Elite 11 Finals roster: Quarterbacks compete at the Opening 2013

David Cornwell at the Dallas Elite 11 event - SB Nation Recruiting

18 of the best quarterbacks in the country have been good enough to make the cut.

The Elite 11 finals at The Opening in Portland take place from June 29 to July 3. The five-day event places some of the top quarterbacks in the country, and some looking to prove that they belong with the best, in a pressure-filled competition that will test their physical and mental abilities.

Here are the 18 quarterbacks lucky enough earn the invite.

Kyle Allen Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain

Allen is one of the most advanced, college-ready quarterbacks in the class of 2014. The 6'3, 190-pounder is a consensus four-star quarterback because of his consistent, professional mechanics and footwork. It's clear Allen has been the beneficiary of excellent quarterback coaching, as he makes far fewer mistakes than most top quarterback prospects. Allen passed for 3,119 yards and 36 TDs as a junior with only seven interceptions. He had over 20 college offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA, before committing to the Texas A&M Aggies. He was also high on recruiting lists because of his 3.9 GPA. He was the fourth QB to be invited to the Elite 11 as well as the Opening.

Allen is on twitter @KyleAllen_10

Drew Barker Hebron (Ky.) Conner

Barker is a consensus four-star recruit with solid accuracy and a lot of high school production. The 6'4, 210-pound passer is seen as the centerpiece of Kentucky's recruiting class under head coach Mark Stoops. As a junior, he passed for over 2,000 yards with 22 TDs and seven interceptions. He'll play in-state for Kentucky--his other offers included Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Barker was the QB MVP at the Columbus NFTC.

Barker is on Twitter @D_Barker7. Barker's highlights can be found here.

David Blough Carrollton (Texas) Creekview

The 6'1, 180-pound Blough is one of the major underdogs in the Elite 11. Small in stature, and with offers from only Memphis, New Mexico State, and Purdue, to where he committed, many have questioned his selection. Blough will come in with something to prove. Blough became the fifth invitee to the Elite 11 and 69th to the Opening when New Orleans Saints QB and fellow Texas native Drew Brees announced the selection via Twitter on May 6. The senior-to-be was All-District 10-4A last season after throwing for 1,777 yards and 17 TDs with only three picks. An outstanding student with a 3.9 GPA and 1130 SAT, he shined throughout the Elite 11 Regional in Chicago. On June 15 he announced he'd attend Brees' alma mater, Purdue.

Blough is on Twitter at @David_Blough10, and his highlights are available here.

K.J. Carta-Samuels San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep

Carta-Samuels is a tough competitor. At 6'2 and 210 pounds, he displays a decent arm, paired with very good mobility, considering his sturdy build. Samuels is a consensus four-star recruit entering the event. Carta-Samuels became the 6th QB invited to the 2013 Elite 11 after the Bay Area Nike Football Training Camp. He was one of the top quarterbacks at the San Francisco Elite 11 Regional Camp and is committed to Vanderbilt, where his brother Austyn is the projected starting quarterback next season. His other BCS offer was from Arizona.

Carta-Samuels is on Twitter @KJCS14, and more highlights are available here.

Keller Chryst Palo Alto (Calif.)

Chryst has one of the biggest arms in the class of 2014, and combined with that polish, he has been rated as a consensus five-star recruit. The 6'3, 215-pound Chryst has been compared by some to Andrew Luck, formerly of Stanford. Chryst threw for 2,489 yards as a junior with 28 TDs and 11 interceptions and off the field has a 3.7 GPA. His offers include Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, USC and Utah. Many believe he will eventually end up with the Cardinal. Chryst was selected to the Elite 11 Finals based on his film and his performance at the San Francisco Elite 11 Regional.

Chryst is on Twitter @KellerChryst. Highlights of Chryst can be found here.

