB Style: Pocket Passer

Team: DFW Ravens (TX)

Class: 2023

Film:

https://youtu.be/Mm1mv5YyU44

The Skinny:

You know the phrase “Practice makes perfect “or better yet “Hard work pays off”. Well those phrases best describe Khalon Davis work ethic this young man has the drive to be the best at what he does. Kid is serious about his craft from Quarterback training to 7v7 to pads, he is never not working. To me the most impressive thing about Davis was his arm strength when throwing the ball on the run. Davis is right-handed but was still able to throw the ball on a rope many times when rolling to this left.

I saw Davis make some great throws down the field and look really impressive from the pocket at times, it ‘was a lot of film of him making the routine throws so I was able to get a proper gauge of his accuracy and ball placement on the complete route tree. The big state of Texas has a pretty good track record of pumping out top Quarterback prospects over the years, So far they have two so far in this class based on potential alone.

 

 

Name: Nicholaus Iamaleava

Height & Weight: 6'2"-150 lbs

QB Style: Dual-Threat

Team: Long Beach Patriots (CA)

Class: 2023

Film:

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9865720/5a417e4b4deaec0e04b6f657#

The Skinny:

Doesn’t matter what uniform this kid puts on the fact remains his team has brought home consecutive National Championships, behind Nico’s work thru the air & on the ground. There was one thing I really like about Nico’s’ game and it’s his willingness to hang in the pocket under pressure to make a throw. It almost always result in one of the prettiest throws, kid just gets the job done and producing some big plays because of it.

Nico will slide to avoid pass rushers in order to make throws. When he can one-step and deliver the ball quickly, he can get the ball out accurately and hit his receivers in stride. Iamaleava is a threat as a runner and runs the option well. He can make tacklers miss, but is not overly elusive. He is extremely tough though and will take a hit to gain extra yards. His mobility in the pocket is good and he shows great escapability from the rush. With the season right around the corner we will be tuned in to see if this kid can lead his team to the trifecta.

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Gabarri Johnson

Height & Weight: 6'0"-160

QB Style: Dual-Threat

Team: First Creek Eagles Middle School (WA)

Class: 2023

Film:

 https://youtu.be/CEE0_N5sO2g

The Skinny:

Yeah, yeah I know I’m beating a dead horse but I will say it anyway. The state of Washington is quietly shelling out some big time Quarterbacks as of late. This year is no different on the youth level Gabarri Johnson is a supreme athlete skilled enough to dominate at multiply positions. But I’m not going their today, because this kid just might be in the running for Top Quarterback in his class yes is that good. There were a lot of things I liked about Gabarri in the pocket. He does a nice job of going through his progressions and not always sticking on his primary receiver. I really like his touch delivering the football when it is needed.

His mobility definitely stands out in the pocket when avoiding pass rushers and outside of the pocket as a runner. He is elusive, some might call him a burner who will run away from people and be a threat for long runs. He however, is always able to move the chains consistently with his feet. Gabarri is also not afraid to hang in the pocket and take a hit to make a throw. Most quarterbacks with his mobility get out at the first sign of danger and it’s nice to see that Gabarri will hang in there. The Fbu tournament stamped this kid as a problem, so it’s only right we see how he develops thru the year, yep folks it’s football season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Pierce Clarkson

Height & Weight:

QB Style: Pocket Passer

Team: I.E Ducks (CA)

Class: 2023

Film:

https://youtu.be/6eXUHB4XIuU

The Skinny:

Lets just address the elephant in the room off top, yep the last name sounds familiar and yes, he is Steve Clarkson the Quarterback Guru son. Often times famous fathers name holds a lot of weight, so trust me when I say Pierce Clarkson dad name holds anchor weight. But here's where Pierce separates himself, he is fundamentally & technically sound he possesses a high football iq and can flat out throw the stitches off the ball.

When Pierce has a clean pocket and is properly balanced, I don’t know if there are too many other quarterbacks his age that can chuck it like him. There were numerous times where I had to replay certain plays just to confirm what I was seeing. He can flat out zip the ball and it’s really pretty. He has the arm strength to fit the ball into tight windows and to make all the deep throws imaginable. Pierce also shows nice touch on intermediate throws. Wherever the throw is, the football just looks good coming out of his hand.

Pierce does a nice job executing play action fakes and tries to sell them hard. His mobility is a huge asset as it can allow him to escape pressure and also be a threat as a runner. He’s not someone who is going to gash a defense with long runs but can definitely move the chains with his feet and break some tackles in the open field. One thing you can tell about this kid is he works hard on his craft and is making a name for himself so far in his young career, he doesn’t need a piggy back his game speaks for itself. Big reason he holds a early verbal offer from Lane Kiffin himself.

