5 Top-Performing Quarterback Recruits from 2015 Dallas Elite 11 Regional
ARLINGTON, Texas — Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer is a California guy, but he will always have respect and a soft spot for the Texas high school quarterback.
Sunday was proof why Dilfer speaks so highly of the athletes from the Lone Star State. Eighty quarterbacks were in attendance at the Elite 11 Dallas regional, and eight were chosen to compete in the "Pressure Chamber," the final passing drill to determine the event's MVP.
After watching all of the quarterbacks, Dilfer had a flashback of 2012, when six Texans were chosen to compete in the Elite 11 national competition.
"It's as good as the year of [DeVante] Kincade and [Davis] Webb and those guys," Dilfer said. "At the time back then in March, there weren't many stars or offers or commits. People didn't think they were as good, but they were. This group's just like that; this group's going to blow up.
"You fall in love with Texas kids every year. They don't just say, 'Yes, sir.' They try to fix it."
Dilfer called Sunday's group of quarterbacks "really good athletes who are passers first." When the Pressure Chamber ended, 3-star quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole stood the tallest. The son of former Texas A&M and NFL receiver Chris Cole, Sterling-Cole was named the event MVP and also earned an invitation to The Opening this summer in Oregon.
Here are five of the top quarterbacks from Sunday, with comments from Dilfer included.
3-Star QB Dillon Sterling-Cole
Hometown: Houston (Westfield)
Size: 6'3", 171 lbs
247Sports national rank: No. 974 (No. 27 DUAL)
Dillon Sterling-Cole had the kind of day where you knew everything would go his way. He made great throws all day, and he showed consistency whether he threw short or long passes. The son of the former Texas A&M receiver impressed Elite 11 coaches with his poise and overall ability to make big-time plays almost effortlessly. He has offers from Oklahoma State, Houston, Arizona State and others, but interest from Texas A&M is something to keep an eye on.
Dilfer's comments: "Dillon was my favorite on tape. I felt like he had a really great shot coming into it. He ripped the ball all day. He changed speeds, he was accurate, his footwork was great, and he was coachable. He made a couple of mistakes, but they all do. He didn't disappoint."
4-Star QB Seth Green
Hometown: Allen, Texas (Allen)
Size: 6'3", 210 lbs
247Sports national rank: No. 205 (No. 5 DUAL)
Committed to Oregon
Allen, Texas, had Texas A&M signee Kyler Murray, and recent transfer Seth Green, an Oregon commit, is expected to be next in line to lead the offense. The move-in from Minnesota dazzled those in attendance with his playmaking skills, and he's only expected to get better with the tutelage from Sunday. Oregon is getting a big, athletic quarterback with tons of potential.
Dilfer's comments: "Seth was amazing. Seth and Tristen Wallace improved the most as the day went on. Seth wasn't organized early on, but he figured out his body, got organized and his physicality came out. He started out a little raw, but by the end of the day, he was really sharp."
4-Star QB Shane Buechele
Hometown: Arlington, Texas (Lamar)
Size: 6'2", 185 lbs
247Sports national rank: No. 192 (No. 4 DUAL)
Committed to Texas
Although he didn't compete in the Pressure Chamber, Shane Buechele was one of the most impressive quarterbacks of the day. Dilfer purposely kept Buechele out of the Pressure Chamber because Buechele, also a baseball player, was coming off a pitching performance. The Texas commit, however, competed well in drills and showed why he's a national top-five, dual-threat quarterback.
Dilfer's comments: "Shane's probably the purest passer of the group. He was born to pass. Every throw fits the route and the coverage. He sees holes opening before they should. He has functional athleticism, which is what you need. I shut him down purposely; I didn't want anyone think I benched him. He pitched this week, and the last thing I wanted to do is hurt a kid."
3-Star QB Nick Starkel
Hometown: Argyle, Texas (Liberty Christian)
Size: 6'3", 185 lbs
247Sports national rank: No. 731 (No. 40 PRO)
Nick Starkel is a tall, lean quarterback who reminded Dilfer a lot of Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb, an Elite 11 alumnus. Starkel threw a solid mid-range ball and showed consistency with the majority of his passes. He has an Oklahoma State offer among others and interest from Baylor, Texas A&M and Arizona State.
Dilfer's comments: "He's my Davis Webb. He's a guy who maybe people were wondering if he'd be good. He's going to not just be good, but he's going to be great. He has the frame, he has the mind, and he has the release. The sky's the limit for this kid."
Unrated QB Jett Duffey
Hometown: Mansfield, Texas (Lake Ridge)
Size: 6'1", 180 lbs
247Sports national rank: n/a
Jett Duffey is proof that stars often times are strictly for entertainment purposes only. Duffey made several deep balls look effortlessly, and he showed accuracy with short and mid-range attempts. He has early offers from Stephen F. Austin and McNeese State, but look for Duffey's stock to rise significantly over the spring and summer.
Dilfer's comments: "Jett: Jett Duffey's everything you want. He's got the personality. He can spin it. He's got great feet and a really quick mind. He showed that his mind and eyes are fast."
Other Quarterbacks Who Stood Out ...
Jalen Hurts: Hurts is an athletic quarterback with a high motor and an even higher ceiling. He recently picked up offers from Texas Tech and Texas A&M to go along with a dozen other offers.
Tristen Wallace: Wallace is a thick-bodied signal-caller who improved as the day went on. Ohio State, Texas, Baylor and TCU are some of the schools that have offered the former Texas Tech commit.
D'Eriq King: A TCU commit, King is smaller in stature but plays every down to win. With his versatility, could he be the next Trevone Boykin?
Devin Williams: Williams doesn't have much height but wins you over with arm strength and his decision-making ability. He has Texas State, Navy and Charleston Southern offers.
Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles