With solid, poised performance, Deshaun Watson makes the cut for final Elite 11

Unheralded, uncommitted Sean White of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. named Elite 11 MVP

Football - Deshaun Watson

Football - Deshaun Watson

During a week in which some quarterbacks with the highest expectations struggled and others who started out under-the-radar soared, Clemson-bound Deshaun Watson held his own.

That was good enough to make the final Elite 11 list at the conclusion of the combined Elite 11 Camp/The Opening at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

Watson, who'll enter his senior season as the leading passer in Georgia high school football history, earned high marks for his accuracy, decision-making and coachability.

Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer said that Watson is perhaps the most college-ready player among the 18 competitors.

Sean White of Ft. Lauderdale, who is one of the few Elite 11 quarterbacks not yet committed to a college, was named MVP.

The seven players who didn't make the final Elite 11 included two of the nation's highest profile players: Stanford commitment Keller Chryst of Palo Alto, Calif., and Alabama-cound David Cromwell of Norman, Okla. Others who failed to make the cut were Manny WIlkins of Novato, Calif., Morgan Mahalek of Kentfield, Calif., Stephen Collier of Leesburg, Ga., DeShone Kizer of Toledo, Ohio, and Andrew Ford of Camp Hill, Pa.

The Elite 11

Sean White, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South: Unheralded going into the camp, White impressed from start to finish in earning MVP honors. "His accurate isn't just accurate - it's exact," Dilfer told ESPN. "It's an NFL type of ball. I'm stealing this from Steve Young, but he has an artistic ball. He paints a picture with his ball."

Kyle Allen, Scottsdale, Ariz/Desert Mountain: The Texas A&M commitment won the first-day accuracy competition.

Drew Barker, Hebron, Ky./ Conner HS: Rated as the nation's No. 6 pocket passer by ESPN, he's committed to Kentucky.

David Blough, Carrollton, Texas/Creekview HS: Ranked just No. 42 among pocket passers coming into the competition, the Purdue commit turned some heads, both in Elite 11 and 7-on-7 competition.

K.J. Carta-Samuels, San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep: Another under-the-radar competitor who excelled on the big stage, he's committed to Vanderbilt.

Will Grier, Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day: A small-school quarterback with a big arm, he's committed to Florida.

Jerrod Heard, Denton, Texas/Guyer High: Ranked as the nation's No. 5 dual threat QB by ESPN, he's committed to Texas.

Brad Kaaya, West Hills, Calif./Chaminade College Prep: The Miami commitment impressed Dilfer with his ability "to make the extremely difficult look really easy."

Jacob Park, Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford High: The Georgia commitment is ranked as the No. 6 dual-threat QB in the nation by ESPN.

Luke Rubenzer, Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro HS: Another under-the-radar performance, he came into the competition with a No. 31 rating among dual threat QBs, but was particularly impressive in 7-of-7 play. He's committed to California.

Deshaun Watson, Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville HS: He entered the competition as the No. 1 dual-threat QB in the nation, and he didn't disappoint. Just like on the field, he showed poise under pressure.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

When your quarterback is as good as Tajh Boyd and you wish it was next year so you can watch the new guy (Deshaun Watson) you must be mentally deranged. Just plain dumb may be a better explanation. That is almost me!!!

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to rsb8931#286014:

When your quarterback is as good as Tajh Boyd and you wish it was next year so you can watch the new guy (Deshaun Watson) you must be mentally deranged. Just plain dumb may be a better explanation. That is almost me!!!

I understand totally! If we can keep this recruiting class in tact, this one is pretty nice! I know that doesn't necessarily translate into W's right away but I believe we have some pretty good guys already in place for these guys to build on. Watson will definitely have some solid competition if he plans to come in and play right away. But let's get him here first!

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