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Elite 11 Chicago Recap

LAKE BARRINGTON, Ill.Kyle Allen made his case as one of the best quarterbacks in the nation early Friday evening.

Top50 QB Kyle Allen dominated Friday's Elite 11 Regional in earning an invite to the national event.

Making the trek from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Allen dominated the Elite 11 Regional in the Chicago suburbs, earning the day’s only invite to the Elite 11 national event to be held the last weekend in June at the Nike facility in Oregon.

Upon arrival at the Lake Barrington Fieldhouse, Allen was easy to notice right away. The athletic signal-caller with a fluid throwing motion has the arm strength and the touch. He throws the football well on the run and he was very accurate, hitting receivers between the numbers down the field. Along with his invite to the Elite 11 national event, Allen was also one of six quarterbacks to take home a Golden Gun Accuracy jersey.

Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 5 quarterback and No. 50 prospect overall, Allen added offers this week from Notre Dame and Ohio State. He’ll visit Wisconsin on Saturday. Other programs to offer includes UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

Allen was on the money in his two-minute drill to end the camp, closing his day out with a bang.

Top Six

At the end of the camp, former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer and his fellow camp coaches selected their top six quarterback to run the two-minute drill.

Allen was joined by Arkansas commit Rafe Peavey, SMU commit Darrell Colbert Jr., Michigan State commit Chris Durkin, Carrollton (Texas) Creekview’s David Blough and Hebron (Ky.) Conner’s Drew Barker.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Peavey had perhaps the strongest arm of all the signal-callers on hand, throwing the football with a ton of velocity. The Bolivar (Mo.) High four-star standout spun it well and as he continues to develop consistency with his footwork, he’ll become a more accurate passer. Earned praise from Dilfer all night.

Arkansas commit Rafe Peavey impressed with his arm strength.

Out of Houston (Texas) Lamar, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Colbert Jr. came out of the gate on fire and also took home a Golden Gun Accuracy jersey.

No quarterback in the building was as physically impressive as the 6-foot-4, 216-pound Durkin. The future Spartan from Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline got things going in the middle of the camp as his confidence grew. The four-star talent was especially sharp on the deep dig route and deep curl route.

Nobody improved their stock more than the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Blough, who was the day’s most consistent performer outside of Allen. Blough gets the football out quick and was sharp much of the evening. Purdue could be closest to offering.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Barker proved that he could make all the throws on Friday. A very good athlete at the quarterback position, the four-star Barker has all the physical tools college coaches are looking for.

Anticipate a few more from this group in Chicago to eventually earn an invitation to the Elite 11 National Event.

Around The Facility

-Blackshear (Ga.) Pierce County four-star Tyler Harris and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard’s Bud Martin each made a strong case to throw in that final six. Like Barker, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Harris has the size, strength and ability recruiters covet. He made plenty of good throws on Friday, as did the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Martin, who was hitting receivers in stride and ripping nice pass after nice pass. Martin also won a Golden Gun accuracy award jersey.

-A few underclassmen stood out among the rest with another Arizona quarterback leading the way. Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle’s Brian Lewerke showed good footwork and nice touch delivering the football. UCLA and Northwestern are showing early interest. Newhall (Calif.) Hart quarterback Brady White looked effortless throwing the football and along with Peavey had one of the strongest arms in the building. Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian quarterback Jon Wassink threw it well, as did Oak Lawn (Ill.) Richards Hasan Muhammad-Rogers. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound Muhammad-Rogers is a similar player to Colbert Jr. as an accurate playmaker. Gary (Ind.) West Side quarterback Ramone Atkins throws a nice deep ball and is one of the Hoosier State’s best in his class.

-Danville (Ill.) High dual-threat quarterback Trent Sherfield has offers from Indiana and Northern Illinois. Also recruited as a defensive back, Sherfield showed why he is a talented high school quarterback, performing well in drills.

News & Notes

Coming back from an injury, Wheaton (Ill.) North four-star quarterback Clayton Thorson, a Northwestern commit, did not participate.

Joining Allen, Colbert Jr., and Martin as Golden Gun Accuracy award jersey winners were Carroll (Iowa) Kuemper’s Cole Neary, Lebanon (Ind.) High’s Isaac Harker and Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Oaks Christian’s Chase Gardella.

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