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Cherokee’s AJ Swann, a four-star recruit in the class of 2022, will compete in the Elite 11 quarterback competition this week in California.

Cherokee’s four-star quarterback, AJ Swann, is heading to California to take place in the Elite 11 Finals.

The Elite 11 Finals is a prestigious quarterback camp that invites 20 of the top rising seniors to take part in a competitive battle. The competition will span four days and include classroom instruction and on-field drills.

After the competition has completed, there will be 11 players officially named the Elite 11 for 2021, with one named MVP as the standout quarterback from the camp. Previous Elite 11 MVPs include future NFL QBs Justin Fields, Tua Tagovailoa, Jameis Winston and the Matthew Stafford.

The camp has a good record of hosting future college and professional stars. Twelve of the past 13 quarterbacks to win the Heisman Trophy attended the Elite 11 Finals or an Elite 11 regional. Additionally, 15 of the NFL’s top 20 passers in 2019 took part in the Elite 11 Finals or a regional.

Swann is the first Cherokee County player ever to attend the camp.

The camp, taking place at Mira Costa High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Manhattan Beach, California, will run through Saturday.

Quarterbacks will arrive and first go through workouts, a pro day and a film session. Then, skill players from across the country will come and participate in different drills testing the signal-callers’ arms, accuracy and judgment.

The camp will end in a 7-on-7 tournament where the quarterbacks will compete against one another to lead their team to the Elite 11 7-on-7 championships.

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