It will be worth the price of gas to take a trip to TCU to watch the athletic talent scheduled be in Fort Worth today and Saturday for the EA SPORTS Elite 11 regional camp.
The level of anticipation is building around the immense amount of football talent starting with the quarterbacks arriving today.
One of the more highly touted quarterbacks to be in attendance is Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider's Shavodrick Beaver.
The 6-foot-3, 177-pound dual-threat quarterback is already ranked as a four-star and has offers from Clemson, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas Tech and numerous others.
Despite all the talent to be there, Beaver has his sights set on competing against his good friend and fellow four-star, Casey Pachall from Brownwood, Texas.
"I talked to Casey and he said he was going. We just think it's going to be fun getting to compete against each other," Beaver said.
Beaver is looking to take top honors over Pachall, who is already committed to TCU, and says he won't make it easy for his friend.
"I sure would like to try (to be top quarterback). I'm going to compete. It's not going to be easy for him. I know that," Beaver said laughing.
However, Beaver is only one of several dual-threat quarterbacks at the Elite 11. Also attending will be Friendswood's Jacob Karam and Arlington Bowie's Christian Matthews.
Karam has already garnered offers from Missouri, Iowa State and Arizona among others. Meanwhile, Mathews currently holds offers from Kansas, Louisville and Tulsa.
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Karam will be heading to Fort Worth along with his father and head coach and is already very excited to compete.
"It's just a great opportunity to compete in general. But to get to compete against the best, it's going to be a blast. I'm really looking forward to it," Karam said.
One thing that Karam and Mathews have in common other than their running ability, is their belief in their own arm strength. "I think my arm strength and accuracy will help me stand out from the other guys," Karam said.
However, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Mathews might have something to say about that. "I think my deep ball will set me apart. I can throw it pretty far," Mathews said.
Friday might be quite a display of players showing off the cannons that they have for arms.
Although Mathews plans on showing off more than just his arm and feels he'll have a very good showing at the combine.
"I think I'll do real well. I've got good mechanics. I can throw and I've got good footwork. I can use my legs as well as I can use my arm," Mathews said.
While many of the quarterbacks are already well known names and have picked up their share of offers, one player that will be looking to make a name for himself is San Antonio (Texas) Alamo Heights quarterback Drew Allen.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound gunslinger grabbed his first offer from New Mexico State, but sees the Elite 11 as a chance to showcase his skills against the best.
"I think it's just a great opportunity for me. These guys are being recruited by a lot of colleges and I feel like I just haven't had the opportunity to get my name out there as well," Allen said.
"I just want to do my best, have some fun and be serious about it. Hopefully I can do better than everyone else."
While Allen feels he has the arm strength the throw the deep ball, that's not what he feels will be focused on at the combine.
"I've been working on my accuracy on the underneath routes like the five and out and the slants. I throw a pretty crisp ball to those routes. I can throw the long ball pretty well, but I think when it comes down to it, those underneath routes are the most important," Allen said.
Also expected to be in attendance on Friday are Kenneth Cluley from Waco Reicher, Kolby Gray from Houston (TX) Cypress Falls, Brant Costilla from Parish Episcopal in Dallas and Andrew Maxwell all the way from Midland, Michigan.
The 2008 EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB Regional Camps that will be held at six different locations this year.
Quarterbacks from around the country are invited to workout to not only compete for a spot in the final Elite 11 Quarterback Competition in July, but also to receive advanced, one-on-one quarterback instruction.
Now entering its 10th year, the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition is a four-day event which brings together the top high school quarterbacks and focuses on improving their quarterbacking play both on and off the field.
A competition designed to give the best high school quarterbacks prepare for the next level and beyond, the Elite 11 has become the most prestigous quarterback event in the country.
The EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB Regional Camps run for two hours. The first hour is station work, as quarterbacks rotate through different stations, with each station containing a useful drill to improve each player.
The second hour of the camp is throwing routes to wide receivers. The quarterbacks will begin with three-step drop throws (hitches, slants) and then progress through the passing tree with five and seven step drop throws.
Each EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB Regional Camp will also have a special accuracy competition.
