2014 Elite 11 tour begins in L.A.
The 2014 Elite 11 tour kicked off Sunday morning as 65 elite quarterbacks from across the country worked out at the Los Angeles Regional held on the Santa Monica College (Calif.) football field.
While much of the country battled sub-freezing temperatures, the high school QBs from 16 states and as far away as Tennessee and Pennsylvania enjoyed the 72 degree weather and cloudless skies as they threw to targets and receivers under the watchful eye of former Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jordan Palmer, who helps run the QB drills as well as several other notable coaches including George Whitfield and Yogi Roth.
And already there was one invite extended to a quarterback to make it to the Elite 11 Finals this summer: Notre Dame commit Blake Barnett from Santiago High in Corona, Calif. who passed for 2,332 yards with rushed for another 695 yards while accounting for 41 total scores.
“Blake jumped out on tape,” Palmer explained, “and what he can do when he decides to run is as good as we’ve seen. He has a great frame—he’s a 6-foot-4, 6-foot-5 guy—who plays with a great base and has a really good understanding of mechanics. There’s room for improvement, but I really saw today that he works hard and is coachable. I saw him get an invite today and then trying to go out and get better. I’m excited to see what he can do.”
Overall, the group was outstanding according to Nike trainer Matt James.
“I thought the kickoff to the 2014 Elite 11 was great,” he said. “It reminded me of last year’s San Francisco regional where there was a lot of talent. There were probably 15 kids out here who have a chance to make it to The Opening and the Elite 11.”
Another highly-touted prospect who impressed Palmer was Brady White from Hart High in Newhall, Calif.
“Brady was really impressive today,” Palmer began. “We had a chance to see him at a couple events last year when we gave him some stuff to work on and we saw that in his tape from his junior year. He put up crazy numbers (4,307 yards passing and 41 TDs) and we’re seeing that improvement today.”
“The ball comes off his hand as naturally as any player here and now we’ve seen him work on his mechanics of getting his feet underneath him and having a more efficient stroke. He’s going to have an opportunity to compete for a ticket (invite to the Elite 11 finals).”
One of the benefits of the regional events is it allows unheralded or under-the-radar quarterbacks to step up and be noticed.
Trey Tinsley from El Toro, Calif. took that honor and was noted by Elite 11 Regional Director Mike White
“Trey stood out among a very good group of quarterbacks,” White said after the workout. “He’s a tall, lanky guy who really utilizes his height to throw a very accurate ball and he has a great delivery, quick and very compact.”
There were also talented underclassmen including 2016 standout Seth Green from East Ridge, Minn. who caught the eye of Elite 11 coach Adam Tafralis.
“Seth’s taken coaching well today like nobody else and being a young guy is really trying to learn and take in the entire event for what it is and to get better. He wants nothing else but to be the best out here.”
Green already has offers from Louisville, Pitt, Toledo and Minnesota.
Here are the signal-callers who were invited to throw in the “Pressure Chamber,” the two-minute offense drill run at the end of the Elite 11 regionals:
- Blake Barnett (Santiago, Corona, Calif.)
- Sheriron Jones (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley, Calif.)
- Kyle Kearns (Foothill, Pleasanton, Calif.)
- Brian Lewerke (Pinnacle, Phoenix, Ariz.)
- Ricky Town (St. Bonaventure, Ventura, Calif.)
- Brady White (Hart, Newhall, Calif.)