After a relatively underwhelming quarterback group on Saturday, the Kentucky football program was overwhelmed with legitimate talent at the position during their Sunday Showcase.
On Saturday, balls were on the dirt more often than not, with just one or two guys (at most) that really looked to possess Power-Five Division I potential. Just a day later, it was obvious right when the prospects started pouring into Kroger Field that the narrative would be flipped this time around.
While there were plenty of guys that played well, there were five quarterback prospects in particular that separated themselves from the rest. Those individuals? Christian Veilleux (2021), Jakob Foss (2021), DC Tabscott (2021), Will Crowder (2021), and Kaiya Sheron (2021).
Veilleux and Tabscott already held offers before the event, while Foss and Sheron each received scholarships on Sunday afternoon.
Thank you to the man above! I’m more than blessed to recieve my first Division 1 SEC Offer from THE University of Kentucky ??????
Big shout out @VisionQb @coachCEnglish @tonyplott71 @CoachHinshaw @elitefootballac @DarinSlack @dridge47 @Yellowhammer247 @PlayBookAthlete pic.twitter.com/H8JvOTm668
— Jakob Foss (@thereal_foss) June 9, 2019
— Kaiya Sheron (@kaiyablaze13) June 9, 2019
Christian Veilleaux (2021)
Offers: Kentucky, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Purdue, and Virginia Tech, among others
From a pure physical standpoint, Veilleaux was easily the most impressive prospect in attendance. Standing at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, the pro-style quarterback out of Ontario, Canada had a solid build with room for growth in both height and strength.
In terms of skillset, the rising junior showed off a strong arm, tight spirals, impressive accuracy, and poise. Beyond what he already brings to the table, one thing that really stood out to me with him is his coachability. Kentucky co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw tweaked his throwing motion just a touch early on, and he spent the rest of the event focusing on making that a permanent adjustment. It might not sound like much, but that kind of stuff really stands out to the coaching staff.
Jakob Foss (2021)
Standing 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Foss certainly had solid size, but it was his accuracy that separated him from the pack. In fact, I would argue that he was the most accurate quarterback participating in the event.
During individual warmup drills, I was focused on some of the other big-name guys in attendance, but my attention regularly turned to Foss and his ability to put ball after ball right on the nose of his pass-catchers. Tight spiral, thrown on a rope every time.
He’s going to have to increase his arm velocity over the next two years in high school, as his balls died out a bit on the sidelines on out routes from time to time. But as college football and NFL fans have seen in the past, specifically with guys like Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf, people tend to be overly seduced by a quarterback’s arm strength and don’t value the premium that is pure accuracy. Foss has it.
A representative with Ohio University was there keeping a close eye on Foss throughout the afternoon, but I’m afraid the Power-Five offers are just getting started for the Huntsville, AL product. Kentucky became his first offer on Sunday evening, and it certainly won’t be his last.
DC Tabscott (2021)
Offers: Kentucky, Purdue, Southern Miss
Tabscott, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound pro-style quarterback in the class of 2021, was one of the individuals I was told to keep a close watch on right when he got to Kroger Field. Already listed as a high three-star and 247Sports’ No. 324 prospect in the nation, Kentucky was the first to offer the Nashville, TN native, and interest is picking up from Alabama, Clemson, and Penn State, among numerous other elite programs.
During warmups, I have to admit that I wasn’t necessarily enamored with his arm. He carried himself well, but his spirals were a bit loose and his balls took a bit too long to reach their destination. I wasn’t sold quite yet.
Then during one-on-ones, Tabscott really took a major leap forward. He showed off a solid, quick release with little-to-no windup and made great decisions on where to put the ball for his receivers. One thing that also stood out is that he’s incredibly confident in his abilities, not worried about making mistakes or taking risks.
He’ll need to build up that velocity over the next few years, but Tabscott is definitely a solid prospect.
Will Crowder (2021)
Offers: Southern Miss, Valdosta State, Campbell
Will Crowder has received three scholarship offers over the last month, but none have come from the Power Five level. I expect that to change soon.
Out of Gardendale, Alabama, Crowder was comfortable making throws at all three levels, fit the ball into tight windows, and really showed off solid touch on fade routes toward the end zone. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, all of the physical tools are there already, and he’ll only get better in time.
Crowder hasn’t received an offer, but he told KSR on Monday morning that the Kentucky coaching staff was impressed with his play and he’s hoping they extend a scholarship soon.
“I hope [an offer comes soon],” he said. “All the coaches seemed to like me and said I was very impressive. They told me I can come back any time and we will stay in touch.”
Kaiya Sheron (2021)
Like Veilleaux, Kaiya Sheron immediately caught my attention from a pure size perspective. Listed as a 6-foot-4, 195-pound pro-style quarterback, the Somerset, KY native carried himself extremely well and stood tall.
During one-on-ones, Sheron dropped multiple deep balls right in the palms of his receivers and showed a nice, tight zip on his ball in the intermediate game.
According to the Somerset product, that’s exactly what the UK coaching staff was looking for during his time in Lexington.
“[The Kentucky coaching staff] said that I really impressed them and that I really stood out,” he told KSR on Sunday evening. “They liked my arm strength and velocity.”
Sheron has a short, quick release, solid footwork, and confidence stepping up in the pocket to make big throws.
Honorable mention: Judah Holtzclaw (2021)
If that last name sounds familiar, it’s because you saw it on the back of a Kentucky jersey just two years ago. Judah, a pro-style quarterback out of Westerville, OH, is actually the younger brother of former Wildcat tight end Dakota Holtzclaw.
While he doesn’t hold any offers quite yet, the 6-foot-6 quarterback has a strong arm and solid touch on the ball. He’ll need to put some more zip on the ball in short and medium throw opportunities and accuracy could be improved just a bit, but I like what I saw from Holtzclaw on Sunday afternoon.