First Five Invited to EA SPORTS Elite 11

EA SPORTS and Student Sports Inc. are proud to invite the first five invitees to the 2003 EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, where the top 11 high school quarterbacks plus a 12th man will camp and compete July 23-27 in Southern California. Three Texans headline the group of the first five.

Check back every week as the EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Tracker Top 100 will change based on new information and evaluations and the remaining seven spots for the EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Camp will be periodically filled.

The first five selections for the 2003 EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Camp are listed below alphabetically.

Rhett Bomar 6-3, 195
Grand Prairie (Texas)
Attended the EA SPORTS Elite 11 workout in College Station (Texas) and despite playing three baseball games the previous day, had a very strong showing. Bomar is the ultimate gamer who can hurt you with his arm or his legs. He was a Student Sports Junior All-American a year ago after completing 163 of 265 passes for 2,860 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also rushed for 717 yards and nine more scores.

At the workout, Bomar showed off a strong arm and great feet. The signal caller looked as quick as any quarterback we've seen this year and got stronger as the camp went along. We also love the way Bomar carries himself. He's confident without being overly cocky and has tremendous natural leadership skills. He's the kind of quarterback others will want to follow and he should have no problem getting the respect of his teammates in the huddle because of how hard he competes.

John David Booty 6-3, 195
Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.)
Had multiple scholarship offers before he even played a down of high school football. An incredible talent who is as gifted physically and cerebrally as any signal caller we've covered. Booty has the great arm that is always the first thing to catch your eye and can make all the throws but he brings much more to the table. He's athletic, knows how to buy time in the pocket while keeping his eyes looking downfield and is very, very smart.

As most know, Booty will bypass his senior year of high school and enroll this fall at USC. Although many feel it's too much to ask for a high school player to step in and play, we feel Booty has a shot. The reason is because of his advanced knowledge of the game and how quickly we feel he'll be able to pick up a college offense. The speed of the defenses will be a dramatic switch as well but again, Booty is so quick, we feel he'll be able to adapt to it in time to make an immediate impact, possibly by the middle of the season.

Kirby Freeman 6-2, 190
Brownwood (Texas)

Was easily one of the biggest surprises of the spring. We knew Freeman was good, but no one knew just how good. Of all the quarterbacks we worked out during the first nine Nike Camps as well as two EA SPORTS Elite 11 workouts, Freeman was the most impressive we saw and had the best workout performance. His arm strength is off the charts and rivals Pennsylvania's Anthony Morelli as the strongest in the class. He throws a nice, tight ball every time and was as accurate as any quarterback we've seen.

What separates Freeman, along with his huge arm, is his athletic ability. He clocked a 4.62 in the 40 and a 3.94 in the shuttle and jumped 31 inches in the vertical at the College Station (Texas) Nike Camp. On the field playing in a predominately run oriented offense, Freeman threw for 1,315-yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for 1,121 yards and 16 more scores.

Anthony Morelli 6-4, 210
Penn Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
First caught our eye at the Nike Camp in State College (Pa.) as a sophomore two years ago and has really taken off since then. Attended the EA SPORTS Elite 11 last summer as a ball boy and showed as live an arm as anyone at the camp. Along with Freeman, has the strongest arm in the nation and one of the strongest of any quarterback we've seen in the last few years. Like Freeman, Morelli plays in a run dominated offense but still threw for 1,880 yards and 20 touchdowns.

At the Nike Camp in Pennsylvania this year, it was great to see Morelli and Chad Henne competing side by side with each other. Both players have huge upside although Morelli got the nod that day as the camp's top signal caller. He's a tough, competitive player who wants to be the best and has a tireless work ethic.

Robbie Reid 6-3, 220
North Shore (Houston, Texas)
Yet another talented Texan signal caller in what has to be one of the best years for quarterbacks the state has ever produced. With three of our top five and a few others from the state that still have a solid shot at making the EA SPORTS Elite 11, Texas is definitely the place to be when looking for a standout quarterback. Reid is big-time athlete with a great arm and a huge upside He reminds us a lot of Donovan McNabb athletically at the same stage.

As a junior, Reid threw for 1,485 yards and 13 touchdowns while also rushing for 776 yards and 16 more scores. He shows up very well on film boasting a strong arm, great escape-ability and can really run. He has clocked a 10.7 in the 100m and ran a 4.46 in the 40 while jumping 35 inches in the vertical at the Nike Camp in College Station (Texas).

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