The Elite 11 Finals finished Friday as part of The Opening camp in Beaverton, Ore. at Nike World Headquarters. USA Today High School Sports, along with Gannett partners, caught 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 sums up his trip and performances in both the Elite 11 finals and the camp’s 7-on-7 tournament.
It was a really fun experience. We all got to compete with everybody, some of the best players in the nation. It was just a great experience now that I’m going for my senior year. The stuff they taught me and the stuff the Elite 11 taught me, it’s just going to get me better and I’m going to come back and take all of that into my senior year.
We lost in the Final Four of the 7-on-7 tournament. The Elite 11 I ended up doing pretty good. Both were great experiences.
I talked to (Trent) Dilfer (Elite 11 director) before I left and they told me to have a great senior year and that he’ll be watching me at Michigan State. Technique-wise, we really didn’t talk about much. During the week he really just said to take all of it in and you only get one senior year.
I talked to (current Michigan State recruiting target and Detroit Martin Luther King receiver) Donnie Corley a lot up there. Mike (Panasiuk) too. Big Mike did pretty good.
Having the NFL guys as counselors there was great, because they’re somewhere you want to be and it’s a reachable goal. They just show you a lot and that if you work on your game it’s some place you can be.