Alex Malzone of Birmingham Brother Rice is one of 18 quarterbacks selected to the Elite 11 quarterback camp to be held July 5-10 at the Nike headquarters in Oregon. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
Alex Malzone of Birmingham Brother Rice is one of 18 quarterbacks selected to the Elite 11 quarterback camp to be held July 5-10 at the Nike headquarters in Oregon.
Malzone (6-2, 200), who committed to Michigan, got word of his invite while driving home with his father late Monday from one of eight regional Elite 11 camps held in Columbus, Ohio.
Malzone also attended a regional camp in Atlanta in March.
He is the first quarterback from Brother Rice to be so honored.
“I was real excited,” he said. “We were driving back, it was about 11:45 or midnight, when I got the call. They told us to watch for a text but when it got so late I didn’t know if they had finished their evaluations.”
Malzone left school around 12:30 p.m. Monday for the camp that lasted from 5-8 p.m.
“It’s pretty complex,” Malzone said of the camp. “First you go through warm-ups, then do some footwork drills and then they have you throw different routes. After that they take the top five or so into the pressure cooker, or two-minute drill.”
Each quarterback gets two minutes to run through a variety of throws a quarterback might be asked to make under pressure. They range from quick sideline throws, to 20- to 25-yard out patterns to deep tosses.
Malzone said about 10 to 15 coaches watch each and complete an evaluation. Among the coaches on hand Monday were Trent Dilfer, who led the Baltimore Ravens to Super Bowl XXXV title, George Whitfield, Jr., one of the top quarterback instructors, and former Ohio State quarterback and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit.
Among the quarterbacks Malzone met while he was at the Atlanta camp is U-D Jesuit quarterback Ryan Brand. Malzone said he and Brand have trained together and have become friends, even though they compete as rivals.
“The Atlanta camp was one I was pointing to,” Malzone said. “I told them then my (trip to) Columbus was dependent upon how our baseball team did.”
Malzone is the starting third baseman for Brother Rice, which was knocked out of the state playoffs last week.
Other than the trip to Oregon, Malzone said he plans on attending the U-M camp June 16-19 and possibly the Sound Mind/Sound Body camp in Detroit. In addition, he’ll work with his high school team in 7-on-7 workouts.
But first Malzone must take his final exams, seven in all, which start Thursday and end Tuesday. He carries a 3.8 grade-point average.