EULESS, Texas — The Elite 11 Tour made its annual stop Sunday in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, an even that always provides a talented roster of quarterbacks. Two signal callers from the Lone Star State earned Elite 11 Finals invitations, and those were indeed the top pair of performers in 247Sports’ eyes. Here’s the rundown on Sunday’s action.
TOP PERFORMERS — ALPHA DOG: AUSTIN NOVOSAD, BAYLOR COMMIT
Dripping Springs (Texas) High School’s Austin Novosad assembled the afternoon’s top performance thanks to his velocity, accuracy, and consistency with which he conducted his entire effort. The ball leapt out of Novosad’s right hand throw after throw and rarely died at the back end. Novosad’s consistent velocity cannot be overstated. He stood atop the group with zip fostered by a repeatedly smooth, quick delivery.
Novosad won the “Golden Gun” accuracy challenge in the 2023 group as he finished his pro day reps with terrific initial velocity, finishing spin, and ball placement, whether in the pocket or on the move. The Baylor pledge and high three-star prospect should see his stock continue to rise this offseason after earning an Elite 11 Finals invitation.
JACKSON ARNOLD, OKLAHOMA COMMIT
Right there at the top of the group, Arnold lived up to the billing with a quality that he has repeatedly displayed in live game action — making not-so-easy things look pretty easy. Arnold, a strong four-star and the nation’s No. 6 QB in the 2023 class, owns a stout base and a baseball background that combine to give him plenty of torque and throw power in off-schedule situations, which he showed in rollout drills and in set-and-fire downfield drills that restrict drop-back, load-up momentum. Additionally, he changes arm angles with relative ease.
Arnold’s in-season production speaks for itself, as does his functional athleticism and play-extending ability against elite high school competition. The RPO drill during Sunday’s camp was second nature for Arnold, who could do that task in his sleep. Like Novosad, Arnold also earned an Elite 11 Finals invitation.
ALSO OF NOTE …
— Henderson (Texas) High School’s Jacobe Robinson got better and better as the day progressed. The tall, long-framed East Texas quarterback and Boston College commit threw with impressive arm strength and velocity. He generates a ton of downfield juice with his arm alone. His ceiling should be high as he continues to hone his footwork and align his lower half with his upper half.
— Texas Tech commit Jake Strong was among the more accurate passers in Sunday’s event. He plays with a natural feel for the position, which he has shown in live games and on the select 7-on-7 circuit. Strong’s ball placement stood out and should suit Justin (Texas) Northwest and Texas Tech well over the next few seasons. Strong also tested well, finishing fourth with a 91.47 score.
— Speaking of testing well, Waxahachie (Texas) High School 2023 prospect Roderick Hartsfield cruised to the top spot in the testing competition. The 6-foot 1/2, 205-pound Hartsfield ran a 4.70 40 and a 4.28 shuttle, according to camp staff, and threw the powerball 41 feet to finish with 110.64 testing score, the only triple-digit number recorded at the event. Bixby (Okla.) High School 2023 QB Austin Havens, who measured an impressive 6-foot-4, 201 pounds, finished second in testing with a strong 97.47 score.
— Strong and Michigan State commit Bo Edmundson are somewhat similar in style. Both operate with a comfort and calmness that conveys on the field and in the camp setting. Furthermore, Edmundson throws with a smooth delivery and general accuracy that provides high-floor consistency.
— Arizona commit Brayden Dorman made the trip from Colorado Springs (Colo.) Vista Ridge to Sunday’s event in DFW. Dorman’s frame stands out against the vast majority of the quarterbacks in his class and should give him a lot of developmental potential in the coming years. He threw a “catchable” ball with a generally smooth delivery.
— A handful of 2024 quarterbacks impressed at different times during Sunday’s event. Midland (Texas) Legacy’s Marcos Davila won the “Golden Gun” accuracy competition for the 2024 group. He threw with consistent zip and power during drills as well.
— Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus 2024 Cole Welliver owns an outstanding frame and an immense capacity for arm strength. Accurate and smooth, his velocity should only get better as he grows into his build. Expect a huge junior season this fall from Welliver, who was a member of 247Sports’2024 initial top 100 watch list released this past August.
— Allen (Texas) High School 2024 Michael Hawkins has impressed a couple of recent events and did once again Sunday with his functional athleticism and initial burst out of his hand. He generates RPMs and really spins it well. 247Sports recently put Hawkins on “Top247 watch” for the impending 2024 rankings update in April.
— Some additional 2024 quarterbacks to watch after flashing at different moments during Sunday’s camp include the following: New Braunfels (Texas) Canyon’s Deuce Adams, San Marcos (Texas) High School’s Isaiah DeLeon, Austin (Texas) Westlake’s Paxton Land, Wimberley (Texas) High School’s Cash McCollum, Cy-Fair (Texas) High School’s Trey Owens.