Tyrod Taylor’s Elite 11 Experience

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Virginia Tech’s 5-star quarterback commitment Tyrod Taylor participated in last week’s Elite 11 quarterback camp. Though the 6-1, 200-pound Hampton signal caller suffered a slight injury to his right hand before the camp began, he managed to finish out the experience in strong fashion and learned a lot as well.

“I thought I did well,” Taylor said of his performance last week. “I hurt my hand before I got out there. It swelled up and cramped up the first day, but by the end of the second day I was good and I could step into it and throw the ball real well. Once the swelling went down, I did real well.”

Rontrell Bailey (Arkadelphia, AR), John Brantley (Ocala, FL – Texas commit), Aaron Corp (Villa Park, CA – USC commit), Stephen Garcia (Tampa, FL), Logan Gray (Columbia, MO – UGA commit), Willy Korn (Byrnes, S.C. – Clemson commit), Peter Lalich (Springfield, VA – Virginia commit), Jarrett Lee (Brenham, TX – LSU commit), Brock Mansion (Dallas, TX – Cal commit), Ryan Mallett (Texarkana, TX – Michigan commit) and Keith Nichol (Lowell, MI – Michigan State commit) were the other Elite 11 participants.

Though there was an accuracy competition at the end of each day (and Taylor had to sit out one of those competitions), the experience, as far as Taylor is concerned, wasn’t about competing with other top quarterback prospects throughout the country.

“It wasn’t really much about the competition,” Taylor said. “They ran the same drills most everyday. For me, the biggest part about it was the chalk talk and the classroom work. In the chalk talk, they discuss coverages, what to look for, what you’ll see, where you want to go with the ball…a lot of stuff you don’t see in high school but you’ll definitely see in college. I got a lot out of that.”

Taylor also enjoyed his time with the counselors, who are current college quarterbacks. The counselors included Stanford’s Trent Edwards, Pittsburgh’s Tyler Palko, UTEP’s Jordan Palmer, LSU’s JaMarcus Russell, Ohio State’s Troy Smith and Michigan State’s Drew Stanton.

“I got to talk one-on-one with all of them,” Taylor said. “The one that really impressed me was JaMarcus Russell. They worked out on all the drills too, and he’s a monster. All of them as counselors were very good. I liked Tyler Palko