The Elite 11 camp hosted by Nike is billed as the nation’s premier quarterback competition for high schoolers, and this year’s 24 finalists include two players with direct local ties and another who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and considering going to BYU.
Lehi signal caller and Washington State Cougars commit Cammon Cooper, Utah Utes commit Jack Tuttle of Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, California, and Tanner McKee of Centennial High School in Corona, California, will compete at the event this weekend in Los Angeles.
Each of the quarterbacks was selected for the finals after strong showings at regional competitions around the country earlier this spring. Cooper and Tuttle were among the top five performers (Cooper rated the best) at the Los Angeles Regional in March, while McKee came out of February's Houston Regional.
Over the next three days, the quarterbacks will receive instruction from top collegiate signal callers and compete in various competitions. Those deemed the 12 best after Sunday will compete in The Opening finals later this month at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
Those 12 will be determined based on a combination of film, how they did at regional camps and how they do this weekend, according to Scout.com's Greg Biggins.
Since the beginning of the Elite quarterback camp in 1999, a number of quarterbacks with local connections have competed at it.
2001: Ben Olson (BYU) was named MVP
2003: Max Hall (BYU), Erik Ainge (Danny Ainge’s nephew) were regional finalists
2009: Jake Heaps (BYU) was among the final 11
2010: Kendal Thompson (Utah) was among the final 11
2011: Tanner Mangum (BYU) was named co-MVP with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, while Travis Wilson (Utah) was a regional finalist
2012: Cooper Bateman (Cottonwood High School, Utah) and Luke Falk (Logan High School, Washington State) were regional finalists
2015: Kahi Neves (Timpview High School, Arizona) was a regional finalist
As far as The Opening finals are concerned, four players with Utah ties have already been named to the roster. They include Olympus linebacker Cameron Latu (a one-time BYU commit), Desert Hills offensive lineman Penei Sewell, East offensive lineman Sam Vakalahi and BYU commit Brandon Kaho of Reno, Nevada.