 

 

 

 

Name: Connor Clark

Height & Weight: 6’3“-178

QB Style: Pocket Passer

Team: Cardinal Gibbons (NC)

Class: 2023

Film:

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3933507/5aa54cfb9a916f0f1c9c4c1e


The Skinny:

Disney’s Wide World of Sports was the venue Pop Warner Super Bowl was the event 2016 was my first time seeing the Golden Boy Connor Clark play. That week was Connor’s coming out party he was absolutely in the zone leading his North Raleigh Bulldogs. SInce 2016 Connor has been racking up QB MVP awards left & right at combines, 7v7 & camps where ever he could get the work. Now fasten your safety belts time to breakdown Connor’s game and the attributes that make him one of the elites Quarterbacks in the Class of 2023.

Connor has a quick release. He doesn’t hesitate to get the ball out of his hand and shows good arm strength. He doesn’t look like he has a cannon, but certainly looks like he will be able to make every throw that is asked of him.

He’s consistently balanced in the pocket and has consistent footwork. Most quarterbacks at his age tend to lose their mechanics when they are going through progressions and are forced into their second or third read. That doesn’t appear to be the case with Connor. Even when forced to rush his mechanics or being unable to follow through completely due to pressure, he still delivers a nice ball with solid velocity.

He throws a catchable ball. Whether it is putting touch on the deep ball or leading a receiver on slant route, he isn’t forcing his receivers to make great catches to bail him out. I call this kid the Golden Boy because where ever he shows up best believe he is either leaving as the best player on the field or he is one of them.

 

 

 

 

Name: Matthew Parker

Height & Weight: 5’11“-150

QB Style: Pocket Passer

Team: 302 Elite Jaguars (DE)

Class: 2023

Film:

https://youtu.be/lzTUJur36f8

The Skinny:

It’s a pleasure to be able to break into new states and scout some very talented kids unknown to the rest of the world. So without further due I introduce you to Matthew Parker from Delaware folks. If you think they don’t ball out in Delaware you will be sadly mistaken the only down side is they can’t play year around in the state. But thanks to the founder of 302 Elite Jaguars I’ve had the pleasure of watching Matt Parker put on a show in an All-Star game where this kid brought home MVP honors.

Matt shows some ability as a runner to make defenders miss but isn’t a dynamic presence when running the ball. He’s much better at escaping pressure than he is on designed runs. He can buy extra time and move the chains with his feet.

He throws a really nice, high arching deep ball. He dropped some dimes with when his receivers were tightly covered and even if they weren’t, did a great job of hitting his receivers in stride. Also does a nice job of looking off safeties when he sees the team in the right coverage and not automatically staring down his first read before hitting the deep ball.

Just in case you forgot they play ball in the state of Delaware just Google Matt Parker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Terrance Love

Height & Weight:

QB Style: Dual-Threat

Team: Atlanta Ducks Elite 13u (GA)

Class: 2023

Film:

https://youtu.be/EegUVhkdODo

The Skinny:

One thing you can’t discredit is a winner and Terrance Love of the Atlanta Ducks might own the record for highest win percentage along with consecutive Championships. Terrance has nerves of steel; the building could be falling down around him and he’ll still be cooler than the other side of the pillow.

In a class loaded with good prospects, there may not be another quarterback that throws a nicer deep ball than Love. His touch and accuracy on these throws is impressive at times. One thing I loved about Love was his willingness to take a hit and make a throw. He didn’t get rattled with traffic in his face or at his feet. Stuck in and made the throw he was supposed to.

Love is outstanding with the football as a runner on both designed plays and scrambling. He does a nice job of escaping the rush and shows he can make people miss in the open field as well as run with power. He’s more than a chain mover with his feet. He has the ability to gash a defense with his mobility.

The thing I will be watching the most on Terrance Love is how does he respond playing under a different staff. After playing for Coach Brandon Morton for so long Terrance will have the opportunity to play under the Ducks Elite 2017 13u Battle National Championship Staff, "Will they repeat?"

 

 

Name: Aliam Appler

Height & Weight: 6‘2“

QB Style: Pocket Passer

Team: Noble Eagles (NC)

Class: 2023

Film:

 http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6719158/59e3da61ab925808fc289ffc

The Skinny:

Aliam Appler has the classic physical traits that are ideal for a pocket passer. He’s a big kid that can stand tall in the pocket and has room to add weight. He’s not the greatest athlete but isn’t a slow-footed statue in the pocket either.

I hate the term “arm talent”, but it’s an easy way to say that a player has a strong arm. There is no doubt that Applet has the arm to make all of the throws. He can fit the ball into tight windows and can really sling it when he wants to. His consistency with his mechanics is extremely impressive. He stays calm in the pocket and rarely gets off balance, even under pressure. He has a natural, smooth release with no hitch. Even when falling back on some throws, he still has the arm to get it there where others might not.

His accuracy is really impressive. It’s not just finding the right reads. He is delivering the ball in the right spot where his receiver can make a play. His touch is great on deep balls.

Bottom line is this kid hasn’t begun to reach his full potential, yet he is a natural at so many things that comes hard to other prospects.

 

 

 

Name: Malachi Nelson

Height & Weight: 6‘1“-160lbs

QB Style: Pocket-Passer

Team: Garden Grove Bulldogs

Class: 2023

Film:

http://www.hudl.com/v/28Pt5n

The Skinny:

This cool laid back Cali gunslinger Malachi Nelson  is the ideal size for a quarterback. He will definitely get bigger but doesn’t really need to as much as a lot of other players his age. Runs really well and has solid lateral agility.

