2023 FSU football QB commit Chris Parson earned an opportunity to compete at the Elite 11 Finals and made the most of it earlier this week.
The four-star QB placed in the top 11 based on 50% junior season film & performance, 50% event evaluation and traits. Parson committed to the Noles a year ago as a three-star recruit ranked No. 288 overall and the No. 18 QB nationally.
He led his high school team to a 10-3 record as a junior, which saw his composite ranking change to a four-star, where he’s ranked No. 328 overall and the No. 16 QB nationally.
However, after finishing inside the top 11 by the Elite 11 staff and no other analyst attending the event placing him lower than 14th that I saw. I think it would make sense his ranking to improve.
I’m not saying Parson should be a five-star or anything of the sort. However, recruiting rankings often change when players visit different camps and perform well.
The Elite 11 is recognized as the best of the best who earn invitations after competing in regional competitions. Parson finished higher in the competition than a couple of players ranked ahead of him. Does it matter in the grand scheme, or could players have off days?
Absolutely, but it was a three-day event where you can get a decent sample size to evaluate. Parson had some ups and downs, but the ups had to be higher than the downs for him to make the final 11.
One important note.
Parson went into the competition alongside two other quarterbacks FSU recently offered and placed higher than both, one of which (Rickie Collins) has a higher ranking but fewer Power 5 offers than Parson.
I know rankings involve a little bit of everything from size, production, potential, and politics. Some players ranked lower than Parson also made the final 11 so that factors too. It’ll be interesting to see if Parson receives a better ranking.
If not, I think it’s safe to say he earned more respect from FSU fans and everyone else for how he competed this week.