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Why Trent Dilfer’s Boasts About Nick Starkel Are A Big Deal



National college football writer for USA Today, Paul Myerberg, noted yesterday Trent Dilfer said OSU commit Nick Starkel is one of the best pure passers to participate in the Elite 11.

When you think about the Elite 11, most people won’t be able to recall many participants from years past. Unless you follow recruiting or a specific player, many people don’t realize the plethora of talent who have been involved in the camp in recent years. Here are a few former participants in the Elite 11, and why the boast from Dilfer about Starkel is a bigger compliment than you may think.

Teddy Bridgewater, Class of 2010

Bridgewater was a four-star prospect who was ranked as the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class. Bridgewater is an excellent passer with a high upside just beginning his career in the NFL. He was the No. 32 overall pick in the 2014 draft taken by the Minnesota Vikings.

Tim Tebow, Class of 2005

So yeah, Tebow was a great college quarterback. He won two national championships with Florida and won the Heisman trophy as a sophomore in 2007. He was known more for his legs than his arm and so far his NFL career has been a bust, but still an excellent high school and college quarterback.

Jameis Winston, Class of 2011

You may have heard of him a time or two. Winston was the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft and won the Heisman trophy as a freshman at Florida State.

Jameis Winston was in Nick Starkel's shoes not long ago. (Credit: Elite 11)

Jameis Winston was in Nick Starkel’s shoes not long ago. (Credit: Elite 11)

Andrew Luck, Class of 2007

Despite the lack of professional accolades to date, Luck is arguably the most elite quarterback in the NFL. He was also a No. 1 overall pick in 2012 taken by the Indianapolis Colts. Luck was taken down by Brandon Weeden and Co. in the 2012 BCS Fiesta Bowl. Good times, good times…

Nick Starkel, Class of 2015

Starkel has a huge upside with a large frame to grow into, but at 6’4, 185 pounds, he still has a lot of muscle to put on. Developing under the #BodyByGlass program while Rudolph shines and Kolar eventually emerges makes for an exciting future at the quarterback position in Stillwater.

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