It will be worth the price of gas to take a trip to TCU to watch the athletic talent scheduled be in Fort Worth today and Saturday for the EA SPORTS Elite 11 regional camp.
The level of anticipation is building around the immense amount of football talent starting with the quarterbacks arriving today.
One of the more highly touted quarterbacks to be in attendance is Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider's Shavodrick Beaver.
The 6-foot-3, 177-pound dual-threat quarterback is already ranked as a four-star and has offers from Clemson, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas Tech and numerous others.
Despite all the talent to be there, Beaver has his sights set on competing against his good friend and fellow four-star, Casey Pachall from Brownwood, Texas.
"I talked to Casey and he said he was going. We just think it's going to be fun getting to compete against each other," Beaver said.
Beaver is looking to take top honors over Pachall, who is already committed to TCU, and says he won't make it easy for his friend.
"I sure would like to try (to be top quarterback). I'm going to compete. It's not going to be easy for him. I know that," Beaver said laughing.
However, Beaver is only one of several dual-threat quarterbacks at the Elite 11.
Karam has already garnered offers from Missouri, Iowa State and Arizona among others. Meanwhile, Mathews currently holds offers from Kansas, Louisville and Tulsa.
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Karam will be heading to Fort Worth along with his father and head coach and is already very excited to compete.
"It's just a great opportunity to compete in general. But to get to compete against the best, it's going to be a blast. I'm really looking forward to it," Karam said.
One thing that Karam and Mathews have in common other than their running ability, is their belief in their own arm strength.
"I think my arm strength and accuracy will help me stand out from the other guys," Karam said.
However, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Mathews might have something to say about that.
"I think my deep ball will set me apart. I can throw it pretty far," Mathews said.
Friday might be quite a display of players showing off the cannons that they have for arms.
Although Mathews plans on showing off more than just his arm and feels he'll have a very good showing at the combine.
"I think I'll do real well. I've got good mechanics. I can throw and I've got good footwork. I can use my legs as well as I can use my arm," Mathews said.
While many of the quarterbacks are already well known names and have picked up their share of offers, one player that will be looking to make a name for himself is San Antonio (Texas) Alamo Heights quarterback Drew Allen.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound gunslinger grabbed his first offer from New Mexico State, but sees the Elite 11 as a chance to showcase his skills against the best.
"I think it's just a great opportunity for me. These guys are being recruited by a lot of colleges and I feel like I just haven't had the opportunity to get my name out there as well," Allen said.
"I just want to do my best, have some fun and be serious about it. Hopefully I can do better than everyone else."
While Allen feels he has the arm strength the throw the deep ball, that's not what he feels will be focused on at the combine.
"I've been working on my accuracy on the underneath routes like the five and out and the slants. I throw a pretty crisp ball to those routes. I can throw the long ball pretty well, but I think when it comes down to it, those underneath routes are the most important," Allen said.
Also expected to be in attendance on Friday are Kenneth Cluley from Waco Reicher, Kolby Gray from Houston (TX) Cypress Falls, Brant Costilla from Parish Episcopal in Dallas and Andrew Maxwell all the way from Midland, Michigan.
The 2008 EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB Regional Camps that will be held at six different locations this year.
Quarterbacks from around the country are invited to workout to not only compete for a spot in the final Elite 11 Quarterback Competition in July, but also to receive advanced, one-on-one quarterback instruction.
Now entering its 10th year, the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition is a four-day event which brings together the top high school quarterbacks and focuses on improving their quarterbacking play both on and off the field.
A competition designed to give the best high school quarterbacks prepare for the next level and beyond, the Elite 11 has become the most prestigous quarterback event in the country.
The EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB Regional Camps run for two hours. The first hour is station work, as quarterbacks rotate through different stations, with each station containing a useful drill to improve each player.
The second hour of the camp is throwing routes to wide receivers. The quarterbacks will begin with three-step drop throws (hitches, slants) and then progress through the passing tree with five and seven step drop throws.
