Kolar, Torre among Elite 11 names to watch

Elite 11 is coming to AT&T Stadium on Sunday and here are the names OU fans need to know.

When it comes to the state of Oklahoma and the Elite 11 quarterback competition, things have gone pretty well. Last year David Cornwell (Norman North) earned a berth and three years ago Kendal Thompson (Southmoore) and Archie Bradley (Broken Arrow) punched their tickets.

The Sooners have also had a lot of success in the Elite 11 with their most recent invitee being Cody Thomas for the Class of 2013.

This year doesn't have a lot of Oklahoma representatives at the regional Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium, but there are a few and all of them are names Oklahoma fans should know or will know soon.

Norman North's John Kolar

Nobody has more to prove from a perception standpoint than Kolar. Committed to Oklahoma State since March, there are quite a few who are skeptical about just how good he actually is. His name has been bounced around even more following a top-100 inclusion by ESPN two weeks ago. He grew up a diehard OU fan and always dreamed of being OU's starting quarterback. He's a firm commit to the Cowboys right now and has a big opportunity to show he belongs as one of the top in the nation.

Edmond Santa Fe's Keaton Torre

No longer living in the shadow of Justice Hansen, the time is now for Torre, a Class of 2016 prospect. This will be the second weekend in a row competing at an Elite 11 event, having participated in Washington D.C. last weekend. Torre has felt like the next big thing for the state of Oklahoma at quarterback for a while. He has all the natural tools and good size for being so young. Sunday will be another showcase to see exactly how far he has come and how much further he can still go.

Jenks' Scotty Gilkey

It's not clear where OU stands with Gilkey right now, but what is clear is the phenomenal relationship the OU coaches have with the coaches at Jenks. Another Class of 2016 prospect to watch, Gilkey already has an offer from ULM. This will be the first time for Sooners Illustrated to see Gilkey in action, and it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure and the spotlight.

The other huge name competing is Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall's J.W. Ketchum. Offered by OU and numerous others a long time ago, it's still unclear where his future is going to be. It's obvious, though, by participating in the Elite 11, Ketchum wants to be a quarterback going forward.


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