Previewing the 2017 Elite 11 Finals

Scout previews the 2017 Elite 11 Finals this weekend at Redondo Union HS in Los Angeles, Calif...

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This weekend, the Elite 11 Finals return to Southern California for a three-day showcase featuring some of the top quarterbacks in the country.

The top six quarterbacks in Scout's 2018 rankings have all been invited and 10 of the top 12 will be there.

Here is a look at some of the key passers headed to the Southland this weekend.

No. 1 and No. 2

Cartersville (Ga.) quarterback Trevor Lawrence isn't just the top quarterback in 2018, he's the top overall prospect in the Scout rankings in this class.  

The Clemson commit has all the tools schools covet in a passer and he looks to seal his spot at the top this weekend and move on to The Opening Finals later this summer.

He and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly quarterback Matt Corral have remained 1-2 in the quarterback rankings since last spring and Corral, a USC commit, will also be in Redondo this weekend where he will look to continue to push Lawrence for the top spot in the quarterback rankings.

The two have been at a number of events together over the last couple years and this stage is the biggest to date for the two of them to flash their skills together.

Backups Get Their Shot

For the second straight year, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman and Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian will have quarterbacks in the Elite 11 Finals.

A year ago, it was Gorman's Tate Martell, now at Ohio State and Valor's Dylan McCaffrey, now at Michigan, who represented their schools in Southern California.

And both had backup quarterbacks that were patient to wait for their shot at the starting job at their high school but already wanted by a number of schools.

So this year, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who takes over for Martell at the two-time Scout national champion Gorman program and Blake Stenstrom, who takes the reins from McCaffrey, will be first-time starters.

But colleges have been well aware of the two, with Thompson-Robinson choosing UCLA from 30 offers and Stenstrom choosing to stay in-state and play at Colorado.

Now both get their shot to further validate why so many schools wanted them despite limited reps in backup roles.

Who Is Still on the Board?

There will be five quarterbacks at the Finals who are still uncommitted.

The highest-rated uncommitted quarterback is Corona (Calif.) Centennial's Tanner McKee, the No. 4 prospect in the 2018 class.

The four-star signal caller, who plans to serve his LDS mission right after graduation, and would enroll in the fall of 2020, is looking at schools like BYUTexas, Washington, Alabama, Georgia and UCLA.

Earle (Ark.) four-star Gerry Bohanon and North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester four-star Dakereon Joyner are both rated as athletes but schools like their versatility.  Neither have made a decision.

Bohannon's top six includes Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Louisville, Mississippi and Mississippi State while Joyner is focusing on South Carolina and NC State with a decision coming on June 18.

Three-star quarterbacks Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence's Carter Bradley and Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton's Tyler Shough are also still left on the board.

Bradley's top schools are IndianaLouisville and Pittsburgh while Shough's looking closely at MichiganNorth CarolinaSouth CarolinaIndiana and Florida State with a recent offer from California getting them involved.

Huskies Have a Pair

Washington is the only school with two players selected to the Elite 11 Finals, but it isn't the first time they've had that.  In 2011, both Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles were invited to the Finals.

This year, it's longtime commit Jacob Sirmon from Bothell (Wash.) joined by Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) passer Colson Yankoff.

Yankoff, though, recently had minor knee surgery, so he'll be attending but won't be throwing.  Sirmon, the No. 5 quarterback in the 2018 class, is the second quarterback from the state of Washington in the last three years to make the finals, after Jacob Eason did so in 2015.

Conference Breakdown

The Pac-12 has the most commits headed to the Finals with eight verbals- San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills four-star Jack Tuttle (Utah), Saraland (Ala.) four-star Jack West (Stanford), Lehi (Utah) four-star Camm Cooper (Washington State), Sirmon and Yankoff (Washington), Corral (USC), Thompson-Robinson (UCLA) and Stenstrom (Colorado).

The SEC is next with four quarterback verbals in Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier three-star James Foster (Missouri), Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail four-star Joey Gatewood (Auburn), Sachse (Texas) four-star Jalen Mayden (Mississippi State) and Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett three-star Jarren Williams (Kentucky)

The Big Ten boasts verbals from the trio of Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison four-star Justin Fields (Penn State), Franklin (Ga.) Heard County four-star Emory Jones (Ohio State) and Orlando (Fla.) Olympia's Joe Milton (Michigan).

The ACC has three as well in Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek four-star Devin Leary (NC State), Chicago (Ill.) Solario three-star Quincy Patterson (Virginia Tech) and Lawrence (Clemson).

And the Big 12 has two quarterbacks in the Finals, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Re-al Mitchell (Iowa State) and Bossier City (La.) Parkway four-star Justin Rogers (TCU).

State Breakdown

Georgia has four quarterbacks in the finals, the most of any state, with Lawrence, Jones, Fields and Williams.

And two states have three quarterbacks each, California (Corral, Mitchell and Tuttle) and Florida (Bradley, Gatewood and Milton).  

The Scout national recruiting team contributed to this preview

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