Trieu: Michigan QB commit Brandon Peters stars at Elite 11
Several of the analysts who cover areas outside the Midwest admittedly did not know much about Michigan quarterback commit Brandon Peters before Monday, the first day of the Elite 11 Finals in Beaverton, Oregon. By the end of the day, they all knew who the Avon (Ind.) product was, as he put on a display that earned him a spot in Scout's top six for the day.
Scout's Chad Simmons cautioned that the setting -- throwing without a defense or a pass rush -- is controlled, and therefore is only part of the evaluation process. But Peters still stood out among a group of top-flight quarterback prospects.
"Peters was as consistent as anyone on day one at the Elite 11 Finals," Simmons said. "He threw with very good accuracy, which is impressive any time, but when working with new receivers that you don't know, it stands out that much more."
Even though the setting does not necessarily allow mobility to be easily seen, the natural athleticism Peters has was also evident to Simmons, among Peters' other tools.
"He looks athletic on the hoof and he throws with little effort, and the ball was just dropping in the receivers' hand on Monday," Simmons said.
Peters was to compete at the Elite 11 Finals on Tuesday before staying and quarterbacking the 7-on-7 teams in The Opening Finals, which take place Wednesday through Friday.
Other UM storylines at The Opening
* Michigan commit Michael Onwenu, a four-star guard from Detroit Cass Tech, will compete at The Opening Finals. Onwenu was dominant in both the Chicago and Columbus regionals, earning his invite to The Finals. He will have a chance to compete against the best interior defensive linemen in the country, including the No. 1 overall prospect, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic's Rashan Gary, another top Wolverine target.
* Two committed players still on the Wolverines' radar, Detroit King cornerback Lavert Hill, a Penn State verbal, and Ann Arbor Skyline linebacker Daelin Hayes, who is committed to USC, will compete in Oregon, as well. At this point, both are considered longer shots for Michigan, but the door remains open on them.
* Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is one of the few Class of 2017 prospects to earn an invite. He has a Michigan offer and his father is an alum, but Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida, Tennessee and others are also competing for his commitment.
* Two prospects with Michigan offers, tight end Chase Claypool and wide receiver Donnie Corley, are expected to announce their commitments in Oregon. However, neither are expected to choose Michigan as Claypool is likely to select Notre Dame and Corley has Michigan State in front.
* Offensive tackle E.J. Price, who decommitted from Georgia and is considering Michigan, and Terrance Davis, who has Michigan high on his list, will be two of the other top offensive linemen attending. Wolverine commit Ben Bredeson earned an invite but will not be able to attend.
* Five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly, who is at the top of Michigan's board, is one of the highest rated players in attendance at The Opening Finals.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.