2023 FSU football QB commit Chris Parson went to the Elite 11 Finals in California and held his own over the three-day event.
The annual competition consists of the top 20 or prep quarterbacks competing in different settings.
Their rankings consist of their performances over the three days are off of “50% junior season film & performance/50% camp eval & physical traits.”
Charles Powers placed Parson at No. 14 in his final rankings. Here’s what he said about the FSU commit:
"+ Florida State commit Chris Parson won the hole shot competition on Tuesday and had a very good 7-on-7 showing. Parson misses the top 11 narrowly in large part due to his struggles on Day 2, with the lowest target score on the day. On the positive side, Parson showed some encouraging competitiveness."
That’s a strong showing, considering Parson isn’t as highly-ranked as most of guys invited to the competition. Parson’s composite ranking has him as the No. 16 best QB nationally. He finished ahead of another FSU QB target in Brock Glenn who Powers had this to say about the uncommitted product:
"+ We never really saw Memphis (Tenn.) Lausanne Collegiate School quarterback Brock Glenn get totally comfortable over the course of the week."
I wrote about the FSU QB recruting situation a couple of weeks ago and said the following:
"It’s a tough spot. Parson, Glenn, and Collins go to compete at the Elite 11 competition soon, and I expect all of this to shake out shortly after that. Parson has looked like the third-best option thus far, but a strong showing could elevate his profile more, which could garner more new offers that could make things difficult for FSU."
Collins is a Purdue commit, which FSU offered around the same time as Glenn. Collins finished No. 11 in the Elite 11 Finals and remains committed to Purdue, with LSU flirting with him more and more.
I’m curious to see how hard the FSU coaching staff will pursue Brock Glenn since they want two quarterbacks in the class? I don’t think a three-day competition will overshadow what they think overall.
However, maybe Parson competing against him in this event will give him enough confidence to avoid worry if Glenn decides to commit as the second FSU quarterback? Parson officially visited FSU last weekend, which was a good sign after visiting two other places recently. Parson spoke on his commitment status while at the Elite 11 competition and still seems locked into his FSU football pledge.
It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out, but at the very least, it was good to see Parson compete at a high level, which could earn him a better ranking in the near future. I should note, Parson outperformed both of Miami’s most recent commits Jayden Rashada and Emory Williams.