The Elite 11 Finals began yesterday at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., and even though the Sun Devils don't have a QB commit attending this year, they do have a target participating.
Dillon Sterling-Cole, a pro-style quarterback from Houston Tex., is one of 18 quarterbacks participating at the prestigious quarterback camp. The Sun Devils are battling Florida, Texas A&M and Houston among others for Sterling-Cole.
The Elite 11 Final serves as a lead-in to Nike's The Opening, which is a comprehensive football skills camp for the nation's top high school football players. The Elite 11 takes place July 6-7 with The Opening running July 8-10, consisting of individual drills (much like the NFL Combine but with more one-on-one competitions) and a full 7-on-7 tournament.
SB Nation Recruiting has a good write-up on every thing you need to know about the event.
Sterling-Cole is rated a 4-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout. Most recruiting services rank him between No. 7 and No. 15 in terms of the nation's top QB prospects and most see him as a Top-300 player nationally.
He visited ASU unofficially on June 9 and holds scholarship offers from UCLA, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Florida and Utah among others.
In a recent interview with Scout, Sterling-Cole discusses talking with Mike Norvell and visiting the ASU campus. He listed ASU, UCLA, Florida, Texas A&M, Houston and Boise State as his favorites at the moment.
As a junior, Sterling-Cole threw for 2,325 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions, leading his school to the Texas 6A state semifinals.
After taking two quarterback commits in their 2015 class (Brady White and Bryce Perkins) the Sun Devils do not have a QB pledge in their current 2016 class.
White competed in the Elite 11 finals last year and placed fifth out of 18 quarterbacks competing. Current ASU signal caller Mike Bercovici is among eight college quarterbacks serving as counselors at the event.
Follow The Opening and the Elite 11 finals here.
Below are Sterling-Cole's junior highlights.