Kopp, Drones impress in the opening day of Elite 11 Finals
HOUSTON - It came down to the nation's No.1 quarterback - Caleb Williams - Justin Fields and Maddox Kopp in triple overtime.
It was the "Rail Shot Competition" to close out the first day of Elite 11 Finals. In the end, it was the St. Thomas quarterback who nailed the final throw to win the challenge, get the Golden Gun Jersey and propel his name up the Elite 11 rankings.
"I've done that throw multiple times, so it was just another throw. But it felt pretty good," Kopp told VYPE on Monday night. "At this point in the competition winning the challenge does not mean a whole lot without backing it up in day two and that's what I am looking to do."
The throw that won @maddox_kopp the “Rail Shot Competition" & Golden Gun Jersey on Day 1 of the @Elite11 Finals 🎯 pic.twitter.com/JRO1ww8qFE
— Ronny Torres (@RonnyTorresSS) June 30, 2020
Kopp entered the competition as not the highest recruited signal-caller among the group. His biggest offer came recently from the University of Houston.
But to have his name stand out among the national recruits including Auburn-commit Dematrius Davis (North Shore), Georgia-commit Brock Vandagriff (Prince Avenue Christian School) and Oregon-commit Ty Thompson (Mesquite), is a big deal for his stock.
"It is pretty big for me because I am just now starting to receive more attention for schools," Kopp said.
Also getting some attention after the first day was Shadow Creek's Kyron Drones.
The Baylor-commit got some high praise from Trent Dilfer, who told 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong, "I think the Drones kid is ridiculously talented."
Dilfer continued: "His presence is awesome. He was awesome tonight. He's great with the other guys. He's awesome, I can't find a flaw. He's super coachable."
The quarterbacks are set to hit the field again tonight at 6 p.m. for Day 2 of the Elite 11, with the camp wrapping up on Wednesday.