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Penn State Commit Sean Clifford Nabs Spot In Elite 11

You can add another incoming Penn State signal caller to the Elite 11 ranks, as four-star Sean Clifford solidified himself among the nation’s premier 2017 quarterbacks this past weekend in Los Angeles.

Thanks to a standout performance at Nike’s The Opening Regional in Columbus in May and his impressive outing in the Elite 11 Finals, Clifford will travel to Beaverton, Ore., this July for The Opening. Clifford follows in the footsteps of both Christian Hackenberg and true freshman Jake Zembiec, who competed in the event in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Last year, incoming freshmen Miles Sanders and Shane Simmons joined Zembiec as Penn State’s lone representatives in Oregon.

On top of going toe-to-toe with the country’s top high school football players in speed, strength, and agility drills later this summer, the St. Xavier High School product is one of 12 prep passers who hope to lead their respective 7-on-7 teams to victory. If the opening rounds are any indication, Clifford is doing precisely what he needs to.

2017 quarterbacks who also nabbed invites to The Opening include: Hunter Johnson (Clemson), Davis Mills (Stanford), Dylan McCaffrey (Michigan), Myles Brennan (LSU), Chris Robison (Oklahoma), Tommy DeVito (Syracuse), Tate Martell (undecided), Jack Sears (undecided), Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama), and Jake Fromm (Georgia).

Clifford will head to Nike’s world headquarters with good friend and fellow Cincinnati native — four-star tight end Matt Dotson — so James Franklin can expect some additional help in recruiting him to join Penn State’s Class of 2017, which currently ranks 25th in all of Division I, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Congratulations and best of luck this summer, Sean!

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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