There were quarterbacks with bigger names, lots of stars and college offers at the Elite 25 Quarterback Showcase Friday, but none of them took home the MVP honor. That distinction went to Chris Geiss.
Geiss, a senior to be at Great Valley High, beat out over 30 other quarterbacks and won the MVP of the event held at the Lanco Fieldhouse in Lancaster. The event saw the quarterbacks doing different passing and agility drills and scores were kept for each drill.
“It’s great,” said Geiss of winning. “I first came (to coach Jim Cantafio’s camps) last year and have just kept working. At first I was a little frustrated, but I owe it all to (Cantafio). He worked with me and I have just kept getting better.”
Geiss , 6-4, 190, threw for over 1,500 yards but also ran for over 1,000 yards in the run-oriented spread option that is used at Great Valley.
“It’s been kind of frustrating for me,” said Great Valley coach Mike Choi, who drove to Lancaster to see his quarterback in action. “Since the end of last year I’ve been telling people how good he is. I know I’m an option guy and like to run, run, run. But he’s a kid that has great size and can make all the throws. I feel like whenever he has the opportunity to show what he has, he can really be good.”
While Geiss hasn’t had any offers yet, he has had some quality football programs show interest. Villanova, Stony Brook, Richmond, Connecticut and Temple have all been in contact with him.
“I just don’t get it,” said Cantafio, who was the director of the event. “Chris has great size and strength and can make all the throws. And he can also run. I don’t understand why he hasn’t had offers yet. I told him to just keep working and they will come. Plus, he still has his entire senior year to play.”
Winning the MVP was a good start to his senior season and he and his coaches hope that it might generate more interest among the recruiting services and, more importantly, college coaches.
Cantafio happy with camp
Coach Jim Cantafio was pleased with how his second-year showcase event went – even without highly touted Adam Breneman (injured ACL) and Christian Hackenberg, who elected not to wear out his tired arm even more and sat out the afternoon drills.
“Oh he did the right thing,” Cantafio said of Hackenberg. “There are so many camps and events going on in June. It can make it tough to have to throw all the time.”
At the same time, there were good players on hand.
“I think the neat part is that a lot of the kids that did well are the ones that we’ve seen coming throughout the year. They just keep getting better and better.”
This is the second year of Elite 25 and Cantafio looks forward to continuing the event next year.
“This is something that is just going to keep getting bigger and bigger,” he said. “There are just not a lot of events like this in our area and we need to have them to give our kids experience and exposure.”
In addition to Geiss winning, the freshman/sophomore winner was Malvern Prep’s Alex Hornibrook and the middle school winner was Taylor Lentz from Warwick, Pa.
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