Starkel Receives Invite To Elite 11 Finals

The good news actually arrived early Tuesday as the Elite 11 staff informed Liberty Christian High School standout and Oklahoma State commitment Nick Starkel that he was officially the 14th quarterback to receive an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals to be held in early July at Nike's The Opening on the Beaverton, Oregon main campus. Later, Elite 11 let the word out officially.

Starkel, 6-4 and 190 pounds with a strong arm, was one of 30 quarterbacks that competed over the past weekend on the USC campus in Los Angeles in the first ever Elite 11 Semifinals.

Eight quarterbacks came into the weekend already in the Finals and four more earned the invitation over the two days before the Elite 11 staff went to the war room after the Sunday drills to start discussing and pouring over the performance and qualifications of the other 18 quarterbacks vying for the final six spots.

"I thought that I played well," Starkel said. "I thought I threw the ball well, did well in drills, and was happy with the seven-on-seven."

There is no doubt he did well in the interviews as he was a star on camera and has always been lauded by the Elite 11 staff even during his regional appearances in Arlington, Texas and New Orleans for his leadership and his positive influence on the competition.

Starkel said he was very happy and proud. He also felt that fellow Texas quarterback Shane Bueschele of Arlington Lamar had played well, and he was right as Buechele picked up the official 13th invite on Tuesday.

Below is the list of Elite 11 finalists with four more positions to be named before the list is complete.

Starkel's announcement on the Elite 11 Twitter site even includes the hash tag #gopokes. Got to love that Cowboy fans.

Elite 11 Finalists
Shane Buechele, 6-2, 185, Arlington (Lamar), Tex. – Committed to Texas

K.J. Costello, 6-4, 213, Rancho Santa Margarita (Santa Margarita Catholic), Calf. – Committed to Stanford

Messiah deWeaver, 6-4, 215, Huber Heights (Wayne), Oh. – Committed to Michigan State

Jett Duffey, 6-0, 180 Mansfield (Lake Ridge), Tex. – Committed to Texas Tech

Jacob Eason, 6-5 ½, 205, Lake Stevens, Wa. – Committed to Georgia

Feleipe Franks, 6-5, 220, Crawfordville (Wakulla), Fla. – Committed to LSU

Jarrett Guarantano, 6-4, 200, Oradell (Bergen Catholic), N.J. – Committed to Tennessee

Dwayne Haskins Jr., 6-3, 198, Potomac (The Bullis School), Md. – Committed to Maryland

Malik Henry, 6-3, 180, Bradenton (IMG Academy), Fla. – Committed to Florida State

Brandon McIlwain, 6-0, 200, Newtown (Council Rock North), Pa. – Committed to South Carolina

Jawon Pass, 6-5, 220, Columbus (Carver), Ga. – Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, North Carolina, Clemson, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Mississippi, Texas A&M and more

Shea Patterson, 6-2 ½, 198, Shreveport (Calvary Baptist Academy), La. – Committed to Mississippi

Nick Starkel, 6-4, 190, Argyle (Liberty Christian), Tex. – Committed to Oklahoma State

Dillon Sterling-Cole, 6-2, 185, Houston (Westfield), Tex. – Arizona State, Boise State, Florida, Houston, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Utah

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