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July 21, 2007
The ninth annual Elite 11, which has developed into the premier quarterback event in the nation, kicks off in two days on July 23rd.
A four-day event based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the Elite 11 will actually feature 12 of the best young high school quarterbacks competing and also receiving tutelage from top college counselors as well as the Elite 11 coaching staff.
In week leading up to the start of the event, StudentSportsFootball.com will be looking back at the past Elite 11 classes.
Today, check out the 2004 edition of the Elite 11 and how they've fared since the end of their respective high school careers.
2004 ELITE 11 QUARTERBACKS
Completed 117 of 182 passes for 1,697 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a senior, also running for two scores and catching a touchdown pass. Led the Florida all-stars to a victory over California in CaliFlorida Bowl VI. Passed for 2,300 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior in 2003, completing 120 of 200 passes with nine interceptions. Participated at the NIKE Camp and EA SPORTS Elite 11 workout in Miami. Signed with Nebraska and saw action in three games as a true freshman, completing one of 10 passes for 21 yards with an interception. Transferred to North Carolina State prior to the '06 season and will compete for the starting job in fall camp for '07.
Had a productive senior season, hitting 180 of 311 passes for 2,924 yards and 36 touchdowns with 11 interceptions in just 10 games, also adding 292 yards and six scores rushing to earn all-state honors. Was a second team all-state pick as a junior, leading Lockport to a Class 8A state title, hitting 227 of 458 passes for 3,767 yards and 33 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. Also rushed for 400 yards and seven touchdowns. Also an outstanding baseball player. Participated at the Elite 11 workouts in Iowa City and Las Vegas. Signed with Iowa and redshirted in 2005. Serving as the backup, saw action in five games in '06, putting forth his best outing against Northern Illinois in his first collegiate start, completing 19 of 30 passes for 256 yards a touchdown. Enters 2007 as the Hawkeyes' starter with the graduation of Drew Tate.
Earned State Player of the Year, all-state and EA SPORTS All-American honors as a senior in 2004, leading Independence to another state title and a 15-0 record. Set a state record with 66 touchdown passes, completing 239 of 361 passes for 4,506 yards with just five interceptions. Was an all-state and Student Sports Junior All-American selection in 2003. leading Independence to an undefeated season and state title. Completed 237 of 373 passes for 3,983 yards with 43 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Showed well at the NIKE Camp and Elite 11 workout in Atlanta. Took over the Independence starting job for four-year starter and another Elite 11 QB Chris Leak. Signed with Georgia and redshirted as a freshman in 2005. Competed with 2005 Elite 11 QB Matthew Stafford and two others for the Georgia starting job in 2006 and appeared in four games with one start coming on the road vs. Ole Miss. Came off the bench to lead the Bulldogs to a victory over Colorado, hitting 10 of 13 passes for 154 yards and twp TDs. Earned SEC Freshmen of the week honors for his performance against Colorado. Finished the year 17 of 28 for 225 yards with two scores and one interception. Enters 2007 as Stafford's primary backup.
Had a tremendous senior year, completing 132 of 232 passes for 2,259 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions, also rushing for 718 yards and 12 scores and totaling 147 tackles and intercepting three passes on defense. Was solid as a junior, completing 114 of 224 passes for 1,652 yards with 15 TDs and six interceptions. Shined at the NIKE Camp and Elite 11 workout in Atlanta. Was a ballboy at the 2003 Elite 11. Signed with Tennessee where he redshirted in 2005 after having shoulder surgery. Had a strong spring in '06 and emerged as Erik Ainge's primary backup entering the 2006 season. Saw action in five games in '06, making starts versus LSU and Arkansas while Ainge was injured. Best outing came against Arkansas, where he was 16 of 34 for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Hit 31 of 66 passes on the year for 401 yards with four scores and two interceptions. Enters '07 as the primary backup to the senior Ainge.
Was selected as the EA SPORTS National Player of the Year, State Player of the Year and all-state in 2004, leading Southlake Carroll to a 16-0 record, state title and FAB 50 National Championship. Completed 298 of 461 passes for 4,558 yards and 48 touchdowns with 14 interceptions as a senior, also rushing 248 times for 1,371 yards and 21 more touchdowns. Was also dominant as a junior, being named the State 5A Offensive Player of the Year after leading Southlake Carroll to a 15-1 record, passing for 3,681 yards and 42 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,529 yards and 18 more scores. Played wide receiver as a sophomore and was also a standout baseball player for the Dragons. Signed with Missouri and saw significant action as a true freshman behind Brad Smith, playing in 10 games and completing 38 of 66 passes for 347 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Also rushed 39 times for 57 yards and a score. Came in for an injured Smith versus Iowa State and rallied the Tigers from a 24-14 deficit to a 27-24 overtime win, hitting 16 of 23 passes for 185 yards in the game, including the game-tying TD pass with just 20 seconds remaining. Emerged as the Tigers starter for the 2006 season and led Missouri to the Sun Bowl and an eight-win season. Was selected to the 2006 2nd-Team All-Big 12 Team and twice earned Big 12 Offensive player of the week honors. Led the Tigers to eight regular season wins, just the 10th time in school history. Shattered MU single-season records for passing yards (3,527), and passing TDs (28), among many other records. Also broke Smith's season record for TDs responsible for, with 32, and total offense, with a record 3,906 yards of offense - his per-game average of 300.5 ranked 5th in the NCAA. Hit 287 of 452 passes for 3,527 yards and 28 TDs with 10 picks on the year, also rushing for 379 yards and four scores. Enters '07 as one of college football's most productive returning signal callers and will return to be a college counselor at the 2007 Elite 11.
