Oregon has its quarterback of the future in the class of 2017 member Ryan Kelley (4-Star/Chandler, Ariz./Rivals250). Perhaps the most hyped passer to come to Oregon in the last two decades, Kelley is the type of prep who could make an immediate impact as a true freshman.
Kelley has been a student of numerous quarterback coaches, but none more recognizable than Dennis Gile, mentor to the likes of Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, and Tim Tebow. Gile recently spoke to prowess of his pupil and what he expects from the 6-foot-2, 175-pound signal-caller.
“In terms of pure throwing ability, Ryan is probably in the elite 1% of all quarterbacks,” said Gile.
“He’s as gifted of a passer as I’ve ever seen at this age. What makes him so good is he throws the ball whenever and wherever he wants. His touch, his power and his ability to make all of those throws on- or off-platform make him special. He can change his arm angles and still hit the same spot. It’s as good as I’ve ever seen from anyone, especially at this age.”
High praise considering the number of arms Gile has molded over the years.
However, no player is without flaws, and Gile has a plan to ship Kelley to Oregon a polished product.
“We’re going to work on his base and his understanding of when to leave the pocket or to stay … I just want to get him comfortable with that. It will help with his timing at the next level and leading receivers open. We are going to watch a ton of Oregon film together and [see] what they are doing.”
Oregon can expect a stronger version of Kelley once on campus as well.
“I also want to get him in the weight room so he can handle the hits a college quarterback will endure. We’re going to get him a little bigger and stronger in preparation for that.”
It’s this writer’s opinion that Oregon may have its 2017 starter … from the moment he steps on campus, WTD!!!
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Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media.
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