Each EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB Regional Camp will also have a special accuracy competition.
On Saturday, the rest of the best arrive beginning at 9:00 AM. Here is a partial list of RSVP's for the camp:
Will Adams South Grand Prairie TX WR
Nelson Akinwande Mansfield Summit TX RB
Josh Aladenoye North Mesquite TX OL
Drew Allen Alamo Heights TX QB
LaChris Anyiam Allen TX DE
Ross Apo Oak Ridge (Conroe) TX WR
Nick Ash Keller TX OL
Thomas Ashcraft Cedar Hill TX OL
Jordan Aubrey Robert E Lee (Tyler) TX DB
Josh Aubrey Robert E Lee (Tyler) TX DB
Jeremy Bailey Sam Houston (Arlington) TX WR/DB
John David Baker Lake View TX QB/Ath
Steven Baker Garland TX DB
Darius Banks Hendrickson TX DT
Dante Barnett B.T. Washington (OK) OK WR/DB
Robert Barry Battle Creek NE QB/TE
Shavodrick Beaver Rider TX QB
Ken Berry Jr. NE Academy HSE OK LB
Jaydan Bird Conway Springs KS LB
Emory Blake S F Austin TX WR
Beau Blankenship Norman North OK RB
Joseph Bonugli Warren (San Antonio) TX DB
Josh Booker Putnam City North OK RB/Ath
Marquis Boyce Skyline (Dallas) TX WR
Andre Brackens Parish Episcopal TX DB
Brady Brown Argyle (TX) TX WR
Bryce Brown East (Wichita) KS RB
Erik Brown Judson TX DB
Kolton Browning Mabank TX QB
Terrance Bullitt Naaman Forest TX DB
Rex Burkhead Plano (TX) TX RB/DB
Brayden Burnett Carroll (Southlake) TX DE
Stetson Burnett MacArthur (Lawton) OK OL
Andre Cheatham Norman North OK DB
Kenneth Cluley Reicher Catholic TX QB
Alphonse Coleman Frisco TX WR
Cole Dafft Prosper TX OL
Jarrod Darden Keller Central TX WR
Michael DaRonch Cy-Fair TX LB
James Davidson Huntsville (TX) TX DB/LB
Jagared Davis Crockett (TX) TX LB/DB
Money Davis Star Spencer OK LB
Randall Dent South Grand Prairie TX DE
Corbin Dickerson Altus OK LB
Michael Doctor B.T. Washington (OK) OK LB
Ben Donnelli Dallas Jesuit TX LB
Rodrick Douglas Millwood OK RB/LB
Julian Dozier Stony Point TX DB
Taylor Dudley A&M Consolidated TX TE
Colby Duranleau Northwest (Wichita) KS OL
Nosa Eguae Mansfield Summit TX DT
Josh Fellows Trinity Christian (TX) TX RB
Thomas Ferguson South Grand Prairie TX DB
Aaron Fisher Fossil Ridge TX WR
Ryan Fitch South Grand Prairie TX TE
Reid Fitzgerald Liberty Christian TX RB
Timothy Flanders Midwest City OK RB
Ereico Forbes St Pius X (Houston) TX DE
Darris Ford Hazelwood East MO OL/DL
Anthony Foster Tulsa Union OK WR
Alex Francis Hightower TX DB
Andrew Fricke Azle TX DE/LB
Tyler Gabbert Parkway West MO QB
Tayler Gabriel Horn TX WR
Kenneth Garrett Crooked Oak OK DT
Jonathan Gazaille Arlington Bowie TX WR
Anthony Gilbert Lancaster (TX) TX DE
Roderick Goodlow Adamson TX DB
Colby Goodwin Cy-Fair TX TE
David Gordon East Central (Tulsa) OK DB
Josh Gordon Lamar (Houston) TX WR
Jessie Grandy Dollarway AR DB/WR
