LDS QB Nate Longshore gets invited to Elite 11

No player has seen his stock rise more in the last month than Canyon Country (Calif.) quarterback <b>Nate Longshore</b>. The strong armed 6-4, 230 pound signal caller has worked incredibly hard in the off-season to improve his game and it has paid off in big a way.

After a standout showing in Las Vegas (NV) participating in the final EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback workout, Longshore received huge news earlier today when he was selected for the EA SPORTS Elite 11 held in Mission Viejo (Calif.) July 23-27. Longshore is one of nine quarterbacks selected thus far with three spots left to go (a 12th man has been chosen for the camp the last three years for warm up and roommate purposes).

"I can't believe it," Longshore said. "Ever since I first heard about that camp, it's been a dream to be selected for it. All those quarterbacks seemed almost like celeberties and it's such a huge honor to be a part of it."

Longshore had a solid junior season throwing for 2,100 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading his team to the CIF quarterfinals. His size, arm strength, quick release and accuracy were always off the charts but his lack of mobility was always a weakness.

"I've been working with a sprint coach for the last four months and it has really helped," Longshore said. "I feel so much lighter on my feet now and I'm a lot more mobile."

In watching Longshore at two early season passing tournaments as well as the Elite workout in Vegas, his improved footwork was dramatic. He'll never be Michael Vick but his drops are much quicker, he's able to roll out and throw on the run very effectively and he looks like a young Ryan Leaf in his ability to stand tall in the pocket and make all the throws.

On the recruiting front, Longshore is still open and has several schools on his list.

"I like Cal a lot because of Coach Tedford and his reputation for training quarterbacks," Longshore said. "USC is high on my list, San Diego State, Colorado, Washington, Oregon State and UCLA. I just took an unofficial visit to UCLA last week and really liked Coach Dorrell and Coach Axman. UCLA moved way up on my list after the visit.

(Longshore and his family made an unofficial visit to Provo earlier this summer. He has not been as aggressively recruited by BYU as QB prospects Jacob Bower from Meridien, Idaho, or Max Hall from Mesa, Arizona.)

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