The Elite 11 competition showcases some of the best high school quarterbacks in the nation. This year, the Elite 11 Finals will be held July 18 through July 22 in Redondo Beach, California. Some of the quarterbacks that will compete are already committed to a college, while others will be looking to make an impact and catch the eye of recruiters.
Let’s take a look at a couple of the quarterbacks competing as well as a couple Elite 11 alumni.
Christian Hackenburg: Hackenburg is the top-rated quarterback in the nation according to ESPN and the number 10 prospect overall. He threw for 2,164 yards and 20 touchdowns last season for Fork Union Military Academy. At 6’4 and 215 pounds, Hackenburg has the size to be a solid quarterback at the next level. He made an oral commitment to Penn State in February.
Max Browne: Browne has committed to USC and the Trojans should be happy to have him in the fold beginning in 2013. He was the MVP of the Oakland Regional for the Elite 11 competition and lit up the Washington night for 4.034 yards and a staggering 45 touchdown passes while playing for Skyline last season, located in Sammamish, Washington. Browne has the build that coaches and scouts love at 6’5 and 214 pounds.
Zack Greenlee: Unlike Hackenburg and Browne, Greenlee is without a scholarship offer. He did outperform Hackenburg at the Las Vegas regional, which helped to put him on the map. At 6’2 and 187 pounds, he needs to put some weight on his frame to be more durable. Greenlee has heard more from Fresno State and San Jose State since his impressive showing and hopes to improve his stock at the competition.
Luke Del Rio: The son of former NFL player and current Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio wasn’t really on anyone’s radar until recently. He was solid at the Columbus regional, which earned him a spot in the Oakland regional. Del Rio was stellar in Oakland and as a result was offered a scholarship by Oklahoma State. He accepted the scholarship after previously receiving offers from Colorado State and Oregon State.
Elite 11 Alumni
There have been ten first round picks in the NFL Draft that took part in the Elite 11 competition. Included in that list are top overall pick in the 2012 draft, Andrew Luck, and Jake Locker, who was taken by the Titans in the first round in 2011. There has been varied success at the NFL level for the remaining members of the Elite 11 first round club.
JaMarcus Russell is the epitome of the negative end of the spectrum. He won a national title in 2003 at LSU and the Manning Award in 2006 as the best college quarterback before being chosen as the top pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Raiders. To put it simply, he was a bust. Russell was 7-18 as a starter before the Raiders released him in May 2010; he has not played in the NFL since.
On the other side of the spectrum is Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. He was the Rose Bowl MVP in 2009 and was the first quarterback at USC to leave school early since Todd Marinovich in 1990. He became the second rookie quarterback in NFL history to win two playoff games and led the Jets to back to back AFC Championship Games in his first two seasons in the league.
What promising young quarterback are you watching for at the Elite 11 competition?