The finalists have been named for the Elite 11 quarterback camp that takes place in July at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon that runs in conjunction with The Opening for elite high school football recruits.
18 high school quarterbacks were fortunate to receive an invite and of the 18, 12 have already committed to the college of their choice. By the time the Elite 11 kicks off, it’s possible a couple more recruits could be committed, and even for those who are committed it is very possible they will attract new offers based on their performances with Trent Dilfer and the other Elite 11 coaches.
Here are the 18 quarterbacks who have earned an invite to the prestigious camp, according to 247Sports:
Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure (USC commit)
Blake Barnett, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Josh Rosen, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco (UCLA commit)
Deondre Francois, Orlando (Fla.) IMG Academy
De’Andre Johnson, Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast (Florida State commit)
Kyler Murray, Allen (Texas) High (Texas A&M commit)
Drew Lock, Lee’s Summit (Mo.) High (Missouri commit)
Brandon Wimbush, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep (Penn State commit)
Jarrett Stidham, Stephenville (Texas) High (Texas Tech commit)
Travis Waller, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Brady White, Santa Clarita (Calif.) Hart (Arizona State commit)
Brian Lewerke, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle (Michigan State commit)
Sam Darnold, San Clemente (Calif.) High
Sheriron Jones, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde (Florida commit)
Alex Malzone, Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice (Michigan commit)
Ben Hicks, Waco (Texas) Midway (Houston commit)
Ross Bowers, Bothell (Wash.) High
Ryan Brand, Detroit (Mich.) University of Detroit Jesuit
The list includes five-star recruits Rosen and Town who are the top ranked pocket-passers according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings and also includes the top seven ranked dual-threat quarterbacks in their rankings.
Last year Sean White entered the Elite 11 camp as a unheralded three-star recruit and after earning MVP honors at the camp received an offer to the Auburn Tigers where he ended up committing to shortly after receiving his offer.
Who could be this year’s unheralded recruit who emerges and outshines his higher-ranked brethren?
Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts and who you believe was the biggest snub not to make the cut.