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Elite 11 coach discusses Michigan’s quarterback situation
On Tuesday, Land of 10 spoke with Quincy Avery, a longtime Elite 11 coach. And he opened up on both Wolverines targets.
But first, a refresher.
Shough, a 247Sports composite 3-star recruit from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton, isn’t committed to Michigan but is heavily favored to choose the Wolverines.
Milton, a 4-star quarterback from Orlando (Fla.) Olympia, has been committed to Michigan since May, and owns a higher ranking than Shough.
Michigan coaches would be comfortable taking on both recruits, though entering the competition it was a common belief that Milton would prove to be the more important commitment.
Yet it was Shough who advanced to the Elite 11 finals (actually a group of 12 selected from the 24 participants). Milton didn’t make the cut.
This resulted in a lot of questions on what exactly each prospect brings. And the question of which prospect is better got a lot more interesting.
So in a search for answers, we asked Avery — who worked with both all weekend — for his thoughts on each player.
Quincy Avery’s thoughts on Joe Milton
The two biggest traits people praise about Milton are his arm strength and upside. Avery touched on each of those topics.
“Joe makes some throws that make you say, ‘Wow’, but he’s a little raw at this point,” Avery told Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue. “His upside is definitely there and it may be one of the biggest in the class.”
In simple terms, Milton has to figure out his mechanics of his game, because he’s been gifted with some abilities that no other quarterback in this class has.
So what does Milton have to do to make that happen?
“He’s got to spend some time really digging away at the fine details,” he said. “He’s a great guy to be around and guys love him.”
Quincy Avery’s thoughts on Tyler Shough
At 6-foot-4 1/2 and 187 pounds, Shough has the right height. But it is no secret that the Arizona native needs to put on some significant weight before his arrival to whichever school he chooses.
Currently, the Wolverines possess all 13 crystal ball predictions in his 247Sports profile. At this point, if he goes anywhere but Michigan it would be a national surprise.
Avery’s comments on Shough should make Wolverines fans excited for the opportunity to land both players.
“Tyler is just super polished right now,” he said. “I look forward to seeing what he does when he gets into a college program and puts on weight.”
And if those comments weren’t enough, Avery provided what might be the highest compliment we’ve heard yet on Shough:
“He’s got all the arm talent and abilities in a world.”
Quincy Avery on Michigan landing Joe Milton and Tyler Shough
So, what if what seems inevitable — Milton and Shough both going to Michigan — becomes true?
Avery makes it sound as if both players are preparing for that to happen, and they’re beyond ready for the competition.
“I think these guys understand what they’re getting ready to get into,” Avery said. “They used the Elite 11 to see how they stack up against the other one, and that’s a helpful part of the process.”