"He's a winner."
Scout.com Rating: Three-star
Scout.com Rank: No. 41 Quarterback
Size: 6-foot-1, 186-pounds
Hometown: Plant High School Tampa, Fla.
Projected Position: Quarterback
Stats: Ely overcame injuries to throw for 2,731 yards and 26 touchdowns. He led Plant to the Class 5A state finals. He led Plant in 2009 to the Florida 5A State Title. Ely passed for 1,860 yards with 20 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Commit Date: 8/11/2010
Recruiting Competition: Arizona State, Clemson, LSU, South Florida, Tennessee
Why Alabama: "I just kind of flowed into it. It was one of those things where Alabama came on late. I didn't really put it out there, but I decided to go with it. I think the quarterback situation is really good.
"I think their season went pretty well. They had a couple losses, they were tough. I think they wanted to win a national championship. They had a pretty good season though. The coaching staff seems great. They seem like great guys who care about their players and they know what they are talking about."
Strengths/Improvements: "I feel like I have improved my arm strength. I have good accuracy."
Coach Quotes (Plant Head Coach Robert Weiner): "I think one of the things we all see in Phillip is he's a winner, and you can't underestimate that trait of his. Some how, some way he has this dynamic personality that attracts other people to do the right things and rally others for a common cause.
"If you look at Phillip's varsity career he's been to the state finals three times, and won it twice. I believe his record is 32-3 as a starting quarterback, very similar to the numbers that the previous quarterback [Greg McElroy] at Alabama had. That's Phillip, he's that kind of kid. He's going to make sure that everybody is in the right place doing the right things, and then he's going to take care of his part of the job as well. Particularly for Phillip.
"He's got a great opportunity, he's going in there early. He's going to take 15 credits as a student, and probably nine or 10 in the summer. He'll have 24 credit hours before he ever starts as a freshman year as a student. That's very important to him. He is such an outstanding student as well. It really is a great opportunity.
"He is going to go in there and learn the offense this spring, and he's real excited about that. Obviously, if you are not the 6-4, 6-5 quarterback you better be making up for it in other areas. Phillip is incredibly smart, and his work ethic may only be rivaled by his predecessors Robert Marve and Aaron Murray.
Scout.com says: Eli is a winner and leader first and foremost. He has two state title rings and a runner-up. On the field, he is a very good decision maker, and he throws with good consistently. His arm strength does need to continue to get stronger as he prepares for the next level. When he tries to gun it in there, it tends to sail high. He has outstanding footwork. There is nothing flashy about Ely, but he wins and gets the job done.
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