There will be three Pac-12 quarterback prospects competing in the Elite 11 Finals at the Opening in Portland this weekend, with a fourth likely to join the ranks in due time. Let's run through each of them. An assist goes to Bud Elliott and Wescott Eberts at SB Nation Recruiting, both of whom are on the ground covering the event in Oregon.
Keller Chryst (Stanford): The Palo Alto (Ca.) prospect is constantly considered the best overall West Coast quarterback prospect and is on the shortlist for being the best quarterback period in the 2014 recruiting class. Chryst committed to Stanford yesterday and could very well be the next great Stanford signal-caller.
Luke Rubenzer (Cal): Rubenzer is one of those under-the-radar talents that could be quite a steal for the Golden Bears. The Scottsdale (Az.) Saguaro quarterback has excellent highlights that showcase his playmaking ability along with the opportunity to run with the football as well as air it out. Rubenzer could be a steal when all is said and done.
Morgan Mahalak (Oregon): The backup to Jared Goff the last few seasons, the Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic signal-caller is coming into his own as the quarterback of the Ducks for this class. Mahalak shows all the necessary skills to become a leader of the Oregon offense, although we're a long way from knowing the final outcome of that projection.
Manny Wilkins (Arizona State): The Novato (Ca.) San Marin talent is still probably the most unheralded member of the group, but he accepted the Arizona State offer pretty quickly. Wilkins has a lot of intriguing talent and could very well fit inside the new offense.
Mahalak, Rubenzer and Wilkins are all also considered unheralded prospects, all of whom will have to work their way up to make the final Elite 11 cut.
Last year there were four Elite 11 Pac-12 quarterbacks: Max Browne, Asiantii Woulard, Troy Williams, and Jared Goff. Two made the final eleven. Will there be a better conversion rate this year?