When it comes to the best crops of quarterback prospects, the Elite 11 competition always brings out the biggest stars ready for the next level.
Trent Dilfer's quarterback roster this year includes several big names that have already committed to schools like Florida State, UCLA and Texas A&M. Then there are several others who have yet to announce their intentions and will look to prove their worth on the big stage.
Here's a look at the full roster provided by the Elite 11 Twitter account:
In an event that once saw names like Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford and recently Jameis Winston rise to stardom, the Elite 11 offers some of the best signal-callers from around the country in one competition. All 18 quarterbacks invited will hope they make the final list when it's whittled down to 11 at the end of the week.
Before the finals officially get underway, here's a look at the full schedule for the Elite 11 competition.
Dates and TV Coverage
Saturday, July 5: Not televised
Sunday, July 6: Not televised
Monday, July 7: Not televised
Tuesday, July 8: ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET
Wednesday, July 9: ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET
Thursday, July 10: ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET
Prospects to Watch
Josh Rosen, UCLA
Josh Rosen has all of the essentials for an elite quarterback. He has the big arm, pinpoint accuracy and a 6'4" frame that makes him a prototypical pro-style signal-caller.
After committing to UCLA, Rosen heads into the competition looking to only prove that he's better than any other player in the running. The St. John Bosco quarterback spoke about why he ultimately chose the Bruins for his college future, per Erik McKinney of ESPN.com:
I knew for sure it would be UCLA four days ago. I put UCLA in front a few months ago, but the Michigan visit made me go in depth about why UCLA was the right place for me. A lot went into the decision and it wasn't made just for football. I'm going to the university where I fit best in all aspects.
The No. 1 quarterback by 247Sports threw for 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns last season. Given the immense talent also in the competition, Rosen will look to hold down the top spot in the rankings by outdoing every other signal-caller in Beaverton.
In a 7-on-7 setting, Rosen will yet again emerge as a star with his huge arm and outstanding pocket presence. With a huge Pac-12 audience expected in Oregon, Rosen will look to show UCLA fans why he is better than another quarterback set to play for their rival in the future.
Ricky Town, USC
That quarterback Rosen will be compared to is none other than Ricky Town.
The rivalry between UCLA and USC is always exciting on the football field, but it starts early for both Rosen and Town. Formerly the top quarterback in the class, Town spoke about the reasons he chose USC after decommitting from Alabama, per Blair Angulo of ESPN.com:
I'm proud to be a part of the Trojan Family! I've seen many of the top programs and what they have to offer. However, when I had the chance to get on the USC campus last week and spend time with Coach Sarkisian and his staff, I knew after those meetings that USC is where I want to be. ... I chose USC because of the tradition, the academics and the incredible coaching staff.
Despite a knee injury, per the ESPN report, Town still threw for 2,300 yards and 25 touchdowns in just nine games last season. After a gutsy performance, he earned the final spot on the roster and will look to make the most of it.
Between the two top quarterbacks, both will put on a show for the fans on the West Coast. As for Alabama fans, they will have to watch and think, "What might have been?" while also enjoying Blake Barnett, who recently committed to the Crimson Tide.
Ryan Brand, Uncommitted
No, he's not the top overall, a 5- or even 4-star recruit, but Ryan Brand has proven he's worthy of being considered one of the top quarterbacks in the 2015 class.
Barton Simmons of 247Sports wrote about Brand's talent: "If we’re talking purely about performance and not factoring in how he projects to the future due to size, Brand was probably the best thrower in attendance."
Not to mention, he also got a pretty special shoutout when he earned his invitation to the finals:
When Russell Wilson gives you a shoutout, you know you've done something special. Wilson, a quarterback who had to prove a lot despite his short stature, has shown that quarterbacks of any size can be elite.
For Brand, it will be about showing that he deserves to be offered by a power-five conference. While he's earned offers from both Indiana State and Air Force, the 3-star signal-caller might be able to emerge and get the letter he's worked so hard for during the recruiting process.
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