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March 23, 2012
The Elite 11 tour kicks off this Saturday in Arlington, Texas at Cowboy Stadium. The top junior and sophomore passers from around the region will be in attendance as they hope to earn a spot in the invitation-only final event of the summer in Los Angeles.
Here are five prospects to watch this weekend.
Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright (Texas) : The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Texas commit is a five-star prospect and the No. 11 overall player in the country. However, there is some concern about his development as a passer. Swoopes plays for a very small school and does not face a ton of top competition and some view him as more of an athlete than a quarterback at the next level. He could answer a lot of his critics by putting on a top performance this weekend.
Shane Morris, Concord (Mich.) De La Salle: The longtime Michigan pledge will be making the long trip to Texas this weekend to try and prove he belongs in the five-star discussion. The nation's No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 16 overall prospect is not far from that status now and, though he does not have much left to prove, is showing that he is a serious competitor by making the long journey. He will have a shot to show his worth against several other big-time recruits.
Justice Hansen, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe (2014) : The sophomore took over the reins of a Santa Fe program that went 1-9 in 2010 and led it to a 10-2 record this year. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Hansen has already picked up offers from Arkansas and Missouri and should be a top national recruit by this time next year. It will be interesting to see how he looks side-by-side with his older peers.
Devante Kincade, Dallas (Texas) Skyline: The 6-foot, 175-pound junior has not received the same amount of attention as many of the other players from the state of Texas but it is not for lack of effort. Kincade is already a two-year starter and led Skyline to a national Top 10 ranking this past season. He has recently seen his stock start to take off with colleges as well with Colorado, Illinois, Kansas State, Notre Dame and SMU having extended offers.
Conner Manning, Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro: Manning broke the junior state passing records of current USC star quarterback Matt Barkley this past season. However, the recruiting process has been slow for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect. Even though college coaches are not allowed to attend events like the Elite 11 camp, a buzz surrounding a solid performance this weekend could help things start to pick up for him.