Two weeks ago, Penn State commit Christian Hackenberg was in Beaverton, OR for The Opening, competing against some of the best high school talent in the country. On Tuesday, he began another trip out west. This time, he will be competing in the Elite 11 quarterback competition, a gathering of the nation’s top signal callers.
Usually consisting of 24 players, this year’s deep, talented class will send 25 quarterbacks to the competition.
The players will compete in a vast array of drills, as well as challenging 7-on-7 games with the plays coming from an elaborate playbook that each quarterback received weeks ago. The players are expected to know the playbook and their knowledge of it will count for or against them.
At the end of the competition, 11 finalists will be crowned the “Elite 11.” On top of that, individual awards will be given out such as “Best Arm”, “Most Accuracy” and
Is it important for the players to make that list of 11? “Oh yeah, that is definitely a goal, going in” Hackenberg says. “It’s all about the competition.”
Joining Hackenberg will be Michigan commit Shane Morris as well as Ohio State commit JT Barrett. Morris figures to fare particular well and is armed with one of the best arms in the country. Barrett is a dual threat-type, but is also no slouch throwing the ball.
Other top committed quarterbacks set to compete this week include Cooper Bateman (Bama), Max Browne (USC) and Malik Zaire (ND). Stanford commit Ryan Burns, who many Penn State fans are familiar with, was invited to compete but had a prior commitment.
“I’m gonna go out there to compete. I know a bunch of the guys. We’re all pretty cool in the class of quarterbacks but I know when we get out there we’re going to be competing-going at eachother’s throats.”
The Finals will air on ESPN in August.
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