While we’re in the calm before the proverbial college football storm, so to speak, I thought it would be a good time to spotlight some of the c/o 2013’s top quarterback prospects. Many of the nation’s top quarterback prospects were in Southern California to compete in the final round of the final round of the Elite 11 camp this weekend. After several regional competitions, 24 rising senior qb’s were picked to compete in the 5-day final round. Former Super Bowl champion signal caller, Trent Dilfer headed up the coaching staff that put the participants through a gauntlet of drills, tests, evaluations and competitions. Though it is still somewhat early in the 2013 recruiting process, much of the participants have already verbally committed to a school (though, they cannot sign until the first week of February, 2013).
The MVP of the Elite 11 finals was Asantii Woulard, a University of South Florida commit who has only played one year of organized football. For a complete list of the 11 participants that made the final cut and were the last 11 standing of the competition: click here. Some other top prospects showcased at this event who are verbally committed to nationally ranked programs include Max Browne (WA), committed to USC; Christian Hackenberg (VA), committed to Penn State University (for now); Johnny Stanton (CA), committed to Nebraska; and Malik Zaire (OH), committed to Notre Dame. Hackenberg and Browne were in the final three of the competition along with eventual MVP, Woulard. The vast exposure of this event will in many cases increase the recruiting buzz around many of these players. One participant which has flown under the radar up to this point, (currently with one offer: Fresno State), Zach Greenlee (CA) had a great weekend and will most likely receive elevated interest from college football programs. Recruiting analysts at media outlets such as ESPN, Scout (FOX), and Rivals use competitions like these to shuffle around their ratings of these prospects. An outstanding showing at an event, such as this, may boost a recruit onto these rankings of the top 100 or 300 prospects in the country. These are just some names to keep an eye on throughout their senior seasons and at the next level. While winning a starting qb job on any FBS football team is no guarantee, many of the quarterbacks who participated in this competition will end up NCAA FBS starters and will be competing for college football supremacy 2-3 years down the line.