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Surprising initial 2013 Elite 11 quarterback list released, led by David Blough

Remember the Elite 11 is based on performance at the event, and not potential as a recruit.

David Blough
David Blough
Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)

The initial list of 11 for the Elite 11 quarterback finals was released Monday, and includes some surprising results, including the diminutive David Blough as the No. 1 QB, the inclusion of Luke Rubenzer, and the exclusion of David Cornwell. Of course, this list is preliminary, and can change. The rankings are based on on and off-field performance, of which the media gets to see only a fraction due to drastic new media restrictions put in place for 2013.

Here is the group, in order.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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, and he chose Stanford recently. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.