Being named “Elite 11” hasn’t always spelled success for SEC QB recruits

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The Elite 11 quarterback camp can project the future of quarterbacking, both at the college and NFL levels. In other instances? Not so much.

Andrew Luck is a good example of that. As far as SEC quarterbacks are concerned, Tim Tebow obviously lived up to his Elite 11 finish in 2005. Matt Stafford, Jamarcus Russell, A.J. McCarron, Chris Leak, Aaron Murrray, Blaine Gabbert and Casey Clausen all made the cut. Of course Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, Connor Shaw and Jay Cutler didn’t, so not everybody is projected perfectly.

The camp began in 1999, with the nation’s best handful of QBs coming to California to work with some of the best instructors and current and past NFL greats. The past two years, the event has been held in conjunction with NIKE’s The Opening camp in Beaverton, Oregon. This year’s camp–which actually is going on this week in Oregon–features Mizzou commit Drew Lock, Alabama’s Blake Barnett, Florida’s Sheriron Jones and Texas A&M’s Kyler Murray.

Here’s a list of SEC quarterbacks who were named Elite 11 at the camp since its inception in 1999 and how they panned out. Several did pan out, many others didn’t.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Not all invitees to the finals end up being named “Elite 11”. The finalists are ranked at the end of the camp and the counselors determine who gets that final distinction.

Brock Berlin Florida Didn’t play much at Fla., transferred to Miami
Casey Clausen Tennessee Named 2002 Citrus Bowl MVP
John Rattay Tennessee Ended up going JUCO and then to Arizona
Ingle Martin Florida Transferred to Furman after 2 seasons and did well
D.J. Shockley Georgia Ended up drafted by Atlanta Falcons; 1st team SEC
Brodie Croyle Alabama Drafted by Kansas City Chiefs after solid career
Gavin Dickey Florida Eventually ended up going the pro baseball route
Chris Leak Florida Started for four seasons and won a national title
Andre Woodson Kentucky Threw for a ton of yards at Ky. Drafted by Giants
Blake Mitchell S. Carolina First starting QB for Steve Spurrier at S. Carolina
JaMarcus Russell LSU First-round draft pick, NFL; first team all SEC
Robert Lane Ole Miss Didn’t quite pan out for the Rebels
Justin Midgett Florida Transferred to Eastern Illinois after signing w/Gators
Cornelius Ingram Florida Ended up as tight end, drafted by Eagles
A.J. Bryant Georgia Ended up playing wide receiver
Chase Patton Mizzou A career backup for Mizzou
Joe Cox Georgia Eventually started for the Bulldogs
Jonathan Crompton Tennessee Was drafted by the Chargers in 2010
Chase Daniel Mizzou Ended up being a Heisman finalist
Ryan Perrilloux LSU Was 2007 SEC Title game MVP
Neil Caudle Auburn Was on 2010 national title team
Mitch Mustain Arkansas Prep Nat. Player of Year; transfer to SoCal
Jevan Snead Ole Miss Began college career with Texas
Matt Stafford Georgia Number one NFL draft pick
Tim Tebow Florida 2007 Heisman Trophy winner
John Brantley Florida National prep player of the year in 2007
Stephen Garcia S. Carolina Led first ever S.C. win over No. 1 team-Bama
Jarrett Lee LSU National championship ring in 2007
Ryan Mallett Arkansas Began career at Michigan
Logan Gray Georgia Ended up at Colorado
Blaine Gabbert Mizzou First round NFL draft pick
Star Jackson Alabama Ended up with Georgia State
Raymond Cotton Ole Miss Bounced from school to school
A.J. McCarron Alabama Highly successful college career
Zach Mettenberger Georgia Eventually transferred to LSU
Aaron Murray Georgia Beat out Mettenberger; 4yr career
Rob Bolden LSU Began career at Penn State
Tyler Bray Tennessee Had solid career with Vols
Barry Brunetti Ole Miss Began career at West Virginia
Philip Sims Alabama Ended up transferring to Virginia
Jeff Driskel Florida Will start for his 3rd season this fall
Phillip Ely Alabama Has left Alabama’s program
Kiehl Frazier Auburn Has left the Auburn program
Zeke Pike Auburn Has left Auburn program for Louisville
Luke Del Rio Alabama Has transferred to Oregon State
Josh Dobbs Tennessee Played much of 2013 for Vols
Kyle Allen Texas A&M The future of Aggies football
Drew Barker Kentucky Could be the “guy” this fall
Will Grier Florida Parade National Player of the Year
Jacob Park Georgia South Carolina native primed to play
Sean White Auburn Was Elite 11 MVP last summer


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  • interesting collection of names and results

  • Devante Kincade for Ole Miss? Dallas Elite 11 MVP and Elite 11 finalist…

    • Danny, I probably could have worded it better. Devante didn’t finish as an Elite 11 QB in the finals rankings. He did get invited though, you’re right. For instance, in the first ranking released this week in Oregon, Drew Lock and Blake Barnett (Mizzou and Bama) have been ranked within the Elite 11, while Kyler Murray and Sheriron Jones (TAMU and Fla.) haven’t yet. If that ranking held, Murray and Jones wouldn’t be considered final “Elite 11” QBs. I tweaked my wording some so that’s a bit easier to follow. The QBs listed on the above chart were ALL referred to as Elite 11 QBs after the final camp rankings.


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