The Opening has arrived, and with it comes the next wave of great college football talent.
With trailblazers such as Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford having come before them, 18 players have earned the right through rigorous competitions to join Trent Dilfer's roster in the hopes of being selected to the Elite 11.
These future stars, with commitments to locales such as Florida State and Texas A&M, have a grueling task before them in the The Opening beneath a national microscope. The full list of names is as follows, courtesy of the Elite 11 Twitter account:
Let's take a look at when to catch the action, which prospects will be teaming up and updated info around the top names in attendance.
What: Elite 11 Day 3, The Opening
When: July 8 at 8 p.m. ET
Now that the top quarterbacks are comfortably in Beaverton, Oregon, and have some practice reps under their belt, it's time to get down to the actual competition.
Based on performances, although highly subject to change over the course of the next few days, the Elite 11 standings shake out like so heading into Day 3:
Of course, football is a team sport, so the young gunslingers were sorted into teams and decked out with Nike gear for the competition:
|Team||QB 1||QB 2||QB 3|
|Alpha Pro||Ross Bowers||Alex Malzone||Jarrett Stidham|
|Apocalypse||Blake Barnett||Brian Lewerke||Travis Waller|
|Fly Rush||Sam Darnold||De'Andre Johnson||Brady White|
|Land Sharks||Ryan Brand||Deondre Francois||Ricky Town|
|Mach Speed||Ben Hicks||Josh Rosen||Brandon Wimbush|
The Opening Twitter
It should come as no surprise that the players are already having great success at the camp, with plenty of names such as Johnny Manziel and Dilfer himself showing up to dish out lessons, as captured by The Opening on Twitter:
The name that should stick out above all else at this juncture is that of current No. 1 Jarrett Stidham, who will look to execute the air raid offense at Texas Tech sooner rather than later.
A dual-threat quarterback, the Texas native stands at 6'3.5" and 190 pounds, and was 247Sports' No. 2-ranked quarterback in that style as a 4-star recruit.
Since arriving in Beaverton, Stidham has continued to keep slugging away with a real chip on his shoulder and has the look of a serious steal for Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury. Jeremy Birmingham of Eleven Warriors provided a breakdown of Stidham's performance on Monday:
Today, during a shortened session, Stidham did nothing to jeopardize his standing. Firing on all cylinders during the seven-on-seven style drills, Stidham was sharp, decisive and accurate, earning a lot of praise from camp director Trent Dilfer along the way. The nation's second-ranked "dual threat" quarterback performed with poise and confidence and is now in an excellent position to win the coveted "Golden Gun," given to the camp's top overall performer.
Of course, the competition is young and anyone can come away with the Golden Gun at this point.
The No. 1 pro-style passer according to 247Sports, UCLA commit Josh Rosen has what it takes to steal the show and has been wicked accurate so far, drawing rave reviews from the likes of CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman:
Other names to keep an eye on as things progress are USC commit Ricky Town—who threw for 2,300 yards and 25 touchdowns in nine games last year despite an injury—and Air Force commit Ryan Brand, who at 5'10" was personally invited by another short quarterback some may recognize—Russell Wilson.
As is the case each year, the Elite 11 in Oregon will once again display some of the top future talent the sport has to offer. Each player in attendance has a shot at being the next big thing at the collegiate level and beyond, so aficionados of the sport would be wise to carve out some free time on their schedules.
Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports.com.