Alabama Commit Named MVP of Elite QB Showcase

STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 30: An Alabama Crimson Tide helmet sits on a bench during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide on September 30, 2023 at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Starkville, MS. (Photo by Chris McDill/Icon Sportswire)

Alabama fans who may have been unsure or unaware of their newest commitment at the quarterback position got a nice introduction this week.

Keelon Russell, a dual threat 4-star 2025 prospect out of high school powerhouse Duncanville in Texas, was named the MVP of the Elite 11 finals.

After three days of competition among some of the best quarterback prospects in the country, Russell stood out above the rest, throwing 5 touchdowns in the 7-on-7 portion of the event.

Previous quarterbacks to have won the MVP award at the elite competition include former Alabama superstar Tua Tagovailoa, Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud who is currently lighting up the NFL, and Heisman winner Caleb Williams.

Out of the 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL, 27 of them at least participated in the Elite 11 event.

Russell flipped to Alabama a little two weeks ago after previously being committed to SMU. Last season, he led Duncanville to a 14-1 record and their second straight 6A state title in Texas.

He will now almost assuredly secure a 5-star status after his performance in the event. By all accounts, Kalen DeBoer may have just locked down Alabama’s quarterback of the future.