Last recruiting cycle, Everett Withers signed five quarterbacks. This time around he signed one, Tyler Vitt from San Antonio MacArthur. We wanted to do a little advanced scouting on Vitt with the help of his Hudl videos.
Our usual Hudl disclaimer: all these highlight videos are limited, you won't see incompletions, interceptions, stumbles, fumbles, farts, or falls. Every player on Hudl scores on every play or at least dominates fools. What we're looking at it is the system the player played in, basic mechanics, size compared to other players, and some other more objective measures.
Objective data first, Vitt is 6-2, 200 pounds, a three-star rated quarterback. He's listed on 24/7 as a pro-style signal caller, but we think that sells him short. He ran a Nike combine verified 4.6 forty. Vitt threw for over 2,500 hundred yards and ran for another 1,030 as a senior. He completed 65% of his throws with 25 touchdowns. He ran for eight more scores. The Brahmas ended 2017 5-6, losing to Austin Westlake in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Vitt moved to the MacArthur varsity as a freshman, starting for three-plus seasons. He accounted for over 7,500 passing yards in his career.
You can view his Hudl stuff here and some Youtube clips here:
A few thoughts:
- MacArthur ran a spread, didn't see any snaps under center.
- The videos show a lot of route concepts, but a lot of post-corner or flag routes.
- Vitt is a willing runner, moves well north and south.
- Very little wasted motion or energy moving downfield, he tucks the ball and takes off.
- Doesn't show any fear of contact, lowers his shoulder when he needs to.
- Vitt played baseball as well, and you can see it in his motion, especially his follow through.
- Does a good job throwing his receivers open.
- Seems to throw well on the run, his release is quicker, and you can see that baseball influence.
- Nice touch when throwing on the run.
- His trunk is active during his motion, Vitt does a Geno Smith squat before his release to load up, that slows down his action.
- Vitt made a couple throws from different arm angles, including a few under pressure.
With the Texas State quarterback position wide open, who knows Vitt might get a shot to play, but we suspect he'll sit and watch in 2018. That's probably what people thought when he moved up to varsity as a freshman.