Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire to serve as Elite 11 counselor


Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

The student becomes the teacher.

Life has certainly come full circle for Notre Dame starting quarterback Malik Zaire, who participated in the Elite 11 camp in 2012 but will serve as one of eight camp counselors this year.

Elite 11 is an annual camp that features the most highly touted high school quarterbacks in the country, taking place the summer prior to their senior season. In 2012, Zaire — then a rising senior at Archbishop Alter High School in Dayton, Ohio — competed alongside Penn State commit Christian Hackenberg, Tennessee commit Josh Dobbs, California commit Jared Goff and more.

In two seasons at Notre Dame, the 6-foot, 222-pound Zaire has passed for 266 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 187 yards and two scores. He made his first career start in last season's Music City Bowl, earning MVP honors while leading the Irish to a victory over LSU.

At the Elite 11 camp next week, Zaire will participate as a counselor alongside two Notre Dame opponents this season, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and USC quarterback Cody Kessler. The other counselors are Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Arizona State's Mike Bercovici, Tennessee's Dobbs, Penn State's Hackenberg and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz. 

This year's #Elite11 Finalists will learn from those who dominate on Saturdays.

— Elite11 (@Elite11) July 2, 2015

Notre Dame sophomore Malik Zaire will be a camp counselor at Elite 11 in July. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)