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Elite 11: Saturday Superlatives

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.- It's Saturday at the Elite 11 finals at Union High and that means that the event that showcases many of the top quarterback prospects in the country is moving toward the finals.

Christian Hackenberg's mechanics are the best thus far at the Elite 11 finals.

With that, we take a look at the best so far in a number of categories.

Best Mechanics

Christian Hackenberg- For a guy who doesn't have a quarterback coach, Hackenberg’s release, carriage point, weight distribution, and feet are all outstanding. Add that to his size, athleticism, and arm strength and it’s easy to see why he’s a five-star candidate. Hackenberg looks like he could be the top quarterback prospect in the nation when throwing on air, but needs to show consistency in live action.

Honorable Mention: Kevin Olsen


Davis Webb- Webb’s appearance off the field is deceiving, but once he’s in live action the Texas Tech commit shows a willingness and confidence to take chances and make high level plays.

Honorable Mention: Shane Morris, Riley Ferguson

Strongest Arm

USC quarterback commit Max Browne, the nation's top quarterback prospect, has been the most consistent performer at the Elite 11 finals.

Shane Morris- Morris’ arm strength was a well known commodity coming into this event, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that he has the best arm in attendance. At times the velocity on his ball rivals that of some of the college counselors.

Honorable Mention: Asiantii Woulard, Christian Hackenberg

Football junkie

Austin Allen- Austin is the son of longtime Arkansas assistant Bobby Allen and brother of current Razorbacks QB, Brandon. In talking and observing Allen, it’s evident he has the event in perspective and is focused on business. He’s a “football guy” and isn’t into the hype.

Honorable Mention: Davis Webb

Most consistent

Max Browne- Browne has been steady in every setting to this point in his career. That’s not to say he never makes mistakes, but the Seattle area five-star’s touch, accuracy, anticipation, and understanding of the game help to minimize errors.

Honorable Mention: Kevin Olsen

Georgia quarterback commit Brice Ramsey was outstanding during 7on7 work Friday night at the Elite 11 finals.

Best work ethic

Malik Zaire- The Notre Dame pledge is taking full advantage of the Elite11 coaching staff as he can be seen putting in extra work during his down time. Zaire is in a high school offense that rarely asks him to pass, so this event has provided him with an opportunity to get priceless reps and coaching.

Honorable Mention: Devante Kincade

Most improved day 1-2

Tyrone Swoopes: Swoopes’ physical tools aren’t in question. He possesses size, good athleticism, and a strong arm. Fresh off a less than stellar performance at The Opening, the Texas commit was pressing a bit on day one but settled down on day two and delivered some nice passes.

Honorable Mention: Asiantii Woulard

Most improved day 2-3

Brice Ramsey- Ramsey made a substantial jump on day three turning in one of the better 7-on-7 sessions we witnessed. Things slowed down a bit for the Georgia Bulldog pledge who comes from a Wing-T offense in high school.

Ohio State commit JT Barrett, the nation's top dual-threat quarterback prospect, has impressed with his quickness during the Elite 11 finals.

Honorable Mention: Christian Hackenberg


JT Barrett- Quickness in drops, decision-making, and getting rid of the ball is the primary difference between the high school participants and college counselors. Barrett has shown he’s among the fastest in those areas through three days of action.

Honorable Mention: Shane Morris

Under the lights

Cooper Bateman- The Alabama commitment is developing a reputation as a gamer in that he turns things up a notch in live action. This was also the case at The Opening where he improved as the event wore on, eventually leading his team to the 7-on-7 title.

Honorable Mention: Joshua Dobbs

College fit

Troy Williams- Williams is an outstanding fit at Washington and in the wide open Pac-12. The Los Angeles native possesses a similar skill set as current Huskies starter Keith Price.

Honorable Mention: Johnny Stanton (Nebraska), Max Browne (USC)


Asiantii Woulard- 247Sports tabbed Woulard as a four-star prospect following his performance at the Orlando NFTC and the South Florida commit has continued to impress at the Elite 11. Woulard possesses the requisite size, arm strength, and athleticism you like to see in top quarterback prospects and also has significant upside as he’s still new to the position. We also like his confidence and willingness to throw the ball downfield.

Honorable Mention: Joshua Dobbs

National Recruiting Director JC Shurburtt contributed to this report

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