Elite 11 finals roster set
Friday, June 14, 2013–And then there were 18.
After six Elite 11 Regional Camps and 13 Nike Football Training Camps, the Elite 11 staff went through the film and on-field evaluations of hundreds of top high school quarterbacks to narrow the list down to the final group who’ll attend the prestigious Elite 11 Quarterback Competition which will take place in Beaverton, Ore. from June 28 to July 3.
Here is this year’s class which includes Arizona’s Kyle Allen (right), one of the 16 attendees who has finalized his college decision.
QB Kyle Allen (@kyleallen_10), 6-3, 195
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain
Allen is rated as the No. 1 quarterback in the 2014 class by Scout.com and the No. 21 overall prospect. He passed for 3,119 yards and 36 TDs as a junior with only seven interceptions. He had over 20 college offers including Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA before committing to Texas A&M. He was also high on recruiting lists because of his 3.9 GPA. He was the fourth QB to be invited to the Elite 11 as well as The Opening.
QB Drew Barker (@D_Barker7), 6-4, 210
Hebron (Ky.) Conner
Barker is rated as the No. 5 quarterback in the 2014 class by Rivals.com and No. 7 by 247Sports.com. Both services have the QB as the top prospect in Kentucky. As a junior, he passed for over 2,000 yards with 22 TDs and seven interceptions. He'll play instate for Kentucky--his other offers included Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Barker was the QB MVP at the Columbus NFTC.
QB David Blough (@David_Blough10), 6-1, 185
Carrollton (Texas) Creekview
Blough became the fifth invitee to the Elite 11 and 69th to The Opening when New Orleans Saints QB and fellow Texas native Drew Brees announced the selection via Twitter on May 6. The senior-to-be was All-District 10-4A last season after throwing for 1,777 yards and 17 TDs with only three picks. An outstanding student with a 3.9 GPA and 1130 SAT, he shined throughout the Elite 11 Regional in Chicago. On June 15 he announced he'd attend Brees' alma mater, Purdue.
QB K.J. Carta-Samuels (@KJCS14), 6-2, 225
San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep
Carta-Samuels became the 6th QB invited to the 2013 Elite 11 after the Bay Area Nike Football Training Camp. He is the 9th rated QB in the Class of 2014 according to Rivals.com and 13th rated by ESPN Recruiting Nation. He was one of the top quarterbacks at the San Francisco Elite 11 Regional Camp and is committed to Vanderbilt, where is brother Austyn is the projected starting quarterback next season.
QB Keller Chryst (@KellerChryst), 6-4, 220
Palo Alto, Calif.
Chryst is rated as the No. 2 quarterback in the 2014 class by 247 Sports, ESPN Recruiting Nation, Rivals.com and Scout.com. He threw for 2,489 yards as a junior with 28 TDs and 11 interceptions and off the field has a 3.7 GPA. His offers include Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, USC and Utah.
QB Stephen Collier (@Stephen5Collier), 6-3, 205
Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County
Collier is ranked as the No. 14 dual QB by 247 Sports after passing for 22 TDs last season while rushing for 11 more scores. He is an outstanding student-athlete with a 4.2 GPA and 1680 SAT. He committed to Ohio State on June 21 over offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisiana Tech, Marshall and Wake Forest.
QB David Cornwell (@DavidCornwell5), 6-5, 235
Norman (Okla.) North
Cornwell was the first quarterback invited to the 2013 Elite 11 after a strong performance at the Dallas NFTC and Elite 11. Ranked as the No. 1 pro-style QB by ESPN Recruiting Nation and 247 Sports, he passed for over 2,700 yards with 27 TDs last season and ran for nearly 800 more with six rushing scores. On June 14 he committed to Alabama over offers from Auburn, Indiana, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Tennessee, Tulsa, Virginia Tech and Washington State.
QB Andrew Ford (@Andrew_Ford7), 6-3, 195
Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff
Ford hit the double jackpot in Washington DC, being invited not only to The Opening but also the Elite 11 Finals after doing well at the DC Elite 11 Regional and DC NFTC. The lefty passed for nearly 3,000 yards as a junior with 35 TDs and ran for another nine more. He committed to Virginia Tech on Father's Day (June 16).
QB Will Grier (@willg7533), 6-3, 180
Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day
Grier had a monster year on the field putting up huge numbers: 5,785 yards passing with 69 TDs with another 813 yards rushing with eight scores on the ground. A MaxPreps Junior All-American and All-State honoree, he was also the Quarterback MVP at the Charlotte NFTC. Rated as the No. 2 dual threat QB in the 2014 class by ESPN and Rivals.com and No. 29 overall player by Rivals, he committed to Florida in February over offers from Alabama, Florida State, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee among others.
