June 2, 2007

NIKE Camp MVP

BOULDER, Colo. - The NIKE Training Camps are a valuable tool for prospects to gain extra recruiting exposure, especially for someone like John Wienke.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound pro-style quarterback hails from the small town of Tuscola, Illinois.

Wienke was the most consistent quarterback in attendance at Saturday's Boulder NIKE Training Camp, earning him MVP honors at his position.

There were a handful of other quarterbacks in attendance that boast Division-1 offers, including Conner Kempe, Jack Elway, Brennan Price and Kansas State commitment Collin Klein.

"Winning the MVP honors was very special for me," Wienke expressed. "Coming from a real small school in Illinois, it's hard to get your name out there. But coming to a camp like this and performing well in front of a bunch of people really helps."

During the spring evaluation period, Wienke picked up scholarship offers from Wyoming, Eastern Illinois, Western Michigan, New Mexico, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Miami of Ohio. Colorado also joined the mix last week by extending an offer, prompting Wienke's trip out to Boulder.

"I just got that offer from Colorado so we decided to make the trip out here and come to their Friday Night Lights event and then obviously today's NIKE Camp," he said. "It has been a great weekend. Everything has worked out real well. I have to thank Colorado a bunch for having me out here."

Wienke spent time on Friday getting to know head coach Dan Hawkins, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and a number of other CU assistants and staffers.

"They are all really nice guys," he expressed. "I like what I see here in Colorado. The scenery is really nice and once again, I thank them for making this possible for me."

Iowa State has also shown strong interest in Wienke and he plans to camp at Iowa, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin this summer.

"I just want to keep going, go to these summer camps and see what else I can get," he said. "I want to make a decision by July or early August but I still want to see what offers come through."

An all-state performer as a junior, Wienke helped Tuscola High to perfect 14-0 record and a Class 1A state championship. He threw for 3,221 yards and 33 touchdowns.

"I think my work ethic and mental approach is what separates me," Wienke said. "I don't let things bother me, I get them right out of my head. If I throw a wobbly ball, I shake it off, throw a spiral right on the money the next time. I try to forget about the last play and focus on the next play."

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