Elite 11 2015: Power Ranking This Year's Finalists

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystJuly 2, 2015

Elite 11 2015: Power Ranking This Year's Finalists

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    LSU commit Feleipe Franks is among 18 quarterbacks set to compete.
    LSU commit Feleipe Franks is among 18 quarterbacks set to compete.Credit: 247Sports

    Heralded high school quarterbacks from across America make their way to Beaverton, Oregon, on July 6 for Elite 11 finals, commencing a weeklong competition at Nike's world headquarters.

    Days of individualized drills are followed by team-oriented activities at The Opening, highlighted by a star-studded seven-on-seven tournament. These passers join an impressive collection of Elite 11 alumni that include eventual No. 1 NFL draft picks Matthew Stafford, Jameis Winston and Andrew Luck.

    The group of 18 rising seniors features several collegiate commitments who carry varied grades from national recruiting analysts into the event. We set star ratings aside and ranked each Elite 11 finalist based on film study and in-person assessment, adding commentary from camp coaches and experts.

18. Jett Duffey, 3-Star (Mansfield, Texas)

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    School: Lake Ridge High School

    Size: 6'0", 171 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 30 dual-threat quarterback; No. 1,076 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Jett Duffey held offers from Nevada, Air Force and Texas Tech by mid-May. He ultimately committed to the Red Raiders two days after the opportunity arrived.

    Texas Tech initially landed a pledge from 4-star in-state standout Tristen Wallace, who is now member of Ohio State's class. 

    Why He's a Finalist

    Duffey qualifies as the ultimate underdog in this group, since he's outside of the top 1,000 prospects in 2016. He earned a spot among more revered finalists by winning two regional Elite 11 regional events. 

    He is a dangerous rusher, though that element isn't a key component of Elite 11 competition. He's still searching for consistent passing rhythm against crowded defensive looks, which appears to impact his comfort level, but this has been a year of strides for him so far.

    In his junior campaign he recorded 3,300 total yards and 39 touchdowns.

    Final Word

    "Jett doesn't fit in the cookie cutter of the measurables...but he's close on all those. He's a hardworking kid. Nobody's going to outwork Jett. We love his makeup and everything about him. We think he can throw with anybody in the country," said Elite 11 instructor Brian Stumpf after the New Orleans regional, per Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles.

17. Jake Zembiec, 3-Star (Rochester, New York)

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    School: Aquinas Institute

    Size: 6'3 ½", 211 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 13 pro-style quarterback; No. 349 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Jake Zembiec began collecting offers before his junior season, with Big Ten teams taking on a major role early. Nebraska, Iowa, Penn State and Michigan State each made him a priority, while Oklahoma State, Boston College and Syracuse showed interest beyond the conference.

    He pledged to Penn State last November.

    "I got a chance to meet with Coach Franklin, just me and my family, and that's when I told him that I was committed, I'm ready to commit to Penn State, no more doubts about where I wanted to go," Zembiec told James Johnson of the Democrat and Herald.

    Why He's a Finalist

    He is a prototypical pocket passer with promising size and an accurate arm. Zembiec may not rip it downfield with as much power as other competitors, but he's consistently sharp on intermediate looks.

    When he puts everything together, it's easy to envision a positive future at Penn State after Christian Hackenberg departs. Zembiec led his squad to a state championship as a sophomore but suffered an injury to his non-throwing wrist last September and was sidelined as a result.

    Final Word

    "The biggest thing with Jake is going to be gaining more experience moving forward after a shortened junior season. You have to love his physical tools. He competed his butt off. Penn State has to be fired up," said Elite 11 instructor Brian Stumpf after the Columbus regional.

16. Patrick O'Brien, 3-Star (San Juan Capistrano, California)

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    School: San Juan Hills High School

    Size: 6'4", 225 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 15 pro-style quarterback; No. 405 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Patrick O'Brien is one of the prospects on this list who quickly went from zero offers to various options this spring. Nebraska, Colorado, Texas Tech, Colorado State and UNLV each extended scholarship opportunities during a one-month stretch between April and May.

    He committed to Nebraska in May, swiftly completing a suddenly whirlwind recruitment.

    "I had a really good spring, I feel like I put in a lot of work. Finally, my hard work is paying off," O'Brien told Omaha.com. "Where I am today, I'm just so blessed to be where I'm at and so happy. Just got to keep working and get better every day."

