Could a “Thank You” card to the Elite 11 committee come from Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar quarterback Chase Garbers soon?
Before the 2017 signal caller got his invitation to the prestigious event, Garbers was a mid-major recruit with his biggest scholarship offer coming from Boise State.
“I had a little bit of anxiety [about landing offers]," Garbers said. "But, it didn’t worry me as much. I knew something would come soon.”
Once he got the green light to compete in the Redondo Beach event in February, along came scholarship pledges from the ACC, Pac-12 and Big 10.
“With the Elite 11 invitation, it definitely helped a lot," Garbers said. "After that invite, I ended up with five more offers in three days."
Now, he has gone from mid-major recruit to one of the hottest quarterbacks in the state. Boston College, Wake Forest, Arizona State, Washington State and Illinois are in hot pursuit of the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Garbers.
An offer from UCLA offer is also imminent, after Garbers took an unofficial visit to the Westwood campus earlier this month and engaged in friendly conversations with the Bruins coaching staff.
Last season, Garbers led the Sea Kings to a 9-3 mark, throwing for 2,715 yards, 33 touchdowns and throwing just three interceptions. He also added 457 yards and seven TDs on the ground, good enough for second on the team.
Aside from the Elite 11 invite helping to raise his profile, Garbers cites his Gridiron Gamechangers 7-on-7 coaches James Finley and Kordell Knox as two important figures during this spring period.
“They’ve helped me out a bunch,” Garbers said. “They tell me about how the recruiting process goes and how to act. The guys around me are awesome.”
Recently, Garbers took part in the Passing Down 7-on-7 challenge on March 20. Garbers led Gamechangers to a top-four finish in the 62-team tournament, solidifying their place in Passing Down’s Best of the West regional set for Sunday, April 24, which only invites the top qualifying teams from PD tournaments.
Garbers showed pinpoint accuracy with his throws and displayed good chemistry with another Corona Del Mar stud: 2018 tight end Tae Le Le, who became Garbers’ security blanket underneath, as well as a deep threat.
Even with 11 reported offers, Garbers said he believes he has things to fine tune.
“Just with my arm strength, working on my reads, getting the ball through tighter windows; something I don’t always see at my high school,” he said.
As for his strengths?
“My footwork, my ability to process the offense and my mental ability all helps a lot," Garbers said. "To be a quarterback, you’ve got to have some physical attributes, but also the mental side.”
So now with multiple offers on his table, which school will get the California fast riser and when will Garbers make his collegiate decision?
“I’ll probably commit in the beginning of July," Garbers said. "Got to get my visits in."