Latest News and Updates on 2013 Elite 11 QB Competition
The quarterback recruits that make up the Elite 11 are without a doubt the best signal-callers in the nation on a yearly basis.
This is quarterback competition at the highest level. Many entered, and through the process of camps, the experts whittled the field down to 18.
Only 11 will last to the end, though. Only 11 will be able to call themselves elite.
Under the tutelage of Trent Dilfer and others, these 18 quarterbacks will work and train themselves to be named among the best of the best.
Bleacher Report will have the whole thing covered, right here.
The Elite 11 Order has been released, per the Elite 11 Twitter handle. As reported earlier, 3-star quarterback Sean White won the MVP award.
2013 Final Rankings- 1) Sean White 2) Allen 3) Grier 4) Heard 5) Park 6) Blough 7) Barker 8) Rubenzer 9) Kaaya 10) Watson 11) Carta-Samuels— Elite11 (@Elite11) July 4, 2013
Texas A&M commitment Kyle Allen was No. 2 in the competition.
Trent Dilfer gave his thoughts on some of the quarterbacks, per this report from Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com. Here's what he had to say about White:
"His accurate isn't just accurate. It's exact. It's an NFL type of ball. I'm stealing this from Steve Young, but he has an artistic ball. He paints a picture with his ball."
David Blough was another notable 3-star who stood out at the Elite 11, finishing No. 6.
The Elite 11 has been announced, per the ESPN Recruiting Nation twitter handle:
BREAKING: Final Elite 11 QBs -- Grier, Allen, Blough, Heard, Barker, Carta-Samuels, Rubenzer, Park, Watson, Kaaya and MVP Sean White
— RecruitingNation (@RecruitingESPN) July 4, 2013
The big news is that 3-star quarterback Sean White came away with the MVP. White came into the competition as an outlier, but will leave it as the MVP.
Notable quarterbacks who didn't make the Elite 11 include Alabama commitment David Cornwell and 5-star quarterback Keller Chryst.
Nike 7on Tournament MVP is QB Sean White...
— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) July 4, 2013
The 7-on-7 portion of the camp does count towards the quarterback evaluation, so this could potentially be huge news in regard to the Elite 11.
Updated on 7/3/13
There are many big names that competed at the Elite 11, but one surprising quarterback has stood out more than most.
When the Elite 11 released its first set of rankings, Blough topped the list. The future Boilermaker is ahead of six ESPN 150 prospects and nine ESPN 300 prospects, including top-rated dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson and top-rated pocket passer Keller Chryst.
Blough has drawn praise from Elite 11 chief Trent Dilfer , who praised Blough's competitivenessand said he's "about as technically sound as you're going to find." CBSsports.com's Bruce Feldman tweeted Monday, "Surprised to see how low online QB rankings of #Purdue commit David Blough are. He's looking better than most 4/5-star guys at @Elite11."
He had slipped to third in the second rankings, provided by the Elite 11 on Twitter:
2nd Rankings- 1 Allen 2 White 3 Blough 4 Park 5 Grier 6 Rubenzer 7 Heard 8 Wilkins 9 Kaaya 10 Barker 11 Watson #Elite11
— Elite11 (@Elite11) July 3, 2013
Still, the fact that Blough is in the top three is incredibly impressive.
He's the No. 50 pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite. It will be interesting to see how that ranking changes after the event.
According to JC Shurburtt of 247Sports.com, the Elite 11 staff has released the current top 11. The quarterback group as a whole still has to compete in 7-on-7's tomorrow, and the final group will be released Wednesday.
Here's the current 11, per Shurburtt's report:
1- David Blough, Carrollton (Texas) Creekview (Purdue commit)
2- Kyle Allen, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain (Texas A&M commit)
3- Sean White, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School (uncommitted)
4- DeShaun Watson, Gainesville (Ga.) (Clemson commit)
5- Will Grier, Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day (Florida commit)
6- K.J. Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep (Vanderbilt commit)
7- Keller Chryst, Palo Alto (Calif.) (Stanford commit)
8- Jacob Park, Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford (Georgia commit)
9- Jerrod Heard, Denton (Texas) Guyer (Texas commit)
10- Manny Wilkins, Novato (Calif.) (Arizona State commit)
11- Luke Rubenzer, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro (Cal commit)
David Blough is only a 3-star recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite, so he's making a huge splash on top of the list. Kyle Allen, a Texas A&M commitment, is not a surprise at No. 2 considering his accuracy, but 3-star quarterback Sean White at No. 3 certainly is an "upset".
A notable quarterback missing from this initial list is Alabama commit David Cornwell, who has the potential to eventually be the best quarterback from this class.
For now though, this is the group with the inside track at the Elite 11.
