The Elite 11 competition consists of the top 18 rising senior quarterbacks in the country. These quarterbacks were chosen from the various Elite 11 regional competitions across the country that took place this spring. At regionals, quarterbacks received advanced, one-on-one instruction. They spent the day in instructional drills, accuracy competitions, routes-on-air and a final two-minute drill. Top performers earned a spot in the Elite 11 QB Finals, which begin today.
All quarterbacks listed below had to prove themselves to make it to the finals, but I think that the top five are in a class of their own. All five of them have already committed, but they all are very different. First, number five on my list is Blake Barnett (6’3’’ 195 lbs). Barnett was originally committed to Notre Dame, but recently flipped his commitment to Nick Saban and Alabama. Not only does Barnett have a great arm; he has the ability to run the ball- as he showed in his Junior year at Santiago High School in California. He threw for 2,322 yards and 22 touchdowns, and ran for 695 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Next, at number four, is Brady White (6’2’’ 190 lbs). Brady is currently committed to Arizona State. White is more of your typical pocket passer, which might bode well for him at the Elite 11. In his Junior year at Hart High School in California he threw for an outstanding 4,535 passing yards and 50 total touchdowns.
At number three we have USC commit Ricky Town (6’4’’ 205 lbs). Town was originally committed to Alabama, but flipped shortly after new OC Lane Kiffin was hired. Town has all of the tools that you look for in a quarterback. He has elite height, a big arm, and one of the quickest releases you will ever see in a high school quarterback. Town is one of the most technically sound QB’s in the whole class, which is why I think he has a strong chance to win the whole event. In his Junior year at St. Bonaventure in California, he completed almost 70 percent of his pass attempts- tallying 2,300 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Next, we have the most exciting quarterback in whole country, Kyler Murray (5’11’’ 180 lbs). He is a bit short, but man is he a playmaker. He is currently committed to Texas A&M and might make Aggies fans remember an old QB who was less then 6 ft. In Murray’s Junior year at Allen High School in Texas, he threw for a unreal 5,673 yards and 63 touchdowns- and also running for 2,644 yards and 44 scores. Murray might be, in some eyes, the favorite to win.
In my number one spot we have California quarterback Josh Rosen (6’4’’ 205 lbs). Rosen, a UCLA commit, is also one of the more pocket passer QBs. He has a huge arm and great accuracy. In his Junior year at St. John Bosco High School in California, he threw for 3,200 yards and 39 scores.
It’s going to be a great competition and it’s almost too close to call. But if I had to guess, I think either Town, Murray or Rosen will win.
My Elite 11 rankings
1. Josh Rosen, 5-Star (Bellflower, California)
2. Kyler Murray, 5-Star (Allen, Texas)
3. Ricky Town, 5-Star (Ventura, California)
4. Brady White, 4-Star (Santa Clarita, California)
5. Blake Barnett, 4-Star (Corona, California)
6. Jarrett Stidham, 4-Star (Stephenville, Texas)
7. Drew Lock, 4-Star (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)
8. Deondre Francois, 4-Star (Orlando, Florida)
9. Sheriron Jones, 4-Star (Moreno Valley, California).
10. Brian Lewerke, 3-Star (Phoenix, Arizona)
11. Ross Bowers, 3-Star (Bothell, Washington)
12. Travis Waller, 4-Star (Anaheim, California)
13. Brandon Wimbush, 4-Star (Jersey City, New Jersey)
14. Ben Hicks, 3-Star (Waco, Texas)
15. Alex Malzone, 4-Star (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
16. Sam Darnold, 3-Star (San Clemente, California)
17. De’Andre Johnson, 3-Star (Jacksonville, Florida)
18. Ryan Brand, 3-Star (Detroit, Michigan)