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College Football Recruiting: 2012 Elite 11 QB Competition Coming Soon

In the new age of college football recruiting, organizations like Nike and the omni-present “mothership”, ESPN, have created special events to showcase the country’s top high school football talent under the glare of the camera and the prying eyes of recruiting nerds across the country.

This time around, it’s the Elite 11 quarterback competition sponsored by the Mothership which is slated to start tomorrow in Redondo, California.

The 2011 Elite 11 competition was partially won by BYU commit Tanner Mangum, who will forgo an early arrival to Provo in favor of a 2 1/2 year Mormon mission. He will likely first see action for the Cougars in the 2014-2015 season.

Other co-MVPs in 2011 were incoming Florida State Seminoles QB Jameis Winston and the lightly-heralded Neal Burcham, whose Elite 11 victory helped his stock soar into a scholarship offer from and commit to SMU to play for June Jones.

The 2012 Elite 11 again invites many of the top quarterbacking prospects in the country to Redondo, California to battle it out in drills, 7 on 7s and other psychological warfare to determined who in fact is the best signal-caller– at least by these metrics– in the country.

Here is the 2012 Elite 11 lineup– the top quarterbacks of the 2013 recruiting class– and the schools to whom they have committed:

Max Browne- USC

Shane Cockerille- Maryland

Luke Del Rio- Oklahoma State

Joshua Dobbs- Arizona State

Zack Greenlee- Uncommitted

Jared Goff- California

Christian Hackenberg- Penn State

Kevin Olson- Miami

Johnny Stanton- Nebraska

Asiantii Woulard- Florida State

Malik Zaire- Notre Dame

Of this list, Max Browne and Christian Hackenberg have been most notable as of late.

Browne promises to compete almost immediately in 2013 for the USC starting job with the departure of 2012 Heisman Trophy candidate Matt Barkley, and Hackenberg’s commitment to Penn State is up-in-the-air given the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Penn State program in the midst of the NCAA sanctions they must endure in the near future.

The history of the Elite 11 suggests, however, that the highest-profile guys in camp don’t always turn out to have the greatest careers not only in college, but in the pros as well.

No evaluation process like this is a fail-safe, but as they go, this one is as good a measure as any of which quarterbacks should see success at the Division I level.


Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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