The first day of the Elite 11 Finals took place in a heavy fog from the thick marine layer off the coast in Redondo Beach.
Redondo Union HS hosted 24 of the top quarterbacks in the country, selected for the Finals from The Opening Regionals from the previous three months.
Friday's workout was similar to the workout quarterbacks went through at The Opening Regionals, going station-to-station, working on a number of throws.
There was a lot of instruction from the coaches at each station and some throwing, with more intensive workouts planned for Saturday and Sunday, including more 1on1's and half-skelly coming up.
But Friday was about getting the quarterbacks started for the weekend with a familiar workout.
A few of the quarterbacks who stood out on Day One:
-Austin (Texas) Westlake's Sam Ehlinger, a commit to Texas, was probably the most consistent passer throughout the first session. Ehlinger can make all the throws, but really showed off his arm strength and velocity in the first two stations.
-Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's Tate Martell may be the quickest quarterback in the country and during the bag drills and target throws, easily and quickly got around the balls then consistently placed his passes onto the targets.
-One of the more physically impressive quarterbacks there is Lowell Narcisse from St. James (La.), a commit to LSU. A big, hard-throwing lefty, Narcisse moves well but his best attribute was his arm and he showed off one of the strongest arms on day one. He just needs to work on his consistency.
-Greater Atlanta Christian School (Ga.) quarterback Davis Mills, a commit to Stanford has a good release and threw with great touch and accuracy. His footwork is excellent and he is steady in his throws, mechanically sound and never made his receivers have to work to catch his ball.
-Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County quarterback Jake Fromm, a Georgia commit, was right behind Ehlinger in consistency throughout the day. His release is effortless and smooth and the ball constantly got where he needed it to without exerting too much. He too is technically sound and threw with great touch all afternoon.
Dunk Tank To End It
The quarterbacks wrapped up Friday with a chance to dunk All-American quarterback and former Elite 11 finalist Deshaun Watson, who was sitting in a dunk tank.
It took the quarterbacks a number of tries and a concession to let them scoot closer before they finally knocked Watson into the water. In fact, Watson clapped loudly each time a quarterback missed.
Jake Haener eventually sent Watson swimming with a strike on the target.
-Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy quarterback Kellen Mond, who decommitted from Baylor this week, named his top three on Thursday and on Friday, said the order of his top three was Auburn, Ohio State and Texas A&M. Mond said it wasn't his final three, but a top three, and he plans to make a commitment before the end of the month.
-Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona del Mar quarterback Chase Garbers was offered by Mississippi this week and said the new SEC offer stood out to him because he likes the offense the Rebels run. Garbers said that Texas A&M and USC have been showing more interest in him and he plans to take another visit to Washington next week.
-San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Jack Sears visited three Pac-12 schools in the last month, UCLA, USC and Washington and at each visit, was able to sit down with the head coaches for the first time. Sears is planning a mid-July decision and will still visit Texas A&M, Tennessee and Duke before he makes his decision.
-Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman quarterback Tate Martell named a top seven last weekend and trimmed it down to a top six Friday, eliminating Miami. Martell named a top six of California, Colorado, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and West Virginia.