Via Barton Simmons of 247Sports on Twitter, these are the quarterbacks who make up Trent Dilfer's early top six:
Through 2.5 days of #Elite11 work, Trent Dilfer's top 6 QBs in no order: Sean White, Kaaya, Blough, Carta-Samuel, Kyle Allen, Deshaun Watson
For the perspective of a quarterback at the Elite 11, I texted Oregon commitment Morgan Mahalak on Sunday and asked him if anyone is standing out yet. His words were:
"Couldn't tell you yet. All very good".
That sums the Elite 11 up perfectly, doesn't it?
Update on 7/1/13
The Elite 11 Twitter Handle lets us in on the action with a few Vines from the competition.
Will Grier getting a taste of the future in quarterback training. The G.A.T. QB POV. https://t.co/1eIHeKKBTG
— Elite11 (@Elite11) June 29, 2013
— Elite11 (@Elite11) June 29, 2013
Current Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is even taking some snaps:
At this point the Elite 11 competition is well underway, and according to Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN.com, a unexpected quarterback has stood out from the pack, 3-star pro-style quarterback Sean White. Crabtree goes on to quote Elite 11 quarterback guru Trent Dilfer on White:
"His accurate isn't just accurate," Dilfer said. "It's exact. It's an NFL type of ball. I'm stealing this from Steve Young, but he has an artistic ball. He paints a picture with his ball. He just doesn't throw a hinge. He throws the receiver open with the hinge. He just doesn't throw a skinny post. He sends a message with his skinny post.
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, White is the No. 31 pro-style quarterback in the nation. That said, a huge showing at the Elite 11 could really raise his stock.
Update on 6/13/13
The quarterback recruits who will be competing for the prestigious title of Elite 11 member have received their playbooks.
Some of them took to Twitter to discuss how excited they were.
Here's Texas A&M commitment Kyle Allen:
Kentucky commit Drew Barker appears to be a student of the playbook:
This @elite11 play book is no joke! Been studying all day!— -Drew Barker- (@D_Barker7) June 12, 2013
Here's a look at one of the plays in the book, via the Elite 11 Twitter handle:
Here's a look at some of the social media buzz surrounding the Elite 11:
According to the Elite 11 Twitter account, half of the final 18 quarterbacks are already committed:
Finalist Andrew Ford gave a shout out to Johnny Manziel on Twitter:
This is after Manziel announced the 17th Golden ticket on Twitter:
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for more social media updates on the Elite 11.
Seven quarterback recruits will not make the final Elite 11. While a few of these recruits appear to be locks for the final group, there are others who will need to step up and surprise some people.
Sean White out of Hollywood, Fla. got one of the final invites, and as a 3-star quarterback, he'll really have to stand out to shine amongst this group. That doesn't mean it's impossible, but he does have some great competition.
It will be interesting to see how he compares to the likes of David Cornwell, Deshaun Watson and Keller Chryst. Other "on the bubble" invites include 3-star dual-threat Luke Rubenzer, 4-star pro-style Brad Kaaya and 3-star pro-style David Blough
This is not to take away from their abilities, because Dilfer and his crew obviously see great potential in each of these quarterbacks. More so, it's a testament to how good the other quarterbacks invited to the finals are.
In particular, it will be interesting to see if either Chryst or Cornwell can separate themselves. Cornwell is 6'5'', 230 pounds and he has unrivaled arm strength in this class.
Chryst is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback though, according to the 247Sports Composite.
The competition for MVP may come down to these two quarterback recruits.
18 recruits received a "golden ticket" and were named finalists. Those 18 finalists will compete at the Finals in Oregon, in combination with Nike's "The Opening" camp, which will take place from June 30th to July 3rd, according to StudentSports.com.
The 18 quarterbacks that will be attending the finals are:
David Cornwell, 4-star PRO
Deshaun Watson, 4-star PRO *Committed to Clemson
Andrew Ford, 3-star PRO
Kyle Allen, 4-star PRO *Texas A&M
David Blough, 3-star PRO
K.J. Carta-Samuels, 4-star PRO *Vanderbilt
DeShone Kizer, 4-star DUAL
Will Grier, 4-star PRO *Florida
Jacob Park, 4-star PRO
Stephen Collier, 3-star DUAL
Keller Chryst, 5-star PRO
Brad Kaaya, 4-star PRO *Miami
Manny Wilkins, 3-star DUAL *Arizona State
Jerrod Heard, 4-star DUAL *Texas
Luke Rubenzer, 3-star DUAL
Drew Barker, 4-star PRO *Kentucky
Sean White, 3-star PRO
Morgan Mahalak, 3-star DUAL *Committed to Oregon
The Elite 11 began with a camp tour that spanned the nation and allowed some of the best quarterback recruits the chance to shine and make the final group of 18.
According to the Elite 11 Facebook page, regional camps were held in Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Columbus.
The Elite 11 Twitter handle reported that over 700 quarterbacks competed throughout those three months.
Finally, the field has been narrowed down to 18.
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