The top 11 quarterbacks of the Elite 11 have been announced a day after Trent Dilfer announced his top six.
1 Blough 2 Allen 3 White 4 Watson 5 Greir 6 Carta-Samuels 7 Chyrst 8 Park 9 Heard 10 Wilkins 11 Rubenzer #Elite11— Elite11 (@Elite11) July 1, 2013
While these rankings certainly let the players know where they stand, this is far from the final list:
Those names represent the first rankings. More to come in next 48 hours— Elite11 (@Elite11) July 1, 2013
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Trent Dilfer revealed his top six quarterbacks in the Elite 11 finals Sunday, per Barton Simmons of 247Sports.
Per Simmons, the six quarterbacks are, in no particular order:
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— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) June 30, 2013
Dilfer said that White's accuracy "blows your mind," per Josh Newberg of 247Sports. He also said White throws "an artistic ball."
As for Brad Kaaya, Dilfer said he "makes everything look incredibly easy."
Dilfer also touched on David Blough's game, noting his accuracy and competitiveness.
The former Super Bowl-winning quarterback also said that K.J. Carta-Samuels caught on fast, improving in various areas in a short period of time.
Dilfer noted that Kyle Allen was very consistent, displaying a well-rounded game.
The Elite 11 coach also said that Deshaun Watson possessed the size and athleticism to translate well to the college game, although he did note that Watson's play was "a little sloppy" Sunday.
In 247Sports' rankings for the class of 2014, Allen ranks fourth among pro-style quarterbacks. Watson, Carta-Samuels and Kaaya rank seventh, 10th and 13th, respectively. Blough and White rank 29th and 34th, respectively.
Allen has committed to Texas A&M. Watson, Carta-Samuels and Kaaya have committed to Clemson, Vanderbilt and Miami (FL), respectively. Blough has committed to Purdue. White has yet to make a decision.
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Dilfer's comments about Blough and White are especially interesting considering neither was ranked in the top 25 among pro-style quarterbacks. His comments about White's accuracy are sure to raise some eyebrows. Perhaps White is a hidden gem.
The Elite 11 first began in 1999, designed as a competition between some of the top quarterback recruits in the nation. Quarterbacks compete to advance from the regionals to the "final Elite 11."
Notable names that have participated include: Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Vince Young, Mark Sanchez, Matt Leinart and, yes, Tim Tebow. Teddy Bridgewater and Everett Golson were in 2010's crop (class of 2011).