Over 90 quarterbacks from 13 different states including 20 holding scholarship offers will compete at the Elite 11 Regional Camp at the San Francisco 49ers practice facility on Friday.
Here’s a look at a few top signal callers expected to make some noise and compete for the coveted golden ticket to the Elite 11 Finals.
Keller Chryst, Palo Alto (Calif.)- Chryst has been about as elusive to track down this spring as Barry Sanders in his prime but the strong armed quarterback should put on a show Friday. Chryst was one of the top quarterbacks at the Elite 11 in Oakland last year as a sophomore and has one of the strongest arms in the country. It was too long ago that Chryst was rated the No. 1 QB in the nation by Scout.com and he’s a big time talent with great physical tools.
Wilton Speight, Richmond (Va.) Collegiate School- At 6-6, 230 pounds, Speight will be one of the biggest quarterbacks in the camp and oozes potential. He’s a pure pocket passer with elite arm strength but shows better mobility than you would expect from such a big quarterback. The Michigan commit is strong mechanically and the ball flies out of his hand. He has an effortless release, sound pocket presence and natural leadership skills as well.
Cade Apsay, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon- If you’re looking for a quarterback who could really put his name on the map with a big showing this weekend, Apsay could be a good bet. He shows up very well on film and has the ability to make all the throws but the mobility to escape pressure and make big throws outside the pocket. Arizona has offered but Apsay is talented enough to play for just about anyone out West.
K.J. Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine- If you’re looking for pure arm strength, Carta-Samuels is your guy. He has an absolute cannon and easily one of the biggest arms out west. He’s built like a linebacker and is a threat running the ball as well as throwing it. He doesn’t play in an offense that showcases his throwing ability but he has a very solid all around skill set and when he’s consistent, can throw with anyone.
Brad Kaaya, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade- Fresh off his commitment to Miami, Kaaya heads in to the Elite 11 with a lot of confidence and for good reason. He has high level tools and a skill set that projects very well to the college level. He an ideal pro-style frame with a big arm and a calm demeanor and never looks rattled on the field.
Morgan Mahalak, Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic- The Oregon commitment looked good at the SoCal NIKE Camp and should do well in Oakland as well. Mahalak is a great story in that he didn’t even start as a junior after playing behind Cal signee Jared Goff but has plus size, arm strength and athleticism and is a very intriguing prospect.
Manny Wilkins, Novato (Calif.) Marin Catholic- Wilkins had his coming out party at the Elite 11 in Oakland a year ago and he should have a big performance again this weekend. Wilkins just looks the part and has a high level skill set. He can throw in the pocket or on the run, can put plenty of heat on the ball or throw with touch, is an excellent athlete and never looks rattled. The game looks easy for Wilkins and when he’s on, he can throw with anyone.
Coltin Gerhart, Norco (Calif.)- Gerhart comes from great bloodlines with his older brother Toby, a Heisman Trophy runner up at Stanford, the most prominent in the family. Gerhart has a thick build and doesn’t have the prototypical frame for a quarterback but he’s a talent. He’ll have one of the strongest arms in the camp, has a very quick release and is solid mechanically. Gerhart throws a tight, consistent ball and can beat a defense with his arm or his legs and is definitely one of the top dual threat quartebacks in the region.
Jalen Greene, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Greene has made big strides in the last year and has grown from a running quarterback who could pass to a complete signal caller who now looks just as comfortable in the pocket. The lefty has a live arm and has improved his accuracy and poise in the pocket. He can buy time with his feet but doesn’t just take off and run and is very good throwing outside the pocket. He does have high level athleticism and his ability to make big plays with his legs is another big plus to his game.
Nick Mitchell, Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si- Mitchell is the top quarterback in Washington and does everything well. He’s one of the few quarterbacks out there that can actually take a drop and shows great feet in the pocket. He does a nice job getting himself in position to make a throw and always looks on balance and in control. Mitchell can get the ball down the field, is very accurate and is one of the most mechanically sound quarterbacks in the west. He has been coached very well and the Oregon State commit could surprise this weekend.
A few more quarterbacks to watch who should do well include; Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline’s Kilton Anderson, Los Gatos (Calif.) Nick Bawden, Henderson (Nev.) Foothill’s Drew Doxtator, Santa Rosa (Calif.) Cardinal Newman’s Keaton Dunsford, Mission Viejo’s (Calif.) Ian Fieber, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei’s Chase Forrest, Sparks (Nev.) Spanish Springs’ Hunter Fralick, Atherton (Calif.) Menlo School’s Jack Heneghan, Petaluma (Calif.) Case Grande’s KaJUan Lawson, Dinuba’s (Calif.) Marcus McMaryion, Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley's Tanner Sanders, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum’s C.J. Spencer and Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou’s Larry Tuileta.
Josh Rosen, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Rosen has everything you could want in a Div I quarterback including size, arm strength, a quick release, accuracy, poise in the pocket and decision making skill. He was arguably the most impressive quarterback in the state during the spring 7 on 7 circuit and has as much upside as anyone at this event.
Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure- Town had a great sophomore season showing poise beyond his years. The game slows down for him and Town has the pocket presence and feel for the game of a player much older than him. He can make all the throws, delivers the ball accurately and on time and is already a major BCS level prospect.
Sam Darnold, San Clemente (Calif.)- Darnold took over the starting job towards the end of his sophomore season and has a big upside. He already has a Div I size, is a very good athlete and has a big upside. In fact, the Triton coaches feel Darnold could have more potential than even Travis Wilson who was an Elite 11 QB and current sophomore starter at Utah.
Kyle Kearns, Plesanton (Calif.) Foothill- Kearns put on a show at the Passing Down 7 on 7 Regional Championship and has the film to match. He has a quick release, shows off a live arm and carries himself with a swagger and confidence that you have to have to compete at the next level.
Tyler Hilinski, Upland (Calif.)- Hilinski lit up the 7 on 7 circuit this spring and should put up monster number this coming season after transferring in to Upland. The quarterback has a great frame, can get the ball down the field and throws a very accurate ball. He has the arm strength to put the ball in to tight windows and shows next level leadership skills as well.