The Elite 11 Finals are a part of Nike’s The Opening, and the event is a competition intended for rising young high school quarterbacks.
The Opening also allows prospects to recruit each other, an important item of note during the dead period.
At the Elite 11 Finals, the high schoolers receive one-on-one instruction from current college quarterbacks in a competitive setting at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
This year’s event, which is taking place between July 5-10, welcomed current Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg (an Elite 11 Class of 2012 member) as a counselor.
Penn State Class of 2016 recruit Jake Zembiec also made the cut.
The recruits and counselors arrived in Beaverton on July 5, and quickly began “team-building” drills and classes before getting turned over to Team RWB, a military-affiliated service organization, for a night of military drills and physical/tactical challenges.
And they're off!The night has officially begun. pic.twitter.com/oeRQ4PljPa— Elite11 (@Elite11) July 6, 2015
It wasn’t all military-style the first day, though. Zembiec and his fellow recruits, including Tennessee commit Jarrett Guarantano, also played with Legos. It was branded as “QB Tactical Training.”
Monday morning, Hackenberg led his fellow counselors as well as the recruits in a yoga session prior to the day’s drills.
The recruits also participated in on-field drills and went over playbooks with various coaches and trainers, including Trent Dilfer.
Other Penn State recruits participating in The Opening include running back Miles Sanders, end Shane Simmons and corner Lavert Hill.