QB Jerrod Heard (@JHeard2), 6-3, 195
Denton (Texas) Denton Guyer
Heard passed for 2,138 yards with 35 TDs on the ground and added over 2,000 more yards through the air. He was the District 5-4A MVP and is listed by Rivals.com as the No. 3 rated dual-threat quarterback in the '14 class and No. 72 prospect overall. A Texas commit, he also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, LSU, Nebraska and Ohio State.
QB Brad Kaaya (@TrinidadBrad), 6-4, 220
West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Kaaya is rated by ESPN Recruiting Nation and Rivals.com as the No. 12 pocket passer/pro-style quarterback in the nation. One of the standouts at the San Francisco Elite 11, he passed for 1,875 yards with 12 TDs and only two INTs on the field as a junior and has committed to Miami (Fla.).
QB DeShone Kizer (@Dkizer_14), 6-5, 210
Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic
Kizer is rated by ESPN Recruiting Nation and 247 Sports as the No. 6 dual threat quarterback this year. At the talent rich Columbus Elite 11 Regional Camp on June 1, he was the only QB invited to the Elite 11 and The Opening after that day's action. He passed for 1,150 yards and 10 TDs last season while rushing for 540 yards and four touchdowns. Kizer committed to Notre Dame in mid-June over offers from two dozen universities including Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Syracuse and Tennessee.
QB Morgan Mahalak (@MorganMahalak), 6-3, 190
Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic
Mahalak is rated as the No. 3 dual-threat QB by 247 Sports and the No. 129 overall recruit. He was one of the top QBs at the San Francisco Elite 11 Regional and Oakland NFTC and was noted for his energy, arm strength and accuracy inside and outside the pocket. Mahalk committed to Oregon in late April over offers from Duke, North Carolina State and Oregon State.
QB Jacob Park (@JacobPark10), 6-4, 205
Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford
Park is rated by 247 Sports as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback and No. 139 prospect in the country. Named to the D.C. All-NFTC Team, he also shined at the D.C. Elite 11 Regional. As a junior he passed for 2,239 yards and 24 TDs while rushing for over 700 yards and seven scores. Park had a dozen offers including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Virginia Tech but committed to Georgia on June 14.
QB Luke Rubenzer (@lukerubenzer7), 6-0, 185
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Rubenzer was dangerous last season with his arm and legs, throwing for 2,834 yards and 36 TDs with just six INTs, while rushing for 1,184 yards and 10 scores. He's won Div. III All-State honors the last two years and showed his athleticism at the Los Angeles NFTC when he put up a 97.83 SPARQ Rating including a 4.20 shuttle and a 39.5 foot power ball throw. After an impressive Columbus Elite 11, his offer list grew to double digits before he committed to Cal on June 13.
QB DeShaun Watson (@ShaunWatson4), 6-4, 200
Rated as the top QB in the country by Rivals.com and 11th overall prospect, as well as the No. 5 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com and No. 7 by 247Sports, Watson has already committed to Clemson after also being offered by major programs such as Georgia, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee. As a junior, the Georgia Class AAAAA Player of the Year completed 315 passes out of 435 attempts for 4,311 yards and 50 TDs with only eight interceptions. Watson also ran for 1,444 yards and another 24 scores, giving him 74 touchdowns on the year. In one of his games, a 69-0 win over Winder-Barrow, the Gainesville star was literally perfect going 18-of-18 for 350 yards and seven touchdowns, becoming one of only three players to throw for seven or more touchdowns in a Georgia high school history.
QB Sean White (@SeanWhite_12), 6-1, 200
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
White is rated as the No. 15 pocket-passer QB by ESPN Recruiting Nation and won Quarterback MVP honors at the Miami NFTC for the second year in a row. A Class 3A All-State pick last year while playing at Chaminade, he passed for 3,430 yards with 40 TDs and only six interceptions while rushing for six more scores. Also a standout at the Atlanta and Columbus Elite 11 Regionals, he has offers from a dozen schools including Boston College, Cincinnati, Hawaii, Houston, Syracuse, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
QB Manny Wilkins (@Manny_Wilkins11), 6-3, 185
Navato (Calif.) San Marin
Wilkins is rated as the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback nationally by 247 Sports and was one of the top QBs at the San Francisco Elite 11 Regional Camp. He moved from Texas in the fall of 2011 and started the final four games before having a big junior campaign with 2,200 yards passing, 20 TDs and eight INTs. Also a talented basketball player, he has committed to Arizona State over Arizona, Colorado State, Utah State and Wyoming.