The Elite 11 MVP trophy will be making a cross-country trip once again this summer. Fort Lauderdale University quarterback Sean White won the award Wednesday night, marking the second straight year that a Florida player has won the prestigious summertime QB challenge.
Winter Park's Asiantii Woulard won the honor last summer in somewhat surprising fashion, and White's victory was equally surprising. He was one of the last of the 18 participants picked to compete in the event's finals, held in conjunction with The Opening at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
White posted on Twitter on Thursday morning about winning the crown:
"Proud to say that I am the 2013 Elite 11 MVP!!! One of the best weeks of my life, and a dream come true."
Shortly after his Twitter announcement, Woulard, who is now a freshman at UCLA, tweeted his congratulations:
"The state of Florida now has two @Elite11 MVPs in a row! Congrats to @SeanWhite_12 again on winning the #E11 and representing Florida! #Win."
White, who transferred to the U School from Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna this past spring, will be taking over the reins for the Suns, 2012 Class 3A state champions who will move up to Class 4A this season.
Known for his dead-eye accuracy, White completed 68.8 percent of his passes last season at Chaminade, throwing for 2,670 yards and 32 touchdowns with only seven interceptions.
He is the only Elite 11 finalist yet to make his college commitment and Wisconsin is thought to be the leader for the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder who is ranked No. 22 in the Sentinel's 2014 Florida Top 100.
White has 13 scholarship offers so far but that could change after his performance this week. He told Wisconsin 247Sports website Badger247: "It's up in the air, but we intend to get to Wisconsin for sure."
Wisconsin is also heavily recruiting Jacksonville Ribault QB D.J. Gillins, and if Gillins opts for the Badgers anytime soon, White will be looking at his other options. His other offers, in alphabetical order, are: Boston College, Cincinnati, FIU, Hawaii, Houston, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Syracuse, Toledo, USF, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.
Among the Elite 11 finalists also participating with White this week were Florida commit Will Grier of Davidson, A.C., and Miami commit Brad Kaaya of West Hills, Calif. Grier was third in the Elite 11 final standings and Kaaya was ninth.
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