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. 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, Huber Heights Wayne (Dayton, Ohio) quarterback and Michigan State commit Messiah deWeaver previews the start of the camp’s 7-on-7 competition, which begins on Thursday and will be shown on ESPNU (8 p.,m. ET).
We did the SPARQ testing Wednesday and then we did one-on-ones in the afternoon. I had some good numbers in the SPARQ (Detroit Cass Tech’s Donovan Peoples-Jones was named the overall rating champion). I threw a 40 in the Powerball, so overall I thought I did pretty good.
We didn’t do any 7-on-7s. That part starts Thursday. I’m just ready to get out there and compete. It’s always exciting when we get on TV.
Me and the other guys (on Team Fly Rush) met each other and we’re just getting to know each other more and more throughout the week. It’s about getting comfortable and I’ve been throwing the ball to them so we get more comfortable. (The quarterbacks) got the plays when we got out here and I’ve been studying them for a while.
The Elite 11 goes all the way through the end of the camp and they evaluate everything for the Elite 11 until it’s over. They evaluate the 7-on-7s, so it’s going on at the same time. You just really have to focus on the task at hand and I’m ready to get out on the field and get it going.