Not only does the NIKE Football Training Camp make its stop in Dallas this weekend but the first regional Elite 11 event of the year will also be taking place. It will be a perfect weekend for football in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with highs in the mid 70’s and no rain.
Five-star David Cornwell will be the highest-rated quarterback in attendance.
It should be a perfect opportunity, then, for players to showcase their skills. And plenty of top prospects will have the chance to do so as the events are absolutely loaded.
The Elite 11 will be held on Saturday afternoon at Valley Ranch, the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility. The NIKE Football Training Camp will take place on Sunday morning at Allen High School’s brand new $60 million football stadium. Today, 247Sports takes a look at the notable and intriguing players that will be in attendance at the Elite 11 event.
Darrell Colbert Jr., Houston (Texas) Lamar – Colbert is on the smaller side at about 5-foot-10.5, 185 pounds but the SMU commit has a cannon for an arm. He helped lead Lamar to the state championship game this season and is one of three players from his school currently committed to the Mustangs.
David Cornwell, Norman (Okla.) North – The five-star prospect was absolutely dominant at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January and has since shot up the rankings. The big passer is likely to put on a show on Saturday as well. He has offers from schools all around the country and will release his top four in the near future. Many expect him to be SEC bound.
Nathan Elliott, Celina (Texas) High (2015) – There are a few passers in the 2015 class that are already starting to make a case as the No. 1 quarterback in the state of Texas. Elliott is one of those. A dual-threat, he still does a good job at events like these.
Justice Hansen, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe – Before Cornwell moved to Oklahoma prior to this past season, Hansen was talked about as being the most highly-recruited passer from the Sooner State in quite some time. The Top247 prospect still has plenty of offers in his own right and could go a long way towards narrowing the gap between Cornwell and himself. Oklahoma and Texas A&M are the two favorites to land his signature.
Brandon Harris, Bossier City (La.) Parkway – The 6-foot-2, 180-pound four-star dual-threat quarterback has been adding new offers seemingly every day over the past month or so. Harris has a strong arm and is a sensational athlete playing the quarterback position but can he put it all together as a complete passer? He is planning to make a decision in July and Arkansas and Nebraska appear to be the two frontrunners.
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Jerrod Heard, Denton (Texas) Guyer – The four-star dual-threat passer was one of the first Texas commitments in the class of 2014. Heard had a huge year running the ball as a junior with over 2,000 yards but his passing numbers fell off a bit from the year before.
JW Ketchum, Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall (2015) – The 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore is one of the most dynamic athletes in the country in the class of 2015 but he wants to be recruited solely as a quarterback. He could go a long way this weekend to showing that schools should do so.
Grayson Muehlstein, Decatur (Texas) High – It was a little surprising when TCU took a pledge from Muehlstein so early, especially with some other targets still on the board. However, head coach Gary Patterson and company have always done a good job evaluating quarterbacks and they saw something they really liked in Muehlstein.
Kyler Murray, Allen (Texas) High (2015) – The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Murray is another making his case to be Texas’ top quarterback in 2015. A sensational athlete, the son of former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray led Allen to a state championship this season and has already picked up a handful of early offers.
Rafe Peavey, Bolivar (Mo.) High – The 6-foot-2, 212-pound four-star Arkansas commit is making the long trip to Dallas to try to prove he belongs in the same group as the other top quarterbacks in the country. Like a lot of the other top prospects at this weekend’s event, he is a dual-threat that also has a very good arm.
Foster Sawyer, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints – The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Sawyer is part of an absolutely loaded junior class at All Saints that already has two members committed to Texas. He has plenty of interest in his own right, though, with offers from the likes of Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma State, TCU and UCLA.
Bowman Sells, Lucas (Texas) Lovejoy (2016) – The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Sells is the lone freshman participating in this weekend’s event. He is used to the pressure, though, as he was the rare freshman to start for a Class 4A team this past fall. He more than held his own, throwing for over 2,600 yards to go along with 25 touchdowns.
Aaron Sharp, Humble (Texas) Summer Creek – The left-handed passer has been a varsity standout since his freshman year and has helped brand new school Summer Creek become a power in the Houston area. Sharp has picked up a couple of offers and he should see that number go up quite a bit more during spring ball.
Ty Storey threw for over 4,000 yards as a sophomore this past season.
Ty Storey, Charleston (Ark.) High (2015) – The 6-foot-3, 216-pound sophomore has been a standout on the camp circuit for the past couple of summers so his huge debut season this year should not have come as a huge surprise. Storey, who holds an early Arkansas State offer, threw for 4,397 yards and 48 touchdowns this season. He should be a national recruit at this time next year.
Ross Trail, Olive Branch (Miss.) High (2015) – Another out-of-state passer from the class of 2015 to make his way to the event, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Trail has an early Memphis offer with a lot more interest. He has made several visits to Arkansas and could compete with Storey to be the Razorbacks’ main target in the 2015 class.
Chason Virgil, Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite (2015) – Along with Elliott and Murray, Virgil is the third of the quarterbacks that are vying for tops in Texas in 2015. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound dual-threat passer has grown a couple of inches over the past year and turned himself into a complete quarterback. Clemson, Missouri and Nebraska have all already taken notice and extended early offers.
Manny Wilkins, Novato (Calif.) San Mateo – The 6-foot-2, 180-pound four-star prospect is traveling farther than anybody else for this weekend’s event. Like many of the others, Wilkins is a dual-threat prospect who could prove himself as a passer. He has offers from Arizona and Utah State but really covets one from Oregon.
Others of note: David Blough, Carrollton (Texas) Creekview; Jourdan Blake, Princeton (Texas) High; Jabe Burgess, Greenwood (Ark.) High; Zach Cripps, League City (Texas) Clear Springs; Cody Ennis, San Antonio (Texas) Madison; Bear Fenimore, Round Rock (Texas) Westwood; Jeff George, Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central; Quentin Gibson, Marrero (La.) Archbishop Shaw; Jarrett Hildreth, League City (Texas) Clear Creek; Jeremy Jones, San Antonio (Texas) East Central; Darius Lee-Campbell, Spring (Texas) High; John Lovett, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha; Ronald Monroe, Richmond (Texas) Bush