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Football: Rubenzer earns spot on final Elite 11 list

Cal 2014 commit Luke Rubenzer made the cut as a final Elite 11 quarterback following this week’s competition at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore.

Rubenzer was ranked No. 10 among the 18 quarterbacks who participated in the Elite 11 event in rankings determined by ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer and his staff of coaches at the event.

“It was awesome to see that I made the cut,” Rubenzer said in a phone interview. “Just a great feeling to know other people are finally recognizing that I can compete with the best.”

The rising senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., was the only Pac-12 recruit and the only quarterback unranked among Scout.com’s top 63 prospects who made the list.

Two top Bay Area prospects at the event — including Stanford-bound Keller Chryst of Palo Alto — failed to earn positions among the final Elite 11. Also bypassed was Oregon commit Morgan Mahalic of Marin Catholic-Kentfield.

Topping the Elite 11 rankings was Sean White from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who still hasn’t settled on a college destination. But while White’s performance was a surprise, at least he is ranked No. 60 among Scout’s national prospects at the position.

Ten of the quarterbacks on the Elite 11 list are ranked by Scout, seven of them in the top-20.

The exception is Rubenzer, listed as a three-star prospect by Scout but  unranked, perhaps because he stands just 6-feet tall. But Rubenzer completed nearly 69 percent of his passes last season, throwing 36 touchdowns.

In its final evaluations at the Elite 11 camp, ESPN.com wrote, “Rubenzer turned on his play in the second day of 7-on-7 play. … He isn’t the biggest prospect on the field, but he never let his limitations get in the way.”

Rubenzer said he rarely pays attention to the rankings.

“When I do look at them, it’s more motivation to prove people wrong,” he said. “It’s not a matter of me knowing I can do it. It’s just a matter of other people knowing.

“I’ve known for a long time I’m able to compete with the best and out-perform the higher-ranked kids.”

For ESPN’s full story, click here.

Jeff Faraudo