"One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong..." You know the song from Sesame Street. And if you looked at the offer list of a group of quarterbacks rotating through the stations Saturday at the Elite 11 Camp in Columbus, Ohio, you might have hummed the tune to yourself.
The group consisted of J.J. Cosentino (Florida State commitment), Drew Barker (Kentucky commitment), Chris Durkin (Michigan State commitment), Grayson Muehlstein (TCU commitment), and several others with multiple BCS offers. Oh, and Coleman Key of Broken Arrow (Ok.) High School, who holds offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Toledo, Western Michigan and Illinois, among others.
But Key was not out of place. Early on, I actually thought he was Muehlstein, as I hadn't seen him yet, either. He certainly threw well enough to make me think he was committed to a top-tier BCS program. I tweeted that he was better than his offer list, or at least that he had been on the day. He threw the ball quite well, and has the size schools are looking for at 6'5 and 220 pounds. 2012 was Key's first year starting, as he sat behind his brother in 2010 and 2011. I spoke with Key afterwards, who drove 12 hours to be at the event.
"Being out here at the Elite 11 with the best quarterbacks in the nation, it was a great chance to know where I stand and to work on my game," Key said.
He now has some things to go home and work on.
"Footwork stuff mainly, and to quicken up and shorten my release," he said. That seems about right. Key's ball is good and with some zip, but his motion is elongated, which could hurt him at the college level.
Key says that he doesn't have any favorites yet. He plans to visit several schools over the summer.
"I'll take some trips to schools that I'm serious about, schools that have offered and schools that are yet to offer," Key said, adding that he does not yet know where he will trip. He has been receiving interest from Penn State and Colorado.
Key plays in a spread offense in high school, and says that he does not have a preference for an offense in college, other than "being able to sling it around." Key would like to make his decision by summer's end.
If he throws at the summer camps like he did Saturday at the Elite 11, the offers will come.