Corona Santiago’s Blake Barnett win Elite 11 MVP


by Jeff Fisher

At the start of the 2013 Blake Barnett of Corona Santiago was an unknown quarterback with potential…after winning the Elite 11 quarterback competition at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, the senior-t0-be isn’t a secret any longer.

Barnett, who has given his verbal commitment to Alabama, beat out 17 other top-rated QB’s with a quarterback ranking of 119. Barnett also led his 7-0n-7 team, Team Apocalypse, to The Opening 2014 team championship with a 19-0 win in the finals.

1. Blake Barnett – Corona Santiago (California)

2. Ben Hicks – Midway (Texas)

3. Travis Waller – Servite (California)

4. Kyler Murray – Allen (Texas)

5. Brady White – Hart (California)

6. Drew Lock – Lee’s Summit (Missouri)

7. Jarett Stidham – Stephenville (Texas)

8. Ricky Town – St. Bonaventure (California)

9. Deondre Francois – IMG Academy (Florida)

10. Brandon Wimbush – St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey)

11. Josh Rosen – St. John Bosco (California)

Listen to our interview with Barnett on High School Football America’s January 9th radio show after he was the first QB selected for the Elite 11.  At the time of the interview, Barnett had given his verbal to Notre Dame, which he has since changet to Alabama.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.