Storey Ready for Another SW Elite 7 on 7
A couple of years ago Charleston quarterback Ty Storey stepped out on Shiloh Christian's Field of Champions for the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 as a promising young signal caller, but one who had not played a single down of high school football to that point.
Sure he had shown off his arm and created a buzz in his own town, but was a relative unknown to most of the state and certainly to most of the nation.
Storey (6-3, 215) will step onto that same field Friday morning for this season's event as an Arkansas pledge, someone viewed as one of the nation's best quarterbacks and what many people think is the Razorbacks' quarterback of the future.
“I obviously am a lot more confident and assure of what I am doing out there on football field now than I was back then,” Storey said. “In fact, I was feeling some pressure because Charleston was coming off a state championship and the expectations were so high. We had had two very good junior high seasons, but tournaments like this showed me how big a difference it was stepping up a level.”
Storey certainly has met the challenge while throwing for nearly 8,617 yards and 101 touchdowns in his first two high school seasons while directing the Tigers' spread attack.
He also landed his own state championship while leading Charleston to a magical 15-0 season last year to give the school its fourth state title in nine years.
“That's big because that is what the goal is here every year because of the success we have had,” Storey said. “It's all about getting to that final game and winning it all around here.”
The Tigers return six starters on both offense and defense from last season's championship team and are likely to face a formidable challenge to win its own 4-3A conference crown since as how Booneville – who was also 15-0 last season while winning the Class 4A title – has dropped down a classification this season.
The two teams will meet Oct. 31 in Charleston in what will be one of the most anticipated games during the 2014 Arkansas high school football campaign.
“We have not played as well as I would like so far this summer in 7-on-7 tournaments, but I can see it coming together and events like this weekend prepare us for the season because of the great competition,” Storey said. “I'm not too worried because the summer is for coming together. You are working everything out and not suppose to peak during the summer.”
Storey has been to three Razorback football camps so far this summer and is do back for the Elite Camp on July 24.
He got to hook up with 2016 Arkansas wide receiver pledge Jordan Jones of Smackover in the last camp he attended.
“He's going to be great to throw to in college because he is long and lanky and very fast,” Storey said. “It was fun throwing the ball to him at camp and just watching him go get. I'm trying to get him up here to Charleston some time so we can work out together and help each other get better."
While Razorback 2015 tight end commit C.J. O'Grady (6-5, 230) did not participate in camp, he did commit during that time and was on hand to watch Storey and others participate in the last Elite Camp.
“I've seen C.J play and I am very, very excited to have him as one of our commits,” Storey said. “He can go up and get any ball thrown his way and is going to be a great college player for us. I am really looking forward to having him on my team.”
O'Grady and his Fayetteville squad are among the 32 teams scheduled to participate in this season's Southwest Elite, which begins with pool play Friday morning at 9 a.m. and ends Saturday at 4 p.m. with the championship game.
Quaterback Ross Trail, who led Olive Branch, Miss., to the title last summer while being named the MVP is back at Wynne for his senior season and will guide the Yellowjackets in this year's tournament.
He is committed to Cincinnati.
Pool A features Alma, Arkansas Baptist, Bentonville, Charleston, Conway Christian and Oklahoma teams Bishop and Bixby and Aurora Christian, Ill. The teams in Pool B are El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith Northside, Springdale Har-Ber, Derby, Kan., Coweta, Okla., Gibson Southern, Ind., and Glendale, Mo.
The eight squads slated for Pool C are Harrison, Little Rock Christian, Marion, Oklahoma teams Heritage Hall, Locust Grove and Norman, Shawnee, Kan., Mill Valley and Huntley, Ill.
The final eight teams that will compete in Pool D are Rogers Heritage, Shiloh Christian, Springdale, Van Buren, Wynne, Tulsa Victory Christian and Stillwater, Okla., with one team set to be added.
“There's always a lot of great talent at that tournament and it will make us better for playing in it,” Storey said. “I'm looking forward to it.”
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