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2023 4-Star Pitt QB Commit Kenny Minchey Named Elite 11 Finalist

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The Elite 11 quarterback competition is the nation’s premier event for high school quarterbacks, and Pitt quarterback commit Kenny Minchey is headed to the finals.

Minchey, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound four-star quarterback from Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee, impressed at the Elite 11 Nashville regional earlier this month, and now he’s officially been added to the shortlist of national quarterbacks headed to the Elite 11 Finals.

Minchey finished the Nashville Regional with the fourth-highest combine score of the day, putting up a stellar 102.33 rating. He also put together a great 9-throw Pro Day showing, finishing tied for eighth with a score of 19.

And with a 160 score in the B/A Ball Score (a drill designed to test a quarterback’s average velocity and average release time), he finished tied for 10th in the BreakAway station — with an average velocity of 47.3 miles per hour and a .42 second average release time.

The Elite 11 Finals will take place from June 28-30 in Los Angeles, California, bringing together, “top performers to receive advanced, one-on-one quarterback instruction in a highly competitive setting.”

With three days to show in on-field drills, classroom instruction and off-field development, the 2022 Elite 11 will be announced upon the conclusion of the finals.

Former Pitt quarterbacks to qualify for the Elite 11 include Ricky Town (2014), Max Browne (2012), Chad Voytik (2011), Tom Savage (2008), Tyler Palko (2001), but only Voytik and Palko did so as Pitt commits.

Coming off a strong junior season at PJPII, Minchey has risen as one of the very best quarterbacks in the class of 2023. 247Sports rates him as the 349th-ranked recruit in the class (19th-ranked quarterback and the ninth-ranked recruit from Tennessee) while Rivals him as the 27th-ranked quarterback in the class and On3 rates him as the 13th-ranked quarterback and the sixth-ranked recruit from Tennessee.

As a junior, Minchey threw for 3,280 yards and 32 touchdowns to just nine interceptions on 215-of-351 passing attempts. And with his commitment ironed out, he’s already locked in to improving those numbers as a senior and preparing for the jump to the NCAA.

Minchey will be visiting Pittsburgh on June 2-4, making his lone official visit this year, and he’ll get his first chance back at Pitt since committing in late April. He’ll be joined by a large collection of Pitt targets and fellow 2023 commit Zion Fowler (Jersey City, New Jersey).

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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