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Myles Brennan ready to show what he's got at Elite 11 in Los Angeles

CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD/FILE 
 St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan (12) is headed to Los Angeles to compete in the prestigious Elite 11 Finals. Out of the 24 quarterbacks in the competition, 11 will advance to The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore., in July.
CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD/FILE St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan (12) is headed to Los Angeles to compete in the prestigious Elite 11 Finals. Out of the 24 quarterbacks in the competition, 11 will advance to The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore., in July.

This trip west to Los Angeles is going to be anything but a vacation.

Sure, Myles Brennan may get a chance to checkout the beach. He may even take in some of the sights of the West Coast once everything is over with, but all of that will have to wait.

Brennan's focus will be almost exclusively on the Elite 11 Finals, which are being held in L.A. Friday-Sunday.

"It's strictly work for me. For my mom, dad and brother it might be a nice little vacation to get to go out to Los Angeles, but I feel like this is just like if I was back at Stanislaus working out every morning," Brennan said. "Get up at 6, work out, and then get home at 11.

"... I want to take advantage of these experiences because there's a lot of kids who are at home wishing they were at this point. I'm definitely honored to be in it."

Brennan has been one of the more prolific prep passers in Mississippi's history, throwing for 11,045 yards and 117 touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons at St. Stanislaus.

He has also led the Rockachaws to back to back Class 4A South State titles.

Brennan views the Elite 11, which qualifies the top 11 quarterbacks for The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. on July 5-10, as an opportunity to improve further.

"They're going to have some great quarterbacks there who are going to be able to help us and coach us. Trent Dilfer is kind of the main guy," Brennan said. "I can only imagine who else they're bringing out there to coach and teach.

"I just want to bring it all in, give it my all and not only take the coaching to win the Elite 11, but bring it back to Bay St. Louis and apply it to my game down here to help St. Stanislaus win games."

The competition with some of the nation's top 2017 quarterbacks also excites Brennan.

"Though recruiting, I've heard every name that has been invited," Brennan said. "We talk about it all the time in the group chat -- how we've all heard of each other even though we haven't really met each other. This group going into this Elite 11 is a really good group.

"It's going to be an exciting and fun three days and I just can't wait to get out there and get the show on the road."

Head-to-head

The Elite 11 will give Tigers fans an early glimpse at its future QB competition as fellow LSU commit Lowell Narcisse -- out of St. James, La. -- is among the field of 24.

Asked about the matchup, Brennan took it another step further, saying he'd like to room with Narcisse to get better acquainted.

"I'm not really worried about how I compare to him. I just want to go out there and compete with him and build a relationship because I'm going to be with him for the next 4-5 years," Brennan said of Narcisse, who committed to LSU less than 10 days after Brennan. "I'm just excited and looking forward to it."

The field

The other 22 QBs headed to L.A. are: Jake Allen (Florida commit), Connor Blumrick (Texas A&M), Chase Brice (Clemson), Sean Clifford (Penn State), Avery Davis (Notre Dame), Tommy Devito (Syracuse), Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Jake Fromm (Georgia), Chase Garbers (uncommitted), Jake Haener (uncommitted), Hunter Johnson (Clemson), Mac Jones (Kentucky), Johnathan Lewis (Rutgers), Rocky Lombardi (Michigan State), Tate Martell (uncommitted), Dylan McCaffrey (Michigan), Davis Mills (Stanford), Kellen Mond (Baylor), Shawn Robinson (TCU), Chris Robison (Oklahoma), Jake Sears (uncommitted) and Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama).

With a stacked field, what would it mean should Brennan run the gauntlet and advance to The Opening? Or, better yet, win the July event?

"It would be huge," he said. "I've come this far so why not go out and win it."

The Elite 11 Finals is an exclusive invitation-only competition. Quarterbacks are invited based on their performances at The Opening's regional competitions throughout the country.

Only LSU

Shortly after receiving an offer from Ole Miss nearly two weeks ago, Brennan tweeted he wasn't planning on doing any more interviews regarding schools other than LSU.

"I'm a committed Tiger!" he tweeted.

Tuesday, Brennan expanded on his decision.

"I got more phone calls about the Ole Miss offer from reporters than I did when I originally committed to LSU," he said. "It's not meant to be offensive or anything, but a lot is going on, especially with starting summer workouts and finishing spring, and that was the last thing I needed.

"I was basically bombarded with the same questions, just by a different person every time."

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