Elite 11 2013: Everything You Need to Know About the Quarterbacks Competing
The annual Elite 11 competition is like a national holiday for fans of quarterback play, especially if said fans' favorite schools have a commit participating.
This year, 18 high school quarterbacks will enter the final stage, but only 11 will walk away deemed as elite.
That group features 16 commitments, which include recruits that are verbally pledged to play for the likes of Alabama, Texas A&M, Texas, Oregon, Miami and Florida, among others.
Whether it be pro-style quarterbacks or dual-threats, Bleacher Report breaks down everything you need to know about the 18 recruits that will be vying for those coveted 11 slots.
Note: Information courtesy of studentsports.com. Star rankings, interest lists and other recruiting information via 247Sports.com and the 247Sports Composite Rankings. All scouting and analysis done by writer, via tape study of film provided on each recruit's 247Sports profile page.
Manny Wilkins, 3-Star DUAL, San Marin High School, Navato (Calif.)
Weight: 180 pounds
Committed to Arizona State University
Manny Wilkins is the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He has good height and throws one of the prettiest deep balls in this class. He gets a ton of air and distance on it, but he has the accuracy and touch to drop it in on a dime.
Wilkins has good arm strength and throws a tight spiral. He can get the ball to the sideline on a rope and he throws his receivers open.
As a runner, Wilkins doesn't have great speed but he runs with long strides and he can make defenders miss. He has a great plant and cut move.
Sean White, 3-Star PRO, University School of Nova South, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.)
Weight: 204 pounds
Interest List: No warm interests
Sean White has tremendous size for a rising senior quarterback. He really impresses with his ability to move around in the pocket and feel pressure. White has excellent footwork and pocket presence, and he does a great job of moving around, feeling pressure and throwing on the run.
In particular, he's able to evade, keep his eyes downfield, set his feet, square his shoulders and throw an accurate pass.
No teams stand out on his 247Sports interest list yet, but he does have notable offers from West Virginia, Boston College, Cincinnati and Houston, among others.
Deshaun Watson, 4-Star PRO, Gainesville High School, Gainesville (Ga.)
Weight: 200 lbs.
Committed to Clemson
Deshaun Watson could be considered a dual-threat quarterback because of his speed and ability to run, but he has a good enough arm to be ranked as a pro-style quarterback.
Watson has the footwork, arm and vision of a pure pocket-passer. He throws with good velocity but he can also put touch on his ball and drop it in to his receiver.
What really stands out about him is that even though he's a great runner, he only relies on his running abilities to get out of a jam. He has 4.65 speed (247Sports).
Watson is the No. 5 pro-style quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Luke Rubenzer, 3-Star DUAL, Saguaro High School, Scottsdale (Ariz.)
Weight: 186 lbs
Committed to Cal
As a runner, he has tremendous foot speed and agility. He can see the field and he gets upfield quickly, but he can also cut laterally and make a new running lane.
He throws a nice intermediate ball and has above average arm strength. He can get the ball where he wants it to be on a line and he can throw on the run.
Jacob Park, 4-Star PRO, Stratford High School, Goose Creek (S.C.)
Weight: 202 pounds
Committed to Georgia
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Jacob Park is the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the nation. He has great size, but he also runs a 4.70 40, according to 247Sports. That's not elite speed, but it's pretty good for a quarterback.
He's mobile, he's athletic and, most of all, he's a play-maker. Park can see the field well, he has a decent arm and he's accurate on the run.
He'll be the type of quarterback that will thrive at the bootleg, as he makes good decisions in open space. He has a natural throwing motion and good touch.
Park recently committed to Georgia.
Morgan Mahalak, 3-Star DUAL, Marin Catholic High School, Greenbrae (Calif.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Committed to Oregon
Morgan Mahalak is the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite. It's interesting to note that he'll be going into his first year as a varsity starting quarterback as a senior, yet he's already committed to Oregon.
Oregon obviously saw potential in him though, and he does have plenty of it. He has good arm strength and can fit the ball into small windows. His intermediate throws are on a line, and he's extremely athletic.
Mahalak also fits Oregon's scheme as a runner. He has long strides, quick footwork and great elusiveness.
DeShone Kizer, 4-Star DUAL, Central Catholic High School, Toledo (Ohio.)
Weight: 207 pounds
Committed to Notre Dame
DeShone Kizer is a quarterback who possesses immense potential, and he's going to be in a great position to take advantage of that if he stays committed to Notre Dame. His size really stands out, and he fits the Fighting Irish's scheme perfectly.
Kizer throws a good deep ball and can drop it in with touch. Credit his height and high release point for that. When he plants and throws he does get some nice zip on the ball, but he'll need to work on consistency.
The 247Sports Composite rankings consider him to be the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback.
Brad Kaaya, 4-Star PRO, Chaminade College Prep, West Hills (Calif.)
Weight: 215 pounds
Committed to Miami
He has a good arm, but what really stands out are his fundamentals. Kaaya has crisp footwork, great pocket presence and, most importantly, his elite fundamentals. He keeps his eyes downfield and he steps into his throws for a nice spiral.
Kaaya can hit tight windows or go over the top of defenders, hitting his receivers in stride.
He also does a great job reading defenses as just a rising junior.
Jerrod Heard, 4-Star DUAL QB, John H. Guyer High School, Denton (Texas.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Committed to Texas
Jerrod Heard is a true dual-threat quarterback. He's a patient runner who will make plays with his feet at the college level. He has great vision, good speed and the ability to change direction quickly. He makes defenders miss with his elusiveness, but he can also get upfield and hit the hole hard.
