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FSU QB Commit Sam Howell Selected for Elite 11 Finals athletics

Florida State quarterback commit Sam Howell was selected as one of the finalists for the Elite 11 quarterback competition. Howell will travel to Dallas and The Opening Finals at the end of the month for the conclusion of the contest.

The Elite 11 is a well-known quarterback competition that dates back to 1999, when the event was first conducted. It attempts to bring in the best quarterbacks from a given recruiting class and highlight the top 11 (sometimes 12) passers. Along the way, the quarterbacks receive coaching instruction and perform various drills to test their ability. Quarterbacks compete in a regional venue and then move on to the national venue.

Florida State has a mixed history with the Elite 11 results. Past names include Chris Rix (1999), Adrian McPherson (2000), Drew Weatherford (2003), E.J. Manuel (2007), Jameis Winston (2011), Deondre Francois (2014), and Malik Henry (2015).

Howell was a clear standout at his North Carolina regional camp and easily earned an invite to the Elite 11 Finals in California. He showcased a strong arm and versatility in the pocket, which made him one of the more consistent names in the competition throughout the week.

Howell has seen his ranking steadily rise in the past few months. While he was originally outside the top 200 in the 247Sports composite, Howell impressed at various camps and competition settings. He now stands inside the Top 100 as the No. 4 ranked pro-style quarterback.

Clint Eiland is the lead writer for The Daily Nole. Follow him on Twitter @ClintEiland

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