Football: College recruiters spend the day in Inland Empire

QB Blake Barnett leads the Sharks

High school football coaches might want to borrow the strategy of a couple coaches in the Big VIII League.

On Thursday, close to 30 college football recruiters spent the morning at Corona Santiago watching a 90-minute workout that began at 6:30 a.m. and showcased Shark players, led by Notre Dame-bound quarterback Blake Barnett. In the afternoon and evening, many of the same recruiters driving rental cars were scheduled to drop by Corona, Roosevelt and Centennial.

It’s a great idea to stagger the practices and cooperate so the college recruiters can visit as many high schools as possible.

“We try to make it easy for the coaches,” Santiago Coach Jeff Steinberg said.


Other leagues should get together and try to put together a similar day. Imagine if the Trinity or Mission League schools coordinated their spring practices on one day. College recruiters would be thrilled.

The 6-foot-4 Barnett is on schedule to graduate in December and enroll early at Notre Dame. He was throwing precision passes while also demonstrating the great mobility that makes him a double threat and one of the top quarterbacks in California, if not the nation.