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How Elite 11 QBs have fared in the Big 12

7/10/2015

The dominant showing Texas quarterback commit Shane Buechele has put together at this year's Elite 11 finals in Oregon got me thinking: How have other future Big 12 quarterbacks fared at Elite 11? How many lived up to the hype?

In all, 22 eventual Big 12 passers have finished among the top 11 at the elite event. Buechele, Oklahoma State's Nick Starkel and Texas Tech's Jett Duffey could join this list on Friday. Here's a look back at how their predecessors panned out.

2014: Jarrett Stidham

Stidham, at the time a solid Texas Tech commit, shined in Oregon and finished No. 7 in the final Elite 11 rankings. He backed out on the Red Raiders and ended up signing with Baylor, where he enrolled this spring.

2013: Jerrod Heard

Heard impressed with improved mechanics to finish No. 4 in the final ranks, ahead of the likes of Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Miami's Brad Kaaya. He redshirted as a freshman and is competing with Tyrone Swoopes for the Longhorns' starting job.

2010: Archie Bradley, Kendal Thompson, J.W. Walsh

Neither Bradley nor Thompson ended up being the guy at Oklahoma. Thompson transferred to Utah and started two games last season before suffering a torn ACL. Bradley chose baseball after being selected No. 7 overall in the 2011 MLB draft and made his pitching debut for the Diamondbacks in May. Oklahoma State's Walsh, the Big 12's top offensive freshman in 2012, will back up Mason Rudolph as a senior.

2009: Blake Bell

Bell was still a developing 6-foot-6, 210-pound athlete and didn't crack the top five at his Elite 11, but did show exciting potential. At Oklahoma, he went from Wildcat rusher to starting quarterback to tight end. Bell's final move paid off when the 49ers used a fourth-round pick on him this year.

2008: Garrett Gilbert, Geno Smith

Smith was uncommitted at the time and made a big impression at Elite 11. The West Virginia star shined in his lone season in the Big 12 before being drafted by the Jets. And we all know Gilbert's story. The Lions picked him up off waivers this offseason after Gilbert earned a Super Bowl ring as a practice squad QB for the Patriots.

2007: Blaine Gabbert, Landry Jones

Gabbert was named MVP of his Elite 11 and also earned "best arm" honors. He threw for 6,779 yards in two seasons as a starter at Missouri, then became a top-10 draft pick. These days, he's a backup for the 49ers. Jones was named the camp's most accurate passer and became a successful 50-game starter at Oklahoma. He's entering his third year as a backup for the Steelers.

2006: Keith Nichol

Nichol flipped from Michigan State to Oklahoma in high school, but Sam Bradford beat him out for the starting job in 2007. So after one year in Norman, he transferred to Michigan State and eventually developed into one of Kirk Cousins' go-to receivers.

2005: Josh Freeman, Cody Hawkins, Jevan Snead

Hawkins finished fourth and Snead was fifth at their Elite 11 (behind MVP Matthew Stafford and Tim Tebow), with Hawkins earning "most accurate" honors. He followed father Dan Hawkins to Colorado and broke most of CU's career passing records. He's now a high school coach in Portland. Freeman emerged as a first-round pick out of Kansas State and is now a backup for the Dolphins. After Colt McCoy beat him out for the starting job at Texas, Snead transferred to Ole Miss and threw for 5,394 yards in two seasons before going pro early. He went undrafted, never caught on in the NFL and is now reportedly selling oil field supplies in San Antonio.

2004: Harrison Beck, Chase Daniel

Beck was named the Elite 11 QB most likely to play right away in his class. He left Nebraska before his sophomore season and headed to NC State, where he backed up Russell Wilson before spending his final season at North Alabama. Daniel thrived throughout, finishing as the top passer in Missouri history. He's already been inducted into Mizzou's Hall of Fame and is a backup for the Chiefs.

2003: Rhett Bomar, Bobby Reid, Chase Patton

Two memorable careers from this trio. Bomar looked like a future star at Oklahoma before he was dismissed, then finished out at Sam Houston State and was a fifth-round pick. He's a high school coach in Texas today. Reid, best known as the subject of Mike Gundy's "I'm a man, I'm 40!" rant, finished his career at Texas Southern and is now a graduate assistant at SMU. Patton backed up Daniel throughout his time at Missouri and is now a dentist.

2002: Tommy Grady

After backing up Jason White as a redshirt freshman, Grady left Oklahoma to start over at Utah, where he started three games as a senior. and then something awesome happened: He became an Arena Football League legend. In 2012, he won league MVP after passing for an AFL-record 5,863 yards and 142 (!) touchdowns. He's currently on the Jacksonville Sharks' roster.

2001: Vince Young

No need to retell Young's life story in this space, but it's worth noting the five-star competed with future Heisman winner Troy Smith at Elite 11, as well as future NFL quarterbacks Drew Stanton and Trent Edwards. At the time, Young was still uncommitted and had Miami and LSU as his top two schools.

1999: Chance Mock

A top-100 recruit out of high school, Mock competed with the likes of Chris Rix, Brock Berlin and Matt Cassel at his Elite 11 camp. He started six games for Texas in 2003 before Young took over. The rest was history, but Mock stayed at Texas as a loyal No. 2. He's had stints in arena football, finance, sports radio and real estate since.