Three highly touted quarterbacks from the East will compete in the finals of the Elite 11 competition July18-22 in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Christian Hackenberg, the No. 1 quarterback in the ESPN 150, earned an invite with his strong showing in the Las Vegas regional. Although he didn’t win MVP, he won high praise and is expected to be one of the top performers in the finals as well.
Hackenberg, a Penn State recruit, is from Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia and is ranked as a four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He is ranked as the seventh overall QB by Rivals and the 11th overall by Scout.
Joining Hackenberg will be Maryland recruit Shane Cockerille from the Gilman School in Baltimore. Cockerille is a 6-2, 207 pounder that apparently impressed Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer enough to earn a surprise pick.
The Maryland commit is ranked as a three-star dual threat quarterback by both Rivals and Scout. He is ranked as the No. 44 overall QB by Scout and the No. 15 dual threat quarterback by Rivals and the No. 22 dual threat QB by ESPN.
Miami recruit Kevin Olsen, who is from Wayne, N.J., won the New York regional and will join the Hackenberg and Cockerille in the finals.
Olsen, 6-2, 195 pounds, is the eighth overall ranked quarterback by Rivals and the No. 5 ranked signal caller by Scout. He is also ranked as the No. 7 pocket passer by ESPN.
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