Two more B1G recruits join Elite 11 finals

June, 22, 2012
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In case you missed it while watching LeBron's coronation Thursday night, the Elite 11 coaches selected 13 more quarterback recruits, including two players committed to Big Ten schools, to receive invitations to the prestigious Elite 11 finals. Penn State commit Christian Hackenberg and Purdue commit Danny Etling are among the latest prospects to learn they're heading to Redondo Beach, Calif., from July 18-22.

Michigan quarterback commit Shane Morris was among the first 12 players to receive Elite 11 finals invites.

The Elite 11 finals typically feature 24 quarterback recruits, but coach Trent Dilfer added a 25th this year in Maryland commit Shane Cockerille.

Hackenberg not surprisingly was an easy choice, as the Elite 11 coaches put him in their top 3-4 choices. ESPN Recruiting ranks Hackenberg as the nation's top quarterback and No. 10 overall recruit (highest in the Big Ten). Looks like Bill O'Brien has reeled in a good one.

Etling is the nation's No. 37 rated pocket passer, and his performance at the Columbus Elite 11 regional helped earn him a trip to the finals. Purdue might have signed four players who played quarterback in high school in February, but Danny Hope's biggest quarterback prize (aside from Miami transfer Robert Marve) appears to be Etling.

As colleague Mitch Sherman explains, an Elite 11 finals selection can help a player's recruiting stock. Fortunately for Michigan, Penn State and Purdue, they already have verbal pledges from these players.

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