A few years ago, a highly rated quarterback made it out to the Elite 11 finals, and for many watching from the stands, he was one of the top players in the event.
Said quarterback completed a high percentage of his throws with plenty of zip yet many were stunned when he was not named as one of the final 12 from the event. What happened?
The problem was, this particular quarterback (no need to name names) called the wrong protection, the wrong routes for his receivers to run and made the wrong reads about 90% of the time. We say all that to say this: there's a lot more that goes in to who makes the final 12 than just who throws a pretty ball or who has the strongest arm in the group.
We caught up with Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer who broke things down for us in terms of the selection process, how the final 12 are picked and what the Elite 11 staff is looking at.
Dilfer also gave his thoughts on some of the weekends top quarterbacks including Stanford bound Davis Mills, Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa, Clemson commit Hunter Johnson, Penn State commit Sean Clifford, Syracuse commit Tommy DeVito and un-committed signal callers Jack Sears and Tate Martell.