While most Americans fired up the BBQ and had a relaxing long weekend… A group of elite QBs gathered in Dana Point to put in work. Get a valuable head start on the competition.
The tone was set on Friday night as campers trickled in from all over the country for a “voluntary” workout. Everyone showed up.
QB Summit is lead by Jordan Palmer and his luminary Devin Quinn. The coaches have a recipe for success that can apply to a quarterback from any level. If you soak up the knowledge given to you, there is no doubt you will leave this camp better than when you came.
Don’t let the lush beach house, throwing sessions on the sand, or yoga with an ocean view fool you. These are tools that give a QB a variety of training methods and a glimpse at what a poised demeanor can provide.
Look no further than recent NFL 1st round pick Deshaun Watson. He came out west after hoisting college football’s grand prize humble with a burning desire to the be the best. All spring Watson was training with QB Summit honing his craft. Coaches Palmer and Quinn prepped Deshaun with surgical precision as to what to expect from NFL teams on and off the field.
The Summit knew before NFL GMs that Watson would rise from his 2nd-3rd round grade into the top 15. And he did. Make no mistake, Watson is a special player that will succeed on shear talent.
But, QB Summit helped him harness that ferocity. Focus on eliminating small weaknesses and turn him into a dynamic field general.
Jordan Palmer draws from a wealth of experience during his college and NFL career. He has an exceptional understanding of the position and prides himself in mastering every intricacy on becoming a great QB.
Devin Quinn has an infectious, energetic personality. He continues to grow everyday as a coach and players respond to his instruction with great enthusiasm. His coaching future is bright.
Together they are methodically building an empire in Southern California. Quarterbacks from every level around the country are taking notice.
I heard more than one QB say, “I learned more in these three days than I have in my whole career.” If that isn’t a testament to the Summit program, I don’t know what is.
Mike Fafaul was thrust into the spotlight at UCLA after Josh Rosen’s injury. He stepped up for the Bruins and became a bright spot in college football last season. His journey isn’t over as he tries to catch on to an NFL team this summer. It’s a joy to watch him work out. He has a cannon. Great footwork. He displays great leadership. He isn’t afraid to jump in and help out a 7th grade athlete with encouragement and ways to improve.
Josh Allen is Wyoming’s QB. He generated quite a buzz after last season. He threw for 3,200 yards and 28 TDs. It didn’t take long to see why NFL scouts are drooling over his potential. He is every bit of the 6’5”, 230 pounds he’s listed at. His ball travels 50 yards with the flick of a wrist. The most effortless delivery I’ve ever seen. He’s going to light up scoreboards this fall.
Sam Darnold is the poster boy for the upcoming season. He graces every article, magazine and website devoted to college football. And… he couldn’t care less about it. Sam is unique in the sense that he is as down to earth as they come. But, boy can he sling it. His work ethic is evident from the second he puts his cleats on. Quiet. Humble. When he receives instruction, it’s immediately adopted on the next rep.
Jarrett Stidham lit up the end of the 2015 season at Baylor. When it was apparent he’d be passed over, he decided to sit out a year and transfer to Auburn. Coaches and fans will remember real quick this fall. He is silky smooth. Can make all the throws with his eyes closed. His balance and consistency are near-perfect. He makes it look easy. Watch him start to shoot up draft boards once the season starts.
High School Campers
There were plenty of national elite high school QBs on hand for this weekend's camp.
They are hungry, dedicated and eager to have the torch passed to them. All of them have been to multiple QB Summit camps and their future is bright.
Keep an eye out for these rising gunslingers. The next wave of field general talent.
It was a dreamy SoCal weekend. Dana Hills High School overlooks the Pacific Ocean. A calm ocean breeze moves the tops of the palm trees. It would be easy to throw the camp into cruise control and take these kids through the motions.
But QB Summit doesn’t buy into those gimmicks. They’re out to have fun, but having fun is working your tail off and walking away a better QB than when you got here.
You might know where the Summit is... But do you have the blue-collar mentality to join an exclusive fraternity to reach the top?