Elite 11 Finalist Chase Garbers Discusses Upcoming Visits, Commitment Timeline

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystJune 9, 2016

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The disparity between committed and uncommitted quarterbacks was quite apparent last weekend at Elite 11 national finals in Redondo Beach, California. 

Among the 24 top-tier talents in attendance, 19 approach summer pledged to a college football program. That total actually sat at 20 until Kellen Mond backed off his pact with Baylor shortly before competition began. 

The recruiting cycle tends to get urgent early when it comes to securing premier passers, but Chase Garbers is still searching for the right fit. It's a quest that won't last much longer for the Southern California quarterback.

The 6'3", 205-pound Corona Del Mar High School prospect told Bleacher Report he expects to announce collegiate intentions well in advance of his senior season. Garbers, rated No. 22 nationally among pro-style quarterbacks in composite rankings, expressed plans to reach a decision by mid-summer, possibly sometime in June.

He used the spring to research and explore options and will continue to do so during upcoming weeks.

"I have a lot of things to check off the list, but most important is academics," Garbers said. "There has to be a strong business school and well-based alumni for networking after football."

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Though he now holds nearly 20 scholarship offers, things didn't really take off for Garbers until his breakout performance at a Feb. 28 Elite 11 Los Angeles regional camp. Competing alongside higher-rated passers, he claimed MVP honors and an invitation to Elite 11 finals, which occurred June 3-5.

“Chase had the most consistent day of any QB throughout the event," Elite 11 coach Matt James said. "He made all the throws with good footwork and a good frame. He was probably a little bit down on the list when things started, but as the day progressed, he got more and more in the conversation and moved his way up the board."

Garbers reports he secured six offers during the week that followed regional action.

"It definitely turned things up for me in my recruitment," he said.

Programs still in search of talent at quarterback continue to clamor for guys such as Garbers, Mond, Tate Martell and Jack Sears. He can feel the heat being turned up by teams with the arrival of summer break.

"I've been getting a full-force push from a few schools—Washington, Cal and Vanderbilt in particular," Garbers said. "They're coming at me with a full head of steam, everyday."

When it comes to Cal, he has plenty of company on the Golden Bears' list of targets. First-year offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, who previously served in the same position at Texas A&M, is in good shape with several options.

"Competition for spots in a class is part of the recruiting business," Garbers said. "Jake, Tate and I each have pretty serious interest in Cal. Coach Spav is a great guy and I'm excited to go back there."

Another trip to Berkeley should help him clarify the situation at Cal. He received valuable insight last weekend from Elite 11 counselor Davis Webb, a graduate transfer from Texas Tech who could replace No. 1 NFL draft pick Jared Goff behind center for the Golden Bears.

"Davis told me a lot about Cal and why he loves it," Garbers said. "That helps to hear from someone who is already involved in things up there. Cal also has one of the best business schools in the world, which is huge."

Washington is another major Pac-12 contender in play here. The Huskies hosted him on campus this spring and are favored to sign Garbers by 100 percent of experts' predictions in his 247Sports crystal ball.

"I really like what [head coach Chris] Petersen and [offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jonathan] Smith do offensively," he said. "The contact is really strong between me and both coaches. I actually have family in Seattle, which is a great town, so that's also part of the process."

Garbers will return to Seattle this month, perhaps moving one step closer toward a commitment to Washington.

Vanderbilt and Ole Miss present alternative opportunities beyond the West Coast. The Commodores are in the mix for a campus visit from Garbers, while he has started to take a closer look at the Rebels since a May 31 offer arrived.

"Ole Miss wins games and they've become pretty big in the SEC these past few years," Garbers said. "The campus has a great environment and coaches are trying to create their own dynasty there."

Garbers, who completed 69 percent of pass attempts for 2,715 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2015, per MaxPreps, didn't rule out a trip to Oxford.

A new sense of urgency in his recruitment should result in a college choice soon. As the amount of uncommitted quarterbacks dwindles, expect Garbers to remain in the spotlight for several staffs until he declares his decision.

All quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue unless otherwise noted. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite rankings.

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