Big weekend for Blake Barnett

The first Elite 11 Regional QB Camp kicked off last weekend in Los Angeles and Corona (Calif.) Santiago quarterback Blake Barnett walked away with the MVP and an invite to The Opening.

It has been a fun ride for Blake Barnett as he has gone from backup quarterback as a sophomore to Notre Dame commit and one of the hottest signal callers in the country. His hot streak continued on Sunday when he competed at the Elite 11 Regional Camp and took home MVP honors following the event.

"I had a great time and loved competing against some of the top quarterbacks in the nation," Barnett said following the camp. "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."

Barnett 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.

As for his commitment to Notre Dame, Barnett said he's still as excited as the day he announced.

"Every day I'm happy and in a good mood when I think about going to Notre Dame," Barnett said. "It's such a great school and I'm excited to be a part of the incredible tradition they have. After I committed, there were still a few schools talking to me but just about everyone has backed of now. I think they know how locked in I am, I'm not going anywhere else, I'm all Irish right now."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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