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Singer gets Elite 11 invite

Big Reds’ quarterback to compete in regional in May

Parkersburg High School quarterback Bryson Singer, pictured here scoring a touchdown last year against Marietta High School, was recently invited to the Elite 11 regional quarterback competition next month in Indianapolis. (Photo by Duane West)

PARKERSBURG — When it comes to exposure for a high school quarterback, receiving an invitation to the Elite 11 is as good as it gets.

Parkersburg High School junior Bryson Singer, who is currently playing basketball for the Big Reds, will get his opportunity to shine during the Elite 11 regionals. There are eight across the country and the Big Red was invited to the one on Sunday, May 2 at Brownsburg High School in Indianapolis.

“I got about a month or so,” Singer said. “It’s one of the biggest showcases in the nation.

“I’m pretty pumped up about it, trying to get my name out there a little more.”

As a sophomore, Singer became the first Big Red in program history to surpass 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.

The 6-foot-3 dual threat signal-caller, who doesn’t have any offers but has interest from Cincinnati, Akron, Marshall, East Carolina and VMI, guided PHS to a 6-2 regular season record this year and a first round home Class AAA playoff game. However, that didn’t materialize because of Wood County’s color status on the now defunct COVID-19 state map.

“I had another quarterback go several years ago in 2016 or 2015,” noted PHS head man Mike Byus of when he was coaching in North Carolina. “It’s interesting. Go match your skills against the other top quarterbacks in the country.

“Then they take about 30, I believe is the number, to the final Elite 11 competition. It’s definitely something to be proud of. It’s an honor to get a chance to go out and I know he’s excited. It’s pretty cool.”

Singer, who had an 85-yard touchdown reception versus Jefferson, rushed for 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns. He passed for 687 yards and 13 scores against four interceptions.

“Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields has been there,” Singer noted. “Fields won the MVP there over Lawrence in 2017. There will be some college coaches there.

“I’m just going to try and sling it around a little bit and probably go out and play some wide receiver and try to get some film at wideout.”

The Elite 11, now in year 23, will have all quarterbacks tested in the 40-yard dash (run twice, keep fastest time), vertical jump (highest jump kept), the 20-yard shuttle (run twice, keep fastest time) and the kneeling power ball throw (twice, keep best effort).

Aside from Indianapolis, the finalists for the summer championship event will come from the other seven regionals in Atlanta, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Nashville and Los Angeles.

“I think me and my dad are just going to run out together. I’m looking forward to it,” added Singer, who not only plans to run track this spring, but also is hoping to make a state tournament push in hoops. “The championship game is May 9. That’s on our bucket list. Maybe the Elite 11 will have to wait.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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