GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The respect of your peers is always good to have, especially in a competitive environment like the Elite 11.
The winner of this year’s event, 5-star quarterback Shea Patterson, certainly thinks highly of Florida Gators signee Feleipe Franks.
The two U.S. Army All-Americans faced off against each other at the Elite 11 in July. Both finished in the top 11 out of 18 of the nation’s top quarterbacks, with Patterson taking home MVP honors.
The Ole Miss commit saw first-hand what Franks can do.
“Feleipe and I obviously spent a lot of time together at the Elite 11,” Patterson said. “My evaluation is that he has a high ceiling. He’s a really tall guy, the tallest one there actually. He can sit back in the pocket and really sling it. He definitely impressed me.”
Patterson said he was impressed most by Franks’ arm strength after watching him out-throw the other Elite 11 quarterbacks.
“We were both training one day with a lot of the guys out there, and we had a throwing contest,” Patterson said. “It’s was like a power, arm strength contest to see who could throw the farthest. Feleipe threw the ball 80 yards. It was amazing.”
Franks told SEC Country last week he’s “going there to start” when he enrolls early at UF next month, but he’ll face competition to earn the spot like he did at the Elite 11.
Patterson said that’s not a problem for Franks.
“He’s the type of guy that has confidence in himself,” Patterson said. “I don’t think competition fazes him at all. He plays with the mindset that he can compete with anybody, which is the way I try to be. He’s going to have a bright future at Florida.”
Patterson and Franks are ranked the No. 2 and No. 3 pro-style quarterbacks, respectively, in the 247Sports Composite.
Feleipe Franks and Shea Patterson looked elite this week at #LSU camp. Both have the chance to be great college QB's. Really impressed.
— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) July 26, 2014