Gavin Gray Frisco TX QB
Joel Gray Hebron TX OL
Kolby Gray Cypress Falls TX QB/Ath
Kris Green S F Austin TX DB
Lou Greenwood Conroe TX RB
Mitch Griebel Heritage (Littleton) CO DB-QB
Jacob Grigg Harrison (AR) AR RB/Ath
Kenny Guiton Eisenhower (TX) TX QB
O'Shea Hamilton Mesquite TX LB
Jeremiah Harden Akins TX OL
Brad Harmon MacArthur (Lawton) OK DB
Jarron Harris Leander TX DE
Javon Harris MacArthur (Lawton) OK RB/DB
Rikko Harris University (Waco) TX DB
Kirk Hayes St. Mark's TX QB
Devin Hedgepath Derby KS DB
Darius Hicks Central (Kansas City) MO DB
Mike Hicks China Spring TX ATH
Mitchell Hodge Lake Highlands TX DB
Blake Holland Billy Ryan TX OL
Drew Hollingshead Rockwall Heath TX QB
Lee Horky Fairbury NE DB/QB
Stephen Houston Lakota West OH RB
Josh Howe Goliad TX OL
Calvin Howell Warren (San Antonio) TX DT
Stefan Huber Nederland TX OL
Cody Hughes Norman North OK OL/DL
Kerry Hyder LBJ TX LB
Gabe Ikard Bishop McGuinness OK TE/DE
Shawn Jackson McLain OK LB
Waymon James Sherman (TX) TX RB
Jack Jewell Norman OK DT
D.J. Johnson St. Stephens Episcopal TX DB
Austin Jones Lake Highlands TX LB
Carl Jones Sam Houston (Arlington) TX DL
Jacob Karam Friendswood TX QB
Brandon Kaufman Heritage (Littleton) CO WR
C.J. Keeney Smithville (MO) MO OL
LaRon Kelly Plano (TX) TX DB
Kurt Killens Round Rock TX LB
Ian Knight Wichita Heights KS DE
Doubara Konugah Lamar (Arlington) TX LB
Garrett Kraft Bishop Carroll KS LB/DE
Griffin Kuhn Little Rock Christian AR QB
Griffin Kuhn Little Rock Christian AR QB
Jarek Lancaster O'Connor TX LB/DB
Kendial Lawrence Rockwall Heath TX RB
Jasper Lee Central Arkansas Christian AR LB
Zach Lee McKinney TX QB
Kerry Lewis Lancaster (TX) TX DB
Reuben Linton Robert E Lee (San Antonio) TX DB
Matt Lipka McKinney TX WR
Ozell Littleton Carl Albert OK DB
Craig Loston Eisenhower (TX) TX DB
Daytawion Lowe Carl Albert OK DB
Gabe Lynn Jenks OK DB
T.J. Magalei Fossil Ridge TX OL
Ebenezer Makinde Paradise Valley AZ WR
Stansly Maponga Hebron TX DE
Cody Marley Denton Guyer TX LB
Christian Matthews Arlington Bowie TX QB
Cody Matthews Smithson Valley TX WR
Josh Mauro L. D. Bell TX TE/DE
Andrew Maxwell Midland (MI) MI QB
Reid McCann Lake Highlands TX DE
Case McCoy Graham (TX) TX QB
Cade McCrary Lake Travis TX WR
Deonte McDade Ennis TX ATH
Carson Meger Plano (TX) TX QB
Cody Milam Allen TX OL
Anthony Miller Dallas Carter TX RB
Larry Mitchell Crowley TX WR/DB
Bryan Monroe Prosper TX RB
Anthony Moore Judson TX DB
Anthony Morales Edmond Memorial OK LB
Ryan Mosby Rockwall Heath TX LB/DB
Josh Moss Lakeview Centennial TX DB
Luke Mueller Highlands Ranch CO LB
Patrick Nkwopara South Grand Prairie TX LB/DB
Alex Norman Hebron TX WR
Earnest Norman Trinity (Euless) TX LB
Drew O'Connell Parkway West MO WR
