Elite 11 notes: Pac-12 recruits impress

July, 1, 2013
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The Elite 11 Finals kicked off over the weekend in Beaverton, Ore., and four of the quarterbacks participating are committed to Pac-12 schools. Here are the participants:
  • Keller Chryst, the No. 1-rated pocket passer from Palo Alto, Calif., who is committed to Stanford.
  • Manny Wilkins, the No. 12-rated dual threat quarterback from Novato, Calif., who is committed to Arizona State.
  • Morgan Mahalak, the No. 18-rated dual threat quarterback from Kentfield, Calif., who is committed to Oregon.
  • Luke Rubenzer, the No. 31-rated dual threat quarterback from Scottsdale, Ariz., who is committed to California.

There are 18 quarterbacks participating. CBS's Bruce Feldman has a really nice piece here about how the "campetition" has evolved through the years.

The final three days will be televised on ESPNU starting today at 4 p.m. PT.

You can also follow along on their Twitter feed.

Recapping some notes from the weekend, Chryst, who committed to Stanford late Friday, has been impressing.


Tom VanHaaren from ESPN's Recruiting Nation writes that Chryst "looks every bit of his (6-4, 220) listed size":
Chryst looks as though he would have a rocket arm and would be a prospect who tries to gun every throw as hard as he can. He displayed great touch and accuracy, though, showing why he is the top dog at his position
Per ESPN's Derek Tyson, Rubenzer, who you can see in a quick clip here, has made some strides:
[Trent] Dilfer also noted Cal commit Luke Rubenzer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) and Stephen Collier (Leesburg, Ga./Lee Co.) have been the most improved quarterbacks throughout the first two days of drills.

Finally, Mahalak and Alabama commit David Cornwell are playing with a chip, writes Mitch Sherman:
None of the Elite 11 finalists had more to prove here than Morgan Mahalak (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic), the Oregon commit who has never started a varsity football game, and Alabama pledge David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./North), who has played just one year at the varsity level.

Both have impressed Dilfer. He said Mahalak recognized plays in a classroom setting Saturday faster than any other QB. And that’s a huge part of the quarterbacks’ training at this level. They work to “train the brain” before taking any of the new knowledge out to practice.

As for Cornwell, the No. 2-rated pocket passer and 34th overall prospect, it’s been a mix.

“His best is as good as anybody’s,” Dilfer said. “When he does it right, it’s scary how good he can be.”

But because of his large frame and many moving parts, Dilfer said, the 6-foot-5 Cornwell struggled with consistency and body control.

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