    Why He's a Finalist

    O’Brien makes life easy for receivers, releasing the ball in a hurry with above-average velocity. He doesn't show signs of frustration when forced to find targets in traffic, leading them with excellent touch.

    While he won't make many defenders miss in the open field, O'Brien is mobile enough to prolong plays and create opportunities that otherwise would be unavailable. His junior season featured 2,093 passing yards and 12 touchdowns.

    Final Word

    "He probably took the drills to the competition better than anyone else. He applied what he learned early throughout the day and just stroked. He showed anticipation and showed timing. He showed a large catalog of throws. He was really impressive," said Elite 11 instructor Trent Dilfer after the Los Angeles regional, per B/R's Damon Sayles.

15. Dillon Sterling-Cole, 4-Star (Houston)

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    School: Westfield High School

    Size: 6'2 ½", 183 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 9 pro-style quarterback; No. 219 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Dillon Sterling-Cole is one of two uncommitted quarterbacks invited to the Elite 11 finals. The son of former Texas A&M wide receiver Chris Cole claimed an Aggies offer in March.

    This spring was highly productive for his recruitment process, as offers arrived from Mississippi State, Washington, UCLA, Boise State and Florida. The Gators are considered a strong favorite to sign him in 247Sports' Crystal Ball.

    Why He's a Finalist

    This is a prospect who continues to improve from a fundamental standpoint and could be the guy who "blows up" in Beaverton, as B/R's Damon Sayles pointed out. Sterling-Cole's deep throws have developed a desired arch as his game matured during the past year. He's progressed from a passer who previously appeared more comfortable within an intermediate range.

    Sterling-Cole's arm strength would be further enhanced by sharper footwork, as he tends to elevate away from his heels, and that's something a highly qualified Elite 11 staff can help address. He torched opponents for 5,300 total yards and 65 scores during the past two seasons.

    Final Word

    "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," said Elite 11 instructor Trent Dilfer after the Dallas regional, per B/R's Damon Sayles.

14. Anthony Russo, 3-Star (Warminster, Pennsylvania)

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    School: Archbishop Wood High School

    Size: 6'4", 221 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 44 pro-style quarterback; No. 949 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Anthony Russo didn't receive his first FBS offer until 2015, attracting attention from Temple, Buffalo and UConn. Rutgers is the lone Power Five program that extended a scholarship, and he committed to the Scarlet Knights in May.

    "I like the family-type atmosphere and that it almost feels like a second home," Russo told Rick O'Brien of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "And I had a great connection with the coaches."

    Why He's a Finalist

    Elite 11 coaches didn't even have Russo in their system until he reached out two weeks before an April regional camp in New Jersey. His remarkable rise leads him into the national finals just three months later, highlighting the ascension of a strong-armed quarterback who may have simply been overlooked early in the process.

    Russo threw 22 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2014, leading his team to a state title victory. His pocket presence is already quite polished, and he appears capable of hitting any variety of throws, setting the stage for more surprise success in Oregon.

    Final Word

    "He's one of those big-framed kids who hit what you look for in terms of measurables and prototypical build. It's awesome to see a guy like Anthony put himself on the map today, and he has a chance to turn more heads," said Elite 11 instructor Brian Stumpf after the New York/New Jersey regional.

13. Jawon Pass, 4-Star (Columbus, Georgia)

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    School: Carver High School

    Size: 6'5", 220 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 4 dual-threat quarterback; No. 156 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Jawon Pass is the top-rated uncommitted quarterback remaining in the 2016 cycle. He is expected to announce a decision July 13, with multiple programs in the mix.

    Louisville, Alabama, North Carolina and Auburn are the most likely landing spots. The Crimson Tide lead in 247Sports' Crystal Ball with 47 percent of expert predictions, while the Cardinals signed his older brother in the 2015 class.

    Why He's a Finalist

    Pass is a rare physical specimen who is still learning to harness all that athleticism, drawing some comparisons to former Georgia high school star Cam Newton. He can heave the ball downfield with plenty of power and appeared to grow more accurate as a junior. Though inconsistencies remain apparent in the pocket, they aren't glaring enough to think collegiate coaches can't create a premier passer with his raw talent.

