Mason Kaplan is a strong-armed 2021 QB prospect | GMTM

Mason Kaplan is a strong-armed 2021 QB prospect

ByLogan Furey

Published on Tue Nov 24 2020

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2 min read

Mason Kaplan is a strong-armed 2021 QB prospect

Quarterbacking the 10-0, Regional Champion Norcross Blue Devils, Mason Kaplan is a pro-style QB out of Georgia with arm talent to spare.

In August, GMTM’s Joey Grant and former USC quarterback Max Browne took a look at his Elite 11 Virtual Pro Day. Let’s take a look at some of their takeaways:

Mason’s arm strength immediately “jumped out” to Max, as he demonstrated the ability to make a wide variety of throws and wasn’t afraid to let it rip. He was working off the Elite 11 Script, so he was able to showcase his ability to make throws all over the field.

Mason’s footwork was clean, as he executed 3-step and 5-step drops well, along with several RPO looks. He threw with great anticipation, especially on this out route, where he hit the top of his drop and fired a strike to his receiver before he was out of his break.

He clearly looked comfortable running RPO’s as he was able to hold the run fake prior to hitting his receiver on a post route. However, Max did identify an area of improvement on his play-fake in a traditional play-action rep, as he had the ball too high, at about eye-level, when executing the fake. This will serve as a tell for defenders and will tip off the play-action unless the QB is able to sell the handoff. This is a coachable moment and one that Mason can easily fix, so should not be too much of a concern for interested recruiters.

Mason’s tape further shows a QB who can make every throw you’d want from the quarterback position, both from inside the pocket as well as on the move. He shows an ability to throw receivers open as well as making plays off-script. Mason flashes strong pocket awareness, and possesses the mobility needed to make defense pay if left unchecked. He keeps his eyes upfield even when on the run, and still maintains proper footwork to remain accurate on the run.

Mason boasts a 4.26 GPA as well as a National Honor Society membership. He clearly works hard in the classroom and those work habits carry over to his preparation on the field. His film showcases a heady player, with the ability to understand what defenses are trying to do and exploit any weaknesses that he can find.

Major Takeaways:

  • Mason possesses big time arm talent and an ability to throw receivers open with anticipation
  • His study habits (4.26 GPA) and work ethic translate to the football field as his preparation is evident
  • Clean, smooth footwork allows him to throw with accuracy both within the pocket and on the move

After leading his team to a 10-0 record and Regional Championship, Mason Kaplan has established himself as a talented quarterback and leader. He possesses both the physical tools and the mental makeup necessary to be successful at the next level, and will elevate the play of those around him.

Check out more player evaluations from Max and Joey on YouTube.

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