T-minus seven days until the kickoff of the 2021 Elite 11 Finals.
Last year’s Elite 11 Finals took place at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tenn., and not Los Angeles, it’s usual home, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But fear not, the camp for the most elite QB prospects in high school football that includes NFL alumni like Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence, and Justin Fields, will return to Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach from June 30 to July 3.
The number of participants changes depending on the year, but the 2021 class will feature 20 QBs from the Class of 2022.
Let’s introduce you to four of those athletes, which is the group invited to the finals who didn’t receive an invite immediately after their regional camp.
High School: PURE Youth (Tenn.)
Weight: 230 lbs
College Commitment: None
The Memphis athlete certainly looks the part with his size and frame. For reference, Carter is just as tall as Patrick Mahomes II of the Kansas City Chiefs and plays at the same weight too.
247 Sports ranks Carter as the 37th QB prospect in his class; he’s received offers from a number of schools in the SEC.
And it’s not difficult to understand why programs like LSU and Auburn want Carter if he throws like this:
Carter’s talent is undeniable; Tennessee offered him a football scholarship as an eighth-grader according to Sports Illustrated.
A strong camp followed by a complete, superb senior season may do wonders for Carter’s recruiting stock. He missed opportunities to play because of the pandemic and an injury two years ago.
But with the ability to make throws like in the following clip, you can’t help but get excited about Carter’s chances to turn some heads at the Elite 11 Finals.
High School: IMG Academy (Fla.)
Weight: 203 lbs
College Commitment: Florida St.
Unfortunately, because of the situation in California with the pandemic, Duffy did not play his junior season and transferred to powerhouse IMG Academy in February of 2021.
Duffy opted to train in Florida versus playing in the spring for Rancho Verde High School, where he went 11-1 as the starting QB in 2019.
40+ schools offered Duffy a scholarship. His arm talent explains why:
FSU secured a verbal commitment from Duffy at the end of April, who 247 Sports ranks the seventh-highest-graded QB in this class.
What’s even more impressive about him is that without having played a single down of high school football in Florida yet, the same recruiting service considers Duffy a top 10 prospect in arguably the premier hotbed for future stars at the college and pro levels.
High School: Clovis High School (Calif.)
Weight: 183 Ibs
College Commitment: Utah
You may be worried about how Johnson’s physical traits translate to the next level. It’s a fair criticism; he looks slightly built.
But, this young man is a freak athlete. Think of DeSean Jackson in a QB’s body because Johnson plays at that speed.
In fact, at the last Elite 11 regional camp in Los Angeles, Johnson tested athletically through the roof:
Brian Stumpf directed the LA regional and said Johnson clocked a 40-yard dash time of 4.56 seconds, which is 0.11 seconds slower than the time he recorded at the Stack Sports Showcase in November of 2020.
“[Johnson] dabbled a little bit at quarterback the last time he played a full season but really played more receiver and was a pretty damn good one,” Stumpf said.
High School: Benedictine Military Academy (Ga.)
Weight: 210 Ibs
College Commitment: Auburn
Geriner’s physical development through high school from a previously recorded 180 lbs to his current playing weight at 210 feels like a good indication the ceiling on his potential has not been reached yet.
He’s also shown tremendous improvement with his game from season to season, nearly doubling his scoring totals while at the same time cutting his turnovers by more than half between 2019 and 2020.
All signs point to another leap in 2021 for Geriner’s senior season, which may lead to an influx of offers from colleges along the west coast and in the midwest. A majority of his offers appear to be from SEC and Group of Five schools in the south.
The Georgia native committed to Auburn’s new head football coach Bryan Harsin in early February, so it’s difficult to imagine he won’t be a Tiger. But who knows how Geriner’s recruiting may pan out if he performs well in Manhattan Beach next week.
“I mean, it’s absolutely a dream come true from so many years ago — a childhood dream,” Geriner told 247 Sports about his Elite 11 Finals invite.