Field set for Elite 11 Quarterback Competition

by Jeff Fisher

The field for the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition is set.  The 18th and final competitor was named on Monday.

Jake Zembiec of Aquinas Institute in Rochester, New York was given final spot.  The Penn St. verbal commit missed a lot of his junior season due to a broken left wrist in Week 2.  As a sophomore, Zembiec led his school to New York’s Class AA state championship with a 13-0 season.Texas has the most entrants in the Elite 11 with four QBs.  California and Pennsylvania have two competitors each.  Florida would have two, if Malik Henry had stayed at IMG Academy.

Here are all of the competitors for the five-day event.

Steve Buechele (Arlington Lamar HS – Texas)
K.J. Costello (Santa Margarita HS – California)
Messiah deWeaver (Huber Heights Wayne HS – Ohio)
Jett Duffey (Lake Ridge HS – Texas)
Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens HS – Washington)
Feleipe Franks (Wakulla HS – Florida)
Jarrett Guarantano (Bergen Catholic HS – New Jersey)
Dwayne Haskins (The Bullis School – Maryland)
Malik Henry (just left IMG Academy – Florida)
Brandon McIlwain (Council Rock North HS – Pennsylvania)
Patrick O’Brien (San Juan Hills HS – California)
Jawon Pass (Columbus Carver HS – Georgia)
Brandon Peters (Avon HS – Indiana)
Shea Patterson (Calvary Baptist – Louisiana)
Anthony Russo (Archbishop Wood HS – Pennsylvania)
Nick Starkel (Liberty Christian HS – Texas)
Dillon Sterling-Cole (Westfield HS – Texas)
Jake Zembiec (Aquinas Institute) – New York

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.