Elite 11 Finals 2022 Results: Oklahoma Commit Jackson Arnold Named MVP

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 1, 2022

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 02: Footballs sit on the field before the game between the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma commit Jackson Arnold was named the 2022 Elite 11 MVP:

Elite11 @Elite11

The 2022 𝐄π₯𝐒𝐭𝐞 𝟏𝟏 πŒπ•π, <a href="https://twitter.com/_JacksonArnold_?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@_JacksonArnold_</a>! <a href="https://t.co/q8CZ9Tll53">pic.twitter.com/q8CZ9Tll53</a>

The three-day competition featured many of the top quarterbacks in the 2023 recruiting class, but Arnold stood above the rest during the event:

Elite11 @Elite11

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Elite11?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Elite11</a> Finals Rankings prior post-Pro Day workout, prior to final day <br><br>*determined by Elite 11 coaching staff - 50% junior season film &amp; performance/50% camp eval &amp; physical traits <a href="https://t.co/44x3j2NORB">pic.twitter.com/44x3j2NORB</a>

Arnold is a 5-star recruit and considered the fifth-best quarterback and No. 32 overall player in the class by 247Sports' composite rankings.

Arch Manning is considered the best overall player in the class, although the future Texas quarterback did not attend the event in Los Angeles.

There was still plenty of talent on display, with Arnold showcasing his arm throughout the week:

Steve Wiltfong @SWiltfong247

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oklahoma?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Oklahoma</a> commit Jackson Arnold seeing the field well, dropping dimes like this one closing his Elite11 showing as strong as he started. Video from <a href="https://twitter.com/BrandonDrumm247?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BrandonDrumm247</a> <a href="https://t.co/xlhvmV7rqN">pic.twitter.com/xlhvmV7rqN</a>

Chris Singletary @CSing57

Jackson Arnold is starting to hit his stride in the 7on portion at the camp. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Elite11?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Elite11</a> <a href="https://t.co/rK1p3dWyUb">pic.twitter.com/rK1p3dWyUb</a>

RJ Young @RJ_Young

Jackson Arnold can spin it. <a href="https://t.co/tCx3zdpNBC">pic.twitter.com/tCx3zdpNBC</a>

It continues an impressive rise for the Denton, Texas, native.

Mike Leslie @MikeLeslieWFAA

The glow up of Jackson Arnold has been remarkable.<br><br>From freshman thrown into a state title game, to solid quarterback for a good 6A team, to really good quarterback, to suddenly one of the very best QBs in America. <a href="https://t.co/ImWWS69Ri9">https://t.co/ImWWS69Ri9</a>

Though Arnold still has another year of high school action, it gives Oklahoma a lot to look forward to when he steps on campus.

Other players also turned heads during the Elite 11 camp.

Baylor commit Austin Novosad moved up boards with his performance:

Sam Spiegelman @samspiegs

Dripping Springs (TX) four-star QB Austin Novosad has been outstanding at Elite 11 this week <a href="https://t.co/Lu3AFvxcfL">https://t.co/Lu3AFvxcfL</a>

SI All-American @SIAllAmerican

Austin Novosad wrapping up a top 5 run at the ⁦<a href="https://twitter.com/Elite11?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Elite11</a>⁩ Finals <a href="https://t.co/cLjxX9SCJo">pic.twitter.com/cLjxX9SCJo</a>

Malachi Nelson, considered the second-best player overall in the class behind Manning, was named the third-best player at the Elite 11.

Rivals @Rivals

Five-star USC commit Malachi Nelson hitting the quick slant for a TD at <a href="https://twitter.com/Elite11?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@elite11</a> Finals <a href="https://twitter.com/USC_Rivals?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USC_Rivals</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/adamgorney?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@adamgorney</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/Malachi?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Malachi</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanYoungRivals?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RyanYoungRivals</a> <a href="https://t.co/kHuOOG987r">pic.twitter.com/kHuOOG987r</a>

The 6'3" passer will remain one of the most exciting prospects to watch in the class as he heads to USC.

Dante Moore, the top uncommitted quarterback in the class, also continued his hype with a strong showing during the week.

It could lead to plenty of debate over who is truly the best in the country.

Considering how many elite quarterbacks have taken part in the Elite 11 process, including Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Burrow and more, simply reaching the Finals represents a major accomplishment for all involved.