Stephen Collier Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County

Collier is one of the more intriguing recruits in the Elite 11. Urban Meyer and staff will be closely monitoring the results of the 6'3, 205-pound Buckeyes commit. He is a raw, but fast-rising QB recruit, passing for 22 TDs last season while rushing for 11 more scores. He is a consensus three-star at this point, and will be looking to prove that he belongs with the four and five-star quarterbacks. He is an outstanding student-athlete with a 4.2 GPA and 1680 SAT. He chose Ohio State over Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisiana Tech, Marshall and Wake Forest.

Collier is on Twitter @Stephen5Collier, and his highlights are available here.

David Cornwell Norman (Okla.) North

At 6'5 and 230 pounds, Cornwell already has the build of a college senior. With a huge arm and good mobility for his size, Cornwell carries a consensus four-star rating, and is widely considered one of the top pocket passers in the country. Cornwell was the first quarterback invited to the 2013 Elite 11 after a strong performance at the Dallas NFTC and Elite 11. He passed for over 2,700 yards with 27 TDs last season and ran for nearly 800 more with six rushing scores. On June 14 he committed to Alabama over offers from Auburn, Indiana, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Tennessee, Tulsa, Virginia Tech and Washington State. Cornwell recently won a battle against the OSSAA for his eligibility in his senior year.

Cornwell is on Twitter @DavidCornwell5, and his highlights are available here.

Andrew Ford Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff

The 6'3, 185-pound Ford will be looking to prove he belongs with the known stars at the Elite 11 Finals and The Opening. Carrying a consensus three-star rating, he holds a single BCS scholarship offer. But Ford hit the double jackpot in Washington D.C., being invited not only to the Opening but also the Elite 11 Finals after doing well at the D.C. Elite 11 Regional and D.C. NFTC. The lefty passed for nearly 3,000 yards as a junior with 35 TDs and ran for another nine more. He committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies on Father's Day (June 16) over offers from UMass and Temple.

Ford is on Twitter @Andrew_Ford7, and his highlights are available here.

Will Grier Davidson (N.C.) Day

The 6'3, 180-pound Grier had a monster year on the field, putting up huge numbers: 5,785 yards passing with 69 TDs and another 813 yards rushing with eight scores on the ground, albeit against very questionable competition. Grier is a consensus four-star recruit, and is widely considered one of the five best pocket passer prospects nationally. A MaxPreps Junior All-American and All-State honoree, he was also the Quarterback MVP at the Charlotte NFTC. He committed to Florida in February over offers from Florida State, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee, among others.

Grier is on Twitter @WillG7533, and his highlights are available here.

Jerrod Heard Denton (Texas) Guyer

The 6'2, 195-pound Heard is one of the highest-rated dual-threat quarterback recruits entering the event, carrying a consensus four-star tag. Heard rand for 2,138 yards with 35 TDs on the ground and added over 2,000 more yards through the air. He was the District 5-4A MVP. A Texas commit, he also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, LSU, Nebraska and Ohio State. Heard earned his offer after a strong performance at the Dallas event.

Heard is on Twitter @JHeard2, and his highlights are available here.

Brad Kaaya West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade

The 6'4, 215-pound Kaaya is a consensus four-star recruit, but is not widely considered to be one of the ten best pro-style passers by the industry. He'll be looking to change that in Oregon. One of the standouts at the San Francisco Elite 11, he passed for 1,875 yards with 12 TDs and only two INTs on the field as a junior and has committed to Miami (Fla.) over an offer from San Diego State.

Kaaya is on Twitter @TrinidadBrad, and his highlights are available here.

DeShone Kizer Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic

The 6'5, 210-pound Kizer is an excellent prospect with a consensus four-star rating. At the talent-rich Columbus Elite 11 Regional Camp on June 1, he was the only QB invited to the Elite 11 and the Opening after that day's action. He passed for 1,150 yards and 10 TDs last season while rushing for 540 yards and four touchdowns. Kizer committed to Notre Dame in mid-June over offers from two dozen universities including Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Syracuse and Tennessee.

Kizer is on Twitter @DKizer_14, and his highlights are available here.

