What You Need to Know About Top College Football Recruiting Camps This Summer

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMay 18, 2014

What You Need to Know About Top College Football Recruiting Camps This Summer

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    Just about every college football program has a few summer camps players can attend. College camps are great for recruits to receive instruction from coaches, plus they can take a tour of a program's campus.

    However, college football recruiting is an industry in and of itself. That means various recruiting sites and football companies put on their own camps players flock to. This summer, several recruiting camps figure to have the industry buzzing.

    A pair of exceptional recruiting camps will take place at the same time and at the same location, while another will be held in Baltimore. Underclassmen in the Class of 2016 will also get a chance to shine this summer in Jacksonville.

Various 7-on-7 Tournaments

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    Today, pretty much everyone has some sort of seven-on-seven tournament. College camps, shoe companies, independent football businesses, websites and various other types feature it.

    Some recruits join all-star teams, which are the equivalent of AAU basketball clubs. Many high schools also compete in passing leagues and travel to school-based tournaments. The IMG 7-on-7 National Championship will be held on June 20-22, and there will be a ton of different city, state and regional tournaments over the next several months.

    Various tournaments and showcases are a big part of a skill-position recruit's summer.

2014 Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge

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    Date: July 12

    While most of the focus is on the recruits in the Class of 2015, the 2016 class will get its chance to give recruiting fans a preview of what's to come next year on July 12.

    Rivals.com will be putting on the Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. The event is invitation-only, as just the elite recruits will be invited to Florida to participate in this camp.

    Last year, players such as 5-star defensive end Josh Sweat and 5-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham were among the top attendees at this event. 

2014 Rivals 5-Star Challenge

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    Date: June 6-8

    Although it won't be summer just yet when the event takes place, the Rivals 5-star Challenge is still considered a summer event by many in the recruiting industry.

    The best prospects in the 2015 class will be invited to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to participate in a three-day camp to compete and show off their skills. The event, featured by Rivals.com, consists of various physical testing and skill challenges for players of all positions.

    Recruits such as 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, 5-star defensive tackle Rasheem Green and 5-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt are scheduled to attend. 

Elite 11 QB Finals

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    Date: July 5-10

    The final regional Elite 11 quarterback competition will be held on June 2 in Columbus, Ohio. After that, the Elite 11 Finals will take place on July 5-10 at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. 

    The final Elite 11 competition is an invitation-only event for the nation's best quarterback prospects who showcased their skills at one of the Elite 11 regional workouts. This is a fiercely competitive event that consists of the best young passers in the country going through various types of workouts, classroom sessions, film study and more.

    Quarterbacks such as 5-star recruits Kyler Murray and Josh Rosen, and 4-star passers such as Jarrett Stidham and Blake Barnett will be competing. 

The Opening

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    Date: July 5-10

    The Opening is the marquee recruiting camp of the summer. The nation's top 162 players will be summoned to Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, to compete against one another and themselves.

    The players will be put through various physical tests, but that's far from it. Skill-position players will also be competing in seven-on-seven games, quarterbacks will be competing in the Elite 11 finals and offensive and defensive linemen will be facing off in challenging one-on-one drills, among other types of competitions. 

    Here is a link to a list of recruits who have already been invited, courtesy of Student Sports' Todd Huber.

    Student Sports says:

    The event will crown winners for the Nike 7ON tournament, Nike Linemen Challenge, and SPARQ Rating National Championship. Designed to give student-athletes the training and knowledge to develop their speed, explosiveness and position skills, The Opening brings together top performers from all of the Nike Football Training Camps and Nike Football SPARQ Combines, combined with other top prospects – all battling for the chance to claim ultimate bragging rights.

    Above is a clip from 5-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield receiving his invitation to The Opening. Sheffield said he will be looking to "compete up there with the best of the best athletes." 


    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. All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings. Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.