Nelson does a really nice job of not having happy feet in the pocket. He’s calm and balanced the majority of the time and that allows to be more consistent with his mechanics. His velocity on his ball went up significantly from what I could see. Throws well on the run. He squares his shoulders up and has a consistent delivery.

He recognizes pressure and does a nice job of escaping it. Still keeps his eye down field looking for the right throw and doesn’t sacrifice mechanics. Re-sets himself then delivers the football. He’s one of the few quarterbacks I have seen not lose significant arm strength when going to his second read. That’s huge when compared with some of his peers. All in all, judging from what I saw from Nelson his QB Coach is doing an outstanding job with him, look for this kid to build on the success he had this spring.

 

 

 

 

Name: C.J Bailey

Height & Weight: 5'7"-120 lbs

QB Style: Dual-Threat

Team: Miami Gardens Ravens ((FL)

Class: 2024

Flim:

https://youtu.be/AzrBd_6glMA

The Skinny:

The turning point in C.J Baileys career is when his Coaching staff decided to switch from the Wing-Tee to the spread. The spread seems to be the perfect fit for their personnel and their Quarterback C.J Bailey who has thrived in the system doing numbers. Not many 11 year old could grasp the concept of the spread offense but C.J happen to be a perfect fit here’s why.

The likes with Bailey start with his ability as a runner. He does an good job with the zone read and can make defenders miss in space. He is a slippery player who can maximize yardage when he runs. He can be more than just a chain mover on scrambles and can create the occasional big play with his feet. More importantly than just being a runner, Bailey can escape the pocket and that leads to opportunities down the field through the air in addition to him gaining yards as a runner.

Another way Bailey can produce big plays is with the deep ball. It’s probably the best ball that he throws as a passer. He does a nice job of putting the proper amount of air under it and gives his receivers a chance to make plays.

Another thing I like about Bailey is his willingness to take a hit and make a throw. It may cause him to fade away but isn’t going to let contact deter him from trying to make a play.

It’s year 3 for Bailey in the spread offense his team has added more weapons which makes this youngster that much deadlier. Bailey has a huge Preseason game versus the Wilmington Pilots tune into to see how this kid kicks off the season.

 

 

 

 

Name: Cole Welliver

Height & Weight: 6‘3“-160 lbs

QB Style: Pocket Passer

Team: Skyline Youth (WA)

Class: 2024

Film:

http://www.hudl.com/v/28DGCH

The Skinny:

Cole Welliver has that classic pocket passer height & arm, but still appears to be on the slim side. He has room to fill out and add weight to his lower body after all this kid happens to be a two-sport star and only a 7th grader. He’s a good, but not great, athlete for his size.

Baseball scouts will often describe a pitching prospect as a thrower more than a pitcher. I would describe Welliver as someone who is more of a thrower than a quarterback right now. He shows nice flashes as a quarterback, but as I stated before this kid has so much more football left to play. So, he definitely has time to develop all the impressive attributes he possesses and work on the fundamentals of playing quarterback.

The one thing I really like about Welliver is the consistency. He looks the same just about every time he delivers the football from his throwing motion to his footwork. It’s only when he is rushing after executing a play-action fake when that gets tweaked a bit from the pocket. That type of consistency is a rare for a lot of kids at his age.

So, with all the makings of an elite Quarterback, Cole only real issue besides developing his weaknesses as a Quarterback is choosing which sport to play. I mean kid is already 6’3” and might have more upside on the basketball court, especially considering he isn’t finish growing. But for now, keep your eye on this kid down the line he has special written all over him.

 

 

 

Name: Van George

Height & Weight: 5’11”-150 lbs

QB Style: Dual-Threat

Team: Lebanon Warriors (OH)

Class: 2024

Film:

https://youtu.be/NDn5159vaQg

The Skinny:

Van George is a good athlete with better lateral movement than you’d expect for someone his size. His size is an obvious asset. He isn’t the tallest guy and but he is 5’11" 7th grader , but he has the body to play High school football this season. He is built up well at this time in his development.

I immediately noticed Van shows big-time arm strength, even though he uses his legs more than him showcasing that cannon with some throws down field. Often times he was asked to make a ton of easy throws, mostly quick slants. He looked great throwing them in terms of arm strength and accuracy and did a solid job of ball placement in order for his receivers to make plays after the catch. Obviously, I would have liked to see him make some more difficult throws, but I did see flashes when he was asked to challenge himself a bit more and I liked seeing the arch and touch on his deep ball.

He displays mobility and feel to escape the rush and his size and strength make him a not easy player to bring down. With Van’s instincts and athleticism, you have to pick your poison when attacking him because he can beat you thru the air or on the ground. Yeah, I know it’s probably premature of me to think this kid might stick to playing Quarterback, when he shines at multiple positions. Regardless of future decisions here & now is what this kid is judged on & now he is considered a top prospect in his class.

 

 

 

 

 

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