Fresh off an NFL draft that saw two Pac-12 quarterbacks selected in the top 10 picks, the conference looks to be reloading.
In conjunction with 247Sports, the Elite 11 announced its final field of 12 quarterbacks on Monday, one day after the Elite 11 Finals wrapped up. Three Pac-12 targets made the cut.
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Morris, who will be a senior at Graham-Kapowsin High School in the fall, committed to the Huskies nearly a year ago. The 4-star passer is the No. 1 recruit in the state of Washington, No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation and No. 80 prospect overall.
“It feels great because ever since I was a little kid, I’ve grown up watching the Elite 11 competition and I dreamed of being part of it and now I am, so it’s exciting,” Morris said of making the Elite 11 Finals, via 247Sports’ Scott Eklund. “I know they have a lot of great players there, so it’s just going to be fun to go down and compete and see how I do. It’s exciting.”
Morris’ inclusion and ability to make it through to the final group is impressive, considering he suffered an ankle injury in November that required the insertion of screws. He’s working back toward growing into a Division I quarterback, and likely has extra time to do so with his commitment to the Huskies firm.
“Well, I lost some weight since I couldn’t really lift and work out,” Morris said. “I’m at 6’1” and 195 pounds. I definitely want to get over 200 by the start of the season and that should be pretty easy to do now that I can start lifting and running again.
“I just want to be the best quarterback I can be so I’m working a lot on film study and making sure I am getting our guys out throwing a lot and getting our timing down.”
Evans committed to Colorado in January but has continued to receive offers from major programs, including Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi and Texas A&M. The Monument, Colo., native got his first taste of his dream in a youth football camp at Colorado’s Folsom Field, and decided in the first month of 2018 to make it his future home.
“I have always dreamed of playing at CU so with the new hire of Kurt Roper (as the Buffaloes’ quarterbacks coach), I felt ready to commit,” Evans said when asked to detail his commitment, per 247Sports’ Adam Munsterteiger.
“Coach Roper actually offered me (when he was) at South Carolina so he was already really interested in me,” Evans, a 3-star recruit, said. “With his experience of putting guys in the NFL, it kind of tied everything together,” he added. “All the stars aligned for CU, I guess. (Co-offensive coordinator and receivers) coach (Darrin) Chiaverini hugged me several times after I committed, and they were all very excited. So it was a great atmosphere.”
The lone member of this trio without a firm commitment is Daniels, who has 25 offers, including six from Pac-12 schools. In his first two seasons (not counting his most recent junior campaign), Daniels completed 58.1 percent of his passes for over 4,000 yards and a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 48:15, per MaxPreps.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound, 4-star passer is the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country, No. 15 recruit in California and No. 78 prospect overall, per 247Sports, which lists UCLA with a significantly high chance of landing Daniels. A year after snagging dual-threat star Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Chip Kelly’s Bruins are positioned to land another breakout talent, with USC and Oregon lurking.
The Southern California standout’s tape is a treat to watch:
Fellow SoCal standout Ryan Hilinski (Orange, Calif.), the younger brother of the late Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, was also named to the final group. The Orange Lutheran High School star committed to South Carolina in April.