COLUMBUS, OH -- Out of Rochester (NY) Aquinas Institute, QB Jake Zembiec has collected over 30 college scholarship offers. In November 2014, he said yes to one from Penn State. I had the chance to observe Zembiec on Sunday at the Columbus Nike Opening Regional Camp, where he took part in the Elite 11 competition.
Zembiec, a three-star recruit according to 247Sports, showed good fundamentals, throwing the ball with velocity and touch. He struggled in the 7-on-7 portion of the competition, failing to diagnose coverages and process the changes quickly, but he performed well enough overall to be selected as one of the participants in the "pressure cooker" final portion of the camp. Zembiec is also noticeably bigger than a year ago, checking in at 6'3.5 and 212 pounds.
Afterwards, I caught up with Zembiec and asked him about the following topics in the video above:
- How is his commitment to Penn State?
- His wrist injury suffered in 2014, and his recovery -- what did he learn?
- How much he has grown over the last year?
- What does he get out of the opportunity to compete for a shot at the Elite 11 finals?
- What part of his game is he working on the most?
- What is his favorite route to throw? What is the best part of his game?
- How is he learning to read coverages and adjust?
- As a leader of Penn State's class, how does he use technology to keep the commitments together?
- His favorite college team growing up?
- Tom Brady, the Patriots and DEFLATEGATE -- what is his optimal PSI to throw? Is Tom Brady an athlete?
- LeBron or Jordan? Could he imagine throwing to LeBron as a receiver?
As of June 1, Penn State has nine commitments in the class of 2016. Five of the nine are rated as four-star recruits.