Hamilton QB Tyler Shough is getting close to committing to a college for football. Video: Richard Obert/azcentral sports
Chandler Hamilton quarterback Tyler Shough received the coveted invitation for the Elite 11 finals that is part of Nike’s The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., from June 28-July 3.
Shough worked his way through regional camps to be selected. He is one of 12 top quarterbacks in the country invited.
Shough, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, who recently picked up an offer from Arizona State, has 23 college football scholarship offers, including Michigan and Alabama.
He is the first Arizona quarterback chosen for this camp since Luke Rubenzer of Scottsdale Saguaro in 2013. Shough was among 25 quarterbacks from all over the nation who battled it out for one of the Elite 11 final spots this past weekend in Los Angeles area.
“It is a true honor,” Shough said. “My goal going into it was to compete my butt off, have fun and learn and soak it all in and get that invite.
“To obtain all those goals is a pretty good feeling, but there is still more work to do and progress to be made.”
Shough joins Phoenix North Canyon receiver Solomon Enis on the Elite 11 roster.
ASU offers Hamilton quarterback Tyler Shough
May 31, 2017
Chandler Hamilton quarterback Tyler Shough received an offer over the Memorial Day weekend from Arizona State.
It was the 23rd offer for the 6-foot-5, 195-pound, composite three-star 2018 football recruit, whose recruiting has blown up over the spring since he received Michigan and Alabama offers.
Shough said during Saturday’s Nike 7 on 7 tournament in Scottsdale that he wants to commit in early June, maybe by the 10th. He said he plans to make his last unofficial visits to North Carolina and South Carolina, before he commits.
He said his top schools were South Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Florida State and North Carolina.
Then, Sunday came, and an offer from ASU.
Does that change things?
“No, I don’t believe ASU changes my top schools,” Shough said in an electronic message. “I have been talking with (ASU offensive coordinator Billy) Napier for a long time now and he really likes me, but they had another QB they liked commit to somewhere else, so I was next on their list, I guess.”
Shough, who led Hamilton to the final of the 32-team Nike tournament, has most of his offers from the Midwest and Southeast.
“I think it would be nice to get out,” he said Saturday. “I love Arizona so far, but just got to get out of it.”
Shough said Hamilton’s offense won’t change under Dick Baniszewski, who will serve as head coach in place of Steve Belles next season. Hamilton still has the same offensive coordinator in Deke Schutes, who has been part of Hamilton’s football coaching staff since 1998 when the school began.
“We’ve got new wide receiver guys,” Shough said. “If everybody steps up, honestly, we’ll do well. I’m really proud of them. We just have to keep getting better.”
Alabama offers Hamilton QB Shough scholarship
April 18, 2017
Chandler Hamilton junior quarterback Tyler Shough’s only Pac-12 football scholarship offer is from Washington State. That came last week.
But his recruiting took another big turn Tuesday when Alabama offered the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder, who passed for 2,079 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior for the Huskies.
“It was out of the blue, really,” Shough said of the Alabama offer. “I was not talking with them previously. But then I got in contact with Coach (Tosh) Lupoi, the head recruiter there and he offered me.
“I am supposed to talk with Coach (Nick) Saban and (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian) Daboll soon. The offer is very humbling. I just want to keep grinding and focused on making my team better.”
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Meanwhile, Shough said he has been in contact with other schools. But still nobody from the Pac-12 other than Washington State has offered. The Alabama offer might change that.
Shough’s recruiting began to build last week with a Michigan offer from coach Jim Harbaugh. He also has an offer from Missouri.
Hamilton begins spring football on May 1.
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