Aquinas quarterback Jake Zembiec is one of 18 rising high school seniors selected to compete in the finals of the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Zembiec and his father, Tom, leave for Oregon on Saturday and the competition begins on Sunday. Zembiec, who has given a verbal commitment to Penn State, will be sharing his thoughts with the Democrat and Chronicle periodically throughout the competition.
Jake’s first entry: Pre-competition thoughts
I am excited to see what they are going to throw at us mentally and physically. I think the grading system is based on every little thing you do — from how you talk, shake hands and look people in the eye to how well you know the playbook. They want to take a look at the whole person.
I think the first day for quarterbacks will include some Navy SEAL-type training. I watched the Elite 11 last year and it’s pretty realistic. I’m not nervous. I am excited to see how everybody reacts because I am sure everything we do will be tied into team building.
Speaking of teams, I will be on Team Mach Speed for the 7-on-7 competition. Each team has three quarterbacks and I will be with Malik Henry from California, who has given a verbal to Florida State, and Jarrett Guarantano of Bergen Catholic in New Jersey who is committed to Tennessee. I know pretty much all of the quarterbacks there from being in California for the semifinals and, if I had to guess, the number of reps you get will be based on how well you perform.
I am really looking forward to this week and will check in soon.