Elite 11 Finalists -- interesting

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We should just go ahead and offer JA. Just to be ahead of the curve. It shouldn’t effect us with GARCIA as it seems. Lashlee is always in touch with him. I have a feeling the offers will start rolling in for JA after the Elite11.
 

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So the first “challenge” last night was called the “rail shot” challenge and was won by Maddox Kopp, who beat out Caleb Williams for the win.

After the first night's workout, according to SI, they would rank the QBs in this order - noting that it took some time for a few of them to get in the groove, especially those in the #11-20 group.

#1-10

Caleb Williams (best QB on the field and it isn't close)
Ty Thompson (Oregon)
Miller Moss (USC)
JJ McCarthy (Michigan)
Brock Vandagriff (UGA)
Luke Altmeyer (FSU)
Maddox Kopp
Garrett Nussmeier (LSU)
Christian Veilleux (Penn St)
Carlos Del Rio (UF)

#11-20

Behren Morton (Texas Tech)
Tyler Macon (Missouri)
Kyle McCord (OHio St)
Grayson James
Kyron Drones (Baylor)
Drake Maye (UNC)
Tyler Buchner (ND)
Dee Davis (Auburn)
Kaidon Salter (Tenn)
Jay Allen


EDIT: Just to add another perspective, Trent Dilfer, head coach at Elite 11, singled out these QBs as having caught his eye last night:

Caleb Williams, (also identified as by far the most talented arm on the field) Kyron Drones, Brock Vandagriff, Ty Thompson, Kaidon Salter, Tyler Macon, JJ MCCarthy, Garrett Nussmeier, and Christian Veilleux
 
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Some background on Kopp: (the Athletic background article highlights)

Kopp is a big dude, too, at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds. The Houston St. Thomas passer understands why he has flown under the radar.

“Honestly, I’m so late on the scene for football,” Kopp said. “I always grew up playing AAU basketball, from fourth grade until this past year. That was literally my life. And football was in there, I still played football. But I never really took it as serious as I did basketball.”

He’s the youngest of four brothers in a family full of athletes. Braden played football at Vanderbilt, Miller plays basketball at Northwestern and Anderson plays basketball at Lamar. And Maddox can throw it down like the rest of them.

He backed up Miami’s Peyton Matocha at St. Thomas until his junior year. When he got his shot, he earned second-team all-state honors in TAPPS after throwing for 3,106 yards and 28 touchdowns and leading his squad to the state semifinals, where it lost to the same foe, Parish Episcopal.

He has spent the past few months training with Darrell Colbert Jr., along with fellow Elite 11 quarterback Kyron Drones, Miami’s D’Eriq King and Florida’s Kyle Trask, and vows it has made a huge difference in his arm strength, release and ball placement.
 

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Some background on Kopp: (the Athletic background article highlights)

Kopp is a big dude, too, at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds. The Houston St. Thomas passer understands why he has flown under the radar.

“Honestly, I’m so late on the scene for football,” Kopp said. “I always grew up playing AAU basketball, from fourth grade until this past year. That was literally my life. And football was in there, I still played football. But I never really took it as serious as I did basketball.”

He’s the youngest of four brothers in a family full of athletes. Braden played football at Vanderbilt, Miller plays basketball at Northwestern and Anderson plays basketball at Lamar. And Maddox can throw it down like the rest of them.

He backed up Miami’s Peyton Matocha at St. Thomas until his junior year. When he got his shot, he earned second-team all-state honors in TAPPS after throwing for 3,106 yards and 28 touchdowns and leading his squad to the state semifinals, where it lost to the same foe, Parish Episcopal.

He has spent the past few months training with Darrell Colbert Jr., along with fellow Elite 11 quarterback Kyron Drones, Miami’s D’Eriq King and Florida’s Kyle Trask, and vows it has made a huge difference in his arm strength, release and ball placement.
Has Miami been in contact?
 

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Has Miami been in contact?
Good question. I don't think so - at least as of this event. UH seems to have the most buzz around him. Saw some SMU stuff too. He was offered by Wyoming right before the Elite 11. I think USC may have reached out to him after last night too. Saw a mention of that. Also Baylor and Maryland are new followers to his twitter. I suspect if he continues to get mentioned in the next two days he will get all kinds of attention.
 

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https://247sports.com/Article/Elite...nes-Brock-Vandagriff-Kaidon-Salter-148678242/

Elite 11: Top Performers Day One

The first day of the 22nd annual Elite 11 Finals is in the books.

Twenty of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks are in the Nashville area learning and competing alongside each other. Rain pushed Monday’s afternoon workout into the evening which included base concepts the signal-callers in attendance will utilize as the week continues into 7-on-7 action. They worked in groups of five so head coach Trent Dilfer and his staff were able to “watch them throw a lot of reps in row and see how coachable and competitive they are.”

Alpha Dog

The No. 1 quarterback in the Top247 in Washington (DC) Gonzaga five-star Caleb Williams didn’t disappoint.

“There’s nothing this kid can’t do,” Dilfer started in. The 48-year old was the No. 6 pick in the 1994 NFL Draft and played 14 years on Sundays including a Super Bowl Championship with the Baltimore Ravens. “I’ve been doing this a long time, he has very few limitations if any. He’s uber-competitive. Very focused when he walked in. He’s really clean, he’s consistent, clean usually means consistent.

“Every throw was good to great. I think he takes it that serious. I’m interpreting what his mind is telling him and it’s as if every throw is the most important throw of the day.”

