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Sam Ehlinger talks pro comparisons, leading Texas' class with SB Nation

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Sam Ehlinger compares his game to a former National Champion and a Super Bowl Champion

The Elite 11 Finals are now underway and Texas Longhorns commit Sam Ehlinger is putting forth every effort to prove he's among the best quarterbacks in the nation. For Texas fans, the passing prowess from the headliner of the 2017 class is already apparent, but the rest of the nation isn't quite as familiar just yet. To that end, SB Nation Recruiting caught up with Ehlinger to pick the Austin native's brain.

If you ask the Austin Westlake product who he models his game after, the answer isn't too surprising. "A mix of Cam Newton and Drew Brees," Ehlinger told SB Nation. The Newton comparison could seem steep until you consider Ehlinger scrambled for 1,360 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. The Brees comparison, on the other hand, is quite obvious.

"He's so fluid and he doesn't have the ideal height, Ehlinger said. "He's not the biggest guy out there, but he puts the ball where it needs to be and leads his team to championships."

That sounds a lot like the 6'1.5, 215-pound Ehlinger, although, he's yet to lead Westlake to a state championship. Brees did just that at Westlake in 1996 and Ehlinger gets one more shot at it following a video game-like junior season.

Ehlinger went on to say his greatest strength is his dual-threat versatility, which helped the future Longhorn compile 5,193 total yards and 70 total touchdowns last season. Ehlinger said his biggest weakness is "talking to defenses too much," but if you're scoring 70 total touchdowns in high school, I'm pretty sure you've earned the right to try and get into defenses heads a little more than you're game already has.

In addition to his performance and quest to prove he's among the best at his position, Ehlinger's been doing a bit of recruiting for the ‘Horns, noting linebackers Baron Browning and Anthony Hines as targets of interest, among elite-level wide receivers.

Reports have indicated Ehlinger has performed well in Oregon, despite some minor shoulder pain that's been bothering him. But as reported by 247Sports, there's no need to worry about anything long-lasting.

"I just had a little knot in the back of my shoulder," Ehlinger told Horns247. "I'm fine now. I got it rubbed out. I've been icing it and taking Advil. It's all good. It's bothering me a little bit, but it's completely fine. I'll be 100 percent."

That competitive spirit is what has helped Ehlinger gain so much recruiting hype over the last year and now as the leader of Texas 2017 class, Ehlinger says it's a dream come true.

"It's amazing," Ehlinger told SB Nation. "To fulfill dreams I've always had and to be in that position is awesome."