Dudley E. Dawson is a reporter for Hawgs Illustrated. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas QB commit Chandler Morris ready for Elite 11
Arkansas quarterback commit Chandler Morris
FRISCO, Texas Arkansas quarterback commit Chandler Morris (5-11, 180) is getting the chance to show off his talent this weekend at the Elite 11, which brings 20 of the best signal callers in the country together.
Morris, who committed to the Razorbacks in mid-June, won the Nike Elite 11 Regional in Dallas to earn his spot in the event, which is held at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility in Frisco.
The son of Arkansas head coach Chad Morris, Chandler joins Morrilton standout and North Carolina commit Jacolby Criswell (6-1, 218) among the invitees.
“My goal going in is to win the Elite 11 and prove why I belong with the top quarterbacks in the country,” noted Morris, whose dad is on hand for the competition.
Morris was 262-of-410 passing (63.9 percent) last season for 4,010 yards and 46 touchdowns with just six interceptions while leading Dallas (Texas) Highland Park to a third straight Class 5A state title last season.
That’s 1,000 yards more than any other Class 6A or 5A returning quarterback in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
He was 23-of-35 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns in the state title game at AT&T Stadium and was named the game's offensive MVP.
“I feel very good about my knowledge of when to tuck the football and run,” Morris said. “I need to work on getting the ball to my checkdown when necessary.”
The event began with Session 1 Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and goes through 12:30 p.m.
The quarterbacks will come back for a night session from 6-10 p.m. Saturday then finish up Sunday from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
It is a familiar setting for Morris, who has played several high school games at The Ford Center, where the competition is taking place.
“I feel very comfortable and confident,” Morris said.
The SEC is well represented with Morris, Tennessee pledge Harrison Bailey (5-4, 224) of Marietta, Ga.; Georgia commit Carson Beck (6-4, 224) of Mandarin, Fla.; Florida pledge Anthony Richardson (6-4, 224) of Eastside, Fla.; South Carolina commit Luke Doty of Mrytle Beach, S.C., and LSU pledge T.J. Finley (6-6, 239) of Ponchatula, La.
Texas pledge Hudson Card (6-2, 180) of Austin (Texas) Lake Travis is also on hand along with USC commit Bryce Young (5-11, 178) of Los Angeles (Calif.) Mater Dei; Ohio State commit Jack Miller (6-3, 218) of Chaparral (Ariz.) and Notre Dame pledge Drew Pyne (6-0, 194) of New Cannan, Conn.
Others include Washington commit Ethan Garbers (6-3, 191) of Corona del Mar, Calif.; Florida State pledge Jeff Sims of Sandal, Fla.; Miami commit Tyler Van Dyke (6-3, 216) of Suffield Academy, Conn., and West Virginia pledge Garrett Greene (5-11, 183) of Chiles, Fla.
Uncommitted prospects in the event are Haynes King (5-2, 183) of Longview, Texas; Robby Ashford (6-2, 198) of Hoover, Ala.; Hunter Dekkers (6-2, 226) of West Sioux, Iowa; Sol-Jay Maiava of Washington, D.C. St. John’s and C.J. Stroud of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Morris committed to Arkansas publicly in June after deciding he wanted to be a Razorback back in January. He chose the Razorbacks over Clemson, Oklahoma and others.
“It’s definitely a relief that I have made it public,” Morris said.
Longview’s Haynes King, another quarterback that Arkansas had been targeting and an Elite 11 invitee, has narrowed his schools to Texas A&M, Auburn, Tennessee and Duke after Morris committed Arkansas.
The QB Elite 11 will finish Sunday with the Nike Opening running Monday-Wednesday.
Arkansas cornerback commit Jamie “Greedy” Vance and defensive end target Vernon Broughton are among the invitees for that event.
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