Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Updated: June 21, 11:32 AM ET
Meet the first Elite 11 invites
By Jon Mahoney
With the Elite 11 regional camps in the books, all eyes are focused on the Elite 11 finals, which will be held July 18-22 in Redondo Beach, Calif. Now in its 14th year, the Elite 11 is a quarterback competition featuring 24 of the nation's top rising seniors. Past participants include Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Tim Tebow.
Twelve signal-callers from the Class of 2013 have already stamped their tickets to California thanks to their performances at the regional camps. Six quarterbacks earned automatic invites by being named a regional MVP, while another six earned at-large selections. The final 12 will be announced Thursday during the Elite 11 Selection Special at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Here's a closer look at the first 12 selections, listed in order of their ESPN ranking.
Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
Position rank: No. 2 pocket passer
How he got here: The USC commit punched his ticket with an MVP showing at the Oakland regional. He threw for 4,034 yards and 45 touchdowns last fall.
Position rank: No. 1 dual-threat
How he got here: The Texas commit got an at-large bid based on his showing at the Dallas regional. As a junior, he passed for 1,394 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for another 2,267 yards and 27 scores.
De La Salle (Warren, Mich.)
Position rank: No. 4 pocket passer
How he got here: The Michigan commit delivered an MVP performance at the Columbus regional. He passed for 1,684 yards and 16 touchdowns during the fall campaign.
Cottonwood (Salt Lake City)
Position rank: No. 6 pocket passer
How he got here: An Alabama commit, Bateman secured an at-large invite off his performance in Dallas. He threw for 2,484 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior.
Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.)
Position rank: No. 7 pocket passer
How he got here: The brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, Kevin earned his nod with an MVP showing in New York. The Miami commit threw for 1,686 yards and 20 touchdowns this past fall.
Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)
Position rank: No. 9 pocket passer
How he got here: The Georgia commit copped his invite while at the Charlotte Nike Football Training Camp. Ramsey, who threw for 1,308 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior, earned the invite based on his performance at the Atlanta regional.
Archbishop Alter (Kettering, Ohio)
Position rank: No. 4 dual-threat
How he got here: Zaire went toe-to-toe with Shane Morris in Columbus before falling short of MVP honors. The Notre Dame commit, who passed for 729 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 1,093 yards and 15 scores last season, later earned an at-large invite.
Rider (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Position rank: No. 6 dual-threat
How he got here: Barrett received an at-large invite based on his showing in Dallas. The Ohio State commit accounted for 3,119 total yards and 23 total touchdowns as a junior.
Position rank: No. 13 dual-threat
How he got here: An LSU commit, Jennings shined in Atlanta en route to being named MVP. He threw for 2,187 yards and 19 touchdowns last season despite playing with torn cartilage in his knee.
Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.)
Position rank: No. 22 pocket passer
How he got here: Greenlee, who doesn't have a scholarship offer, outperformed the likes of Christian Hackenberg, the No. 1 QB in the ESPN 150, to pick up MVP honors at the Las Vegas regional.
Position rank: No. 18 dual-threat
How he got here: Kincade beat out the likes of Tyrone Swoopes, Shane Morris and Cooper Bateman for MVP honors in Dallas. This past fall, he threw for 3,270 yards and 37 touchdowns and ran for 857 yards and 17 scores.
Luke Del Rio
Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Position rank: No. 29 pocket passer
How he got here: Broke out with an impressive display at the Columbus regional. The son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, Luke passed for 2,530 yards and 20 touchdowns last season at Episcopal (Jacksonville, Fla.). He has committed to Oklahoma State.