At the Elite 11 Camp, which is held at Southern California from July 21-24, Renner will compete against the other top quarterbacks in the 2009 class. The group of QBs will also be coached by top college counselors as well as the Elite 11 coaching staff, including Bob Johnson, who is a highly regarded as a quarterback coach.
The Elite 11 Camp, which is in its 10th year of operation, has included current NFL quarterbacks Derek Anderson, John David Booty, Kellen Clemens, Brodie Croyle, Trent Edwards, Matt Leinart, Kyle Orton, JaMarcus Russell, Troy Smith, Andre' Woodson, and Vince Young, as well as current college standouts Chase Daniel, Matt Stafford, and Tim Tebow. The last three quarterbacks to win the Heisman Trophy and three of the past four quarterbacks to lead their teams to National Championships are Elite 11 alumni.
"It just means a lot," Renner said. "All the stats are there. It just shows that what Coach Johnson is doing is a great thing down there."
Quarterbacks are selected for the Elite 11 Camp through film evaluations, in-person workouts at either a Nike Camp or Elite 11 Regional Qualifying Camp, and a telephone interview.
After attending UNC's Three-Day Camp in mid-June, Renner attended the Elite 11 Regional Qualifying Camp in Las Vegas.
"I thought that Coach [John] Shoop and Coach [Butch] Davis during worksout at the [UNC] camp really prepared me for [the qualifying camp]," Renner said. "All the workouts that we did and just the throwing those routes prepared me to go down there and throw well."
During the qualifying camp, Renner surprised everyone in attendance. According to reports, Renner looked great in drills and won the EA Sports Golden Gun award for the most accurate passer in the camp.
"I just threw the ball really well that day," Renner said. "I just showed a couple of people I could throw."
While most recruits attended UNC's camp to land a scholarship offer, Renner had other goals in mind.
"I gained a lot," Renner said. "It's just fun going down to UNC – where I'm going to go to college – and just staying there for a couple of days and know what it's like to be there and wake up there… I thought it was really key that I went down there and just got used to everything."
Renner was also provided his first opportunity to meet and throw passes to fellow UNC pledges – and future receiving targets – Josh Adams and Josh McKie.
"Both the Joshes are really great receivers," Renner said. "I was just flabbergasted about how good they were. They ran great routes.
"It was really a good experience to spend time with people I'm going to be with [in the future] and have confidence that they're really great players. It's going to be a great bond for four years."
On and off the field, the majority of Renner's time was spent with Shoop, his future position coach.
"It was great," Renner said. "Coach Shoop is one of the best quarterback coaches out there, I think. We got along really well. It was great working with him."
Renner hasn't been home much this summer. In addition to the two aforementioned camps, he just finished up the Commonwealth Games of Virginia, which is a round-robin tournament consisting of all-star baseball teams from the four regions of Virginia. Renner's team, the North, took home the bronze.
On Monday, Renner and his AAU team, the Canes, will arrive in Marietta, Ga. to compete in the week-long World Wood Bat Championship.