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Ely invited to Elite 11 QB camp

Katherine Smith The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 08:50 AM

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With two state championship rings and a 19-0 record as a starter, Plant's Phillip Ely has established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in Florida.

Now Ely will get a chance to see how he stacks up against some of the top quarterbacks in the nation.

Ely received an invitation to participate in the annual Elite 11 Quarterback Camp next week in California, an event that selects the top 12 rising senior passers in the country and pits them against each other in vigorous workouts and drills. Two years ago, Ely's predecessor, Aaron Murray, was named MVP of the prestigious camp.

"He is achieving all these individual goals without ever aspiring to make them," Plant coach Robert Weiner said. "His goals have always been team oriented. It's a great testament to show if you do things right for the right reasons, you can achieve anything."

Other quarterbacks who have participated in the camp include Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Vince Young.

The four-day camp begins Monday and Ely's competition includes Miami Northwestern's Teddy Bridgewater, a University of Miami commit, recent Florida commit Jeff Driskel from Oviedo Hagerty High, and Cody Kessler, a USC commit, from California's Centennial High.

Ely, who has nearly 30 Division I scholarship offers, including South Florida, Arizona State, LSU and Purdue, got his first start at quarterback in 2008 after Murray broke his leg midway through the season. He helped guide the Panthers deep into the playoffs before Murray returned.

Last year, Ely missed the start of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back, but was able to return in time for another state title run.

Murray provided some advice on what to expect when the Elite 11 camp begins on Monday.

"He told me what a great experience it is," Ely said. "I want to create some friendships and get better. I don't feel like I need to prove anything and I'm not worried about the competition, but that level of competition is going to drive me."

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