Cherokee quarterback AJ Swann took part in the 2021 Elite 11 event in Los Angeles last weekend.
The Elite 11 showcase is a yearly event that brings 20 of the nation's top quarterbacks to one place to compete with and against each other. Swann, who is ranked as the No. 34 quarterback in the nation, competed alongside the likes of Clemson commit Cade Klubnik, Ohio State bound Quinn Ewers and many more talented gun slingers.
Swann was the first Cherokee County player ever to attend the camp.
“It was a great time, I met a lot of new guys. They all had a great sense of humor and we joked around on the sidelines,” Swann said. “We all knew it was a competition and we needed to focus up when we got those cleats on.”
On Day 1, Swann was focused and put forth one of the best performances of any of the quarterbacks. According to Sports Illustrated the 6-foot-3 215 pounder ranked seventh amongst the group after the first day. Day 2 and 3 also went well for Swann but he said he believed he could have had stronger performances.
“I felt like I could’ve done better,” Swann said. “I did pretty well, but I missed a couple of throws here and there and that could have affected my stock.”
Swann finished as the No. 14 overall quarterback according to Sports Illustrated after looking at the performance over the course of the week.
The camp has a good record of hosting future college and professional stars. Twelve of the past 13 quarterbacks to win the Heisman Trophy attended the Elite 11 Finals or an Elite 11 regional. Additionally, 15 of the NFL’s top 20 passers in 2019 took part in the Elite 11 Finals or a regional. Previous Elite 11 MVPs include future NFL QBs Justin Fields, Tua Tagovailoa, Jameis Winston and Matthew Stafford.
Swann has also impressed scouts and fans in his time as the Cherokee quarterback. In 2020 he threw the ball 262 times completing 158 for 2,505 yards. He also racked up 23 touchdowns along the way.
The three-star recruit is committed to play his college ball at Maryland after his senior season.
“I am ecstatic to get over to Maryland and get to play college football,” Swann said.
Tribune Sports Writer Gabriel Kahaian contributed to this report.