After sitting on the bubble throughout the weekend of competition at Elite 11, Texas Longhorns quarterback commit Sam Ehlinger was the last of 12 members of the Elite 11 to earn an invitation to The Opening Finals this July at the Nike facility in Oregon.
Ehlinger's best performance of the weekend may have been his catch of a donut hole from Clemson quarterback commit Hunter Johnson on National Donut Day. The two apparently bonded over the weekend, as Johnson chose Ehlinger when asked which quarterback he would most like to start a team with.
However, even if Ehlinger wasn't the most impressive quarterback at the event, as Shane Buechele was last season for much of The Opening Finals, he did manage to impress enough to earn the invitation, despite sitting at No. 11 entering Sunday's competition.
The 6'1.5, 215-pounder also earned some major praise from his coaches, as he won the "Most Coachable" award.
"For the coaching he was trying to take in on the fly, I thought he was brilliant," said quarterback coach Georgie Whitfield. "He was at ease. Very intelligent and can take schemes and put them right into the play."
Ehlinger also made a positive impression at another recent quarterback camp in California, so it's been a productive summer already for the Westlake star.
Texas cornerback commit Kobe Boyce (Lake Dallas) and offensive line commit Xavier Newman (DeSoto) will also participate in the The Opening Finals, along with a host of other Longhorns targets.