Heard has a nice deep ball as well and he's accurate. He has adequate arm strength and should be able to make most throws asked of him. He'll need a year or two of development as a passer, but he has the potential.
He's the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Will Grier, 4-Star PRO, Davidson Day School, Davidson (N.C.)
Weight: 180 lbs
Committed to Florida
Athleticism really is the name of the game for Grier. Even though he's not ranked as a dual-threat, he probably could be.
Grier has a strong arm, in-part thanks to his height and long arms. He gets leverage on his throw and he can really sling the deep ball. He throws with velocity, touch and great accuracy.
He sets himself apart because of his athleticism though. He's mobile, he's elusive when escaping pressure and he's agile enough to make plays with his feet. He can also throw on the run, which helps him stand out as a quarterback recruit.
Andrew Ford, 3-Star PRO, Cedar Cliff High School, Camp Hill (Pa.)
Weight: 180 pounds
Committed to Virginia Tech
The first thing you'll notice about Andrew Ford is that he's a lefty. He's a big quarterback with a good arm and he has a ton of potential for Virginia Tech. He gets loft on his deep ball and he's able to throw a nice spiral when he plants his feet, steps into the throw and follows through.
To take the next step, though, he'll need to work on erasing choppy footwork.
Ford is mobile enough to move around in the pocket and he's able to do damage with his feet once he passes the line of scrimmage.
He's the No. 20 pro-style quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite.
David Cornwell, 4-Star PRO, Norman North High School, Norman (Okla.)
Weight: 230 pounds
Committed to Alabama
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, David Cornwell is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class. According to the Bleacher Report positional rankings, Cornwell is the best quarterback in the nation.
Wherever he's ranked right now though, there's little doubting that he has star potential.
He has a big frame and just as big of an arm. He throws an effortless deep ball, and his intermediate to short throw comes out with great zip. He has good pocket presence and will be hard to take down, even at the college level.
Cornwell is a pure pocket passer, but he's also athletic enough to move around in the pocket and throw on the run. He can also take off and run, and he has great agility for such a big recruit.
Stephen Collier, 3-Star DUAL, Lee County High School, Leesburg (Ga.)
Weight: 208 pounds
Committed to Ohio State
Stephen Collier fits Urban Meyer's offense perfectly, so he's a big commitment for Ohio State. He's a big quarterback recruit with great height and size. He has a strong arm, a smooth throw and a great spiral.
Collier throws with great zip and velocity, even when he's going deep on a corner or go route.
As a runner, Collier has above average speed. He runs almost as if he's a power running back, with a forward lean, and he gets upfield quickly.
Keller Chryst, 5-Star PRO, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto (Calif.)
Weight: 215 pounds
Interest List: Stanford, Pittsburgh, USC, Alabama
According to the 247Sports Composite, Keller Chryst is the top pro-style quarterback in the nation. He has college ready size and the skill-set to be a star. Chryst is poised in the pocket, thanks to some great footwork.
He keeps his eyes downfield and has great pocket presence and rush awareness. Chryst throws a beautiful deep ball and he's extremely accurate.
Stanford is currently the leader on his 247Sports interest list, with Pitt, USC and Alabama trailing behind.
K.J. Carta-Samuels, 4-Star PRO, Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose (Calif.)
Weight: 210 pounds
Committed to Vanderbilt
K.J. Carta-Samuels is a quarterback with good size and potential. He puts a ton of force behind his throws and he can heave it down the field. Carta-Samuels is also fairly athletic and mobile, which allows him to move around in the pocket.
He'll be able to evade rushers, step up and make a throw, and he'll also be suited for bootleg plays.
Carta-Samuels is the No. 11 pro-style quarterback in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
David Blough, 3-Star PRO, Creekview High School, Carrollton (Texas)
Weight: 180 pounds
Committed to Purdue
As only a 3-star recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, David Blough is underrated. He's an athletic quarterback who can make plays with both his arm and his legs.
Blough has great footwork and throws with tremendous velocity. He can sit back in the pocket and pick apart a defense. He's also very proficient at sprinting out or bootlegging and making a throw on the run. He doesn't need to have his feet set to make a good throw.
Look for Blough to become a good quarterback for Purdue, if he remains committed.
Drew Barker, 4-Star PRO, Conner Senior High School, Hebron (Ky.)
Weight: 210 pounds
Committed to Kentucky
Drew Barker has the potential to become a superstar quarterback for Kentucky. He has big-time intangibles and is considered to be the No. 6 pro-style quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Barker, like many of the other pro-stye quarterbacks this year, is also a great runner. He gets upfield in a hurry and he has above average speed. At 6'4'', 210 pounds, he'll be hard to bring down.
He has a good arm and is accurate when on the run, so overall, there's a lot to look forward to for Kentucky fans, if he stays committed.
Kyle Allen, 4-Star PRO, Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale (Ariz.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Committed to Texas A&M
He's a surgeon on the football field, meaning that he has tremendous accuracy. Allen can see the field well, he's comfortable in the pocket and he throws the ball exactly where it needs to be, with just enough touch and velocity.
That comfort level in the pocket helps him feel the rush, and, like many of the elite quarterbacks in this class, Allen can throw just as well while running.
Eventually, he may be charged with replacing Johnny Manziel. He projects to be talented enough to face that challenge admirably.