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If you don't know by now rivals picked A. Murray as the MVP of the camp. This is no suprise, we all know how good this kid is.

I want to know why Barkley(f a g) was not there? Does any one know? I guess he is afraid to lose his title as number 1 QB and top college prospect.

Now that the elite 11 is over who do y'all think is the best QB prospect in 09? Give a list of your top 3 or so.

My list would be

1. Murray/Barkley .... to close to call

2 Richard Brehaut ... very good showing according to rivals

3 up for grabs... i'll go with a random pick ...... Zach maybe Garrett Gilbert if he was 100%

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Good article on this:

You can notch up another big award for one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Georgia Bulldog commitment Aaron Murray returned home to Tampa this afternoon with Elite 11's Most Valuable Player award. The event comprised of some of the nation's best quarterbacks, including two from the Sunshine State. After several days of instruction and skills testing, it was Plant's quarterback that walked away with the big honor. FV caught up with Murray just before he got on a plane to return home. In typical Murray style, he gave credit to everyone but himself.

"I'm extremely honored and very excited just to be on the same field with all of these great quarterbacks at the Elite 11," explained Murray. "It was honestly just an unforgettable experience and I really picked up a lot of things from the coaches that can further make me be a more efficient quarterback this year."

Not surprisingly, Murray gave a lot of credit to his coaches, family and his team.

"The coaches at Plant deserve a lot of the credit and I was just excited to just be able to participate in an event like the Elite 11. My goal coming in was just to represent Plant and the state of Florida the best I possibly could. I also wanted to build a lot of relationships with the guys here and just really be laid back and have a lot of fun out there."

Obviously it was a big honor to win the MVP, but Murray told FV he took away something much more valuable.

"Anyone of the quarterbacks could have won the MVP, but it was really about just taking in all that information. We had some of the top college quarterbacks showing us the ropes and teaching us a lot of the things we didn't know or could improve on. I learned a lot with dropping back in the pocket, reads and just so much it's almost hard to put into words. Getting to know a lot the other quarterbacks was very special for me because they are really going through the same process as me."

The Georgia Bulldog commitment headed into the Elite 11 event with some lofty credentials. As a junior Murray had state record of 51 touchdowns, while throwing for over 4,000 yards. The 6-foot-1, 205 pound standout also finished with over 900 yards rushing and 12 rushing touchdowns. While the honor of being named one of the nation's best was important, is there one goal that could top this one?

"Oh, yeah. I want a State Championship bad. I mean this was huge, but I think about that state title a lot and this kind of experience will help me improve on different things with my game like footwork, timing and release points throwing the football. I have a lot of goals I've set for myself before I continue my career at Georgia and hopefully I can continue that success."

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Per the Elite 11 camp here is the score breakdowns:

Scoring system: 20 points and above: 5-Star performance; 17-19 points: 4-Star performance ; 14-16 points: 3-Star performance.

Aaron Murray was the only qb who score 20 points. Zach Mettenberger scored a 17. The lowest score of a healthy qb was raymond cotton who scored a 15. Gilbert who was returning from injury and barely 85% scored a 14.

Here is the breakdown:

Tajh Boyd, 6-1, 208, DQB, Hampton (Va.) Phoebus

Arm Strength: 3

Footwork: 4

Athleticism: 4

Accuracy: 3

Release: 3

Total: 17

Conclusion: Boyd has quality arm strength and accuracy, but more importantly he has the athleticism to buy more time in the pocket or gain yards using his feet. Baring any injuries, I would project him as a two- to three-year starter at West Virginia.

Richard Brehaut, 6-2, 206, PQB Rancho Cucamonga (CA) Los Osos

Arm Strength: 3

Footwork: 3

Athleticism: 4

Accuracy: 5

Release: 4

Total: 19

Conclusion: Film does not always show how accurate a quarterback can be. After breaking the Golden Gun accuracy point record for the second day in a row, there is no doubt Brehaut can deliver the ball on the money. This kid thrives on competition and is a humble winner. I project him to be a three-year starter for the Bruins.

Allan Bridgford, 6-3, 213, PQB Mission Viejo (CA) Mission Viejo

Arm Strength: 3

Footwork: 4

Athleticism: 2

Accuracy: 5

Release: 4

Total: 18

Conclusion: He possesses great accuracy and can get his passes off in an instant. Cal coach Jeff Tedford must be excited about getting a signal caller who will be able to deliver in the clutch. I can see Bridgford as a two- to three-year starter for the Golden Bears.

Raymond Cotton, 6-4, 216, DQB Fort Meade (Md.) Meade

Arm Strength: 4

Footwork: 2

Athleticism: 4

Accuracy: 3

Release: 2

Total: 15

Conclusion: Very raw in many ways. But if his arm strength and athleticism can be harnessed, Cotton may be causing SEC defensive coordinators to pull their hair out. There is no doubt that he can play quarterback at the next level. Look for him to be a quality starter for at least two seasons.

