QB Commit Jake Zembiec Invited To The Opening Regionals
One of Penn State’s prized commits will attend one of the most prestigious high school football camps in the country this offseason. Quarterback pledge Jake Zembiec (Aquinas Institute/Rochester, N.Y.) received an invite to The Nike Football Opening Regionals yesterday.
— jake zembiec (@jakezembiec) February 23, 2015
The Nike Football Opening Regionals is widely regarded as the premier camp available for high school football players, providing them some of the best coaching and training available. Players go through position-specific drills, where coaches and trainers offer them some of the top training knowledge, all with the goal of maximizing their abilities in an extremely competitive environment. The camp boasts a lengthy list of current and former NFL players who attended the camp during their high school days, with names like Chris Johnson, Calvin Johnson, and Tim Tebow.
Zembiec is not the first Nittany Lion to attend the camp. Christian Hackenberg also took part, reaching the finals of the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition, which is held for the nation’s top rising senior quarterbacks. Zembiec will be evaluated at The Nike Football Opening Regionals, where he will have the opportunity to land a spot in the Elite 11 Finals in conjunction with The Opening Finals.
The finals will be held July 5-10 in Beaverton, Oregon — Nike’s headquarters — where finalists showcase their talents on a monumental scale in front of the top names in recruiting, while competing against some of the best high school passers in the country.
It’s considered quite the honor to attend these camps, and the numbers seem to back it up. Thirty-five of the top 49 NFL signal-callers in 2014 attended either an Elite 11 regional or final prior to their collegiate careers. Considering Zembiec’s lofty status and skillset, it’s not too far-fetched to see Zembiec land a spot in the finals in Beaverton.