247Sports exclusively released the list of 12 prep quarterbacks who make up the 2018 edition of the Elite 11 on Monday, with Wisconsin verbal commit Graham Mertz making the cut in yet another achievement for the would-be high school senior.
Through the first day of the Elite 11 Finals in Redondo Beach, Calif., Mertz was ranked No. 3 out of the two dozen signal callers heading into Saturday’s Pro Day workouts. Before Sunday’s 7-on-7 competition, he was seated No. 6 out of the 24 participants.
247Sports reporter Greg Biggins listed Mertz as No. 9 out of his top performers from the Elite 11 Finals weekend:
Mertz was great on Friday, struggled Saturday and was solid Sunday. He’s a high-upside kid with all the physical tools you could want in a next-level quarterback. When you combine his size and makeup as well, he has among the biggest potentials this group.
Mertz joins 11 other 2019 quarterbacks in earning a spot to The Opening Finals later this summer which includes other players already verbal committed to Power Five programs like Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, Auburn’s Bo Nix, TCU’s Max Duggan, Michigan’s Cade McNamara and Alabama’s Taulia Tagovailoa.
The Wisconsin commit told SB Nation’s Bud Elliott on Friday that he will officially visit this weekend, which was previously reported by 247Sports and Rivals. Despite teams like Ohio State and Notre Dame pursuing his services and that coveted visit, Mertz noted his bond to Wisconsin:
When asked by SB Nation’s Bud Elliott on Friday about his recruiting process, however, Mertz reaffirmed he is committed to Wisconsin.
“I love the fit,” Mertz said, “I love everything going on with it, and I don’t see anything changing.”
There is a solid relationship built between Mertz and Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and quarterbacks coach Jon Budmayr, one that Mertz described as “great.”
“Chryst and Budmayr, they’ve been there from the start,” Mertz said. “It’s only getting stronger. Every time we get on the phone, every time they come see me, I love it.”
Mertz is currently rated a four-star recruit, the No. 145 player and No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to 247Sports composite rankings.