Beav QB target at Oakland Elite 11 Camp

AN OREGON STATE QB target out of Colorado will be in action at an Elite 11 regional event in Oakland, Calif. He's already had one breakout Elite 11 performance, could a second one markedly increase the competition for the Beavers?

Highlands Ranch quarterback Luke Del Rio (6-1, 190) out of Valor Christian High has already been invited to the Elite 11 Finals after a strong performance in Columbus.

Del Rio has jumped onto the scene with that performance but he's still a relative unknown on the recruiting trail -- he just recently landed his first scholarship offers from Oregon State and Colorado State.

Del Rio, the son of Denver Bronco DC Jack Del Rio, played his high school ball in Florida a year ago before transferring to Valor Christian.

Another strong showing in Oakland and Del Rio should see his offer list rise dramatically.

The Elite 11 regional camp tour is in Oakland (Calif.) on Friday and it's an absolutely loaded event. The nation's top rated quarterback, a recent Alabama commit and fast rising Del Rio highlight the camp.

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline signal caller Max Browne is the top rated quarterback in the camp but will have some serious competition in Oakland. Browne, a USC commit, has every tool you're looking for in a quarterback and has already been to several Elite 11/NIKE Camps in the past so he's familiar with the drills and the flow of the camp.

Browne is one of the most polished quarterbacks to come out of the West in recent years. He can make every throw, spins it consistently and is incredibly accurate. What really separates Browne isn't just his physical tools but his advanced feel for the position. His ability to throw on time with great anticipation is already at the college level.

When you talk physical tools, the first thing that usually jumps to mind is arm strength. Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood and recent Alabama commit Cooper Bateman has an absolute cannon and can make throws down the field that most high school quarterbacks can only dream about.

Bateman attended the Elite 11 Regional Camp in Dallas and has already been locked in for the Elite 11 Finals in Redondo (Calif.) in July. The signal caller still wanted to make the road trip for the opportunity to compete against the strong field and it will be one of the biggest highlights of the spring camp circuit watching Browne and Bateman go throw for throw against one another.

Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic's Jared Goff should do very well in this setting as he's a very polished and mechanically solid quarterback. The California commit is a pure drop back, pro style signal caller and he shows up very well on film. He has a smooth, easy delivery with a live arm and shows great feet as well. A strong showing this weekend could earn the future Bear a Golden Ticket to the finals.

No one has been more active on the camp circuit than Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Anu Solomon. Solomon attended the Elite 11 Regional camp in Dallas and the NIKE Camp in Cerritos (Calif.). He started off hot in Dallas but struggled late with his consistency and was overall pretty steady at Cerritos. Solomon has a live arm and the ball really jumps out of his hand.

Another player making his second appearance at a workout this spring is Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita's Johnny Stanton. Stanton was at the SoCal NIKE Camp and is easily among the most intriguing athletes in the region. He's built like a college linebacker and some schools like him for defense but he has very solid quarterback tools as well and there is no doubt he can play on the offensive side of the ball in college.

When you're talking pure athletes at the quarterback position, Bellarmine (Wash.) and Colorado commit Sefo Liufau ranks very high on the list. Liufau is the ultimate dual threat quarterback who can scramble around and make big plays with his legs. He's a tough, physical kid with a strong body and he'll have a chance to prove he can throw the rock as well as he runs it on Friday.

Harvard Westlake's (Calif.) Chad Kanoff is another intriguing quarterback with a lot of tools. He's a shotgun quarterback who shows the ability to make all the throws with great pocket awareness as well. He's an above average athlete who moves around very well in and out of the pocket and a breakout performance would not be surprising at all.

As is always the case, expect a few sleeper type prospects to emerge on Friday and elevate their status. A few other quarterbacks who have looked good this spring and could compete in the top group include Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian's Jihad Vercher, Uplands (Calif.) Nate Romine, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln's Zack Greenlee, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Cameron Birse and Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha's Andrew Elffers.


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