Took Mainland deep into the playoffs as a senior before an elbow injury sidelined him and the Bucs title hopes. Completed 122 of 224 passes for 1,935 yards with 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 2004, also rushing for six TDs. Led Mainland to its first ever state title as a junior in 2003, hitting 94 of 164 passes for 1,260 yards with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions, earning Class 5A all-state honorable mention honors. Also started as a sophomore and freshman, throwing for 1,556 yards and 11 TDs as a soph and 956 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman in 2001. Attended the NIKE Camp in Miami and Elite 11 workouts in Miami and Las Vegas. Signed with Georgia Tech and redshirted in 2005. Was Tech's third-string QB during the '06 season, attempting just one pass. Transferred to Marshall this spring, where he will have to sit out the 2007 season.
Hit 148 of 241 passes for 2,326 yards and 22 touchdowns with eight interceptions as a senior, leading Edison to an 8-4 record. Had a huge junior season, passing for 2,602 yards and 34 touchdowns with just five interceptions, earning Cal-Hi Sports 2nd Team all-state underclass honors. Attended the NIKE Camp in Stanford and the Elite 11 workouts in both Berkeley and Las Vegas. Signed with Washington State and redshirted as a freshman in 2005. Broke his leg prior to the start of the '06 season and then became academically ineligible. Landed at College of the Sequoias this spring and will hope to start there this fall.
Earned EA SPORTS All-American and State Player of the Year honors after an amazing senior season in 2004, in which he accounted for an amazing 69 touchdowns and 5,000 yards of total offense in 13 games. Completed 225 of 352 passes for 3,546 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions, rushed 226 times for 1,476 yards and 37 more touchdowns while also returning a punt and an interception for scores. Was the District 6-5A Player of the Year, Class 5A all-state and a Student Sports Junior All-American in 2003, completing 119 of 209 passes for 2,404 yards for 26 touchdowns and just six interceptions, also rushing 136 times for 1,274 yards and 21 scores. Attended the NIKE Camp in Baton Rouge. Committed to Texas in the summer but chose to sign with LSU, where he redshirted as a freshman in 2005 behind JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn. Saw very limited time at the end of a few games serving as a backup in 2006. Currently is suspended due to off the field troubles and it is unclear of what his status will be heading into the 2007 season.
Led McClymonds to a berth in the Oakland Section finals as a senior, hitting 80 of 156 passes for 1,407 yards with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Had a tough year as a junior, missing five games with a fractured thumb but still earning all-city honors, passing for 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns. Had solid showings at both the NIKE Camp in Stanford and the Elite 11 workout in Berkeley. Signed with Cal and redshirted in 2005. Did not see any action for the Golden Bears in 2006 as the team's No. 4 quarterback. Enters the '07 season competing with another Elite 11 alum, Kevin Riley, for the primary backup spot behind Nate Longshore.
Earned all-state and EA SPORTS All-American honors as a senior, leading Mission to a 14-0 record and a Southern Section title. Threw 24 touchdowns to just four interceptions and completed 151 of 240 passes for 2,441 yards. Was a Cal-Hi Sports 2nd team all-state underclass selection as a junior, completing 143 of 191 passes for 2,460 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Stood out at the NIKE Camp in San Diego. Signed with USC over Texas and redshirted in 2005. Lost a battle for the Trojans starting quarterback position to John David Booty in 2006. Hit 3-of-7 passes for 63 yards in six games of action behind Booty in '06. Will serve as Booty's primary backup again this fall with his eye on the starting job come '08.
Despite missing nearly three games as a senior, Schoenhoft led St. X to a 10-2 mark, completing 88 of 182 passes for 1,268 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Completed 78 of 170 passes as a junior, for 1,200 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. Attended the NIKE Camp in Columbus as well as the Elite 11 workout in Iowa. Signed with Ohio State over Michigan and redshirted in the fall of 2005. Completed his first and only pass in a game against Cincinnati during the 2006 season, while sitting behind seniors Troy Smith and Justin Zwick. Will compete for the starting job in 2007.
Led St. Mary's to its first-ever section title and was the Area Player of the Year as a senior in 2004, passing for 2,734 yards on 156 of 254 passing with 32 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Hit 64 of 92 passes for 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions as a part-time starter his junior year. Showed well at the NIKE Camp in Stanford as well as the Elite 11 workouts in Berkeley and Las Vegas. Signed with Arizona and burst onto the scene late in the 2005 season, relieving starter Richard Kovalcheck in Arizona's seventh game and leading the 3-8 'Cats to a 2-2 record in the final four games as the starter, including a 335-yard, 2 TD performance in a win over Oregon State on the road in his first start and a 52-14 rout over previously undefeated UCLA in his second. Finished the year 82 of 142 passing for 1,105 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions. Made his presence felt in 2006 for the Wildcats, as despite missing much of five games due to a concussion, put up some very good numbers and led Arizona to a couple of impressive wins. Completed 118 of 211 passes, throwing for 1,335 yards and 7 touchdowns with six interceptions. Had a stretch of 93 consecutive passes thrown without an interception during the season and led a late-season three game winning streak after missing two games to help the 'Cats finish 6-6. Enters '07 poised for big things as Arizona implements a Texas Tech-style spread offense.
Stay tuned tomorrow as the spotlight is shined on the Elite 11 quarterbacks from the year 2004!
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