Nike’s The Opening concluded on Thursday, with Steve Sarkisian’s quarterback of the future finishing among the nation’s top quarterbacks in the annual Elite 11 “campetition”, presented by ESPN and run by former Super Bowl winning quarterback Trent Dilfer.
Of the 18 finalists, Town made the cut and finished 8th. Here’s the full rankings, which were released late Thursday night:
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In addition to performing strictly in Elite 11 competitions, Town had a big day on Thursday to lead the Land Sharks to the final game of the 7-on tournament at The Opening. It was a much-needed bounce back for Town, after having four interceptions on Wednesday.
On his way to the final, Town out-dueled UCLA commit Josh Rosen, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the country. The battle could be a sign of future meetings between the Trojans and Bruins. Surprisingly, Rosen finished last in the Elite 11, despite analysts raving about his performance.
Alabama quarterback commit Blake Barnett was named MVP of the Elite 11, and capped off his week at Nike with a win over Town’s Land Sharks in the final game of the 7-on tournament.
Should Town enroll at USC as planned, he’ll be the ninth Trojan to compete in the Elite 11, joining the ranks of Matt Leinart, Matt Barkley and current starting quarterback Cody Kessler.
Mark Sanchez remains the only one to win the competition however, having won back in 2004.