Jul 10, 2014; Beaverton, OR, USA; Apocalypse quarterback Blake Barnett (12) passes the ball during Nike Football

Alabama QB Commit Blake Barnett Named Elite 11 MVP


Blake Barnett was named the MVP of the Elite 11 competition on Tursday, as part of Nike’s The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon.

The Alabama 2015 commit won the week-long competition over 17 other quarterbacks. The 7-on-7 championship game between Team Apocalypse and Team Land Sharks ended in a 19-0 victory for Barnett’s squad.

AL.com notes that Barnett is forming a connection with another Crimson Tide commit that fans could see a lot of in coming years:

Barnett threw a touchdown pass to Deddrick Thomas in the first half to give Apocalypse a 6-0 lead. In the second half, Barnett hit Equanimeous St. Brown on a slant, and St. Brown took it the distance for a score. Barnett hit Tide commit Calvin Ridley on the 1-point conversion for a 13-0 lead.

Also of interest is that the opposing team featured former Alabama commit Ricky Town at quarterback. Town was originally committed to the Tide, but decommitted not long after Lane Kiffin came on board as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. Town eventually committed to Kiffin’s former employer USC.

Barnett has impressed coaches and his fellow players with his size and throwing arm. He’s also been compared to QBs like Robert Griffin III for his ability to make plays with his feet. He’s not an immobile pocket passer, but he’s not a player that looks to run first and throw if need be. In short, Barnett looks like the real deal, and he’s heading to Tuscaloosa.

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