    Pass is also a punishing runner, firing through tackles with long strides and a head full of steam. He sophomore season served notice to national analysts, as he collected 2,600 total yards and 34 scores.

    Final Word

    "You watch his film and it’s clear that he’s just gifted. When you watch him, you know where he needs to grow. He needs to grow from a mechanics standpoint so that he can become a more consistent passer," said Elite 11 instructor Yogi Roth after the Atlanta regional, per B/R's Sanjay Kirpalani.

12. Shane Buechele, 4-Star (Arlington, Texas)

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    School: Lamar High School

    Size: 6'2", 185 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 6 dual-threat quarterback; No. 194 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Texas landed Shane Buechele in February, giving head coach Charlie Strong a much-needed top-tier option at the position. His father played professional baseball for the Texas Rangers and lived with NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway at Stanford.

    The Longhorns overcame a lengthy list of contenders that featured Texas Tech, TCU, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

    Buechele's scholarship list also includes Oklahoma, Texas Tech, TCU, Cal, Kentucky and Ole Miss.

    "The recruiting process really opened my eyes about different schoolsespecially Texas," he told Jimmy Isbell of TexasHSFootball.com. "It's amazing to be committed to the University of Texas. No better place."

    Why He's a Finalist

    Aside from an impressive athletic pedigree and status as a two-sport star (Buechele also pitches), there are a lot of advanced elements to his approach. He maneuvers well within the pocket, and his footwork is on point from the snap.

    Buechele takes occasional chances deep, but those are high-risk, high-reward attempts worth trying sometimes. He completed 67 percent of attempts for 2,492 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2014, gaining nearly 600 yards on the ground.

    Final Word

    "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," said Elite 11 instructor Trent Dilfer after the Dallas regional, per B/R's Damon Sayles.

11. Nick Starkel, 3-Star (Argyle, Texas)

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    School: Liberty Christian School

    Size: 6'3 ½", 186 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 24 pro-style quarterback; No. 624 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Oklahoma State got an early jump in the pursuit of Nick Starkel, extending an offer before any other Power Five program. It paid off in April when he committed to the Cowboys.

    "The coaches told me they didn't care how many stars I had or how many or which schools offered me, they wanted me," Starkel told Robert Allen of Scout.com.

    Since he pledged to Oklahoma State, an offer has arrived from in-state Texas A&M.

    Why He's a Finalist

    He heads to Beaverton rated far below most of his Elite 11 contemporaries, but we get the feeling that could change dramatically if he plays up to his ability. Starkel was scintillating last season before an injury cut it short, completing 66 percent of passes for 1,609 yards and 19 scores.

    His prowess as a pure pocket passer is evident in the way he composes himself during progressions and fires darts with a quick release. Starkel seems primed to enjoy success in Oklahoma State's spread passing attack.

    Final Word

    "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," said Elite 11 instructor Trent Dilfer after the Dallas regional, per B/R's Damon Sayles.

10. Messiah DeWeaver, 3-Star (Dayton, Ohio)

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    School: Wayne High School

    Size: 6'4", 215 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 11 pro-style quarterback; No. 337 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Messiah deWeaver initially pledged to Michigan shortly after his sophomore year. However, his plans changed when Michigan underwent a coaching change, and he hit the open market again in January.

    Michigan State quickly swooped in and sealed the pursuit with an April commitment. deWeaver's offer sheet also includes Arkansas, Pitt and Mississippi State.

    "Michigan State has a winning tradition and has developed a lot of quarterbacks that are in the NFL,'' he told Mike Griffith of MLive.com. "There's a great family atmosphere there along with great academics. I can't wait to get up there and become a Spartan."

    Why He's a Finalist

    deWeaver is a versatile competitor who can grind out victories or keep his team afloat in high-scoring shootouts. He does his finest work when mobile, maintaining balance and composure while focusing downfield.

    His toughness is apparent in the pocket, where he's willing to take a hit in order to deliver a well-timed ball, and he is a hard-nosed rusher when forced to scramble. He completed 71 percent of pass attempts in 2014, tallying 1,900 yards and 24 touchdowns.

