Earlier, we told you all about Cammon Cooper’s impressive weekend at the Elite 11 finals, in which 25 quarterback recruits in the 2018 class competed against each other for one of 12* coveted spots at Nike’s “The Opening.”
Turns out, Trent Dilfer and the other evaluators at the camp were sufficiently impressed, as Cooper made the cut and was named one of the “Elite 11” players.
*Yes, that’s some Big 12/Big Ten math. No, we do not know why the Elite 11 sometimes selects 12 instead of 11, which it did last year, but hadn’t done for a number of years before that.
While excellent performance in a contrived camp setting such as this certainly is no guarantee of future success on an actual football field — for example, K.J. Carta-Samuels was somehow found to be a good enough passer to make the cut in 2013, and if you look through the history, you’ll see a lot of “who?” — it’s still a really cool honor for Cooper and, by extension, WSU.
There also are some really monster names who have been Elite 11 QBs.
Cooper, who is rated as a 4-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals, now gets to be mentioned in the same breath with the top QB recruits in the nation:
The last time WSU had an Elite 11 QB was 2004, when Arkelon Hall made the cut. The Opening takes place from June 28-July 3 at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
Huge congrats to Cooper. Go Cougs!