There aren't many better ways to spend a holiday weekend than watching some of the nation's top quarterbacks throw the football around in beautiful Coronado, California.
Quarterback guru Steve Clarkson has put on his Trendsetter QB Retreat for years and the event once again attracted some of the top signal callers in the country.
Some of the college quarterbacks included Deshaun Watson (Clemson), Max Browne (USC), Josh Rosen (UCLA), Trevor Knight (Texas A&M), Travis Jonsen (Oregon), David Sills (West Virginia), Wilton Speight (Michigan) and Brady White (Arizona State) as well as incoming freshman like Jacob Eason (Georgia), Shea Patterson (Ole Miss), Feleipe Franks (Florida), K.J. Costello (Stanford) and Max Gilliam (Cal).
The college and incoming freshman quarterbacks acted as both coaches and mentors to the high school quarterbacks while also getting some work in. Here's our look at the top quarterbacks in attendance and you can also check out what Clarkson had to say about them in the video above.
Hunter Johnson was incredible all weekend and was the guy pointed out by many of the college quarterbacks as the player who impressed them the most. He's extremely polished and was incredibly accurate and consistent in every drill. As Steve Clarkson mentioned in the video above, he was almost robotic in how consistent he was, making every throw and making it look effortless. The Clemson commit has a very bright future and should be in the discussion when talking about the top overall quarterback prospect in the country.
Texas commit Sam Ehlinger had a strong weekend and showed why he's among the top 100 prospects in the nation. He's one of those quarterbacks who does everything well. He has a strong, accurate arm, quick release and knows when to take a little off and throws with very good touch as well. He also shows mobility and has the type of skill set capable of playing in any offense.
Florida commit Jake Allen is an intriguing kid with a fun loving personality that interacted very well with the other quarterbacks. He has a solid frame, can get the ball down the field and has a very good upside to him. Allen has a tight release with no wasted motion and he has a college body right now that will be able to add as much size as needed. He's a natural leader and you have to like the confidence and poise he carries himself with.
We've seen Tua Tagovailoa several times over the last year and he never disappoints. You won't find too many quarterbacks who can match his arm strength or his ability to get the ball out as quick as he does. He has a strong body and is very mobile but doesn't get enough credit for his ability to sit back in the pocket and pick a defense a part. The Alabama commit said he could take a few official visits and mentioned USC as one school he would like to see.
We've been watching Tate Martell at this camp since before he got in to high school and he just keeps getting better. We talk a lot about Martell's competitiveness and how driven he is to be a great player. Physically, Martell has a live arm and has the athleticism to beat a defense with his legs as well. He could make a summer decision but would like to take his visits and mentioned the California Golden Bears, Colorado Buffaloes, Miami (Fl) Hurricanes, Ohio State Buckeyes, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans and West Virginia Mountaineers as schools he's looking at.
This was the first time a lot of people had a chance to see Chase Garbers and he made a very nice impression. Garbers has a smooth, easy delivery and can make all the throws. He has a solid, athletic frame, nice pocket awareness and can make quick reads and gets the ball out on time and accurately. He'll take June visits to Cal, Washington and Vandy and will camp at USC in hopes of landing a Trojans offer. He's been to UCLA, which also haven't offered, a couple of times.
Tristan Gebbia was only able to attend one day of the camp but he showed he's easily among the elite signal callers in the country. Gebbia has a thin frame and needs to put on some weight, but he has dynamite in his elbow and throws with tremendous zip and accuracy. He was throwing some of the deep outs and sideline routes on a rope and does a great job throwing early and with anticipation. The Nebraska commit has a no nonsense way about how he conducts himself and he has a chance to do big things in college.
Just a sophomore, Cameron Rising already has offers from some of the elite schools in the country including Alabama, Florida, LSU and Michigan, just to name a few. Rising has a very short, compact release and it's hard to see how he gets as much on his throws has he does but he can put the ball wherever he wants it. He's a good athlete who was actually a very talented receiver in the pop warner ranks before moving to quarterback. It will be fun to watch him develop over the next few years. UCLA Is watching Rising.
Brevin White, younger brother of Sun Devil QB Brady, is another signal caller we've been watching since before he entered high school. He has matured very well over the last couple of years and still isn't close to reaching his full potential. Mechanically, he looks similar to his older brother and we always felt he was ahead of Brady at the same stage in the game. White needs to add some size to his frame but he's a smart, heady quarterback with toughness, poise and maturity beyond his years. He's interested in UCLA early.
For more on the event including a breakdown of some of the quarterbacks from the man himself, Steve Clarkson, check out the video above.