NorCal Elite 11 Blog

K.J. Carta-Samuels

SANTA CLARA, CA – The Elite 11 Regional Camp took place in Northern California Friday at the San Francisco 49ers practice facility and GoldenStatePreps.com followed all the action…

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.

Read the rest of Greg Biggins Elite 11 preview HERE.


4:30 p.m. - QBs warming up at Elite 11. They have yet to throw out here at Santa Clara.

5:08 p.m. - Watching a loaded group with K.J. Carta-Samuels, Wilton Speight, Morgan Mahalak, Brad Kaaya, Tyler Hilinski, and Josh Davis among others.

Speight, Samuels and Kaaya impressing thus far. Hilinski despite performing well on the 7-on-7 circuit has been somewhat erratic.

6:00 p.m. - A few under the radar guys are raising some eyebrows with their arms. Christian Solano out of San Fernando (Calif.) is undersized but has some zip on his ball. Spanish Springs (Nev.) quarterback Hunter Fralick had some nice throws. And Mission Viejo (Calif.) Ian Fieber has looked good.

6:25 p.m. - 49er great Ronnie Lott strolling the facility as the quarterbacks are broken up into their groups. The "elite" group, of course, is isolated on the turf field while the rest are regulated to the two separate grass fields.

The top group is headlined by Manny Wilkins, Keller Chryst, and 2015 stud Josh Rosen among others.

7:30 a.m. (Saturday) - Recapping the 2013 Northern California Elite 11 Regional Camp, it didn't live up to the talent. Camp coach and ESPN TV talent Trent Dilfer announced after the camp no quarterback stood out to earn an Elite 11 invite.

K.J. Carta-Samuels, Brad Kaaya, Coltin Gerhart, and Nick Mitchell were arguably the most consistent throwers Friday evening. However, Keller Chryst, whom many expected to shine, didn't impress. Top to bottom, despite the amount of Northern California signal callers with D1 offers, the camp lacked the breakthrough performance we come to expect from the Elite 11.

Ranking the QBs

No. 1, K.J. Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep - He has a cannon and looks the part at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. The Vanderbilt commit has all the tools, and he was arguably the best on Friday.

No. 2, Brad Kaaya, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade - It's hard not to like Kaaya. He's big, strong, and can sling the rock. Some question his footwork and mobility, but he looked fluid. Remains committed to Miami, however, hard not to think a Pac-12 program will not swoop in and flip his commit.

No. 3 Manny Wilkins, Novato (Calif.) San Marin - He didn't have his best day by far but the four-star signal caller is very accurate. He is mobile and has a hose to get the ball almost anywhere on the field.

No. 4 Coltin Gerhart, Norco (Calif.) - Don't believe the undersized prospect threw one bad ball on Friday. Every time we glanced his way, he was completing a pass. Built like a fullback, Gerhart is every bit an athlete as is older brother. If he was tad taller, his offer sheet would be through the roof.

No. 5 Nick Mitchell, Mount Si (Wash.) - The only kid not from the Golden State on the list and arguably the most consistent. The Oregon State commit didn't have the fanfare of others that competed, nonetheless, hard to argue Mike Riley is not getting another diamond in the rough quarterback.


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