Every summer, the nation’s best high school football players invade Nike World Headquarters just outside of Portland, Ore., for one week. They’re coached by some of the game’s biggest names to compete in drills designed to find the fastest, strongest, and most agile players in each position. For the second year in a row, Hudl will be there to capture the highlights of every event, not just to document player performance, but also to give fans a glimpse at the future of college football.
The Opening is a five-day event comprised of the Elite 11 Finals, the SPARQ National Championship, and a non-contact 7-on-7 tournament.
To qualify for the Opening, athletes attended Nike Football Training Camps across the country. Hudl traveled to every camp to record and upload evidence of these drills, allowing players to tag highlights from the camp footage.
Of every player we got on film from February through June, only 161 are on their way to Oregon this weekend. The top 18 quarterbacks will compete in the Elite 11 Finals beginning with two days of practice evaluated by Nike coaches through Hudl film and reports. Day 3 - July 8 - is all about SPARQ testing. Every athlete is timed in the 40-yard dash and agility shuttle before their 6.6-lb., powerball throw and standing vertical are measured.
At the end of the day, the top athletes from each position do it all one more time before a winner is announced.
Capping off the week is the 7-on-7 pool play and tournament. Hudl provides video, breakdown data, and reports on every game to help coaches choose the top athletes and an Elite 11 winner. And when you look at the list of attendees*, we can’t imagine picking the best of the best will be easy, but it should be fun.
Just be sure to follow @Hudl on Twitter and like us on Facebook so you don’t miss a second of the action! Until things kick off next week, browse the positions and watch a few reels for a look at what’s in store.
Blake Barnett (Santiago, Calif.), Ross Bowers (Bothell, Wash.), Ryan Brand (U-D Jesuit, Mich.), Sam Darnold (San Clemente, Calif.), Deondre Francois (Olympia, Fla.), Ben Hicks (Midway, Texas), De’Andre Johnson (First Coast, Fla.), Sheriron Jones (Rancho Verde, Calif.), Brian Lewerke (Pinnacle, Ariz.), Drew Lock (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Alex Malzone (Brother Rice, Mich.), Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas), Josh Rosen (St. John Bosco, Calif.), Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas), Ricky Town (St. Bonaventure, Calif.), Travis Waller (Servite, Calif.), Brandy White (Hart, Calif.), Brandon Wimbush (St. Peter’s Prep, N.J.)
Saquon Barkley (Whitehall, Penn.), Nick Brossette (University Lab, La.), Taj Griffin (McEachem, Ga.), Damien Harris (Madison Southern, Ky.), JaMycal Hasty (Longview, Texas), Soso Jamabo (Plano West, Texas), Bryce Love (Wake Forest Rolesville, N.C.), Jacques Patrick (Timber Creek, Fla.), Jordan Scarlett (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.), AJ Turner (Centreville, Va.), Mark Walton (B.T. Washington, Fla.), Mike Weber (Cass Tech, Mich.), Dexter Williams (West Orange, Fla.)
Cordell Broadus (Bishop Gorman, Nev.), John Burt (Lincoln, Fla.), Lawrence Cager (Calvert Hall, Md.), Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech, Fla.), George Campbell (East Lake, Fla.), Derrick Dillon (Pine, La.), Jovon Durante (Miami Norland, Fla.), Deondre Farrier (Lake Nona, Fla.), KJ Hill (North Little Rock, Ark.), Desean Holmes (Alemany, Calif.), Trent Irwin (Hart, Calif.), Van Jefferson (Ravenwood, Tenn.), Juwan Johnson (Glassboro, N.J.), Tyron Johnson (Warren Easton, La.), Christian Kirk (Saguaro, Ariz.), DaMarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas), Kirk Merritt (Destrehan, La.), Ryan Newsome (Aledo, Texas), Da’Vante Phillips (Miami Central, Fla.), Calvin Ridley (Monarch, Fla.), CJ Sanders (Notre Dame, Calif.), Kemah Siverand (Cypress Ridge, Texas), Equanimeous St. Brown (Servite, Calif.), Auden Tate (Wharton, Fla.), Deddrick Thomas (Central, Tenn.), Preston Williams (Lovejoy, Ga.)
