Jake Zembiec of Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) 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, Ore. The quarterbacks went through combine testing, where among other things, their vertical jump was measured and they were timed in the 40-yard dash. Donovan People-Jones from Cass Tech in Detroit won the overall combine title.
The action moved to the field on Thursday as the quarterbacks get to work with their teams for the 7-on-7 events.
We’re about 45 minutes from our first 7-on-7s. (People-Jones) is on my 7-on-7 Team (Mach Speed). We’ll see how it goes.
It was incredible. There’s some 4.3 flats in the 40. Some guy did a 47-inch vertical, I never even heard of that.
I did pretty good. They made us jump on an electronic mat (for the vertical test), but overall I did good (35 inch vertical jump and 4.95 40-yard dash).
Everyone (watches). All the cameras, the other players, the coaches, former NFL guys, guys who work for Nike. If you do good, you handle it well. There are some kids who are getting frustrated, and pretty quickly.
It was pretty clear early that it’s a business. It’s busy, you are doing a lot of stuff, but they include a lot of fun stuff, too.
I was excited to see what everyone can do. There’s a lot of energy. Guys are dancing and yelling they are ready to go.