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Oklahoma State QB commit Luke Del Rio set to compete in Elite 11 finals

by Gina Mizell Published: July 17, 2012

Luke Del Rio’s quest to become an Elite 11 quarterback begins this week.

The Oklahoma State commit is one of 25 high school quarterbacks competing in the Elite 11 finals in Redondo Beach, Calif. from Wednesday through Sunday. Being named an Elite 11 quarterback is generally regarded as the highest honor for a high school signal-caller.

Del Rio, the son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, earned an at-large bid to the finals after an impressive performance in a Columbus Regional. He also participated in the Oakland Regional.

Luke Del Rio said last month that he chose to compete at what was regarded as the toughest regional (Columbus), and then a second regional (Oakland) just a couple weeks later, was to prove — to himself, college coaches, media and recruiting gurus — that he could hang with the best high school quarterbacks in the country.

“I chose the Columbus one because I wanted to see where I stacked up against the best of the best,” Luke Del Rio said. “I thought that I was just as good, if not better, than all of them. Shane Morris has probably the strongest arm I’ve ever seen in a high schooler. Malik Zaire is incredible. Ryan Burns. Those guys are great.

“I got the invite (to the finals) about a week after the Columbus Regional, and I headed out to Oakland, because I knew Max Browne, Cooper Bateman, all those guys were going to be out there. I thought I stacked up with those guys, too.

“I was like, ‘OK I can do this.’ It was a great confidence-booster, because I knew I could do it, but I wanted to know I could do it.”

Luke Del Rio is rated a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout. He committed to OSU in late May after receiving an offer from Cowboys’ offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who was on Jack Del Rio’s staff when he was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

This season, Luke Del Rio will play for Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, Colo. after moving to the Denver area with his family after his father was fired by the Jaguars and hired by the Broncos.

I did this Q&A with Luke Del Rio last month.

Here’s the full list of Elite 11 finalists:

Austin Allen
High school: Fayetteville (Ark.)
Rating: three stars on Rivals (No. 17 pro-style QB); four stars on Scout (No.17 QB)
Committed to: Arkansas

Zach Allen
High school: Temple (Texas)
Rating: three stars on Rivals (No. 22 dual-threat QB); two stars on Scout (No. 82 QB)
Committed to: Syracuse

J.T. Barrett
High school: Rider (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 6 dual-threat QB); four stars on Scout (No. 9 QB)
Committed to: Ohio State

Cooper Bateman
High school: Cotton Wood (Salt Lake City)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 5 pro-style QB); five stars on Scout (No. 2 QB)
Committed to: Alabama

Max Browne
High school: Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
Rating: five stars on Rivals (No. 1 pro-style QB); five stars on Scout (No. 1 QB)
Committed to: USC

Shane Cockerille
High school: Gilman (Baltimore)
Rating: three stars on Rivals (No. 15 dual-threat QB); three stars on Scout (No. 44 QB)
Committed to: Maryland

Luke Del Rio
High School: Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Rating: three stars on Rivals (no positional ranking); three stars on Scout (No. 37 QB)
Committed to: Oklahoma State

Joshua Dobbs
High school: Alpharetta (Ga.)
Rating: three stars on Rivals (no positional ranking); three stars on Scout (No. 36 QB)
Committed to: Arizona State

Danny Etling
High school: South Vigo (Terre Haute, Ind.)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 16 pro-style QB); three stars on Scout (No. 35 QB)
Committed to: Purdue

Riley Ferguson
High school: Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
Rating: three stars on Rivals (No. 19 pro-style QB); three stars on Rivals (No. 39 QB)
Committed to: Tennessee

Jared Goff
High school: Marin Catholic (Kentfield, Calif.)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 15 pro-style QB); four stars on Scout (No. 18 QB)
Committed to: California

Zack Greenlee
High school: Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.)
Rating: three stars on Scout (no positional ranking); two stars on Scout (No. 84 QB)
Not yet committed

Christian Hackenberg
High school: Fork Union Military Academy (Va.)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 7 pro-style QB); four stars on Scout (No. 6 QB)
Committed to: Penn State

Anthony Jennings
High school: Marietta (Ga.)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 12 dual-threat QB); three stars on Scout (No. 46 QB)
Committed to: LSU

DeVante Kincade
High school: Skyline (Dallas)
Rating: three stars on Rivals (No. 19 dual-threat QB); four stars on Scout (No. 25 QB)
Committed to: Mississippi

Shane Morris
High school: De La Salle (Warren, Mich.)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 3 pro-style QB); five stars on Scout (No. 3 QB)
Committed to: Michigan

Kevin Olsen
High school: Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 8 pro-style QB); four stars on Scout (No. 5 QB)
Committed to: Miami

Brice Ramsey
High school: Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 9 pro-style QB); four stars on Scout (No. 7 QB)
Committed to: Georgia

Johnny Stanton
High school: Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Rating: three stars on Rivals (No. 14 dual-threat QB); three stars on Scout (No. 42 QB)
Committed to: Nebraska

Tyrone Swopes
High school: Whitewright (Texas)
Rating: five stars on Rivals (No. 1 dual-threat QB); five stars on Scout (No. 4 QB)
Committed to: Texas

Cody Thomas
High school: Heritage (Colleyville, Texas)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 6 pro-style QB); four stars on Scout (No. 11 QB)
Committed to: Oklahoma

Davis Webb
High school: Prosper (Texas)
Rating: three stars on Rivals (no positional ranking); two stars on Scout (no positional ranking)
Committed to: Texas Tech

Troy Williams
High school: Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 2 dual-threat QB); four stars on Rivals (No. 14 QB)
Committed to: Washington

Asiantii Woulard
High school: Winter Park (Fla.)
Rating: three stars on Rivals (No. 13 dual-threat QB); four stars on Scout (No. 24 QB)
Committed to: South Florida

Malik Zaire
High school: Archbishop Alter (Kettering, Ohio)
Rating: four stars on Rivals (No. 4 dual-threat QB); four stars on Scout (No. 10 QB)
Committed to: Notre Dame


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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