Highlights & Awards from QB Country’s 4th Annual Draft Prep Experience & Competition
QB Country welcomed 100 quarterbacks from 27 states for the fourth annual QB Country Draft Prep Experience & Competition. The event, held February 2-4 in Mobile, Alabama in partnership with the Reese’s Senior Bowl and Wilson Sporting Goods, offered middle school and high school quarterbacks an intimate look at the NFL Draft Prep process and the nation’s top college football all-star game.
Quarterbacks participated in three days of competitive training with the QB Country staff and special guest college athletes, as well as a Q & A with Senior Bowl QBs moderated by ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. Additional highlights included several experiences unique to Mobile, including attendance at the Senior Bowl, dinner at world-famous Dreamland BBQ, and a Mardi Gras parade.
Wilson staff were on site to record throw metrics using the Wilson Connected Football System. Small sensors placed in the center of the football recorded metrics such as spiral efficiency and spin rate for each athlete.
Winners of the competitive elements of the event included:
KJ Lacey ‘25 (Alabama)
2024 MVP – Colter Ginn (Georgia)
2025 Co-MVPs – Dan Mahan (North Carolina), Mason Mimms (Alabama)
2026 MVP – Sam Dunn (Alabama)
Leadership – Rowdy Christensen (Alabama), Chase Herbstreit (Ohio)
Long Ball – KJ Lacey (Alabama)
Gauntlet Drill – Rowdy Christensen (Alabama)
Spiral Efficiency: JD Davis II (Georgia)
Spin Rate: KJ Lacey (Alabama)
2027 MVP – JD Brown (Florida)
2028 Co-MVPs – Austan Christaan (Florida), Andrew Clay (Arkansas)
2029 Co-MVPs – Reece Robinson (Mississippi), Max Copley (Tennessee)
Leadership – Ryan Rizzuti (North Carolina)
Long Ball – JD Brown (Florida)
Gauntlet Drill – Reese Robinson (Mississippi)
Spiral Efficiency: Greyson McKown (Tennessee)
Spin Rate: Austan Christiaan (Florida)
QB Country Draft Prep trainees Chris Reynolds (Charlotte), Holton Ahlers (East Carolina), Austin Williams (Mississippi State), and Cephus Johnson (SE Louisiana) as well as South Alabama QB Carter Bradley and Villanova QB Matt O’Connor joined the QB Country staff to mentor QBs at the event (Williams led receiver drills). Reynolds and Senior Bowl QBs Clayton Tune (Houston), and Jake Haener (Fresno State) participated on the Q & A panel with Herbstreit. Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy also spoke to the group.