6 Upcoming Recruiting Events You Need to Know About

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IFebruary 13, 2014

6 Upcoming Recruiting Events You Need to Know About

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    A great way for a prospect to get his name out there on the recruiting trail is to attend as many recruiting events as he can.

    Junior Days are great, but those are just about always invite-only events and schools don't really advertise them enough.

    On the other hand, prestigious camps, combines and 7-on-7 showcases are where prospects must perform well. These are the events recruiting fans need to know about.

    By the time you're done reading this, you'll know which upcoming recruiting events are the most important.

Los Angeles NIKE Football Training Camp on March 9

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    Taking place at Redondo Union High School on Mar. 9 is the Los Angeles edition of the NIKE Football Training Camp. This invite-only camp is always one of the best recruiting events in the offseason, as it is attended by many elite recruits.

    With California producing perhaps its best crop of talent in a decade, this year figures to be particularly special. Every coach in the Pac-12 and many across the nation will want to know who showed up and performed well at this camp. 

Dallas and Houston NIKE Football Training Camp on April 5 and 6

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    The Dallas Cowboys' practice facility will host the NIKE Football Training Camp on Saturday, Apr. 5. The camp tour will then move to Houston the following day.

    Texas produces so much talent every year, so it's fitting the Lone Star State host two NFTCs. This will allow the top prospects in Texas who get invited to pick a day to come out and showcase their talent while receiving excellent instruction at each position. 

    Both days should feature many of the nation's best prospects. It would be great to see 5-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield at one of the Texas NIKE Football Training Camps.

Miami NIKE Football Training Camp: Date TBD

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    Likely to take place in June, the exact date for the Miami version of the NIKE Football Training Camp has yet to be determined. The tour will also make a stop in Jacksonville some time this spring, where seeing 5-star cornerback and LSU pledge Kevin Toliver II workout is a possibility.

    However, the Miami NFTC is always among the most competitive camps on the circuit. Recruits in Florida are always looking to show off how good they are, and love to test their skills.

    Toss in the fact that the state is a super hotbed for talent that regularly produces exceptional speed, quickness and athleticism and it's easy to see why recruiting fans need to know about this event.

The Elite 11 QB Competition Finals in July

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    The Elite 11 Quarterback Competition Finals doesn't have an exact date yet. However, like last year, it will probably take place at the same time and location of The Opening in July.

    After more than 20 workouts across the country to see every interested high school quarterback who wants to attend the finals, invites are sent to an exclusive group of signal-callers to come to NIKE Headquarters for several days.

    The prep passers are put through a series of rigorous tests in the classroom on the chalkboard and on the field. This is without question the premier quarterback event in the country, and it annually features the nation's best recruits at the position. 

    Ricky Town, a 5-star quarterback who is committed to USC, could choose to compete in the competition.

    According to Student Sports:

    The final Elite 11 Quarterback Campetition is a five-day event featuring the top high school quarterbacks in the nation. The select participants will focus on improving their quarterbacking play both on and off the field...The quarterbacks for Elite 11 QB Finals will be selected after thorough film evaluation, a telephone interview and an in-person workout evaluation at either a Nike Football Training Camp and/or an Elite 11 QB regional camp.

The Opening

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    The Opening is the most prestigious offseason recruiting event in the country. It invites the best 162 high school players in the nation to Nike Headquarters in Oregon, where they compete with one another for four days in intense football-specific drills.

    Events within the camp include a 7-on-7 passing tournament, 1-on-1 drills featuring offensive and defensive linemen, combine testing and more.

    The camp gets recruits in pads to bring out their physicality and toughness. Plus, prospects are coached by various NFL and college players.

    This is the most important recruiting event you need to know about.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.