Columbus Elite 11 Preview
Caleb Henderson
Caleb Henderson
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 30, 2013


Several committed players, including a handful of Scout 300 prospects, and a number of guys with offers, as well as those looking to earn them headline our look at Saturday's event.

On Saturday (1pm-4pm) at Ohio State, a group of quarterback prospects will look to improve their games, and potentially earn an invite to the prestigious Elite 11, taking place in Oregon this year. Scout will have full coverage of the event. Here is a look at who some of the top expected attendees are.

Coming in Committed

North Carolina verbal Caleb Henderson (Lake Braddock, Va.) is a four-star prospect and one of the top ten quarterbacks in the country. He is the number eight prospect, and the player right in front of him at seven is Drew Barker, who recently committed to Kentucky and will be in attendance on Saturday as well. He also performed at the Chicago event.

Henderson's future rival, North Carolina State commit Jalan McClendon will make the trip from Charlotte (West Mecklenburg HS). He is a good sized kid at 6'5, 195-pounds with a good arm. Florida State commit J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh Central Catholic) is a big, classic dropback passer at 6'5, 225-pounds. Fellow ACC commit Darius Wade (Middletown, Del.), headed to Boston College will attend his second Elite 11 event after also performing in April's Virginia camp.

Three future Big Ten quarterbacks will meet in Columbus: Michigan State commit Chris Durkin (Youngstown Ursuline, Ohio), Tyler Weigers (Detroit Country Day, Mich.) headed to Rutgers, and Northwestern pledge Clayton Thorson (Wheaton North, Ill.) will give us a look into the conference's future.

Louisville commit Reggie Bonnafon (Trinity HS), will look to show that he's a quarterback after playing wide receiver a year ago. TCU commit Grayson Muehlstein will come all the way up from Texas to compete, Washington State verbal Peyton Bender comes from Florida, and Syracuse commit A.J. Long will travel in from Pennsylvania.

We will also get a look at two future MAC rivals, as David Morrison (Fort Wayne Concordia), a Ball State commit, will compete with Joey Duckworth (Louisville, Ohio), who will be an Ohio Bobcat.

Holding Offers

Of the uncommitted guys, one of the big names is DeShone Kizer (Toledo Central Catholic, Ohio), who holds a number of major offers including LSU, Alabama and more. Fellow Ohioan Adam Bertke, has offers from Illinois and Toledo.

Chase Litton from Wharton (Fla.) also has an offer from LSU Tigers, along with several others. Brandon Dawkins (Oaks Christian, Ca.) is at three offers, including Notre Dame and North Carolina State.

East region prospects attending include Briar Woods (Va.) signal caller Trace McSorley, who holds a handful of offers, including Boston College, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Chandler Kincade (Blackhawk, Pa.) has several BCS offers, and Colar Kuhns (Clavert Hall, Md.) has offers from Toledo and Iowa, and Miles Wright from Tabor Academy (Ma.) has UMass.

Luke Rubenzer is coming all the way out from Saguaro (Az.) and holds seven offers. Ithaca (Mich.) senior to be Travis Smith is a multiple state title winning quarterback with several offers and has some major programs looking to potentially jump in.

From the south, Sean White from University School (Fla.) has a number of major offers. Briarwood (Ala.) Christian's Will Edwards currently has an offer from Middle Tennessee State. John Wolford of Bishop Kenney (Fla.) has a handful of offers including Mississippi State.

The Young Guns

Lee's Summit (Mo.) 2015 prospect Drew Lock already has an offer from Missouri.

Shea Patterson, a Texas product just coming out of his freshman year, has an Arizona offer. Fellow class of 2016 member Noah Wezensky recently landed his first offer from Akron and Sonny Abramson (Pope John XXIII, NJ) has a Rutgers offer.

Butler (NC) rising junior Anthony Ratliff has a Clemson offer.

Ashwaubenon (Wisc.) rising junior James Morgan is a good-sized youngster who performed well in Chicago.

In addition to the players mentioned above, a number of others will be looking to have big days and put their names in the spotlight. Scout will have full coverage of this event and the NFTC, including photos, video, scouting reports, interviews, amd more.


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