The road to the 23rd annual Elite 11 Finals kicks off this weekend, with the Atlanta Regional set to take place on Sunday at Carrollton High School.
Over the years, the event has played host to the likes of Deshaun Watson, Joshua Dobbs, Jake Fromm, Justin Fields, and Trevor Lawrence from the Peach State. This year's in-state crop of participants is once again rich with talent, and they will be joined by elite competitors from neighboring states, as they all look to make a name for themselves and earn an invite to the prestigious Elite 11 Finals.
The headliners of Sunday's regional are Sam Horn and Jacurri Brown. Horn, fresh off a junior campaign in which he threw for 3,910 yards and 41 touchdowns, will look to prove that his recent commitment to Missouri is impactful as it was perceived on a national scale.
Brown has already had an impressive career at Lowndes. As a sophomore in 2019, Brown led the Vikings to a state title appearance, and he helped them back to the semi-finals last fall. Brown, a dual-threat prospect, will look to prove his arm is among the top in the Peach State. However, his recruitment will receive national attention at the event, with Arizona State, Florida, Miami, Texas A&M and Auburn vying for his commitment as he nears a decision. He recently kicked off a blog with SI All-American.
Other talented signal-callers with major Division 1 offers from the state's 2022 class slated to join Brown and Horn at this time include AJ Swann (Maryland commitment), Holden Geriner (Auburn commitment), Bryce Archie (uncommitted), J.C. French (uncommitted), and Zak Roszman (uncommitted).
Talent from outside of the state will also garner their fair share of attention. Recent 2022 Miami baseball commitment, Kaden Martin, is set to join the field from the Volunteer State. New York standout Henry Belin IV will make the trip to Carrolton to compete, as he already holds offers from Syracuse and Pittsburgh, among several others. Having offers from Michigan and South Carolina, DeQuandre Smith will make the trip from the Palmetto state to compete. Marshall commitment, Peter Zamora, will also travel from South Carolina to join the group.
The 2023 class is well-represented, with Malachi Singleton (Ga.), RJ Johnson (Ga.), Tad Hudson (N.C.), Raheim Jeter (S.C.), and Chris Parson (Tenn.), all holding multiple Division 1 offers but are not yet committed to any school.
Jadyn Davis (S.C.) and Prentiss Noland (Ga.), touted-signal callers in the 2024 class, both hold multiple SEC offers at this time and will compete in tomorrow's event.
With other under-the-radar names like Kyle Durham, Tyler Hughes, Jevarra Martin, Grayson Loftis and Dylan Ramirez set to compete; there should be plenty of storylines from the first Elite 11 event of the year.
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