Garrett Gilbert, 6-4, 205, PQB, Austin (Texas) Lake Travis

Arm Strength: 2

Footwork: 4

Athleticism: 3

Accuracy: 3

Release: 2

Total: 14

Conclusion: Gilbert has the football smarts and the footwork down. It may take a few more months before his shoulder is back to 100 percent. I know he is a true warrior and really wants to prove he is the best, but getting healthy and rehabbing should take precedence at this time. I do not feel Rivals.com can give him a fair evaluation based on this camp.

Andrew Maxwell, 6-3, 192 PQB Midland (MI) Midland

Arm Strength: 3

Footwork: 3

Athleticism: 3

Accuracy: 4

Release: 4

Total: 17

Conclusion: His selection probably surprised many around the country, Maxwell more than proved deserved to be an Elite 11 competitor. Once he fills out, I can guarantee you he will be pushing the quarterback ahead of him at Michigan State. Maxwell has the potential to be a two- to three-year starter for the Spartans.

AJ McCarron, 6-4, 189 PQB Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's

Arm Strength: 3

Footwork: 4

Athleticism: 3

Accuracy: 4

Release: 4

Total: 18

Conclusion: McCarron excelled with accuracy, superior footwork and a very quick release. Once he fills out; his arm will naturally become stronger and he will be an able to make any throw that will ever be required of him. The Crimson Tide should be excited about this gunslinger's potential.

Zach Mettenberger, 6-5, 229, PQB Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County

Arm Strength: 5

Footwork: 3

Athleticism: 2

Accuracy: 3

Release: 4

Total: 17

Conclusion: Easily the strongest arm at the Elite11 and perhaps in the country. Can Mettenberger harness all that power? I believe if he works hard on his footwork and overall athleticism he can be something special. Let's face it, live arms like his only come around once in a while.

Aaron Murray, 6-1, 198, PQB Tampa (FL) Plant

Arm Strength: 4

Footwork: 4

Athleticism: 4

Accuracy: 4

Release: 4

Total: 20

Conclusion: The numbers tell the story. Right now Murray is the most well-rounded signal caller of this group. He has the potential to gain playing time as a freshman, which usually does not happen at his position in the SEC. But what most fans don't realize about this competitive signal caller is that he is a down-to-earth, likeable person who makes people around him better.

Bryn Renner, 6-3, 192 DQB West Springfield (Va.) West Springfield

Arm Strength: 3

Footwork: 3

Athleticism: 3

Accuracy: 4

Release: 3

Total: 16

Conclusion: Renner surprised a lot of people with his accuracy by coming in third in the overall accuracy contest. Listed as a dual-threat quarterback, he actually may be an athletic pro-style quarterback after watching him for four days. He's still very raw but has some tools and a great frame with which to work. Look for him to push for a starting position by his redshirt sophomore season.

Tom Savage, 6-4, 217, PQB Springfield (PA) Cardinal O'Hara

Arm Strength: 4

Footwork: 4

Athleticism: 2

Accuracy: 3

Release: 4

Total: 17

Conclusion: If Savage can stay healthy for his senior campaign, it will go a long way toward early playing time at Rutgers. He physically looks the part of a big-time college quarterback. Savage can make an early impact for the Scarlet Knights if he takes some of the things he learned at the Elite 11 and practices them daily.

Eugene Smith, 6-3, 182, DQB, Miramar (FL) Miramar

Arm Strength: 3

Footwork: 4

Athleticism: 4

Accuracy: 3

Release: 3

Total: 17

Conclusion: He should be one of the most heavily recruited quarterbacks in the country from here on out. Smith has come a long way since the Miami Nike camp. He is another quarterback actually be a pro-style quarterback in a dual-threat quarterback body. Based on his body structure, I would say he is almost definitely a redshirt candidate, but after that he will be pressing for playing time.

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In other news, per the latest rivals update, Matt Barkley retains his spot at no. 1, with his dominance even prompting one evaluator to say "...like, he's better than no. 1. He's going to USC, has that pretty smile...I think they should come up with a new ranking just for him: AAA no. 1 Amazing All American Number !!!!"

Arron Murray falls to no 146 overall, not because he did poorly, but because others "did more to move up." That is all, nothing to see her folks. Move along.....Move along....

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In other news, per the latest rivals update, Matt Barkley retains his spot at no. 1, with his dominance even prompting one evaluator to say "...like, he's better than no. 1. He's going to USC, has that pretty smile...I think they should come up with a new ranking just for him: AAA no. 1 Amazing All American Number !!!!"

Arron Murray falls to no 146 overall, not because he did poorly, but because others "did more to move up." That is all, nothing to see her folks. Move along.....Move along....

lol.. and what happened to your account?

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Tide commit AJ McCarron checks in at 3rd in the Elite 11. McCarron reminds me a lot of former Tide QB Brodie Croyle. Both with lanky, thin frames, but very good arms. McCarron may have a little more touch at this stage though than Brodie did, but probably not quite the arm strength.

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