UGA quarterbacks gather near Los Angeles for Elite 11 camp

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Georgia’s quarterbacks of the present and future are working out together on the other side of the country.

Georgia starter Matthew Stafford is a camp counselor at the Elite 11, which is held near Los Angeles. Oconee County’sZach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla., who have both committed to Georgia, are two of the 12 high school quarterbacks from across the nation participating in the four-day camp that ends Thursday.

“There’s a lot of Bulldogs in the house,” said camp instructor Tee Martin over the telephone. Martin was quarterback for Tennessee’s 1998 national championship team.

Murray is Georgia’s most prominent 2009 commitment, choosing the Bulldogs over 53 other scholarship offers. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder plays in the shotgun formation at Plant High, but has been switched to a different offensive scheme at camp.

“If there are question marks about Aaron, it’s if he can make the transition to taking snaps under center, which is what he’ll have to do when he gets to Georgia,” Martin said. “He has been doing it 100-percent of the time here and … looks phenomenal.”

Will Murray’s height be a concern in college? “There’s only a couple of inches that separate Aaron and [Stafford]. He’s shorter, but I don’t think he’ll get his passes knocked down a lot because he has such a high release point. Also, he’s very fast and athletic, and will be able to [scramble] to throw in the passing lanes.”

The 6-5, 235-pound Mettenberger is a classic pocket passer and has won rave reviews with his arm strength. Said Martin: “He was standing flat-footed and throwing balls to me 50 yards away with a zip. You just don’t see many high school kids with that type of velocity.”

Stafford is one of several Elite 11 alumni serving as counselors, along with Missouri’s Chase Daniel and Colt McCoy of Texas, among others. Georgia begins preseason practice next week.


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