Three Texas Quarterbacks Named Elite 11, Maddox Kopp Generates Big Buzz

Maddox Kopp (Photo: @maddox_kopp)

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Seven of the 20 quarterbacks competing at the Elite 11 Finals were from the Lone Star State, but three made the cut and were officially selected as the Elite 11: Kyron Drones (Shadow Creek), Garrett Nussmeier (Flower Mound Marcus), Kaidon Salter (Cedar Hill). 

There were no seven-on-seven or one-on-one competitions, so the staff used a 50-50 ratio of camp performance and film to select the group. 

Sports Illustrated's John Garcia Jr. (Director of Football for SI All-American) was on hand for the event and evaluated the performances. 

Kyron Drones - Shadow Creek 

Drones checks in as a three-star prospect at No. 56 in the DCTF Hot 100. He is committed to Baylor. 

"Physically, he is as good looking as any quarterback that we have seen," Garcia said. "When you watch him actually let the ball go, it pops on its own. The release is really fluid. He upped his stock at the event as much as anybody. He had his best day in the hardest workout (The Gauntlet), which says a lot about the shape he is in and the durability of his consistency."

Garrett Nussmeier - Flower Mound Marcus

Nussmeier checks in at No. 18 in the DCTF Hot 100. The four-star is committed to LSU. 

"He was the most active kid there. Period," Garcia stated. "It was really cool to see. When he got out there and spun it, I think that he shows more pop than he does on tape. He is bigger. The quarantine has been good for him. His arm was extremely live. I really liked how active he was in drills with his athleticism and in between reps. He was sort of the energy of the whole week."

Kaidon Salter - Cedar Hill

Salter was the MVP at the Next Level Texas Top 100 in Dallas. He checks in as a four-star prospect and at No. 25 in the DCTF Hot 100. Salter is committed to Tennessee. 

"In terms of best throws, some of his deep shots in the Pro Day, which was his best workout, were there," Garcia said. "I think when you weigh each workout that the Pro Day is probably the most impressive because you see every throw one after the other. If you get into a rhythm that day, I think it weighs heavier than the other days because it is the most football-like scenario. It is a drive down the field, and he was a borderline top-five guy." 

Maddox Kopp Earns Distinction on Big Stage

While those three prospects were named to the top group, Garcia mentioned that Houston St. Thomas 2021 QB Maddox Kopp was neck and neck with the top performers at the event and deserved mention. 

He feels like Kopp was the camp's biggest sleeper and could be on the verge of a national breakout. 

"Big kid, confident kid," Garcia explained of his impression of Kopp. "I really liked Behren Morton's velocity and drive, but I think Kopp showed more ability to go offspeed."

"All you need to know about Maddox Kopp is on the first day against Justin Fields (Ohio State) and Caleb Williams (No. 1 rated 2021 QB nationally) is that he won the Railshot Challenge, which is the hardest throw that they put on here at the Elite 11. The Railshot is known as Tua throw because it is the throw that Tagovailoa made to win Alabama's national title."

"His ten best throws were as good as anybody ten best throws. In terms of his frame and arm talent, it is all there. Once it all polishes up, he is a no-doubt Power Five guy."

Kopp currently has offers from Houston, Texas State, Central Michigan, Tulane and Wyoming. 

Note: Ole Miss offered Kopp after this article was published. 

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