The Elite 11 people announced Thursday night that they would be staging a new step in the competition with an Elite 11 semifinals in Los Angeles on June 5-7 with some 30 quarterbacks involved in the event. About half of those quarterbacks will move on to the Elite 11 finals held at Nike's The Opening in July on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Oregon.
Starkel sent us a private message on Twitter to confirm he has learned that he is heading to Los Angeles. The 6-3.5, 185-pound Starkel was one of the best quarterbacks all day and in the "pressure chamber" at Arlington Lamar. Then he was officially considered the runner-up and had the throw of the day in the competition in New Orleans. He committed to Oklahoma State shortly after his New Orleans event.
Thursday night, even though he had to have a feeling he was going to be selected, Starkel was pumped up to hear the news officially.
"I can tell you that I am absolutely pumped about this opportunity," Starkel sent to us in a private Twitter message. "God has given me the ability to play QB and all the glory goes to Him. I can't wait to show the nation the QB I am. And cmon... who doesn't love LA?"
Some of the other quarterbacks we know will be there include another Oklahoma State offer in Dillon Sterling-Cole of Houston Westfield. OSU offered him but has its quarterback in Starkel. Others in the Elite 11 include LSU commit Feliepe Franks, out of Wakulla, Fla.; Tennessee commitment Jarrett Guarantano, of Bergen Catholic School in New Jersey; Dwayne Haskins, who is the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year from last season out of THe Bullis School, and Florida State commitment Malik Henry from the IMG Academy in Florida.