Class of 2008: Some Elite Quarterbacks (Part III)
Darius Banks QB 6'1 180 4.50 Culver City California
Banks emerged as one of the nation’s top QB prospects after putting up monster numbers as a junior………….Earned First Team Junior All-State honors after completing 253 of 379 passes (66.8%) for 4,155 yards, 51 TDs and 11 INTs. He also carried the ball 45 times for 169 yards (3.76 average) and 3 TDs.……..As a sophomore, he completed 150 of 258 passes (58.1%) for 2,211 yards, 26 TDs and 4 INTs. He carried the ball 68 times for 228 yards (3.35 ypc) and 2 TDs……Looked solid at the 2007 U.S. Army Combine, throwing the ball well but measuring in a touch on the short side………On film, he looks very comfortable in running a spread offense and really does a nice job of spreading the ball around to his receivers. As a sophomore, he tended to move outside the pocket more often but as a junior he was more effective in staying in the pocket. He shows fine leadership skills and gets excellent spin and velocity on his throws….His coach says that he’s a better prospect than another star QB he coached a few years ago, former Florida State QB Chris Rix.
Seth Doege QB 6'2 200 4.60 Wolfforth Frenship Texas Texas Tech
Doege is among the nation’s top QB prospects and among the top overall prospects in Texas……As a mere sophomore, he earned AP First Team Class 2A All-State honors after completing 115 of 171 passes (67%) for 2,439 yards and 27 TDs and just 4 INTs and rushed for 526 yards and 3 TDs on 78 carries……….He injured his knee during the 2006 pre-season and missed his entire junior season…….Looked very impressive at the 2006 Texas Tech mini-camp…….Has excellent arm strength, accuracy and a very quick release. He has excellent skills and mechanics. Is really able to spread the ball around. Also a threat running the ball………He committed to Texas Tech in September 2006 and is an ideal fit for Mike Leach’s offense.
Conner Kempe QB 6'4 215 4.90 North Palm Beach Benjamin Florida
Kempe is considered to be one of the top QBs in the South but he will have to recover from a serious kite-surfing accident that he suffered in November 2006. He is recovering from serious head and facial injuries and a collapsed lung (so serious that he was even read his last rites by a priest)……..As a junior he passed for 1,920 yards and 13 TDs…….A hard-nosed athlete who played as a sophomore with a separated shoulder but still managed to throw for 1,653 yards and 17 TDs while completing 103 of 224 passes. He earned Second Team All-Palm Beach County honors for small schools……….A very accurate passer who can spread the ball around and gets fine zip on his throws……..Has a nice frame and is working to improve his footwork……3.3 GPA…..Won the accuracy award as a sophomore at the Miamio Elite 11 camp…..By the end of 2006 he had received offers from Virginia and Stanford.
Randall Mackey QB/ATH 5'11 190 Bastrop Louisiana
Mackey is one of the top QBs in the South……He was named First Team Class 4A All-State and to the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team as both a sophomore and junior. As a freshman and eighth-grader he was named First Team Class 1A All-State while playing for Port Sulphur…..…….As a junior he passed for 2,066 yards and 27 TDs despite sitting out the first two regular season games…….As a sophomore he completed 111 of 198 passes for over 1,961 yards, 26 TDs and only 8 INTs despite not starting until week 8. He led his team to the state title and was named the game’s MVP, although the title was later forfeited due to irregularities over his transfer to Bastrop…….Lacks ideal height for a QB, but compensates with a strong arm, elusiveness and outstanding athleticism…….Compared by some to Chris Leak……Very effective in spreading the ball around…….A cannon for an arm. He can really throw the deep ball…..Athletic and speedy enough to play other skill positions in college, but with his arm he should be a QB…….Academics are a concern…..Transferred after Hurricane Katrina to Bastrop from Class A power Port Sulphur, where he was already starting in the eighth-grade……His coach claims he already had some undisclosed Division I scholarship offers in 2006.
Kyle Parker QB 6'0 190 4.55 Jacksonville Bartram Trail Florida
Parker is one of the top QB prospects in Florida…….As a junior he was named Third Team Class 5A All-State after completing 126 of 224 passes for 1,786 yards, 12 TDs and 12 INTs. He also rushed for 679 yards and 11 scores…….As a sophomore he started the final five games of the season and passed for 804 yards, rushed for 382 yards and had 115 yards receiving, accounting for a total of 13 TDs……A dual-threat QB who has a very strong arm, solid athleticism and runs very well…….Impressed at the 2006 Florida State summer camp (ran a 4.55 forty)……Has a knack for making the big play and improvising out of trouble…….Also a college baseball prospect…..His father is former Vanderbilt and NFL receiver Carl Parker……As of mid-January he had offers from Clemson and Nebraska.