Quarterback camps don’t matter in the big picture of recruiting, but this week’s Elite 11 in Nashville had value to Kyle McCord.
For the first time in months, McCord was back on the football field. And the trip to Tennessee proved to be a valuable barometer of exactly how the 6-foot-4, 205-pound future Ohio State quarterback measured up against his peers. A three-day event designed to challenge young quarterbacks accuracy, poise, arm strength and consistency, McCord received rave reviews for his week on the final two days after admitting to some early jitters at the start of the event.
Sports Illustrated All-American’s John Garcia, who ranked McCord as the No. 7 overall performer, was particularly impressed by the future Buckeyes ability to maintain velocity after three straight days of slinging the football. Known for his accuracy and ball placement, McCord dominated the second day of competition — arguably the most important day of work — with a score of 45, five points better than his nearest competitor and eleven points ahead of eventual MVP, Caleb Williams.
That award, won by Ohio State freshman C.J. Stroud last summer, was based heavily on the Elite 11 staff’s subjective opinions on player potential and Williams junior highlight film, and the actual performance at the event was only 25 percent of the final outcome.
Some would suggest that makes no sense and that the entire idea of the Elite 11 being a quarterback competition is invalidated by that criteria, but I digress.
Kyle McCord touched base with Lettermen Row about his performance in Nashville, the chance to work with Justin Fields, the biggest lesson he learned from Trent Dilfer and the rest of the Elite 11 staff and more. McCord also touched on the idea of a quarterback rivalry with Michigan verbal J.J. McCarthy and whether or not there was any conversation between he and Caleb Williams about 5-star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka.