Nebraska’s recruiting class may or may not get much of a statistical bump from ESPN’s Elite 11 quarterback camp.
But the perception of the Huskers program did, for 2013 quarterback commit Johnny Stanton made the final Elite 11 list after nearly a week of competition.
A 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.), Stanton battled 24 other quarterbacks for 11 finalist spots. On Friday and Saturday, he was the camp’s No. 1 quarterback, but the Elite 11 staff named South Florida commit Asiantii Woolard the MVP.
A four-star prospect according to 247Sports, Stanton picked NU over Oregon and Wisconsin July 9. He took two unofficial visits to campus — including one in which he threw for offensive coordinator Tim Beck and impressed enough to earn a scholarship offer. He also worked out with personal quarterbacks coach Steve Calhoun and current Husker starter Taylor Martinez, who teamed up with Calhoun this spring to improve his throwing mechanics.
After leading his school to a state title in California — throwing for 2,439 yards and rushing for 1,428 — Stanton went on a summer tour hoping to change any perception that he was an athlete prospect instead of a quarterback. And he qualified for a spot in the Elite 11 camp.