QB Bjorn Jurgensen puts himself on map while multiple underclassmen shine at Orlando regional


WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – The Elite 11 regional tour continued Sunday with its 2024 stop in Florida as dozens up dozens of quarterbacks went through drills and testing at West Orange High outside of Orlando. 

The Sunshine State isn’t really known for its quarterbacks, but the state is starting to churn out more and more decorated signal callers, and could have as many as six quarterbacks selected in the upcoming NFL Draft: Michael Penix Jr., Michael Pratt, Jordan Travis, Carter Bradley, Joe Milton III and Austin Reed.

Sunday’s roster didn’t feature a ton of well-established names (to be fair, most of those NFL Draft hopefuls also flew under the radar) and for the first time all year no invites to this summer’s Elite 11 Finals were handed out when the camp wrapped up. Still, there was plenty of talent working out, which provided a valuable afternoon of live exposure for 247Sports.

Below, we name some top performers, highlight a trio of underclassmen we liked, and share more observations from the sidelines on a calm and sunny day.

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ALPHA DOG: BJORN JURGENSEN

There wasn’t a more consistent quarterback Sunday than Jurgenson, who to much surprise isn’t really being recruited by any Power Four programs at the moment. Jurgenson was dialed in from start to finish and constantly hit his marks, flashing both power and touch in the process. Some of the best shots from Jurgenson came on the move, but he was also able to deliver dimes from a more stationary setting. Jurgenson went 9-4 this past season as a first-year starter at Orlando Bishop Moore Catholic, completing just over 67% of his passes for 2,466 yards with 29 touchdowns to go against eight interceptions. The nation’s No. 44-ranked quarterback per 247Sports added 632 yards and 12 more scores on the ground. 

Jurgenson might not be elite in one singular category, but a deep dive into the game tape shows a quarterback that can attack all three levels of a defense and accurately distribute the football both in and outside of the pocket. He reminds us a little bit of the aforementioned Pratt, who got looks from Florida and Miami before signing with Tulane. As it stands right now, the only official visit Jurgensen has set up is with Tom Herman and FAU the second weekend of June. He’s also hearing from both Appalachian State and James Madison. 

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Carter Smith (Michigan commit): Smith was the highest-ranked prospect in attendance. The reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida and No. 19-ranked quarterback got off to a bumpy start, but improved throughout the day and finished on a high note as he connected on a series of off-platform throws. Smith doesn’t throw a ton of tight spirals, but the former baseball player has no issues generating velocity. In our opinion, he has the highest ceiling of all the 2025 quarterbacks that were in attendance with his athletic frame and powerful arm, but he’s still very much a work in progress as his mechanics aren’t always in tune. Smith has accounted for 9,340 yards of total offense and 117 total touchdowns the past three seasons as the starter at Fort Myers Bishop Verot. He remains firm on his pledge to the Wolverines and will spend multiple days in Ann Arbor later this month.

Charlie Smith: Smith was another pleasant surprise. He spent last year coordinating a run-heavy offense at Charlotte (N.C.) Charlotte Christian that featured plenty of triple-option concepts, which meant that he didn’t get a ton of chances to really air it out. He was accurate to all three levels on Sunday and threw a very catchable ball. By far the best thing going for Smith at this stage is his release as it’s compact and repeatable.  Smith, who self-reports a 4.47 GPA, recently took visits to both Harvard and Yale. He is also communicating with coaches at Middle Tennessee State and East Carolina.

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TOP UNDERCLASSMEN:

Brady Hart: It was an overall solid showing for Hart, who has added some good mass. He’s got a baseball background, which allows him to generate plenty of torque as he drives his plant foot into the ground and releases with authority over the top. Hart showed no real limitations with his arm and was able to reach all different corners of the field. He was already being considered for a spot in the inaugural Top247 for the class of 2026 and Sunday’s performance could move him higher up the board. As a sophomore, Hart led Cocoa to a 2S title as he completed just under 66% of his passes for 3,759 yards with 41 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He raved about recent trips to Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State and Miami.

