BELLFLOWER, CALIF. — Top high school quarterbacks from all over the country – including U.S. territory American Samoa – competed in the Elite11 regional event on Sunday at St. John Bosco High School in Southern California.
SBLive was at the competition and had a chance to evaluate the top quarterbacks. Here’s a closer look at what we saw on Sunday:
BEST PLAYERS: IT STARTS WITH KATIN HOUSER
The best overall quarterback at the event was 2022 St. John Bosco quarterback Katin Houser. He throws the ball with great zip and he’s very accurate. Houser, a Boise State commit, performed so well he earned an invite to the Elite11 finals. He’s one of only 16 quarterbacks nationally to secure an invite so far. Last season at St. John Bosco, Houser split time with sophomore Pierce Clarkson (more on him later) and completed 34 of 50 passes for 592 yards and seven TDs.
MCMILLAN SHINES AS RECEIVER
Although the Elite11 is a quarterback event, receivers come to catch passes and there was one pass catcher that stood out above the rest: 2022 Servite receiver Tetairoa McMillan. He caught everything on Sunday and made difficult catches look routine. He was the best pure football player at the event.
OTHER TOP 2022 QUARTERBACKS
Gardena Serra junior Maalik Murphy was the other Elite11 finals invitee at the end of the day. Murphy, a Texas commit, started a little slow, but improved as the day went on to earn his place at the finals.
Another standout was 2022 San Marcos QB Emmett Brown. His mechanics are a work of art and all day his fellow QBs were hollering “Good ball Emmett!”
Brown didn’t win the Mater Dei starting quarterback job this spring and then transferred to play at Rancho Verde. He’s now back at San Marcos. A big senior year could certainly lead Brown to a Division I scholarship.
2022 Simi Valley quarterback Travis Throckmorton also performed well. He tied for first place in the 2022 Golden Gun Accuracy Challenge with Wisconsin quarterback Matt Schecklman. Throckmorton is committed to Oregon State. This spring, he completed 79 of 125 passes for 989 yards and 12 TDs.
Like he’s done for the past two years in the Trinity League at Servite, Noah Fifita was also throwing very well on Sunday. Similarly to Houser and Brown, Fifita is one of the best pure throwers of the ball out of the group. He’s committed to Arizona.
2022 Apple Valley quarterback Jayden Denegal looked very good too. He has a great mix of arm talent and speed and he has a big build. Standing at 6-foot-4, he was one of the bigger quarterbacks present. Denegal has nine Division I scholarship offers including Auburn, Michigan State and Utah, per 247Sports.com.
2022 Clovis QB Nathan Johnson has a solid arm, but what separated him from his peers was his elite speed. Johnson is a sprinter and he tested the best out of all of the quarterbacks in the event during the combine portion. The combine tests aggregated every quarterback’s 40-yard dash time, vertical leap, agility score and two strength measurements – and Johnson finished No. 1.
WHICH UNDERCLASSMEN IMPRESSED?
Four other quarterbacks had very strong showings on Sunday. The first three were grouped with all of the top 2022 QBs listed above: Malachi Nelson, Pierce Clarkson and Dante Moore.
Nelson, a Los Alamitos sophomore, won the underclassmen Golden Gun accuracy challenge. His athleticism and arm talent are off the charts. A few of the coaches worked with him on his mechanics.
Clarkson, a 2023 recruit, was very solid especially when throwing on the run. He had a really strong day with the top group.
Moore attends Martin Luther King High in Detroit (Mich.) and also held his own with the top group. He performed like one of the top QBs in his class. Expect him to be in the discussion for the No. 1 2023 QB spot along with Nelson and Arch Manning when recruiting services finalize their rankings in the future.
In the 2024 class, Corner Canyon’s (Utah) Isaac Wilson looked like a strong prospect. He threw a great ball and he has great genes. Wilson’s brother Zach was selected No. 2 overall in April’s NFL Draft by the New York Jets.