Its that time of year again. The "Elite 11" camp, held in sunny California, is where the nations best prep signal callers gather together and size each other up. At last years camp, the consensus among campers was the that Brodie Croyle (Alabama) was the best gunslinger in the nation. How about this year?
Early returns from campers this year, say that Ben Olsen from Thousand Oaks, California is this years "Top Gun". It's only natural that we talk about verbal commitments especially at the pivotal quarterback position. It's well known that a quarterback can make or break or recruiting class and a coaching staff. Nobody on the field touches the football more than quarterback.
Tyler Palko - Palko is one of the best I've seen on film and he's committed to Pitt. Palko had more than 30 scholarship offers and he thought long and hard before deciding that what he had in his own back yard (West Allegheny, Pennsylvania) was pretty good. Pitt is getting a good one.
James Banks - I had the chance to check Banks (Indianapolis (Ben Davis) out at the Nike Camp (Purdue) in April. Banks is legit and should be a very good at the next level. Purdue and Notre Dame would love to have him, but Banks openly talks about the SEC (Tennessee) and the Big East (Virginia Tech and Miami) as places he's very serious about.
The Olson's - New Jersey's Chris Olsen has pledged Notre Dame. Piedmont, California's Drew Olson is a solid UCLA lean and will probably play both football and baseball for the Bruins. Ben Olson from Thousand Oaks, California is probably headed to Provo, Utah to be the next great BYU quarterback.
Trent Edwards - This solid quarterback prospect is more than likely headed to Stanford. The Cardinal have had very good luck in the quarterback department and Edwards looks to keep that run going strong.
Justin Zwick - Zwick has given his verbal commitment to Ohio State. Zwick's commitment has opened the flood gates in Columbus, as several solid prospects have also given their verbal commitment to the Bucks. Justin Zwick is considered the best quarterback in the Midwest but he has company. More on that later in this story.
Matt Gutierrez - The big 6-4 200 pound quarterback is said to be looking hard at CAL. The state of California is loaded at the quarterback position and everything seems to be falling into place on the Left Coast. Gutierrez plays for perennial prep powerhouse, Concord, Calif. (De La Salle).
Drew Stanton - Stanton put up excellent numbers (1,950 passing and 25 TD's) as a junior despite only playing just more than half of every game because of lopsided scores. The Farmington Hills, MI (Harrison) native has become one of the hottest quarterback prospects in the nation. UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State have offered scholarships. So have several schools in the Midwest, including Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Indiana. The Florida Gators have also put there best foot forward where Drew Stanton is concerned.
Stanton is doing extremely well at the Elite 11. He's probably among the top four quarterbacks at the camp. Pool Recruiting also has it on good authority that Drew Stanton will make his verbal commitment this week.
Who are the finalists? Florida, Northwestern, Michigan State, UCLA and Oregon are the best bets.
If I had to make a prediction, I'd say that Stanton will pledge Michigan State as early as tomorrow and he'll be the cornerstone of the Spartans recruiting class in '01-‘02
We can't forget Marcus Vick. Vick is the younger brother of Michael Vick. Marcus is known as a tremendous talent but he didn't show his stuff at any of the Nike Camps this year and he did attend a few college camps. Marcus Vick was featured in a recent ESPN magazine article.
The Lone Star state has two very good quarterbacks. Reggie McNeal from Lufkin has given his verbal commitment to Texas A&M and Houston's Vincent Young still has his options open.
Taking a look at the 2002 Quarterback Class
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