Dereon Coleman: Coleman had by far the livest arm of the day. He might not be the biggest passer in the 2026 cycle (if we had to guess, he’s under 6-foot and tipping the scales at less than 160 pounds), but there were times when the ball just jumped out of his hands. Coleman usually serves up fastball, but he did change speeds throughout the course of the camp, which was encouraging. Coleman started as a sophomore over senior Trever Jackson and led Orlando Jones to the semifinals of the 3M playoffs. He is entertaining the idea of making a commitment this summer and is very high on Oklahoma after a recent multi-day stay in Norman.

Noah Grubbs: From a mechanical standpoint, there’s a lot to like with Grubbs. He was dealing with some back tightness, but powered through the pain and ended up making plenty of high-level tosses. Grubbs proved to be one of the best at connecting on in-breaking routes over the middle and was sharp with his footwork. He lit up scoreboards as a sophomore at Lake Mary, finishing the year with 3,670 passing yards and 49 touchdowns. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Miami and plenty of others are already making Grubbs a priority in the 2026 cycle.

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AROUND THE CAMP … 

–NC State commit Will Wilson was one of the more physically imposing prospects on hand. He’s got a broad chest to go along with long limbs and a shorter torso. 

Wilson had his moments, but struggled at times with his ball placement and couldn’t exactly fire on command with his wind-up release. The dual-threat talent ran for 1,527 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior at Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast and also threw for 2,336 yards and 22 more scores.

Niko Boyce of Naples Barron Collier was the top combine tester for the day. His Nike Football Rating of 86.65 was fueled by a 4.27-second effort in the short shuttle and a vertical jump that cleared just over 35 inches.

Boyce didn’t throw alongside Jurgensen, Smith or Wilson, but was by far the top performer in his group of quarterbacks. The former FBU Freshman All-American has picked up offers in recent weeks from Army, Navy and Air Force.

Malachi ‘Bubba’ Lewis and Chase Cromartie tied to win the Panini Accuracy Challenge for the 2025 quarterbacks while Edward Jordan took home that title for the underclassmen quarterbacks.

In our eyes, Bowman was a top five performer for the day as he threw with plenty of pace and proved to be rather effective on the move. He recently transferred into Homestead where he will link up with Top247 wide receiver Cortez Mills after spending the past few years at Montclair High in New Jersey. 

Comartie threw for just over 2,000 yards as a junior at Viera. Jordan finished his 10th-grade campaign at Beachside with 35 touchdown passes and claims offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Houston and Charlotte.

–Saint Augustine’s Locklan Hewlett made things look very easy at times. The former Wake Forest commit is the son of quarterback guru Will Hewlett, who trains Caleb Williams, Brock Purdy, Anthony Richardson and others.

No one threw a better skinny post over a defender into the back of the end zone than Hewlett on Sunday. He has an official visit set up with USF and could be the perfect trigger man in Alex Golesh‘s pass-happy attack.

–Northern Iowa commit Jayce Nixon quickly worked his way up into the premier group. The lefty owns a smooth stroke and can layer the football. The Panthers are apparently shifting to an air raid offense and Nixon, who will play his senior season at Venice after a productive career at Tampa Gaither, first caught the eye of now-UNI assistant Trey Tinsley when he camped at Mississippi State three years ago.

–Montgomery (Ala.) Caver’s Terrell Russell, Tampa Carrollwood Day’s Jordan Magwood and Santa Rosa Beach Walton’s Wells Bettenhausen were three other 2025s that deserve some recognition for their play on Sunday. Russell seemed to improve in every drill and was very coachable. The same goes for Magwood. Bettenhausen, on the other hand, has a prototypical frame and developmental upside.

Michael Clayton of Sanford Seminole was probably the fourth-best 2026 quarterback on the day and pushed the trio of Hart, Coleman and Grubbs. West Palm Beach Dwyer’s Caleb Butler, Minneapolis (Minn.) Stillwater’s Nick Kinsey and Tampa Bay Tech’s Logan Rogers were a few other soon-to-be-juniors that flashed. 

–There weren’t a ton of 2027 prospects invited, but Zac Katz did some good things. He played as a freshman at Tru North down in Miami-Dade and is set to take over under center at Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Prep.

Bud Elliot of 247Sports and the Cover 3 Podcast contributed to this report.

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