Los Angeles Elite 11 Regional Recap

The first Elite 11 regional workout of the year kicked off this past weekend in Los Angeles with Notre Dame commitment Blake Barnett earning the Golden Ticket to The Opening and the Elite 11 Finals.

Over 60 quarterbacks from 16 different states competed at the first Elite 11 Regional Camp of the year. Santiago (Calif.) Corona quarterback Blake Barnett has made huge strides in the past season and is one of the nation's top signal callers with a big upside.

The camp on Sunday was a perfect microcosm of Barnett's season. He started off a little slow, then picked things up and finished the camp strong. He's a long, lanky signal caller with a strong arm and is very mobile.

He needs to continue to fine tune his mechanics and particularly his release, which is a little long. His accuracy is affected by his release point not always being repeated but he's making strides and keeps getting better. From where he was in week one of this past season to the end of the year is night and day and he's not close to being as good as he'll be two to three years from now.

"I had a great time and loved competing against some of the top quarterbacks in the region," Barnett said. "I thought I had a good day but I know I can do even better. I've been training hard but I know I still have some things to work on and improve.

"I thought my footwork was just OK, that's one area I want to improve. When your feet aren't there, that messes up everything else. Getting the invite to the Elite 11 was definitely a goal of mine. I knew if I came out and performed my best, I would have a chance so I'm very excited about the opportunity, it means a lot to me."

While Barnett was named the MVP, the consensus choice as the top guy of the day by the Scout.com staff was Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Ricky Town. By his own admission, Town didn't have his best day but still looked very good.

Town is strong mechanically, can throw with touch and has a great natural feel for the position. Some of his balls tailed and dropped a bit but he was still very accurate and no one throws a more catchable ball.

"I thought I did ok but I could do a lot better," Town said. "I've been throwing a little but still felt rusty. I was hopeful of making it to The Opening but I'm motivated to go to another camp and earn a spot. I'm not discouraged at all, I know I can throw better and I will the next time out."

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Sheriron Jones is among the state's top dual threat quarterbacks and showed a lot of promise. He's a very good athlete who can throw inside the pocket and out. He has good, not great arm strength, throws a pretty tight ball and showed nice touch on the deep ball.

Newhall (Calif.) Hart's Brady White is always smooth and efficient and had a solid day. White is very consistent and mechanically solid. He has a smooth, effortless release and better downfield arm strength than given credit for.

Foothill (Calif.) Pleasanton's Kyle Kearns had a good day and did a lot of things well. He gets great depth on his drops, is solid mechanically and was spinning it very well. He was accurate on throws to all three levels of the field- short, intermediate and deep and looked good throwing on the run as well.

Brian Lewerke, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle started off slow but picked it up as the day went on and finished strong. He was one of the better quarterbacks the last quarter of the camp and threw a much tighter ball. It may have been a case of him gripping the ball a little tight early on but he finished strong.

St. George (Utah) Pine View's Kody Wilstead caught a lot of people's eyes and made some big throws. He was one of the taller quarterbacks in attendance and has a big arm. He throws with nice touch as well and threw some beautiful deep balls down the field.

For pure arm strength, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's Jack Lowary was really letting it fly. The ball explodes out of Lowary's hand and he can really get the ball down the field in a hurry. He played in a backup role at Mater Dei this past season but showed he has a lot of next level tools.

A few other quarterbacks who caught our eye included Hunting Beach (Calif.) Edison's Matt Gane, Kingwood Park's (Texas) Jaylon Henderson, Upland's (Calif.) Tyler Hilinski and San Diego (Calif.) Westview's Nate Ketteringham.

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Westlake's (Calif.) Malik Henry had a very strong day and a few of the staff coaches told us after the camp they felt he was the top guy of the day. Henry didn't look overwhelmed or stressed at all and has poise beyond his years. He showed off live arm, was very accurate and if he can continue to grow and mature physically, he has chance to be a national recruit in two years.

Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita sophomore K.J. Costello had surgery for a torn labrum on his non-throwing just five weeks ago. He played the whole year with the injury and even though it wasn't his throwing shoulder, it still affected his mechanics. Costello still made some nice throws and has a college body right now.

Here's a look at who the Scout.com staff liked following the camp. Ratings were based solely on camp performance, not college potential.

Scott Kennedy

1. Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
2. Sheriron Jones, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
3. Malik Henry, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake
4. Brady White, Hart (Calif.) Newhall (2016)
5. Kevin Davidson, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley (2016)

Brandon Huffman

1. Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
2. Malik Henry, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake (2016)
3. Brady White, Hart (Calif.) Newhall
4. Sheriron Jones, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
5. Kyle Kearns, Foothill (Calif.) Pleasanton

Greg Biggins

1. Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
2. Brady White, Hart (Calif.) Newhall
3. Malik Henry, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake (2016)
4. Sheriron Jones, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
5. Blake Barnett, Corona (Calif.) Santiago

Brian Dohn

1. Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
2. Alex Farina, Desert Vista (Ariz.) (2016)
3. Seth Green, Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge
4. Brian Lewerke, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle
5. Blake Barnett, Corona (Calif.) Santiago

Greg Powers

1. Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
2. Sheriron Jones, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
3. Brady White, Hart (Calif.) Newhall
4. Kody Wilstead, St. George (Utah) Pine View
5. Jack Lowary, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei (2016)

Here's a look at the final six quarterbacks who made it to the two minute drill at the end of the day, also known as the ‘pressure cooker.'


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