Elite 11 should give SEC fans glimpse into future

The Elite 11 QB showcase is underway and it’s not surprising that this group of quarterbacks hasn’t gotten the same coverage as some previous classes. The quarterbacks in the Class of 2017 certainly have potential, but there doesn’t seem to be a real consensus on how much better some are than others.

Whereas last year there was guys like Shea Patterson, Jacob Eason, Malik Henry, Jack Allison and Jalen Hurts who could spark debates, this year it’s more of a question of which one will legitimately be a game changer in college.

The televised portion of the Elite 11 and The Opening (more on that later) will be on ESPNU on July 9 and July 10 and they will include the 7-on-7 round-robin tournament that most of us are more interested in.

However from the Elite 11 showcase itself here’s a few things to look for.

SEC commits in action: Three prospects who have made verbal commitments to SEC programs will be in Oregon through the weekend. The highest-ranked of the group is Georgia commit Jake Fromm, who flipped from Alabama during the spring.

Fromm is joined by more recent Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa and LSU commit Myles Brennan. It’s a good chance for a prospect like Brennan, ranked 29th nationally, to move up on ranking boards and he also wants to honor his recently-passed grandmother.

Two other quarterbacks who have committed to SEC schools and are ranked in the top 10, Kellen Mond (Texas A&M) and Lowell Narcisse (LSU), will not be at the event.

The Lone Wolf: 11 of the 12 QBs invites (yes the Elite 11 has 12 quarterbacks … don’t laugh as they have invited 18 quarterbacks the past couple of years) are committed. The only one remaining out there is Jack Sears from San Clemente, Calif. Sears is ranked 16th nationally among QBs. He recently took an unofficial visit to Tennessee but did not mention the Vols in a more recent update. Duke, UCLA, Utah and USC are the other potential suitors.

The near misses: Former Texas A&M commit Tate Martell, now firmly in the Ohio State camp, will be around all weekend, as will Davis Mills, an Atlanta area prospect who spurned Alabama, Georgia and Arkansas to commit to Stanford.

Martell’s stock has seemed to slip slightly as questions about his height (somewhere between 5-9 and 5-11 depending on who you ask) become louder. Mills could shine at this event as really push Hunter Johnson (Clemson commit) and Dylan McCaffrey (Michigan commit) as the top quarterback in the class.

Here are the list of quarterbacks participating in the Elite 11

Player Rank (Stars) HS state Committed to
Hunter Johnson 1st (5 stars) Indiana Clemson
Dylan McCaffrey 2nd (5 stars) Colorado Michigan
Tate Martell 3rd (4 stars) Nevada Ohio State
Jake Fromm 4th (4 stars) Georgia Georgia
Davis Mills 5th (4 stars) Georgia Stanford
Tua Tagovailoa 6th (4 stars) Hawaii Alabama
Sam Ehlinger 12th (4 stars) Texas Texas
Chris Robison 13th (4 stars) Texas Oklahoma
Sean Clifford 14th (4 stars) Ohio Penn State
Jack Sears 16th (4 stars) California Undecided
Myles Brennan 29th (3 stars) Mississippi LSU
Tommy Devito 40th (3 stars) New Jersey Syracuse

 


Source: Saturday Down South

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