Oakland Elite 11 Preview

With UCLA commit Josh Rosen already set for the Elite 11 finals in Beaverton in July, the focus in Oakland this weekend at the Regional Camp is on the underclassmen...

Last year, the West's top three quarterbacks in the 2015 class all were in the Bay Area for the Elite 11 Regional Tryout, underclassmen trying to make some noise.

Ricky Town, who was UCLA's top target at this time a year ago, and Josh Rosen, who would be offered by the Bruins three weeks after last year's event, were known quantities then, both already having a slew of offers,. 

Meanwhile, Travis Waller was still flying under the radar and used the Elite 11 to spring board himself into a big junior year and now on the short list for the region's best.

With Rosen committed, UCLA doesn't have a real vested interest in the 2015 prospects at the Elite 11 Regional Tryout in Oakland this time around.

Rosen was the quarterback MVP at the Los Angeles NFTC in March and earned his spot in the Elite 11 Finals and The Opening in Beaverton in July.

And UCLA's top target in 2016, Malik Henry, already participated in the Los Angeles Elite 11 Camp in January, and with 2016 quarterbacks not eligible for a spot in the finals, Henry will focus on baseball and Westlake's 7v7 this weekend.

But there will still be some underclassmen worth watching in the Bay Area for this year's Elite 11 Regional Camp at Chabot College in Oakland.

One of the most familiar faces is a player who first caught our eye last spring, in fact, in Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Kevin Davidson. He was the top freshman passer a year ago at the event and also had a solid performance at the Los Angeles Elite 11 Regional Camp in January.

Davidson visited UCLA unofficially last month and was at the Bruins' Spring Game.

The freshman coming in with the most attention is Poway (Calif.) 2017 passer Tate Martell, who committed to Washington in the summer of 2012 when he was heading into 8th grade.

Martell has shined this spring on the 7v7 circuit and also was at the Los Angeles NFTC in March.

Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic 2016 quarterback Hunter Petlansky helped guide the Raiders to the CIF State D-IV title last year, and he's an intriguing dual-threat prospect that will be on hand.

El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge 2016 passer Ian Book threw for over 2,500 yards last fall and Idaho offered him earlier this spring.

A couple of underclassmen who will take over for seniors who led their squads to state championships in Washington, Oregon and Colorado will be on hand.

Justus Rogers from Bellevue (Wash.), a 2016 prospect who has an offer from Washington State, will run the Wolverines offense this fall and try to make it seven straight state titles for the Wolverines.

Dylan McCaffrey, a 2017 prospect from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian, was a backup for the Eagles last fall and this fall he'll lead their offense in hopes of a sixth straight state crown.

Austin Hill, a 2016 prospect will take over the offense at Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic and try to lead them to consecutive 6A titles in Oregon.

Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney 2016 quarterback Hunter Rodrigues, the younger brother of 2011 Elite 11 finalist Jake Rodrigues (Oregon), Havre (Mont.) 2016 passer Dane Warp and Highland (Utah) Lone Peak 2016 quarterback Justin Miller are other underclassmen to watch.


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