QB’s taking center stage in Baltimore and LA


The best senior high school football quarterbacks in the country are trying to make a statement at two marquee events on different coasts this weekend.

In Los Angeles, the well-established Elite 11 Quarterback Competition is holding its semifinal round with 30 quarterbacks battling for the right to make it to the final 18 that will compete in the Elite 11 finals at Nike World Headquarters in early July.  This is the first-time that the Elite 11, which began in 1999, has held a semifinal round.

Eight quarterbacks have already punched their tickets to Oregon as the result of performances at earlier regional competitions.  They are — Dillon Sterling-Cole (Westfield HS – Texas), 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) and Jawon Pass (Columbus Carver HS – Georgia).

The other 22 QB’s competing for the final ten spots are:

Jack Allison – Palmetto HS (Florida)

Woody Barrett – West Orange HS (Florida)

Anthony Brown Jr. – St. John Vianney HS (New Jersey)

Shane Buechele – Arlington Lamar HS (Texas)

Zerrick Cooper – Jonesboro HS (Georgia)

K.J. Costello – Santa Margarita HS (California)

Messiah DeWeaver – Wayne Huber Heights (Ohio)

Seth Green – Allen HS (Texas)

Jalen Hurts – Channelview HS (Texas)

Austin Kendall – Cuthbertson HS (North Carolina)

D’Eriq King – Manvel HS (Texas)

Brandon McIlwain – Council Rock North HS (Pennsylvania)

Kahi Neves – Brighton HS (Utah)

Jamie Newman – Graham HS (North Carolina)

Patrick O’Brien – San Juan Hills (California)

Shea Patterson – Calvary Baptist (Louisiana)

Brandon Peters – Avon (Indiana)

Anthony Russo – Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania)

Nick Starkel – Liberty Christian (Texas)

Chazz Surratt – East Lincoln (North Carolina)

Skylar Thompson – Fort Osage (Missouri)

Jake Zembiec – Aquinas Institute

You can watch the two-day Elite 11 semifinal competition LIVE above on Elite.11.com.

In Baltimore, Nike’s chief rival Under Armour has teamed-up with Rivals.com for the first-ever Rivals Quarterback Challenge.  The event will feature 15 QB’s at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.

One difference between the two events is the Rivals Quarterback Challenge features some underclassmen, including the MaxPreps Sophomore Player of the Year Tate Martell from Bishop Gorman in Nevada.

Here’s the roster of QB’s competing in Baltimore:

Jake Allen (2017) – St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Florida)

Chase Brice (2017) – Grayson HS (Georgia)

Braxton Burmesiter (2017) – La Jolla Country Day HS (California)

Danny Clark (2017) – Archbishop Hoban HS (Ohio)

Sean Clifford (2017) – St. Xavier HS (Ohio)

Rondle Johnson (2016) – Houston Reagan (Texas)

Tate Martell (2017) – Bishop Gorman (Nevada)

Shon Mitchell (2017) – Oscar Smith HS (Virginia)

Devon Modster (2016) – Tesoro HS (California)

Connor Neville (2017) – Wilsonville HS (Oregon)

Tylin Oden (2016) – Spring Hill HS (Tennessee)

Kurt Rawlings (2016) – John Carroll HS (Maryland)

Aidan Smith (2016) – Fort Wayne Carroll HS (Indiana)

Khalil Tate (2016) – Serra HS (Gardena, California)

Deuce Wallace (2016) – Sevier County HS (Tennessee)

 

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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.