Alex Okafor Pflugerville TX DE
Willie Okwuonu Edmond Santa Fe OK DB
Shawn Onyechi Deer Park TX RB
Casey Pachall Brownwood TX QB
Chris Parr La Vega TX RB
Marcus Pate Lake Travis TX DB
Dewayne Peace South Grand Prairie TX WR
Tony Peoples The Colony TX RB
Ryan Pettis Hanks TX WR
Bryce Petty Midlothian TX QB
Marquale Pierson Rowlett TX DB
Randy Ponder Edmond Santa Fe OK RB/DB
Hutson Prioleau All Saints Episcopal TX TE
Dominique Rambo Trinity Christian School TX RB
Jake Reed Ardmore OK OL
Michael Reed Ardmore OK DT
Jeremy Reeves Allen TX DB
Jazmon Reynolds Eisenhower (TX) TX WR
Nate Richards Keller TX OL
Colton Richardson Ada OK LB/TE
Brian Ritell La Marque TX DE
Jeremie Roberts South Garland TX OL
Andrew Rodriguez Aurora (NE) NE OL
Anthony Rogers North Little Rock AR DE
Blake Rudd Dallas Christian TX LB
Howard Scarborough Tulsa Union OK DB
Bobby Schneider Heritage (Colleyville) TX LB
Alex Schooler Wichita Collegiate KS DE/TE
Radermon Scypion Memorial (Port Arthur) TX DE
Tyler Seals West (Bellevue) NE QB
Joey Searcy South Grand Prairie TX DL
Lache Seastrunk Temple (TX) TX RB/Ath
Rick Settle East (Olathe) KS QB/DB
Ethan Sharp Eufaula (OK) OK QB
Justin Skillens B.T. Washington (OK) OK DB
Christian Smith Carl Albert OK DE
Jeremy Smith Tulsa Union OK RB
Riley Spencer Hesston KS OL
Phillip Steinert McNeil TX DE/TE
Eric Stephens Mansfield Timberview TX RB
Phillip Steward Hightower TX LB/DB
Destin Stewart Douglass (OK) OK WR
Jarrad Stewart Pearland TX DB
Jonathan Stewart Byrd (LA) LA LB
Kamron Stewart Midwest City OK LB
Sam Stuart Kapaun-Mt. Carmel KS LB
Forrest Stucky Hutchinson (KS) KS DL
Steven Sumpter Edmond Santa Fe OK DB
Travis Swanson Kingwood TX OL
Andrew Taylor Lincoln (Dallas) TX DB
Darnell Taylor Mesquite TX DB
Keenan Taylor B.T. Washington (OK) OK OL
Parker Taylor Brownwood TX WR
Stepfan Taylor Mansfield (TX) TX RB
Tyler Tettleton Norman North OK QB
Huldon Tharp Mulvane KS RB/LB
Beau Traber Norman North OK LB
Marcus Trice Mesquite TX WR
Alex Tweedy The Woodlands TX WR/DB
Terdema Ussery St. Mark's TX WR
Marc Verrilli Parkway West MO DB
Kyle Voss Belton (TX) TX LB
Eric Walker Arlington (TX) TX OL
Caleb Warren Fairview AR DE
Jacques Washington Owasso OK RB/Ath
Kyren Watts New Waverly (TX) TX WR
Brent Webb West (Bellevue) NE DB
Brock Wempa Royse City TX OL
Adrian White DeSoto TX DB
Jamaal White South Garland TX DB
Matt White Keller TX DB
Braylon Williams West Rusk TX TE/DE
Dekkar Williams McNeil TX DB
Javon Williams East (Olathe) KS RB
Michael Williams Flower Mound TX DB
Terrell Williams Edison (Tulsa) OK WR/DB
Yahshua Williams Billy Ryan TX DB
Jason Windham North Platte NE OL
Thor Woerner Marble Falls TX QB
Kevin Young North (Olathe) KS DE/LB
C.J. Zimmerer Gross NE LB/FB