Jake Christensen made his way out to the prestigious EA Sports Elite 11 Camp in San Juan Capistrano, California. This event is ‘invite only' and has grown into the ‘biggest' honor that a high school quarterback can receive prior to their senior year of high school.
This event also involves some of the best college quarterbacks in the nation who serve as camp counselors. This year, Kyle Orton of Purdue, 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White of Oklahoma, Aaron Rodgers of California and Dan Orlovsky of Uconn, among others.
We spoke with Jeff Christensen, Jake's father, to get his analysis on what he has seen at the camp thus far. Remember, Jeff played for three teams in the NFL as a quarterback:
"Today (Thursday), they all fell off. Their arms are getting tired. Jake threw almost as good as he did yesterday, but not quite. He threw four bad balls yesterday and he threw about 10 today. But a lot of the other kids really struggled, too. Jake has been without question among the top four of the high school kids."
At the end of the Wednesday and Thursday sessions, all of the quarterbacks, including the college counselors, competed in an accuracy competition. Jake finished in a tie for first on Wednesday (with Georgia commit Joe Cox) and then again on Thursday with UConn's Orlovsky.
"He tied for the most accurate passes on Wednesday, then today in the same competition, they have two rounds. He didn't do so well in the first round, but he came back strong in the second round and tied for the best score again today. He has just been throwing the ball well, and I have been very happy with the way he has looked compared to everyone else." Jeff Christensen said.
Not a bad performance, considering he was going up against not only the nation's best prep QB's, but also Orton and a Heisman Trophy winner.
"Several people have told me that Jake's drop back and his feet are by far better than anyone else in that camp. And again, that is not coming from me."
"The top five kids here have that one element that the others do not, and that is consistency and throwing very ‘catchable' balls." Jeff Christensen said.
Jeff said that this was Jake's "last big hurrah" of the off season, as he will return to Lockport, Illinois and soon begin practice and working towards defending their state championship. And after that?
"Then its on to cornfields and Hawkeyeville." Jeff said, joyfully.