Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger (4) throws a pass under pressure from Allen linebacker Jakob Yandell (13) during the second quarter of a UIL Conference 6A D1 Semi-Final high school football playoff game at Waco ISD Stadium on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Waco. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

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Elite 11: Sam Ehlinger earns invitation to The Opening

Posted June 6th, 2016


REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Sam Ehlinger is advancing to Oregon.

The Texas commit slid into the final Elite 11 standings to earn an invitation to The Opening from July 5-10 at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

Event organizers took to Facebook on Monday morning to reveal the 12-person field and insisted the standings were not ordered. The final name they called was Ehlinger’s, who was on the bubble after the conclusion of the three-day competition.


“I wasn’t really antsy,” Ehlinger said. “I knew they were going to make the right decision and I deserved to be in the 11th or 12th spot.”

Ehlinger, who earned the camp’s award for most coachable, ranked 11th going into Sunday’s 7-on-7 drills.

No rest for the weary, Ehlinger made it home to Austin at 1:30 a.m. Monday and still managed to make it to Todd Dodge’s quarterback/receiver camp at Westlake.

Others to advance to The Opening were Davis Mills (Stanford), Dylan McCaffrey (Michigan), Hunter Johnson (Clemson), Jack Sears (uncommitted), Tate Martell (uncommitted), Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama), Sean Clifford (Penn State), Jake Fromm (Georgia), Chris Robison (Oklahoma), Myles Brennan (LSU) and Tommy Devito (Syracuse).

Robison, of Mesquite Horn, was the only Texan other than Ehlinger to get a bid. Denied advancement were DeSoto’s Shawn Robinson (TCU), Pearland’s Connor Blumrick (Texas A&M), Cedar Hill’s Avery Davis (Notre Dame) and former San Antonio Reagan product Kellend Mond (uncommitted).

At The Opening, Ehlinger will compete for the title of Elite 11 MVP and also participate in a 7-on-7 tournament with many of the nation’s premier recruits, including Longhorns commitments Kobe Boyce (cornerback, Lake Dallas) and Xavier Newman (offensive lineman, DeSoto).

“This was the ultimate goal and I thought I did what I needed to do to be put in that position,” Ehlinger said. “I’m looking forward to Oregon.”

A year ago, Texas freshman QB Shane Buechele was the leader heading into the final day of The Opening before getting passed by Ole Miss commitment Shea Patterson.

Highlights (via Scout) of Ehlinger’s Elite 11 camp:

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