On Saturday, the rest of the best arrive beginning at 9:00 AM. Here is a partial list of RSVP's for the camp:
Will Adams South Grand Prairie TX WR Nelson Akinwande Mansfield Summit TX RB Josh Aladenoye North Mesquite TX OL Drew Allen Alamo Heights TX QB LaChris Anyiam Allen TX DE Ross Apo Oak Ridge (Conroe) TX WR Nick Ash Keller TX OL Thomas Ashcraft Cedar Hill TX OL Jordan Aubrey Robert E Lee (Tyler) TX DB Josh Aubrey Robert E Lee (Tyler) TX DB Jeremy Bailey Sam Houston (Arlington) TX WR/DB John David Baker Lake View TX QB/Ath Steven Baker Garland TX DB Darius Banks Hendrickson TX DT Dante Barnett B.T. Washington (OK) OK WR/DB Robert Barry Battle Creek NE QB/TE Shavodrick Beaver Rider TX QB Ken Berry Jr. NE Academy HSE OK LB Jaydan Bird Conway Springs KS LB Emory Blake S F Austin TX WR Beau Blankenship Norman North OK RB Joseph Bonugli Warren (San Antonio) TX DB Josh Booker Putnam City North OK RB/Ath Marquis Boyce Skyline (Dallas) TX WR Andre Brackens Parish Episcopal TX DB Brady Brown Argyle (TX) TX WR Bryce Brown East (Wichita) KS RB Erik Brown Judson TX DB Kolton Browning Mabank TX QB Terrance Bullitt Naaman Forest TX DB Rex Burkhead Plano (TX) TX RB/DB Brayden Burnett Carroll (Southlake) TX DE Stetson Burnett MacArthur (Lawton) OK OL Andre Cheatham Norman North OK DB Kenneth Cluley Reicher Catholic TX QB Alphonse Coleman Frisco TX WR Cole Dafft Prosper TX OL Jarrod Darden Keller Central TX WR Michael DaRonch Cy-Fair TX LB James Davidson Huntsville (TX) TX DB/LB Jagared Davis Crockett (TX) TX LB/DB Money Davis Star Spencer OK LB Randall Dent South Grand Prairie TX DE Corbin Dickerson Altus OK LB Michael Doctor B.T. Washington (OK) OK LB Ben Donnelli Dallas Jesuit TX LB Rodrick Douglas Millwood OK RB/LB Julian Dozier Stony Point TX DB Taylor Dudley A&M Consolidated TX TE Colby Duranleau Northwest (Wichita) KS OL Nosa Eguae Mansfield Summit TX DT Josh Fellows Trinity Christian (TX) TX RB Thomas Ferguson South Grand Prairie TX DB Aaron Fisher Fossil Ridge TX WR Ryan Fitch South Grand Prairie TX TE Reid Fitzgerald Liberty Christian TX RB Timothy Flanders Midwest City OK RB Ereico Forbes St Pius X (Houston) TX DE Darris Ford Hazelwood East MO OL/DL Anthony Foster Tulsa Union OK WR Alex Francis Hightower TX DB Andrew Fricke Azle TX DE/LB Tyler Gabbert Parkway West MO QB Tayler Gabriel Horn TX WR Kenneth Garrett Crooked Oak OK DT Jonathan Gazaille Arlington Bowie TX WR Anthony Gilbert Lancaster (TX) TX DE Roderick Goodlow Adamson TX DB Colby Goodwin Cy-Fair TX TE David Gordon East Central (Tulsa) OK DB Josh Gordon Lamar (Houston) TX WR Jessie Grandy Dollarway AR DB/WR Gavin Gray Frisco TX QB Joel Gray Hebron TX OL Kolby Gray Cypress Falls TX QB/Ath Kris Green S F Austin TX DB Lou Greenwood Conroe TX RB Mitch Griebel Heritage (Littleton) CO DB-QB Jacob Grigg Harrison (AR) AR RB/Ath Kenny Guiton Eisenhower (TX) TX QB O'Shea Hamilton Mesquite TX LB Jeremiah Harden Akins TX OL Brad Harmon MacArthur (Lawton) OK DB Jarron Harris Leander TX DE Javon Harris MacArthur (Lawton) OK RB/DB Rikko Harris University (Waco) TX DB Kirk Hayes St. Mark's TX QB Devin Hedgepath Derby KS DB Darius Hicks Central (Kansas City) MO DB Mike Hicks China Spring TX ATH Mitchell Hodge Lake Highlands TX DB Blake Holland Billy Ryan TX OL Drew Hollingshead Rockwall Heath TX QB Lee Horky Fairbury NE DB/QB Stephen Houston Lakota West OH RB Josh Howe Goliad TX OL Calvin Howell Warren (San Antonio) TX DT Stefan Huber Nederland TX OL Cody Hughes Norman North OK OL/DL Kerry Hyder LBJ TX LB Gabe Ikard Bishop McGuinness OK TE/DE Shawn Jackson McLain OK LB Waymon James Sherman (TX) TX RB Jack Jewell Norman OK DT D.J. Johnson St. Stephens Episcopal TX DB Austin Jones Lake Highlands TX LB Carl Jones Sam Houston (Arlington) TX DL Jacob Karam Friendswood TX QB Brandon Kaufman Heritage (Littleton) CO WR C.J. Keeney Smithville (MO) MO OL LaRon Kelly Plano (TX) TX DB Kurt Killens Round Rock TX LB Ian Knight Wichita Heights KS DE Doubara Konugah Lamar (Arlington) TX LB Garrett Kraft Bishop Carroll KS