    Final Word

    "Long-levered guy, obviously you see the size, physically very gifted. It's tough for guys like this to be organized at this age. It's hard for them to get all their moving parts organized and sequenced, and Messiah has a natural ability to do that, both as a runner and a passer, so right away that kind of caught my eye," said Elite 11 instructor Trent Dilfer after the national semifinals, per Kyle Austin of MLive.com.

9. Brandon Peters, 4-Star (Avon, Indiana)

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    School: Avon High School 

    Size: 6'5", 205 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 8 pro-style quarterback; No. 184 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Brandon Peters became a central figure for Jim Harbaugh's first full-cycle recruiting class, committing to Michigan in April while visiting campus. The first-year Wolverines head coach sees similarities to his former high-profile Stanford pupil.

    "He compared me to Andrew Luck," Peters told Bleacher Report. "It's a similar situation to what he had at Stanford, with Luck being the first quarterback recruit he brought in [with a full cycle]. He thinks I'm a really good fit for him at Michigan like Luck was for him there."

    Michigan edged out three Big Ten rivals (Wisconsin, Nebraska and Indiana) and LSU for his pledge.

    Why He's a Finalist

    This Midwest gunslinger may have been largely overlooked on the national scene until he joined forces with Harbaugh, but expect his reputation to expand throughout this year. His physical stature enables him to fend off defenders and deliver strikes downfield.

    Peters sustains his precision as distance increases and shows effectiveness from various arm slots. He looks comfortable and confident in the pocket after throwing for 1,876 passing yards and 21 touchdowns in 2014.

    Final Word

    "He's a physically imposing dude. He's kind of got that Roethlisberger-ish sense to him. You want him to play with that urgency that he can get all over the field with the ball. He has no problem navigating the throws. He knows where he's going," said Elite 11 instructor George Whitfield after the national semifinals, per Barton Simmons of 247Sports. 

8. Brandon McIlwain, 4-Star (Newtown, Pennsylvania)

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    School: Council Rock North High School

    Size: 6'0", 200 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 8 dual-threat quarterback; No. 259 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Brandon McIlwain committed to South Carolina last New Year's Eve. He prioritized a relatively early announcement in order to help expand the Gamecocks' recruiting potential.

    "I'm making my commitment early so I can start recruiting South Carolina and help to build my class and compete for the next level," he told Chris Clark of GamecockCentral.com.

    McIlwain also considered Duke, Penn State, Auburn and Florida. 

    Why He's a Finalist

    McIlwain is in the best shape of his high school career right now, and it's showing up on the field. He's a smooth athlete who gets himself situated in the pocket with a fluid motion and follows through with a compact delivery that creates serious velocity.

    An impressive mix of athleticism and intelligence could help him overcome a size disadvantage in Oregon. McIlwain tallied 7,100 total yards and 76 scores during the past three seasons.

    Final Word

    "Every meeting he was so locked in taking copious notes. He was so invested in the process. We've had kids do that before and then stink it up on the field. And he was awesome on the field. So the combination of that, he's everything we're looking for in a kid," said Elite 11 instructor Trent Dilfer after the national semifinals, per Barton Simmons of 247Sports.

7. Feleipe Franks, 4-Star (Crawfordville, Florida)

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    School: Wakulla High School

    Size: 6'5", 220 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 1 dual-threat quarterback; No. 45 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Feleipe Franks wrapped up his recruitment in June 2014, announcing intentions to play at LSU. The Tigers topped a list of suitors that also includes Alabama, Mississippi State, Clemson and Florida.

    "They want to win a national championship in four years," Franks told Ross Dellenger of the Advocate. "That's their expectations, try to lead your team to a national championship. That's my mindset."


    Why He's a Finalist

    When reviewing this list of competitors, Franks may be the prospect most capable of soaring in rankings by the end of his senior season. He's made strides as a thrower and can launch the ball long distances, showing off superior physical tools.

    Franks will put everything together once he sharpens his mechanics, particularly from a footwork standpoint. Initial reports from the 2015 camp circuit have been complementary of his development. He threw for 4,091 yards and 46 touchdowns during the past two campaigns.

    Final Word

    "Five, 10, 20 years from now, Feleipe Franks will be able to boast that he was the first Elite 11 Finals invite for 2015. Look for [LSU] offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and head coach Les Miles to utilize all of his attributes, as well as his size and football IQ, at the next level," wrote B/R's Sanjay Kirpalani after the Orlando regional.

