Elite 11 Notebook
Williams Named Finalist
Only handful of people at AT&T Stadium knew whom LG Williams was before the Dallas Elite 11 competition began.
By the end of the day, everybody was raving about the small San Antonio gunslinger. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Cibolo Steele product put on a show as he made all the right throws and dominated the pressure chamber-- a simulated two-minute drill.
“I think I did pretty well,” Williams said. “I feel like I could have done better, but I think I really picked it up towards the end, and I was really happy to be named a finalist.”
Williams will have to wait to see if he makes it to Oregon this summer for The Opening. But he definitely garnered the attention of the media and should see his stock soar over the summer. Williams might not be the tallest quarterback, but he can flat out play.
At the moment, however, Sam Houston and UTSA are his only offers.
“UTSA gave me an offer as an athlete. My conversations with them are going good so far. I like everything about the program,” Williams said. “Sam Houston State also offered me as an athlete on Friday. Their coach came to the school, and he ended up offering me.
“Again, they’re both at athletes, so I’m trying to get one as a quarterback. They both want me as a slot receiver. I’m comfortable playing anywhere I can get on the field, but my goal is to play quarterback.”
Last season, Williams passed 1,568 yards, rushed for 944 yards and scored 25 touchdowns and helped Cibolo Steele reach the state quarterfinals. This year, he has even loftier expectations.
“We have a great squad coming back. We have a lot of players on both sides of the ball coming back, so we’re really experienced,” Williams said. “We should be fine this year. I think we can make a nice run.”
Elliott Pulls Trigger
Nathan Elliott wasn’t named a finalist, but the Celina quarterback had a very solid showing at the Dallas Elite 11.
Elliott showed poise in the pocket and was extremely accurate throughout the day. A coach’s son, Elliott is very intelligent and knows the ins and outs of the game. But he wasn’t satisfied with his performance.
“It was a lot of fun to come out here to compete against some of the best quarterbacks in the nation. I don’t think I did the best I could, so I’m kind of mad right now,” Elliott said. “I actually want to go home and work on some things right now. But I got some great coaching, and it was an honor to compete.”
While the recruiting process is sure to pick up for Elliott this summer, he’s already made a verbal commitment. Last month, Elliott decided to make an early call and picked North Carolina over offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State and Army.
The Tar Heels were the first to extend Elliott an offer, and his recent visit sold him on the program.
“I went down there for the spring game, and I loved it,” Elliott said. “I’ve formed a great relationship with the coaches. I love the school, and I love the offense. The whole campus and everything just seemed right for me. I really wanted to get the recruiting process over with.”
Elliott says he is solid to North Carolina 'unless a really good situation comes up.’ With his decision out of the way, Elliott is now focused on his up coming senior season.
Elliott and Western Michigan commit Cash Conder give Celina one of the top pass-catching duos in all of 4A. Last season, Elliott passed for 1,928 yards and 26 touchdowns and added six scores on the ground. Those numbers should be even better in 2014.
“I think we’re going to have a really good team. We had a lot of young guys last year, and they’ve grown up a lot,” Elliott said. “We had a rough year last year, which was good for a young team. So we’re going to be pretty tough to deal with this year.”
- The MVP award went to Stephenville’s Jarrett Stidham, and he definitely deserved it. Stidham built on a phenomenal performance at the Nike Training Camp, and made all the throws on Sunday. Stidham puts a lot zip on his balls and his release is second to none. This isn’t exactly a bold prediction, but there is no way Stidham isn’t going to be a star at Texas Tech.
- If there had been a co-MVP, it would have been Allen’s Kyler Murray. The high school version of Johnny Manziel, Murray was the most elusive quarterback on the field, and he made some tremendous throws on the run. Murray was expected to make a decision last week, but he said he wanted to hold off.
- Other finalists from Texas were West Mesquite’s Chason Virgil, a dynamic dual-threat quarterback, and Waco Midway’s Ben Hicks, who committed to Houston over the weekend. Hicks added that his commitment to the Cougars is 100 percent solid.
- One of the most intriguing quarterbacks at the competition was 2018 Somerset phenom Zadock Dinkelmann. Although he has yet to play his first varsity down, Dinkelmann earned national attention by committing to LSU. Dinkelmann definitely showed flashes of potential at Elite 11 and has a strong arm for a youngster, but he still has a long way to go in his developmental process.
- Dinkelmann’s cousin is actually 2015 Somerset signal-caller Koy Detmer Jr. As the son of a former NFL quarterback, Detmer Jr. has a lot to live up to. Detmer Jr. made some really good throws in tight windows and has excellent accuracy. The reason Detmer Jr. doesn’t have his first offer yet is because of his height. He appears even shorter than the listed 5-foot-10.
- Two of Dallas’ premier dual-threat quarterbacks in Southlake Carroll’s Ryan Agnew and Cedar Hill’s Justin McMillan also took the stage. Agnew, who holds offers from Houston and Texas Stat, showed great pocket awareness but still needs to improve his arm strength. McMillan, who holds an Arkansas State offer, had an up and down day and needs to focus on his footwork.
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