The Elite 11 Finals are taking place this week as part of The Opening camp in Beaverton, Ore. at Nike World Headquarters. The Opening runs from July 5-10 and portions of the camp, such as 7-on-7 team games, will be televised on ESPNU during the final two days. USA Today High School Sports, along with Gannett partners, will be catching up with select quarterbacks participating in the finals to talk about their experiences. In this entry, we get an introduction to the camp from Huber Heights Wayne (Dayton, Ohio) quarterback Messiah deWeaver, who is committed to Michigan State University.
It is a great atmosphere. There are a lot of big time players out here and some of the best coaches in the country are out here too, so it’s great to be here. My eyes really opened up but it was a great first day. I wasn’t really nervous at all, just excited and ready to play. I got settled in after we got done working out with the Navy SEAL guys on Sunday.
I showed up wanting to prove every aspect of my game. I wanted to show that I was more polished and better than the past camp. I think I’m doing pretty good so far.
This is only the first part. We’re getting into The Opening part with the other athletes and getting 7-on-7s going so I’m going to go out there and hopefully have a big impact.
Today (Tuesday) we did a lot of 7-on-7. That was pretty much all we did. Some guys that have really stood out to me so far (at the Elite 11 finals) are (Tennessee commit) Jarrett Guarantano and (Florida State commit) Malik Henry. Both of those guys are doing pretty good.
It’s fun now (with the full Opening camp beginning), seeing different guys from across the country. We’re just all kind of ready to go to the next part and everybody has the same goal – to come out and compete.