A strong group of quarterbacks is expected in Oakland this Friday with multiple signal callers having a real chance to make the final Elite 11 and The Opening in Oregon in July.
Newhall (Calif.) Hart's Brady White was one of the top quarterbacks we saw at the earlier Elite 11 regional camp in L.A as well as the SoCal NIKE Camp. The recent Arizona State commit has done just about all he can do to lock in a spot and another strong showing this weekend should seal the deal.
White has got it done in the pads the last two years and has dominated on the 7v7 circuit this spring. He can spin the football as good as anyone, throws an accurate ball with plenty of zip and has a high understanding of where to go with it.
Another player who shined at an earlier event was Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Travis Waller. Waller impressed at the SoCal NIKE Camp and has improved as much as anyone we've seen over the last year.
Waller is stronger mechanically, has tightened his release and always had the arm strength to get the ball down the field. He's still learning more about the position but his ceiling is as high as anyone.
Jones has been to multiple events and has always performed well. He's a dual threat quarterback but actually looks just as comfortable throwing in the pocket as he does running around and making plays with his legs.
Darnold is a big, physical kid who actually played linebacker as a sophomore. He was injured and missed part of his junior season but has impressed the college coaches who have come by the school and will have another chance to shine with a Golden Ticket on the line Friday.
This will be our first chance to see Spokane (Calif.) Shadle Park and Boise State commit Brett Rypien in person this spring. He had one of the most prolific seasons in state history last year and it will be fun to see what he looks like up close and personal.
This will be our third time seeing Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle and Michigan State commit Brian Lewerke. He worked out at the earlier SoCal NIKE Camp and the first Elite 11 regional in Los Angeles and has some definite physical tools. Expect him to compete in the top group all day.
Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill's Kyle Kearns is one of the more under-rated quarterbacks out west and has always impressed us when we've seen him live. He's strong mechanically, has a live, accurate arm and is a tough competitor.
A few others we'll be watching closely including Bothell's (Wash.) Ross Bowers, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's Jack Lowary, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral's M.C. Poe, Dana Hills (Calif.) Cole Wilbur, Merced's (Calif.) Tyrone Williams and Kahuku's (Hawaii) Tuli Wily-Matagi.