At first Sam Ehlinger did not succeed. So he tried again, and it paid off.
After going home empty-handed from an Elite 11 regional last month in Houston, Ehlinger worked on some footwork deficiencies and attended another regional on Sunday at the New York Jets’ facility in New Jersey. There, the Westlake quarterback and Texas commitment earned a coveted bid to the Elite 11 finals this summer in Los Angeles.
From June 3-5, Ehlinger will compete with 23 other rising high school senior quarterbacks for an invitation to the Opening Finals from July 5-10 in Beaverton, Ore. Among Ehlinger’s competition are two Texans — DeSoto’s Shawn Robinson (TCU commit) and Mesquite Horn’s Chris Robison (Oklahoma). Also committed to attend is Texas A&M pledge Tate Martell of Las Vegas.
Ehlinger said falling short at the Houston regional inspired him to fine tune his footwork and add five and seven-step drops to his training.
“They gave me some coaching points at the Houston regional they wanted me to work on, and I applied those these past few weeks,” Ehlinger said.
— Elite11 (@Elite11) May 1, 2016
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