6. Dwayne Haskins, 4-Star (Potomac, Maryland)

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    School: The Bullis School

    Size: 6'3", 198 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 5 pro-style quarterback; No. 63 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Maryland made a major recruiting splash in May by landing top in-state target Dwayne Haskins. He instantly became the central figure in what Terrapins fans have labeled "The Movement."

    "It's definitely a big deal because 'The Movement' can be huge if it's something other players are willing to believe in," Haskins said. "It could really change the way people view the program."

    Florida and Rutgers provided the biggest challenge to Maryland, while Notre Dame and Virginia Tech also pursued down the stretch.

    Why He's a Finalist

    Haskins is a technician in the pocket, displaying the consistent foot placement and upper-body balance that several of his other peers lack. He appeared regimented in camp drill settings, driving the ball downfield with the same steady approach each snap. 

    His patience pays off against various defensive schemes during games, allowing plays to progress before capping things off with precise passes. Haskins collected 3,066 yards and 36 touchdowns during the past two seasons, and he's coachable enough to make major strides in Beaverton.

    Final Word

    "Dwayne is very smooth. He's got a great stroke. The ball comes out of his hand very nicely. It finishes down the field and doesn't get hung up. He's very knowledgeable as far as defensive reads and understanding where to go with the ball," said Elite 11 instructor Matt James after the Washington, D.C. regional.

5. Malik Henry, 5-Star (Transferring)

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    School: In the process of transferring

    Size: 6'3", 180 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 3 pro-style quarterback; No. 27 overall

    Recruitment Status

    After spending his underclassman career in California, Malik Henry decided to head across the country with a commitment to Florida State. Shortly afterward, he transferred to IMG Academy (Florida) to join head coach and former Seminoles star Chris Weinke.

    Henry's list of finalists featured Ohio State, UCLA and Notre Dame.

    "I felt comfortable around coach Jimbo Fisher. I think he's a great quarterback coach, he knows his stuff and their offense is explosive," he told ESPN during his commitment ceremony. "I think I can see myself in their offense."

    Weinke accepted a job with the St. Louis Rams earlier this year, and Henry is headed elsewhere for his senior season.

    Why He's a Finalist

    Though he's had trouble staying put in one spot—this is his third transfer in three years—Henry has shown enough skills to warrant attention. His sophomore and junior campaigns included 4,413 passing yards and 36 scores, while he also presents a threat beyond the pocket.

    He displays a quick-trigger release and a well-built base. Henry maintains upper-body mechanics while on the move, which is a good sign for a young passer.

    Final Word

    "I think this process will be really good for him. He's going to learn a lot. He's proved that he can adapt really quickly, and he'll do really well in The Opening setting because the twitch in his arm and his eyes will allow him to adapt on the fly," said Elite 11 instructor Trent Dilfer after the Atlanta regional, per Bud Elliott of SBNation.

4. KJ Costello, 4-Star (Santa Margarita, California)

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    School: Santa Margarita Catholic High School

    Size: 6'4", 213 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 4 pro-style quarterback; No. 37 overall

    Recruitment Status

    KJ Costello considered several in-state offers, including USC, Cal and Stanford. Michigan also entered the picture and made a push for his pledge.

    He picked Stanford this spring, though it required some heavy thought.

    "It was definitely a hard decision I made passing [USC] up," Costello told Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times. "I kind of see what the future holds as far as after football and everything that comes along with a Stanford degree."

    Why He's a Finalist

    Costello connects on a tremendous rate of deep-ball attempts. Crisp spirals find their target in stride, setting the stage for an explosive Santa Margarita aerial assault.

    He averaged more than 280 passing yards per game, resulting in 3,123 yards and 21 touchdowns. His stout physical frame and in-game intelligence allow him to stand tall and deliver strikes through tight defensive seams.

    Final Word

    "I actually gave KJ some of the most complex reads out there and he was coming back to me going, 'Hey, I didn't throw it there because the safety rolled down.' In fact there was one play, he threw a six-yard completion where I would have thrown an interception," said Elite 11 instructor Trent Dilfer after the national semifinals, per Barton Simmons of 247Sports.

