Top 5 QB Recruits to Watch For at Oakland Elite 11 Regional

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystMay 15, 2014

Top 5 QB Recruits to Watch For at Oakland Elite 11 Regional

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    The Elite 11 Quarterback Camp rolls into Northern California on Friday, May 16, allowing another crop of premier passers to compete against their top contemporaries. The action features several standouts from the 2015 recruiting class, including a few who have already accepted collegiate scholarship offers.

    The latest Elite 11 regional event also presents an opportunity for elite performers to advance into the national phase of competition. Notable Elite 11 alumni include eventual No. 1 overall NFL draft picks Matthew Stafford and Andrew Luck, along with reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

    With the Oakland roster unveiled, we highlight the top five quarterbacks to keep an eye on, ranking them in regard to skill set and high school success.

5. 3-Star Brian Lewerke (Phoenix, Ariz.)

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    School: Pinnacle High School

    Size: 6'3", 180 pounds

    High School Success

    Brian Lewerke was counted on sparingly as a quarterback during his sophomore season but made significant strides as a full-time starter in 2013. He completed 53 percent of 316 pass attempts for 2,780 yards and 33 touchdowns.

    He maneuvered well when forced out of the pocket during a campaign that reached the second round of state playoff action. He accounted for 464 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, averaging five yards per carry.


    Recruiting Outlook

    Michigan State landed a commitment from Lewerke in April. He chose the Spartans over Oregon State, Louisville, Maryland and West Virginia, among others.

4. 4-Star Travis Waller (Anaheim, Calif.)

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    School: Servite High School

    Size: 6'3", 190 pounds

    High School Success

    Travis Waller carried the Servite offensive attack in 2013 with outstanding dual-threat production. He threw for 1,669 yards and 12 touchdowns while completing 54 percent of his passes.

    His efforts on the ground resulted in 1,293 rushing yards and 13 additional scores. Waller raced for at least 120 yards in four straight games midseason, including a 247-yard outburst in November, per MaxPreps.


    Recruiting Outlook

    Waller continues to add options on the West Coast, with Cal and Fresno State each offering this month. Top possibilities beyond state borders include Northwestern, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

3. 4-Star Sheriron Jones (Moreno Valley, Calif.)

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    School: Rancho Verde High School

    Size: 6'2.5", 192 pounds

    High School Success

    Sheriron Jones guided Rancho Verde to the California Southern Section Central Division championship game. He came out of the gates on fire as a junior, throwing for 430 yards and five touchdowns in a season-opening victory.

    Jones excels in a shotgun spread offense that enables him to direct traffic before the snap, setting the stage for options on the ground and through the air. He threw for 252 yards and four scores in the state sectional semifinal, exhibiting excellent touch with 12-of-15 passing.


    Recruiting Outlook

    He suddenly has some SEC flavor in the mix with offers arriving from Florida and Tennessee this month. His top Pac-12 options include Colorado and Arizona, though Oregon could be tempted to extend an offer as the process continues.

2. 4-Star Brett Rypien (Spokane, Wash.)

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    School: Shadle Park High School

    Size: 6'2", 185 pounds

    High School Success

    Brett Rypien burst onto the scene as a sophomore, when he completed 63 percent of 395 pass attempts for 3,179 yards and 23 touchdowns. He followed that effort by leading Shadle Park to the state semifinals in 2013.

    His junior campaign featured 3,266 passing yards and was highlighted by a state-record single-game performance (613 passing yards. six scores). Rypien, the nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterback Mark Rypien, has routinely posted prolific numbers.


    Recruiting Outlook

    Rypien committed to Boise State in April. He previously weighed offers from Washington, Mississippi State, Arizona and Washington State, his uncle's alma mater.

1. Brady White (Santa Clarita, Calif.)

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    School: Hart High School

    Size: 6'2", 190 pounds

    High School Success

    Brady White is consistently one step ahead of his opponents, torching defenses for 7,110 yards and 66 scores through the air during the past two seasons. He completed 64 percent of an astounding 524 pass attempts in 2013.

    He also displays underrated wheels when he tucks the ball and turns upfield. His junior season, which ended with 12 wins, included 320 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.


    Recruiting Outlook

    He ended a whirlwind recruitment earlier this month by committing to Arizona State. White chose the Sun Devils over Oregon, Penn State and Cal.


    Oakland Elite 11 roster obtained firsthand via press release.

    Recruit star ratings, statistics and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.