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Penn State QB commit Justin Fields earns spot in Elite 11

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2018 Penn State commit Justin Fields discovered Monday morning that he’s now part of an elite group — the Elite 11, which bills itself as “the nation’s premier quarterback competition.”

The five-star dual-threat signal-caller will compete against the country’s other top high school prospects at The Opening, an invite-only camp, that runs from June 28 to July 3 at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The selections were made public around 11 a.m. Monday. Fields is the third Nittany Lion quarterback since 2012 to earn the honor; Christian Hackenberg (2012) and Sean Clifford (2016) were the others.

Fields won’t be the lone Lion to be in Oregon, either. Fellow PSU commits TE Zack Kuntz (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill), WR Justin Shorter (Monmouth Junction, N.J./South Brunswick) and RB Ricky Slade (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) are also slated to compete at The Opening.

Fields, a 6-foot-3, 221-pound Georgia native, made the cut after beating out more than a dozen other passers at the finals in Los Angeles over the weekend. ESPN currently ranks Fields as the second-best QB in the class — behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, who also earned an invitation — and as the No. 4 overall prospect in the country.

Past Penn State QBs in the Elite 11

The Elite 11 started up in 1999. Here are the former Penn State commits who have taken part:

▪  Zac Wasserman (1999)

▪  Anthony Morelli (2003)

▪  Pat Devlin (2005)

▪  Rob Bolden (2009)

▪  Christian Hackenberg (2012)

▪  Sean Clifford (2016)

▪  Justin Fields (2017)

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