3. Jarrett Guarantano, 4-Star (Oradell, New Jersey)

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    School: Bergen Catholic High School

    Size: 6'4", 200 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 2 dual-threat quarterback; No. 105 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Jarrett Guarantano gathered nearly 30 scholarship offers before he took over as full-time starting quarterback at Bergen Catholic. His father is a Hall of Fame wide receiver at Rutgers, where he received a verbal offer after the eighth grade.

    The Scarlet Knights fell short in an attempt to land a legacy commit in April, when Guarantano chose Tennessee via a Bleacher Report video. Ohio State was also a finalist.

    "I had a chance to become more familiar with the campus and Knoxville. What really stood out was the atmosphere," Guarantano told Bleacher Report. "I don't think there's a fanbase that cares more about their football team than at the University of Tennessee. I've never seen anything like it."

    Why He's a Finalist

    Guarantano landed on the national recruiting radar earlier than most Elite 11 competitors, and he's largely lived up to the hype despite limited starts. A wrist injury ended his junior season after a strong start that featured 1,288 yards and 18 touchdowns in seven contests.

    His camp performances have progressively improved, and he was flat-out sensational in the spotlight this spring during a regional event at New York Jets facilities. Guarantano carries himself with confidence, flashes deceptive speed as a rusher and has few—if any—2016 rivals in terms of raw passing velocity.

    Final Word

    "In terms of impressive workouts we've seen this year, from start to finish, he's probably at the top. He's always had the big arm and the physical build you look for at the position," said Elite 11 instructor Brian Stumpf after the New York/New Jersey regional.

2. Shea Patterson, 5-Star (Shreveport, Louisiana)

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    School: Calvary Baptist Academy

    Size: 6'2", 195 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 2 pro-style quarterback; No. 9 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Shea Patterson initially pledged to Arizona as an underclassman, but he backed off that decision last summer. Ole Miss, USC and LSU ultimately commanded his attention, landing among his finalists in February.

    Patterson picked the Rebels.

    "I've been to all three schools and to a game at each place," he told B/R's Damon Sayles. "Whenever I go to a game, I try to visualize myself in their uniform and with their fans. I try to get that sense of can I see myself playing there. I only saw it with one school."

    Why He's a Finalist

    Patterson can carry an offensive attack with a multidimensional skill set. He's mobile for a pro-style passer, and this allows him to regularly avoid oncoming defenders.

    His movement in the backfield is exactly what you look for in a young quarterback, as Patterson keeps his eyes forward and shoulders square even while under duress. He posted monster statistics during the past two seasons, completing 63 percent of pass attempts for 72 scores and just seven interceptions en route to a 21-5 record.

    Final Word

    "Shea...was a no-brainer. Shea I would have invited last year as a sophomore. I was trying to break the rules last year and bring him as a sophomore," said Elite 11 instructor Trent Dilfer after the national semifinals, per Barton Simmons of 247Sports.

1. Jacob Eason, 5-Star (Lake Stevens, Washington)

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    School: Lake Stevens High School

    Size: 6'5", 205 lbs

    247Sports' Composite Ranking: No. 1 pro-style quarterback; No. 3 overall

    Recruitment Status

    Jacob Eason joined Georgia's class last July during a campus visit. He has returned to Athens multiple times and remains the centerpiece of head coach Mark Richt's latest recruiting haul.

    "Jacob has never wavered on UGA," his father, Tony, told Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this spring. "There's no drama with him. He's solid to UGA. ... He loves coach [Mark] Richt, and he trusts him."

    Prior to the pledge, Eason weighed opportunities at Alabama, Florida State, Texas, Washington and Notre Dame, where his father played college football.

    Why He's a Finalist

    Eason is among the most outstanding high school quarterbacks to emerge in recent years, particularly in his smooth delivery displayed inside and outside the pocket. He already locates proper reads on a consistent basis, burning defenders with advanced arm strength and accuracy.

    He led Lake Stevens to a 9-2 season last fall. Eason has thrown for 6,228 yards and 59 touchdowns through 25 varsity games. 

    Final Word

    "Obviously, he's a tremendous player on tape, and we love everything he brings to the table. It's always fun to have a guy like him come out, because he sets the bar. The other kids are gunning for him, so it raises the level of competition," said Elite 11 instructor Brian Stumpf after the Oakland regional, per B/R's Damon Sayles.

    Quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue unless otherwise noted.

    Recruit stats and info courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

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