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Twenty-five quarterbacks were invited, but only the best were named the Elite 11.
A look at the players, in order of how they were ranked, who earned that honor with a breakdown of their week and a take from Senior National Recruiting Analyst Tom Luginbill:
Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park
College: South Florida
Breakdown: Woulard suffered a groin injury early in the week, but bounced back in a big way and was named the Elite 11 MVP. Woulard was at his best when it mattered most, as he was the only quarterback to lead two touchdown drives during the two-minute drill on the final day of the event.
Luginbill's take: "Coming into the event from a national perspective, he was a guy that not a lot of people knew about. We were glad he was selected as a finalist because we felt he would blossom if given the opportunity. He is a dual-threat guy with premier arm talent and a natural release. The sky is the limit from a ceiling standpoint because he has only played the position for one year."
T-2. Max Browne
Breakdown: The more drills moved toward real football simulation, the more Browne excelled. He has a very distinctive, over-the-top motion, and few quarterbacks performed better during seven-on-seven drills.
Luginbill's take: "He chose the right school in USC for his ability level. He is a pocket passer with a big arm, and he is at his finest when he's protected and gets the ball out on time. He is extremely bright and understands the game. He's the type of player who can stand in the pocket and make all the throws downfield."
T-2. Christian Hackenberg
Fork Union, Va./
Fork Union Military Academy
College: Penn State
Breakdown: Hackenberg shook off a slow start to finish the week in a big way. His rebound and focus were doubly impressive, considering he was able to shine through the constant distraction of Penn State's penalties scheduled to be announced the day after the event.
Luginbill's take: "He is extremely gifted physically -- maybe some of best physical tools as a passer that this class has to offer. But I would like to see more consistent decision making with his throws down the middle of the field."
Breakdown: Greenlee put together one of the strongest first days of camp and remained consistent throughout. The only uncommitted quarterback in attendance, Greenlee was a constant presence in every Elite 11 ranking.
Luginbill's take: "He is maybe the best player -- regardless of position -- that college programs aren't paying attention to for whatever reason. He has a quick release and a live arm. He doesn't have ideal height, but he is gifted when it comes to understanding the game and he's a quick learner. I think somebody is going to get a steal with him."
5. Luke Del Rio
Highlands Ranch, Colo./
College: Oklahoma State
Breakdown: Del Rio has something of a built-in advantage with his father, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, but he uses it well. He demonstrated all week that his football IQ and knowledge of the position are some of the most advanced in all of high school football.
Luginbill's take: "He's a coach's kid and he understands the game. He has a high work ethic and a good -- not great -- arm. He does not force the football, and he's probably a deceptively better athlete than he gets credit for."
6. Jared Goff
Breakdown: Goff showcased a very strong arm and was another quarterback who seemed to never have an off day. He was also one of the signal-callers to finish the week with a strong two-minute drill showing.
Luginbill's take: "He has a late bloomer's frame and his best football will be ahead of him, once he gets into the weight room. He'll continue to bulk up and add strength. He has a natural delivery and is a guy that is going to have to win with his arm within the pocket."
7. Malik Zaire
College: Notre Dame
Breakdown: Asked to run more than pass for his high school team, Zaire was able to demonstrate impressive arm strength during the week. The Notre Dame commit was listed among the top participants throughout the event.
Luginbill's take: "If he was two or three inches taller, he might be one of most highly recruited kids in this class. His physical tools are what you're looking for. He's smart, with a live arm and is extremely athletic. He's a good runner when things break down, though he might need to be in the shotgun to allow him to see the field and give him room to move."
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic
Breakdown: The No. 1 quarterback for the first two editions of the Elite 11 rankings, Stanton might have spread himself a bit too thin when he participated in a high school passing tournament during the event. He tried to perform immediately following the tournament, but fatigue set in. Still, he maintained well enough on the final day to cement a spot in the Elite 11.
Luginbill's take: "He's a rugged player -- just a tough, rugged guy. I think coming into college he will probably be further ahead as a runner than a passer. He is a little robotic, yet at the same time he's very efficient. He has a very, very high work ethic. He wants to be good. The game is important to him."
Breakdown: The final quarterback added to the event, Cockerille was impressive from the opening snap. He was able to show off his big arm, but perhaps more impressively, he demonstrated a lightning-quick release not always found in left-handed throwers.
Luginbill's take: "He's similar to Stanton in stature and physicality. He is a good athlete, a strong runner, but can be a bit erratic with his overall accuracy. He has a bit of a quirky delivery, but the ball comes out quickly. He can beat the rush with his arm."
10. Kevin Olsen
Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills
Breakdown: Olsen began the week in impressive fashion, but it was the way he ended it, with one of the strongest two-minute drill showings of any quarterback, that likely earned him a spot in the final rankings.
Luginbill's take: "In my opinion -- and I'm not saying he's going to play like this -- from a tools standpoint, he is a taller, stronger-armed, right-handed Kellen Moore. Everything fundamentally is extremely consistent from play to play. You know what you're going to get. He is very sound in the overall mechanics of the game."
11. Joshua Dobbs
College: Arizona State
Breakdown: A two-sport standout in baseball and football, Dobbs earned a spot in the final rankings with his consistency within the offense. He performed very well during seven-on-seven work and was another of the finalists who had a big finish to the week.
Luginbill's take: "Once he devotes himself to football full-time, the sky is the limit. He is extremely gifted as an athlete and with arm talent. Once he devotes himself to football, he has a really bright future."
A look at the final Elite 11 rankings and a recap of their week.