College Football Recruiting 2013: Previewing Elite 11 Finals Selection Show

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2012

Elite 11 finalist DeVante Kincade of Dallas Skyline (Photo courtesy of Matt Strasen / Special Contributor for Dallas Morning News)
Elite 11 finalist DeVante Kincade of Dallas Skyline (Photo courtesy of Matt Strasen / Special Contributor for Dallas Morning News)

The Elite 11 camp has been one of the most prestigious high school football events in the country for over a decade.

Not only do colleges and diehard fans watch and/or read the results anymore, but the whole nation can thanks to ESPN.

Tonight, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU, 12 more quarterbacks from across the nation will be announced as finalists, joining the 12 already-qualified signal-callers in the 2012 Elite 11 finals competition.

All the top quarterbacks in the country competed in regional events this spring, with six QBs earning automatic bids by winning MVP honors and six others earning at-large bids.

The Elite 11 staff, led by one-time Super Bowl winner, former NFL QB and current ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer, will then host the finals competition on July 18-22 in Redondo Beach, California.

You'll find out everything about the the last 12 in tonight, so here's a look at the 12 already in.


J.T. BarrettRider (Wichita Falls, Texas) — Committed to Ohio State

The Buckeye commit showed out at the Dallas NFTC and earned his at-large bid in the process. Considered a dual-threat QB, Barrett amassed 3,119 total yards and 23 total touchdowns last season and chose to play for Urban Meyer over the likes of Arizona, Baylor and LSU. 

At 6'1", 205 pounds, Barrett isn't the biggest of quarterbacks, but he'll wow you with athleticism and instincts.


Cooper BatemanCottonwood (Salt Lake City, Utah) — Committed to Alabama

Bateman is one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation and also earned his at-large courtesy of his performance at the Dallas NFTC (although he found out at a later date than Barrett).

The 'Bama-bound signal-caller threw for 2,484 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior and also earned offers from the likes of Arkansas, Auburn, Boise State, BYU, Florida, LSU, Maryland and Washington.

The Tide are beyond excited to have the 6'3", 196-pounder heading to Tuscaloosa.


Max BrowneSkyline (Sammamish, Wash.) — Committed to USC

Arguably the top quarterback in the nation, the USC commit will be in Redondo Beach showing off the huge arm that comes along with his massive 6'5" frame.

His statistics last season were ridiculous (4,034 yards and 45 touchdowns) and he earned a spot here with MVP honors at the Oakland regional.

Bateman was actually there pushing Browne along even though he had already earned an invite to the final.

Browne's shown a love for competition, so don't be surprised if he's one of the top quarterbacks when all is said and done.


Luke Del RioValor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) — Committed to Oklahoma State

The son of former Jaguars head coach and current Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, Luke didn't follow in his pop's footsteps (Jack was a USC linebacker), but the 6'1", 187-pounder isn't doing too bad for himself.

He chose to play quarterback for the Pokes over offers from Colorado State and Oregon State, and earned his invitation by showing out at the Columbus regional event.

You can be sure Dilfer will have his eye on him when it comes to that playbook.


Zack GreenleeLincoln (Stockton, Calif.) — Undecided

This 6'2", 187-pounder doesn't have a scholarship offer yet, but that is certainly going to change now that he's a finalist in the Elite 11 competition.

Greenlee won MVP honors at the Las Vegas regional and will be out to prove his performance was far from a fluke.

Programs showing him interest to this point include Boise State, BYU, Cal, UCLA, Colorado and Washington State and San Jose State. A big performance around the likes of these guys will earn him some much-deserved recognition.


Anthony JenningsMarietta (Marietta, Ga.) — Committed to LSU

Jennings recently committed to play for the Tigers roughly one month after winning MVP honors at the Atlanta regional.

The 6'2", 205-pounder has no shortage of offers, but is expected to play in Baton Rouge over the likes of UNC, Oregon, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Although listed as a dual-threat option, he's a guy who wants to beat you with his arm first.


DeVante KincadeSkyline (Dallas, Texas) — Undecided

There may be no more intriguing player in this top 12 than Dallas Skyline star DeVante Kincade. His offensive output (3,270 yards and 37 touchdowns passing, 857 yards and 17 scores rushing) is absolutely astounding.

And, a year ago he was throwing to three wide receivers who earned scholarships, including 4-star receiver Thomas Johnson who wound up at Texas A&M.

This year his top target is 4-star receiver Ra'Shaad Samples, whose offer list is massive.

He's a proven leader and someone who could be a legitimate four-year-starter if given the opportunity. The 6'0", 180-pounder holds offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Arizona, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Oregon State and is receiving interest from a number of other programs.


Shane MorrisDe La Salle (Warren, Mich.) — Committed to Michigan

You've probably heard of Morris once, twice or a hundred times before. The Michigan pledge has been committed for over a year now and is thought to be the next great pro-style quarterback for the Wolverines.

He earned the MVP at the Columbus regional and has been helping the recruiting cause in Ann Arbor for some time now.

If you haven't seen him play yet this competition will highlight some of the reasons he's so highly regarded.


Kevin OlsenWayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.) — Committed to Miami

An Olsen at Miami from New Jersey? Yes, this sounds familiar because Kevin is the younger brother of former Hurricanes tight end and current Panthers star Greg Olsen.

The 6'2", 195-pounder dominated the NYC regional and took home MVP honors as expected. He's still much smaller than his older brother, so there is still room for development and growth physically.

He's also good enough now to make a difference and it is easy to see why 17 programs offered (including the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan State, UNC, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Auburn and Wisconsin).


Brice RamseyCamden County (Kingsland, Ga.) — Committed to Georgia

There was no way Mark Richt was about to let this 6'3", 196-pounder slip away to Alabama, Auburn or Florida.

The Georgia native, who earned his invite at the Charlotte NFTC, is still coming into his own and has his best football head of him.

He'll have to rise to another level to compete with some of these studs in July, but he's one to watch in the coming years.


Tyrone SwoopesWhitewright (Whitewright, Texas) — Committed to Texas

There is no way this Texas native can avoid the Vince Young comparisons. With similar size at 6'4", 220 pounds and eye-popping statistics (1,394 yards and 15 touchdowns passing, 2,267 yards and 27 touchdowns rushing) he's got Longhorns fans overly excited.

He wowed at the Dallas regional, earned an at-large bid and is ready to show out once again in July.

His combination of size, athleticism and speed will make him one of the most exciting players in the nation should he play up to his potential. 


Malik ZaireArchbishop Alter (Kettering, Ohio) — Committed to Notre Dame

Last, but not least (we went in alphabetical order) is a Notre Dame commit plucked out of Urban Meyer and Ohio State's backyard.

Zaire earned an at-large bid courtesy of his Columbus performance, and is a raw, dual-threat weapon who could thrive in coach Brian Kelly's system.

The 6'1", 196-pounder chose the Irish over, most notably, the Buckeyes, Crimson Tide, Badgers and Cornhuskers.


Tonight's selection show will certainly include a few relative unknowns. Dilfer and the Elite 11 staff love to find kids who haven't received the credit they deserve thus far, and this is a good a chance as any for them to receive recognition.

Notable QBs absent who rank in the ESPN 150 include Penn State commit Christian Hackenberg, Stanford commit Ryan Burns, Texas A&M commit Kohl Stewart and Oklahoma commit Cody Thomas.