Jarrett Stidham, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback from Stephenville (Texas) High took home MVP honors at the Elite 11 camp in Dallas.
The honor earned him an invite to The Opening to compete as one of the finalists for the top spot at the final Elite 11 national competition.
Scout National Recruiting Director Scott Kennedy agreed with the Stidham pick.
I thought Stidham was an easy choice for Elite 11 MVP for what the participants are asked to do on the day," Kennedy said of the No. 4 overall rated thrower in the country.
"He threw the ball with accuracy and velocity while showing a quick release. There were other quarterbacks who were as accurate o the day, but non showed the combination of quick, easy release and the strong arm that Stidham showed."
"What the Elite 11 counselors end up doing after each camp can be a crap shoot since they're not evaluating the prospects as college prospects, but I thought it was a no brainer that he'd be selected for The Opening; he had the best showing to date."
Stidham was fired up about the MVP and getting the chance to compete at the finals.
"It's huge," Stidham said with a smile and a sigh of relief. "I think it was just last week that I was looking at the Elite 11 and all the finalists from last year. I am glad to be a part of the fraternity."
"This is a humbling experience, some of the best coaches in the world when it comes to this position, so I am just excited to be the MVP and just keep moving to get to the finals."
Stidham is the eighth known selection for the Elite 11 finals joining Kyler Murray, Blake Barnett, Deondre Francois, De'Andre Johnson, Drew Lock, Josh Rosen and Brandon Wimbush.
As a junior, he passed for over 2,700 yards and rushed for nearly 1,000 scoring 46 touchdowns earning 7-3A MVP honors.
Stidham, who is rated as a Scout four-star prospect, the No. 4 quarterback in the country nationally, is committed to Texas Tech.
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