The Elite 11 Quarterback Camps offer the top QB instruction and competition for high schoolers. After all, one in every three Elite 11 finalist is eventually drafted by the NFL. And Friday, the tour makes its stop in Atlanta at Buford High School. More than 60 top QB recruits are expected. Here are a few names on which SB Nation's recruiting team will be keeping a close eye.
Georgia on my mind
35 quarterbacks are expected from the home state, including two who already have great offer lists.
DeShaun Watson, out of Gainesville (GA) High School, has an offer list that reads like a who's who of college football. He's a long-time commitment to Clemson. I saw Watson last summer in Brandenton for the IMG 7-on-7 Championships and was quite impressed. Watson is 6'4, 200 with a big arm and plenty of mobility.
The second star expected is Tyler Harris, of Blackshear (GA) Pierce County High School. Harris is a prototypical pocket passer with a big arm. He claims offers from Alabama, Mississippi State and Kentucky. I'm really excited to see Harris throw, and see how the instructors go about working on his delivery and footwork.
Other Georgia QBs claiming offers include: Ty Harris (MTSU), Stephen Collier (Troy, La. Tech, Marshall), Cole Garvin (Marshall, Western Kentucky, S. Alabama), Tez Parks (Ga. Tech, So. Carolina), Elijah Staley (A major hoops prospect who claims offers from Vanderbilt, Miss St., Boston College), Price Wilson (Marshall, La. tech), and juniors (class of 2015) Kevin Johnson (So. Carolina) and Tyler Queen (MTSU, Buffalo, UNC).
Three more quarterbacks are already committed, only a few weeks removed from National Signing Day 2013.
Peyton Bender, of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons, recently chose the Washington State Cougars and Mike Leach's Air Raid attack.
D.J. Gillins, of Jacksonville (Fla.) Ribault High School (formerly of Eagles Landing Christian School) is a Texas Tech commitment. I've seen Gillins in person before, and while he wasn't bad, he did not live up to the hype.
A.J. Long, of Lebanon (TN) Friendship Christian School, committed to Syracuse in March over offers from Arizona and USF.
Other known entities
It's early, but several other quarterbacks attending have picked up BCS offers based on previous on-field and camp performances.
- Devin Adams, of Mobile (AL) Vigor High School, claims offers from Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
- Kendrick Doss, of Florence (AL) High School, claims an impressive list of Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Tennessee and Troy.
- Zack Darlington, of Apopka (Fla.) High School, claims offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Boston College and others.
- Chase Litton, of Tampa (Fla.) Wharton High School, claims offers from LSU and USF. The validity of the LSU offer claim is hotly debated.
- Sean White, of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School, claims offers from Wake Forest, Boston College, Hawaii and USF. Sean White won the quarterback MVP award at the Miami NFTC in March, but I was not blown away by his performance and do not yet consider him one of the elite 2014 QBs.
- Marvin Sanders, of Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines High School, claims an offer from Duke.
- Tucker Israel, of Orlando (Fla.) Lake Nona High School, claims early offers from Wake Forest and UCF. Israel is a junior (class of 2015).
- Brandon Dawkins, of Thousand Oaks (CA) Oaks Christian School, is making the cross-country trip to throw for the camp. Dawkins claims offers from Notre Dame, Utah and N.C. State. I know Dawkins can run, but how well can he throw?
- Jalan McClendon, of Mecklenberg (NC) West High School, claims early in-state offers from the Tar Heels and Demon Deacons.
- Quintin Gibson, of Marrero (LA) Archbishop Shaw High School has tweeted that he is coming. Gibson, who is still without any offers, was very strong at the Dallas tour stop last Saturday.
13 underclassmen, including two sophomores also earned invites to the event.
Commits vs. the field
The Masters is going on this weekend, and a popular question is "do you take Tiger Woods or the field?"
The Elite 11 is only about 150 minutes from Augusta, so I'll ask you. Who will take home the ticket to the Elite 11 Finals in Oregon: the four current commitments or someone from the field? Let me know in the comment section.