Quarvez Boulware (Friendship Collegiate Academy, D.C.), Matt Burrell Jr. (Hylton, Va.), Lester Cotton (Central, Ala.), Chuma Edoga (McEachem, Ga.), Noah Green (Boiling Springs, S.C.), Tommy Hatton (St. Joseph Regional, N.J.), Mitch Hyatt (North Gwinnett, Ga.), Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla.), Andre James (Herriman, Utah), Javon Patterson (Petal, Miss.), Richie Petitbon (Gonzaga, D.C.), Drew Richmond (Memphis University, Tenn.), Dru Samia (San Ramon Valley, Calif.), Maea Teuhema (Keller, Texas), Jerry Tillery (Evangel Christian, La.), Fred Ulu-Perry Jr. (St. Louis, Hawaii), Patrick Vahe (Trinity, Texas), Kennan Walker (Chaparral, Ariz.), Dallas Warmack (Mays, Ga.), Darryl Williams (Bessemer City, Ala.)
Kris Boyd (Gilmer, Texas), Tyrek Cole (Miramar, Fla.), Shaun Crawford (St. Edward, Ohio), Mark Fields II (Hough, N.C.), Holton Hill (Lamar, Texas), Dechaun Holiday (Mission Hills, Calif.), Jaylon Lane (Nacogdoches, Texas), Isaiah Langley (Foothill, Calif.), Iman Marshall (Long Beach Poly, Calif.), PJ Mbanasor (Hendrickson, Texas), Tarvarus McFadden (American Heritage, Fla.), Rico McGraw (Ensworth, Tenn.), Mook Reynolds (Northern Guilford, N.C.), Kendall Sheffield (Thurgood Marshall, Texas), Darius Slayton (Greater Atlanta Christian, Ga.)
Frank Buncom (St. Augustine, Calif.), Montrell Custis (Lovejoy, Ga.), Justin Dunning (Whitehouse, Texas), Minkah Fitzpatrick (St. Peter’s Prep, N.J.), Tyler Green (De Matha, Md.), Jaquan Johnson (Killian, Fla.), Stephen Johnson (San Leandro, Calif.), Marcus Lewis (IMG Academy, Fla.), Xavier Lewis (East St. John, La.), Larry Pryor (Sulphur Springs, Texas), Justin Reid (Dutchtown, La.), Duke Shelley (Tucker, Ga.), Will Sunderland (Midwest City, Okla.), Levonta Taylor (Ocean Lakes, Va.), Marvell Tell (Crespi, Calif.), Deionte Thompson (West Orange-Starkm Texas), Kevin Toliver (Trinity Christian, Fla.)
Michael Barnett (Woodland, S.C.), Terry Beckner (East St. Louis, Ill.), Austin Bryant (Thomas County Central, Ga.), Jashon Cornell (Cretin Derham Hall, Minn.), Breiden Fehoko (Farrington, Hawaii), Neville Gallimore (St. Catharines Collegiate, Ontario), Rashan Gary (Scotch Plains-Fanwood, N.J.), Rasheem Green (Serra, Calif.), Jonathan Ledbetter (Tucker, Ga.), Keisean Lucier-South (Orange Lutheran, Calif.), Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas), Kahlil McKenzie (De La Salle, Calif.), Adam McLean (Quince Orchard, Md.), Tim Settle (Stonewall Jackson, Va.), Josh Sweat (Oscar Smith, Va.)
Daron Payne (Shades Valley, Ala.)
Cecil Cherry (Frostproof, Fla.), Te’Von Coney (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Porter Gustin (Salem Hills, Utah), Justin Hilliard (St. Xavier, Ohio), John Houston Jr. (Serra, Calif.), Ben Humphreys (Mater Dei, Calif.) Malik Jefferson (Poteet, Texas), Darrin Kirkland (Lawrence Central, Ind.), Osa Masina (Brighton, Utah), Arthur McGinnis (Warren Easton, La.), Josh McMillon (Whitehaven, Tenn.), Sherrod Pittman (First Coast, Fla.), Quarte Sapp (Milton, Ga.), Cameron Smith (Granite Bay, Calif.), Chad Smith (Dominion, Va.), Josh Smith (Oakland, Tenn.), Roquan Smith (Macon County, Ga.), Adonis Thomas (Central Gwinnett, Ga.)
*Media members interested in highlights and other video featuring these athletes can contact Erik Pulverenti.