We have been very lucky to witness some great high school quarterbacks in our area. Names like Leak, Cox, Ferguson, Troth, and Grier have been recognize by the Elite 11 as the best QB in the nation. You can add rising seniors Chazz Surratt of East Lincoln and Austin Kendall of Cuthbertson to that list as they competed in the Elite 11 semifinals this past weekend.
What is the Elite 11? It is a competition run by Nike that brings the nation's best quarterbacks together to find out who is the best. They put the QB thru one on one instructions, on field drills, classroom sessions, and 7 on 7 competition to find who are the top 11 QB in the country.
Elite 11 was started in 1999 and some of the former players recognize include Vince Young, Matthew Stafford, Tim Tebow, Andrew Luck, and Jameis Winston.
Past players from our area who made it deep into the competition include former Vance star Paul Troth (2000), former Independence stars Chris Leak (2002), Joe Cox (2004), former Butler star (2012), and former Davidson Day star Will Grier (2013).
Surratt and Kendall made it to the semifinals this past weekend which was the top 30 in the country. They were in Los Angeles to compete and the top 18 from that round would advance to Oregon and the Nike World Headquarter for the final run to get on the prestigious list of Elite 11.
They have already named 17 players who have advanced. Neither of our local players were on that list, but the last spot will be named on Monday. Yes, they are going to make the other hopefuls sweat like college recruiters on National Signing Day.
Both Surratt and Kendall have been impressive in high school so far with 1 year still to go.
Chazz Surratt set a state record last season in total yards with 5,621. He would lead the Mustangs to a 16-0 record and the 2AA State Championship. He was also a wide receiver his freshman year when East Lincoln won their first ever state title.
Austin Kendal help lead Charlotte Christian to the NCISAA Division 3 State Title his sophomore year. He transferred to Cuthbertson last year and helped the Cavaliers to their 1st ever winning season of 11-4 and helped them advance to the 3AA Western Regional Finals.
On a side note, Chazz has verbally committed to Duke and Kendall has committed to Oklahoma.
You can expect great seasons from both guys in 2015 as they will be a part of some high powered offenses. Chazz is one of 6 offensive starters back for East and Austin is one of 9 offensive starters back at Cuthbertson.
And if you are keeping count, 70 days until August 21st and the 1st high school football games in North Carolina. East Lincoln will be at Hunter Huss and Victory Christian will pay a visit to Cuthbertson.