Kentucky Football: The Opening and The Elite 11 is Coming This Weekend

Drew Barker will be participating in The Opening and Elite 11 this weekend - Student Sports

The Elite 11 Quarterback Competition is just a part of the events taking place on the Nike Campus in Portland, Oregon. There will also be a 7v7 tournament, the Nike Elite Linemen Challenge and the SPARQ Rating National Championship which includes the vertical jump, the shuttle run, the weighted ball throw and the 40-yard dash. Nike calls this annual event The Opening and it is held at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

The Opening lasts four days while the Elite 11 is a five day event. Kentucky 2014 commitment Drew Barker is participating in The Opening and the Elite 11. He is the only player from the Commonwealth in the event. However, there are several players Kentucky offers participating. The Elite 11 Competition begins on June 28th and runs through the end of the 7v7 Tournament on July 3rd. Barker hasn't yet been assigned a 7v7 team. You can read Nike's complete roster list for both events on the Nike Blog. The roster is at the bottom so you'll have to scroll down. You can also see the Schedule of Events. ESPN2 will be carrying the action.

In addition to Barker, Kentucky commitment WR Thaddeus Snodgrass is a participant. Kentucky has offered the following uncommitted participants:

Jamal Adams / SAF / Carrollton, TX

Braxton Berrios / WR / Raleigh, NC

John Bonney / SAF / Houston, TX

Lorenzo Carter / DL / Norcross, GA

Johnnie Dixon / WR / Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Rashaan Evans / LB / Auburn, AL

Clifton Garrett / LB / Plainfield, IL

Wesley Green / CB / Lithonia, GA

Thomas Holley / DL / Brooklyn, NY

Corey Holmes / WR / Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Chris Lammons / CB / Plantation, FL

Joshua Malone / WR / Gallatin, TN

Corey Martinez / OL / Tampa, FL

Montel McBride / OL / Plant City, FL

Montae Nicholson / ATH / Monroeville, PA

Dwight Williams / LB / Gardena, CA

T.V. Williams / WR / McKinney, TX

Isaiah Wynn / OL / St. Petersburg, FL

Richard Yeargin / LB / Ft. Lauderdale, FL

In addition to Barker, other SEC QB commitments participating in the Elite 11 are:

Texas A&M commitment Kyle Allen, Scottsdale, AZ - Desert Mountain

Florida commitment Will Grier, Davidson, NC - Day

Alabama commitment David Cornwell, Norman, OK - North

Vanderbilt commitment K.J. Carta-Samuels, San Jose, CA - Bellarmine Prep

Georgia commitment Jacob Park, Goose Creek, SC - Stratford

Of the 18 quarterbacks in the Elite 11, the SEC is dominant once again as far as commitments. This graph shows just how dominant. You can click on it for a larger view.


You can see the complete list of the participants, with a little background information, in the Elite 11 at SBNation in this article by Bud Elliott. So kick back and enjoy this weekend by watching ESPN2's coverage.

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