Morgan Mahalak Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic

The 6'3, 190-pound Mahalak is a consensus three-star recruit, and is widely considered one of the 10 best dual-threat quarterbacks. But he'll be looking to show that the Elite 11 staff's faith in him was justified, and that he is better than his initial rating by the four major industry rankings. He was one of the top QBs at the San Francisco Elite 11 Regional and Oakland NFTC and was noted for his energy, arm strength and accuracy inside and outside the pocket. Mahalk committed to Oregon in late April over offers from Duke, North Carolina State and Oregon State.

Mahalak is on Twitter @MorganMahalak, and his highlights are available here.

Jacob Park Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford

The 6'4, 200-pound Park is a consensus four-star recruit and one of the most heavily recruited prospects nationally. Named to the D.C. All-NFTC Team, he also shined at the D.C. Elite 11 Regional. As a junior he passed for 2,239 yards and 24 TDs while rushing for over 700 yards and seven scores. Park had a dozen offers including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Virginia Tech but committed to Georgia on June 14.

Park is on Twitter @JacobPark10,and his highlights are available here.

Luke Rubenzer Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

Rubenzer was one of the more controversial selections to the Elite 11 final. Just a consensus three-star recruit, with only one BCS offer, the 6'0, 185-pound Rubenzer will be looking to prove the Elite 11 staff correct and show that he belongs. Rubenzer was dangerous last season with his arm and legs, throwing for 2,834 yards and 36 TDs with just six INTs, while rushing for 1,184 yards and 10 scores. He's won Div. III All-State honors the last two years and showed his athleticism at the Los Angeles NFTC when he put up a 97.83 SPARQ Rating including a 4.20 shuttle and a 39.5 foot power ball throw. After an impressive Columbus Elite 11, he committed to Cal on June 13.

Rubenzer is on Twitter @LukeRubenzer7, and his highlights are available here.

DeShaun Watson Gainesville (Ga.)

The 6'4, 200-pound Watson is one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in the country, carrying a consensus four-star grade. Watson has already committed to Clemson after also being offered by major programs such as Georgia, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee. As a junior, the Georgia Class AAAAA Player of the Year completed 315 passes out of 435 attempts for 4,311 yards and 50 TDs with only eight interceptions. Watson also ran for 1,444 yards and another 24 scores, giving him 74 touchdowns on the year. In one of his games, a 69-0 win over Winder-Barrow, the Gainesville star was literally perfect, going 18-of-18 for 350 yards and seven touchdowns, becoming one of only three players to throw for seven or more scores in a game in Georgia high school history.

Watson is on Twitter @ShaunWatson4, and his highlights are available here.

Sean White Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University Christian

The 6'1, 200-pound White is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the country. A consensus three-star, he has been steadily adding BCS offers, showing more arm strength than many thought he had, and staying accurate and consistent. White won Quarterback MVP honors at the Miami NFTC for the second year in a row. A Class 3A All-State pick last year while playing at Chaminade, he passed for 3,430 yards with 40 TDs and only six interceptions while rushing for six more scores. Also a standout at the Atlanta and Columbus Elite 11 Regionals, he has offers from a dozen schools including Boston College, Cincinnati, Hawaii, Houston, Syracuse, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

White is on Twitter @SeanWhite_12. White's highlights are here.

Manny Wilkins Navato (Calif.) San Marin

At 6'2 and 185 pounds, Wilkins isn't an underdog based on his size, but holding only two BCS offers, he will be looking to prove that his selection by the Elite 11 staff over recruits with considerably more major offers was justified. Wilkins is a consensus three-star recruit, but his stock has been on the rise. Wilkins was one of the top QBs at the San Francisco Elite 11 Regional Camp. He moved from Texas in the fall of 2011 and started the final four games before having a big junior campaign with 2,200 yards passing, 20 TDs and eight INTs. Also a talented basketball player, he has committed to Arizona State over Arizona, Colorado State, Utah State and Wyoming.

Wilkins is on Twitter @Manny_Wilkins11, and his highlights are available here.

Photos and some biographical information courtesy of Student Sports

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