LB/DE Griffin Kuhn Little Rock Christian AR QB Griffin Kuhn Little Rock Christian AR QB Jarek Lancaster O'Connor TX LB/DB Kendial Lawrence Rockwall Heath TX RB Jasper Lee Central Arkansas Christian AR LB Zach Lee McKinney TX QB Kerry Lewis Lancaster (TX) TX DB Reuben Linton Robert E Lee (San Antonio) TX DB Matt Lipka McKinney TX WR Ozell Littleton Carl Albert OK DB Craig Loston Eisenhower (TX) TX DB Daytawion Lowe Carl Albert OK DB Gabe Lynn Jenks OK DB T.J. Magalei Fossil Ridge TX OL Ebenezer Makinde Paradise Valley AZ WR Stansly Maponga Hebron TX DE Cody Marley Denton Guyer TX LB Christian Matthews Arlington Bowie TX QB Cody Matthews Smithson Valley TX WR Josh Mauro L. D. Bell TX TE/DE Andrew Maxwell Midland (MI) MI QB Reid McCann Lake Highlands TX DE Case McCoy Graham (TX) TX QB Cade McCrary Lake Travis TX WR Deonte McDade Ennis TX ATH Carson Meger Plano (TX) TX QB Cody Milam Allen TX OL Anthony Miller Dallas Carter TX RB Larry Mitchell Crowley TX WR/DB Bryan Monroe Prosper TX RB Anthony Moore Judson TX DB Anthony Morales Edmond Memorial OK LB Ryan Mosby Rockwall Heath TX LB/DB Josh Moss Lakeview Centennial TX DB Luke Mueller Highlands Ranch CO LB Patrick Nkwopara South Grand Prairie TX LB/DB Alex Norman Hebron TX WR Earnest Norman Trinity (Euless) TX LB Drew O'Connell Parkway West MO WR Alex Okafor Pflugerville TX DE Willie Okwuonu Edmond Santa Fe OK DB Shawn Onyechi Deer Park TX RB Casey Pachall Brownwood TX QB Chris Parr La Vega TX RB Marcus Pate Lake Travis TX DB Dewayne Peace South Grand Prairie TX WR Tony Peoples The Colony TX RB Ryan Pettis Hanks TX WR Bryce Petty Midlothian TX QB Marquale Pierson Rowlett TX DB Randy Ponder Edmond Santa Fe OK RB/DB Hutson Prioleau All Saints Episcopal TX TE Dominique Rambo Trinity Christian School TX RB Jake Reed Ardmore OK OL Michael Reed Ardmore OK DT Jeremy Reeves Allen TX DB Jazmon Reynolds Eisenhower (TX) TX WR Nate Richards Keller TX OL Colton Richardson Ada OK LB/TE Brian Ritell La Marque TX DE Jeremie Roberts South Garland TX OL Andrew Rodriguez Aurora (NE) NE OL Anthony Rogers North Little Rock AR DE Blake Rudd Dallas Christian TX LB Howard Scarborough Tulsa Union OK DB Bobby Schneider Heritage (Colleyville) TX LB Alex Schooler Wichita Collegiate KS DE/TE Radermon Scypion Memorial (Port Arthur) TX DE Tyler Seals West (Bellevue) NE QB Joey Searcy South Grand Prairie TX DL Lache Seastrunk Temple (TX) TX RB/Ath Rick Settle East (Olathe) KS QB/DB Ethan Sharp Eufaula (OK) OK QB Justin Skillens B.T. Washington (OK) OK DB Christian Smith Carl Albert OK DE Jeremy Smith Tulsa Union OK RB Riley Spencer Hesston KS OL Phillip Steinert McNeil TX DE/TE Eric Stephens Mansfield Timberview TX RB Phillip Steward Hightower TX LB/DB Destin Stewart Douglass (OK) OK WR Jarrad Stewart Pearland TX DB Jonathan Stewart Byrd (LA) LA LB Kamron Stewart Midwest City OK LB Sam Stuart Kapaun-Mt. Carmel KS LB Forrest Stucky Hutchinson (KS) KS DL Steven Sumpter Edmond Santa Fe OK DB Travis Swanson Kingwood TX OL Andrew Taylor Lincoln (Dallas) TX DB Darnell Taylor Mesquite TX DB Keenan Taylor B.T. Washington (OK) OK OL Parker Taylor Brownwood TX WR Stepfan Taylor Mansfield (TX) TX RB Tyler Tettleton Norman North OK QB Huldon Tharp Mulvane KS RB/LB Beau Traber Norman North OK LB Marcus Trice Mesquite TX WR Alex Tweedy The Woodlands TX WR/DB Terdema Ussery St. Mark's TX WR Marc Verrilli Parkway West MO DB Kyle Voss Belton (TX) TX LB Eric Walker Arlington (TX) TX OL Caleb Warren Fairview AR DE Jacques Washington Owasso OK RB/Ath Kyren Watts New Waverly (TX) TX WR Brent Webb West (Bellevue) NE DB Brock Wempa Royse City TX OL Adrian White DeSoto TX DB Jamaal White South Garland TX DB Matt White Keller TX DB Braylon Williams West Rusk TX TE/DE Dekkar Williams McNeil TX DB Javon Williams East (Olathe) KS RB Michael Williams Flower Mound TX DB Terrell Williams Edison (Tulsa) OK WR/DB Yahshua Williams Billy Ryan TX DB Jason Windham North Platte NE OL Thor Woerner Marble Falls TX QB Kevin Young North (Olathe) KS DE/LB C.J. Zimmerer Gross NE LB/FB