Three 2022 quarterbacks earned Elite-11 Finals invites on Sunday as the tour made a stop at Southlake Carroll in Texas. One of those was Clemson commit Cade Klubnik.
247 Sports and SI All-American detailed the four-star quarterback’s performance.
Right up there with Ewers was Klubnik, whose Austin (Texas) Westlake squad outdueled Ewers and Southlake Carroll in the Class 6A Division I state championship in mid-January. Klubnik’s athleticism is obvious in this type of camp setting, particularly shining in on-the-move throws.
But perhaps what stood out most about Klubnik’s Sunday performance was his release quickness and consistency. Klubnik looked like he was getting the ball out faster than ever, and he coupled that with consistent velocity to multiple levels.
Along the same lines, Klubnik’s ability to couple downfield arm strength with catchable touch on timing-oriented throws, posts, corners, etc., was on full display. An occasional throw missed here and there, but for the most part, Klubnik was very accurate across the several stations featured at each Elite 11 tour stop. Klubnik’s consistency and accuracy were reflected this past season in his sterling interception rate of one in every 117.67 throws, easily the best of all Top247 quarterbacks.
The 6’2″, 182-pounder displayed a tight spiral with a squeaky-clean throwing motion despite playing through some discomfort as the day wore on. The rising-senior said it was the first time he threw more than 30 passes since the state playoffs in 2020. The time off recovering from an AC joint injury paid off with him joining Ewers and Nick Evers among those presented with the chance to compete at the Elite 11 Finals.
So far eight quarterback prospects have received invites to the finals. The Elite-11 series makes its next stop this weekend in Philadelphia. The finals will be held sometime over the summer. The date has yet to be determined.