San Francisco Elite 11: Huffman's Notebook

A look at some recruiting news and notes from the San Francisco Elite 11...

The first Elite 11 out West stopped in at the San Francisco 49ers facility in Santa Clara and Scout talked to a handful of the top quarterback prospects about their recruitments.

Novato (Calif.) San Marin's Manny Wilkins.
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Wilkins Waiting It Out

Novato (Calif.) San Marin quarterback Manny Wilkins put himself on the map a year ago with a great showing at the Elite 11 Regional in Oakland as a sophomore.

On Friday night, he won the Golden Gun for the second time this year, also doing so in Dallas in April.

Wilkins has offers from Arizona, Colorado State, Utah State and Wyoming, but a number of schools are watching him while waiting for Kyle Allen to make his decision.

Arizona State, UCLA and Texas A&M have all watched Wilkins throw this spring and plan to again, but all have offered Allen, so Wilkins said he's fine waiting to see how the dominoes fall.

The four-star will be visiting Arizona and Arizona State over Memorial Day weekend.

Carta-Samuels All About the Commodores


San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep's K.J. Carta-Samuels.
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Before he ever started a varsity game for San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep, four-star quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels committed to Vanderbilt.

And he's done nothing over the past year to make James Franklin look bad with that decision.

Carta-Samuels was easily one of the top two performers at the Elite 11 and looked great during the "Pressure Cooker" at the end of the camp.

A solid verbal to Vanderbilt, Carta-Samuels spent his spring break in Nashville with his brother, Austyn, the Commodores' starting quarterback and further confirmed to him that Vanderbilt was the place for him.

Carta-Samuels said schools have checked in with him, but he's turned them away for Vandy and he's been one of the Commodores' most active recruits in recruiting others.

Kaaya's Big Week

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya had a terrific day on Friday, and he said it was the perfect wrap on a big week for him.


West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Brad Kaaya.
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"This whole week has just been a blur to me," said Kaaya.  "From committing to Miami on Monday to the Elite 11, it's just been a crazy week."

Kaaya committed to the Hurricanes on Monday morning after talking with his mom and dad on Mother's Day and getting his mom's blessing on her day.

"I've added like 500 followers on Twitter all about Miami and the fan support has been amazing," said Kaaya.

Kaaya threw on Friday like someone who had the weight of the world off his shoulders too.

"It was nice to just come out and throw and play football again," said Kaaya.

Morgan For Oregon

Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic's Morgan Mahalak is hoping to make it two straight quarterbacks from Marin Catholic to make it to the Elite 11.


Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic's Morgan Mahalak.
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Jared Goff made it last summer, and with Mahalak set to take over the starting role from Goff, who's now at Berkeley, he's looking to follow him during the summer too.

Mahalak committed to Oregon a couple weeks ago and said that having his commitment out of the way made throwing on Friday free from pressure and somewhat relaxing..

"It was just nice to get out here and throw and not have to worry about trying to get scholarships or anything," said Mahalak.  "I thought I had a good day."

Mahalak was one of the top five performers on the day and took part in the "Pressure Cooker" at  the end.

The Duck commit said he's already spending time on social media talking with other Oregon recruits and he and fellow Duck pledge Tyrell Crosby talk regularly.

Mitchell Reps the Northwest


Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si's Nick Mitchell.
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Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si quarterback Nick Mitchell also made an early decision, committing to Oregon State earlier this spring.

And Mitchell also made a return trip to the Elite 11 after throwing in Chicago a couple of weeks ago.

The top quarterback in the Northwest in the 2014 class, Mitchell pledged to the Beavers, where his older brother Josh played.

Mitchell said he plans to camp with Oregon State again and will spend time down in Corvallis during the summer with his brother, who's roommate is Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion.

Quick Hitters

  • Norco (Calif.) quarterback Coltin Gerhart is the last of the talented Gerhart brothers, which includes former Stanford running back Toby and former Arizona State center Garth.  The youngest Gerhart has a handful of offers for football and some for baseball, and was one of the most consistent passers on Friday.  Gerhart boasts offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Duke, Iowa State, Nevada and New Mexico.

    Norco (Calif.) quarterback Coltin Gerhart.
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  • Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne quarterback Eban Jackson was using Saturday to visit Stanford and Cal after throwing at the Elite 11 on Friday and planning to throw on Sunday at the NFTC.  Jackson, who will take over for former Elite 11 passer Troy Williams at Narbonne, is waiting for his first offer.

  • Atherton (Calif.) Menlo quarterback Jack Heneghan has had Yale, Princeton, Penn and Harvard all come by and San Jose State, Cal, San Diego and Stanford have also come see him throw.

  • Another committed quarterback who had a good and consistent day was Hawaii commit Larry Tuileta out of Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou.  The Gatorade State Player of the Year in Hawaii has been sharp both times we've seen him this spring, also shining at the NLA Elite 7on7, when he lead Team AIGA to the tournament title.  Tuileta got his decision out of the way early when he committed to the hometown Warriors.

    For more from the 2013 Nike Football Training Camps, check Scout.com's Nike Football Training Camp Coverage.

    Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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