Local Quarterbacks Stun the Crowd at Nike’s Elite 11 Camp. In a display of remarkable talent and determination, local quarterbacks from Riverside, Mentor, and Perry high schools recently participated in the prestigious Elite 11 Regional Combine. The event, held at Massillon High School, provided an opportunity for these rising stars to showcase their skills and compete with other top quarterbacks from across the nation.
As they took on various drills and tests, each athlete demonstrated their potential and passion for the sport, further solidifying their status as standout players in the region.
Riverside’s Maloney, Mentor’s Fox, and Perry’s Moses Excel in Various Drills and Tests
A trio of area quarterbacks put their skills on display last week at the annual Elite 11 regional combine at Massillon High School. The prestigious camp, sponsored by Nike, invites top quarterbacks from across the nation to participate in various workouts. Local Quarterbacks Stun the Crowd at Nike’s Elite 11 Camp.
Standout Quarterbacks Take on Elite 11
Riverside’s Mikey Maloney, Mentor’s Scotty Fox, and Perry’s Walter Moses, all decorated quarterbacks from the area, received invitations to this year’s camp. The young athletes aimed to improve themselves and enhance their potential recruiting prospects.
Fox, a rising junior, expressed excitement about participating in the event, saying, “After seeing how many great players come through the Elite 11, I was super excited to compete.”
Drills and Tests at the Combine
The camp required each quarterback to engage in passing and running drills, as well as participate in physical tests such as the 40-yard dash and cone drills to assess agility and footwork.
Riverside’s Maloney performed exceptionally well, ranking second overall in the athletic ratings portion of the combine. He completed the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds, the agility shuttle in 4.25 seconds, achieved a vertical leap of 36.9 inches, and threw the powerball 34 feet. Maloney’s four-event score was 101.88, second only to Sandusky Perkins’ Logan Lesch.
Reflecting on Performance and Future Goals
Maloney, Fox, and Moses each discussed their experiences at the Elite 11 and their ambitions for the upcoming season. Maloney, who had a strong junior year with nearly 3,000 yards of total offense, was named the 2022 Tony Fisher Award winner as the News-Herald’s football player of the year.
Fox, who excelled in the RPO (run-pass option) workouts, had a highly productive sophomore season with over 3,000 passing yards and 29 touchdowns. Moses, a first-year starting quarterback, earned All-Ohio honors as a sophomore.
All three athletes have college options ahead of them as they head into the 2023 season. Moses has received offers from Connecticut and Akron, while Maloney has garnered interest from Miami (Ohio), Youngstown State, and Tarleton State (Texas), among others. Fox holds offers from Minnesota, Toledo, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), and Akron.
As they look forward to the summer and the coming season, each quarterback is motivated by their experience at the Elite 11.
“You get a little taste of something like this, and it makes you want even more and more,” said Moses. Maloney echoed the sentiment, vowing to “keep working to be the best player and role model I can be and build off last year.”
My Last Words
In conclusion, the Elite 11 Regional Combine not only showcased the impressive abilities of our local quarterbacks, but also fueled their drive for success. As these young athletes continue to push their limits and strive for greatness, their performances at the event have undoubtedly left a lasting impression on coaches, scouts, and fans alike.
With bright futures ahead, there’s no doubt that Riverside’s Maloney, Mentor’s Fox, and Perry’s Moses will continue to captivate audiences and make their mark in the world of football.