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Williams will announce his college decision on July 4. LSU, Maryland and Oklahoma are the finalists with the Sooners holding as the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite.

Others that really caught Dilfer’s eye

Pearland (Texas) Shadow Creek’s Kyron Drones
The Baylor commit comes in as the No. 13 dual-threat passer in the Top247 Player Rankings with an 89 rating, one point away from four-star status. He led his team to a state championship as a junior throwing for 46 touchdowns and rushing for 18 more.

“I think the Drones kid is ridiculously talented,” Dilfer said. “His tape is awesome. His presence is awesome. He was awesome tonight. He’s great with the other guys. He’s awesome, I can’t find a flaw. He’s super coachable. We go into a play-action drill and he hasn’t done that yet but he’s trying to get better every rep, asking for coaching. He’s got all the desired traits you’re looking for, thick joints, long and powerful and then you add the twitch with that and his ability to organize his body, he can organize things and be in sequence. You look at throw after throw, his floor is so high.”

Bogart (Ga.) Prince Avenue Christian School’s Brock Vandagriff
The five-star Georgia commit is billed by the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat passer and No. 13 prospect overall.

“Vandagriff is awesome,” Dilfer stated. “He’s another one of those kids that makes everything look easy. His tape matches what you see in person. It’s impossible not to put the other stuff out of your mind when you’re watching him, he plays six weeks after he shatters his ankle with screws in his ankle and scores six touchdowns. He’s not a camp guy, you can see he’s a football player at a camp. He’s consistent.”

Gilbert (Ariz.) Mesquite’s Ty Thompson
The Oregon commit is tabbed by the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 7 pro-style passer and No. 80 prospect overall.

“I thought Ty Thompson was really impressive,” Dilfer said. “Very consistent. Like a kid, no matter what you ask him to do he did it well. What I like about Ty, he has a lot of different throws, I call it a throw catalogue. He can throw it hard, soft, throw it early, throw it late, speed it up, he did a lot of really nice things.”

Cedar Hill (Texas) High’s Kaidon Salter
The Tennessee commit is the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback and No. 62 prospect overall in the Top247.

“Way more organized as a passer than his tape showed,” Dilfer said. “He was really, really clean and there is some juice in that body, wow! It wouldn’t surprise me if he can take one step and 360 dunk. He has that kind of juice in his body. Super coachable, they threw these inside seam shots, right, left, one high, benders, stay skinny and they cross. First rep may not have been perfect and I watch the second rep and his correction rep was money time after time after time.”

East St. Louis (Ill.) High’s Tyler Macon
The Missouri commit is the No. 22 dual-threat signal-caller in the 247Sports Composite.

“Macon is a beast,” Dilfer said. “So strong and powerful, really coachable. I’d put him and Salter in the same category. Their correction rep was really impressive. We ask them to do things they’ve never done, we expect them to fail, it’s the next rep that matters and Macon and Salter stood out.

“He reminds me of Steve McNair.”

Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s J.J. McCarthy
The five-star Michigan commit is the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 14 prospect overall in the 247Sports Composite.

“J.J. is really good,” Dilfer said. “The kid is charismatic, he’s competitive, he has juice, I was really impressed with J.J.”

Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus’s Garrett Nussmeier
The LSU commit is the No. 8 pro-style passer and No. 101 prospect overall in the 247Sports Composite.

“He’s had to earn a starting quarterback job (roughly) seven times from his dad (Coach Doug Nussmeier taking jobs) moving so much from little league to high school and you can see that with how he carries himself. He’s a kid that’s free flowing, charismatic and everyone loves him and he can play. This kid generates a lot of power for not being a huge kid. You see a lot of coaches kids that are really robotic. He’s not robotic. I played with his dad in the pros and he’s a better version of his dad. He’s a twitchier, a little more powerful version of his pops.”

Potomac (Md.) The Bullis School’s Christian Veilleux
The Penn State commit is the 247Sports Composite’s No. 16 pro-style quarterback.

“Almost every coach said wow can that ball spin. He really spins it well.”

News and Notes

Quarterbacks won’t return to the field until 6 p.m. (CST) Tuesday evening. The camp wraps up late Wednesday afternoon.

Besides work on the field, the first day included time spent with TeamNEGU (encouraging kids to fight cancer) and listening to Mark Hilinski from Hilinski Hope a non-profit connecting students with mental health resources and assisting universities with the best practices and generating fundraising to support programs that will destigmatize mental illness.

“A lot of heavy social responsibility stuff,” Dilfer said. “We’ve touched on the climate of our nation and how they can be agents of change for the better. A lot of heavy wholistic stuff from the time we got here till tonight.”

Houston (Texas) St. Thomas quarterback Maddox Kopp was the rail-shot winner where you have to keep your eyes down the middle and strike the goal post against a Cover Two look defeating Williams and Justin Fields in triple overtime.
 

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Maddox is really athletic. He’s got video of him dunking in basketball games as part of his football highlights. He’s dunking with ease to. His arm is gonna get better as he solely dedicated to football.

 

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The only question I have on Maddox is if he can make better decisions. He threw 14 picks to go with 28 TD’s. You want to see that be lower.
 

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Maddox is really athletic. He’s got video of him dunking in basketball games as part of his football highlights. He’s dunking with ease to. His arm is gonna get better as he solely dedicated to football.

I mean he's 6'5" and probably a d1 athlete, he should be dunking pretty easily at that height.
 
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