UW Showcase Event Positional
July 6, 2012 by Jordan Johnson
One thing becoming more and more prevalent in the NW are QB's. In Washington alone the Top 5 QB's on our board all are committed to big time D1 universities. Max Browne (USC), Sefo Liufau (Colorado), Billy Green (BYU), Kolney Cassel (SMU), and as of Saturday Isacc Dotson (6-3 220 Sr. Newport WA) who was offered by Nevada and committed on the same day while at the Showcase,
This was big news as Dotson is part of the NEI/Barton Football Academy family and someone we think very highly of. Isaac had a Washington St offer but decided that Nevada was a perfect for him and something to good to pass up.
One thing unique about the QB position is having the top quarterback coach in the country in your own back yard. Taylor Barton has had a host of D1 and NFL opportunities already, but that is not where his heart is right now. He wants to continue to work with the region's top QB's and help as many athletes get to the next level as possible. Dotson is just one of a host of high profile QB's that have benefited from Barton's services over the years. Lets have a look at the others in attendance.
We mentioned Billy Green of KIngs HS who recently committed to BYU while out In Utah with Barton and company. He did very well at the showcase. The #1 ranked QB out of Oregon Justin Adams (6-7 210 Sr. QB) had a very good day, and you can bet he will have a monster year with Greg Barton stepping in as Sandy's new head coach.
Conner Richardson (6-2 220 Sr. QB) of Kennedy is another Barton kid that has really moved up the recruiting boards, and hasn't even had his first Varsity start at QB sitting behind D1 standout Jason Thompson last season while leading the team in all receiving categories. His intangibles are through the roof and the kid just slings it.
Domenic Rockey (6-3 190 Sr. QB Auburn Mountainview) is another kid we have heard a lot about lately, and he did very well on the day. He will be a three year starter and someone the team can look to for leadership. He has the size to do well at the next level.
Taylor Alie (6-0 170 Sr. QB) of Sheldon is in a completely different situation as a first year starter, but just looks better and better as he is an incredible overall athlete, running a 4.45 hand time 40 yard dash at our regional combine in April. He did well at the showcase.
Two more big time seniors that will vie for conference player of the year honors are Jonah Koski (6-3 190 Sr. QB) out of Bend and Sam Stelk (6-5 220 Sr. Canby). Both are ranked as Oregon Top 10 QB's, and have the size and leadership ability to play a high level of football. Both look ready to go in 2012 , as high end academic institutions will be paying close attention as Koski has a 4.0 GPA and Stelk a 3.95
One junior to be that had an MVP like day was Aidan Wilder (6-1 180 Jr. ATH) of Central Catholic. The kid started as a freshman at QB and has also started at DB, but on Saturday he was in a completely different element. Everything he threw was on point with good velocity. Wilder can play 4-5 different positions on the field and he will be recruited at a variety of different spots, but Saturday he looked like a D1 QB.
Expanding on the youth movement we got to see a bunch of talented young QB's at the showcase that will be training with us at Barton Football for years to come. Ross Bowers (6-2 175 So. Bothell) is someone we call "The Future" and is the #1 ranked QB in the State of Washington for the class of 2015. I have never seen a kid that has the maturity and confidence at such a young age. He continues to wow everyone with his overall ability and will most definitely be an early offer kid.
You can add a host of other top QB's in their respective classes to the athletes that were there. Nick Mitchell (6-2 175 Jr. QB) of Mt Si and Dillon Sugg (6-5 200 Jr. QB) of Wenatchee are two of WA 's top QB's for 2014. Mitchell is the brother of Oregon St commit Josh Mitchell and just continues to get better and better. He has made a huge impression on people already, and will most definitely be looked at as one of the top QB's in the region.
Sugg maybe had the breakout performance of anyone at the entire camp and just exemplified why an event like this can change someone's life. The question of the day was, "who is that kid" to a lot of people that still didn't know. Sugg is a super talented three sport athlete that will be a force in the state of Washington for the class of 2014. We are excited to work with him, as he more then just looks the part.
Everyone should be excited when we look at the 2015 QB Class. Its not just Ross Bowers as there are special QB's up and down the board that will be sophomores next year. Cade Smith (6-0 175 So. QB) is Oregon's #1 QB for 2015 and already has a Wyoming offer. He is the brother of Freshman All American QB Brett Smith of Wyoming who was the Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010-11.
The other sophomore elite included Nolan Henry (6-0 165 So. QB) of Union HS and Casey Brink (6-1 175 So. QB) of Bainbridge. Henry is the relative of Barton Football Academy product Kellen Clemens currently with the St Louis Rams. He is a student of the game and an outstanding athlete that will be the leader of a very talented class at Union. Brink is a very talented overall athlete that is a leader on both sides of the ball that will start at free safety and be fighting for that QB spot.
A kid many of you know by now as "The Example" Connor Neville (6-0 155 8th) out of the Beaverton area did his thing, and is one of the most impressive 8th graders in the country. Taylor Barton calls him, " the best 8th grade QB he has ever seen" , which to anyone who knows Barton's lineup of trainees says a great deal. Moving forward this kid is talented enough to actually get offered before he enters high school so it will be very interesting to see what happens.
Bennett Gibson (6-2 200 Sr. Mt Vernon ) and Brett Ludeman (6-1 175 Jr.) of Kamiak are two other seniors you can't sleep on. Long is ranked as one of WA's top 10 QB's and Ludeman is an outstanding overall athlete.
Three other juniors to be that had good camps were Jess Krahn ( 6-3 205 Jr. QB Hockinson), Dassaun Surls (6-1 170 Jr. QB Renton) , and Scotty Hitner (6-3 190 Jr. QB) of Cottage Grove. Krahn will be one of WA's top young QB's, Sauls has all the potential in the world , and Hitner has the size and body type to do very well moving forward. He was a very impressive at our regional combines.
Blake Maimone (6-7 210 So) Eastside Catholic, and AJ Woodin (5-11 185 Jr. Southridge) were two other sophomores that stood out and dropped dimes for most of the day.
In all it was the best of the best from all around the region, and something that northwest athletes should be proud of. The number of QB's coming out of the northwest is unprecedented , and the younger classes are just as good. Exciting times to be a northwest athlete, football has never been bigger and all of us at NEI and Barton Football look forward to working with all of the athletes and helping them achieve their dreams.
Others Top QB's to Mention:
Jordan Berni (Sr. Skyview), Austin Gunning (Sr. Roosevelt), Hayden Lent (Sr. Roseburg), Ryan Fassler Sr. Prosser, Nick Cropley (Sr. Putnam), Ryan Peerboom (Jr. RA Long), Brady Austin (Sr. Graham Kapowsin), Braden Blouin (Jr. Sedro Wooley), Grant Watts (Jr. Centennial), Ian Kolste (Sr. Oak Harbor), Lars Blix (Sr. Wahkiakum), Riley Hilliker (Sr. Juanita), Dennis Moton III (So. Archbishop Murphy)