Who’s The No. 1 2015 High School Quarterback?

Ricky Town is rated No. 1 by Scout.com and No. 2 by Rivals. Josh Rosen is No. 1 by Rivals and No. 2 by Scout. But what about Blake Barnett of Corona Santiago, who committed to Notre Dame?

With all the fans that ask me if Cody Kessler or Max Browne is fast enough to run Steve Sarkisian’s offense, one would think Barnett would be pretty valuable and also have a case to be No. 1.

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  • Helen

    This is “Inside USC” – we don’t care about Notre Dame commits.

    • FMUSC81

      You should ….He still plans on making a visit to USC.

      • Helen

        Barnett putting on a USC uniform is never going to happen. And I have no respect for someone who commits and then continues to take visits – if you’re not certain then take all your visits and then commit.

        • FMUSC81

          Why? He’s a Kid …he has every right to explore his options that are going to impact the rest of his life…How many times have you changed your mine ?

          • rusoviet

            Absolutely right in fact might be a change of heart. Even if there isn’t why not give him a nice day and have that as his memory of USC?

          • Helen

            Changing your mind and backing out of a commitment are quite different. How many times have I accepted a job offer and then later changed my mind and went elsewhere – zero. My point is if he’s not 100 percent decided on ND then don’t commit until you are. There is no reason or advantage to this kid committing a year in advance before he has visited and explored all the schools he intends to.

          • FMUSC81

            They’re kids …did you know what you want to do when you were 17? I don’t have any problem in a kid being a kid

          • SUCC de trop

            The Kitten is very big on loyalty.

          • Helen

            I call it honesty.

          • gotroy22

            You mean changed your mind about which welfare office to visit to get your check?

          • Ben Factor

            I agree. These are kids, and they are spoiled kids at that. Helen, be serious.

    • gotroy22

      Sure we do, they are our true rival.

      • Helen

        Rivalries are played on the football field.

        • TrojanFan3.0

          EXACTLY!!!!

        • gotroy22

          You are the Queen of Non Sequiturs.

      • TrojanFan3.0

        Go back to bed!….or change to a different misfit!

        • gotroy22

          Are your FightOn, TrojanFamily and Wisdom sock puppets asleep now?

  • Ben Factor

    I don’t understand exactly what Sark’s offense is. I have seen Sark present it as pro-style, with a hurry-up element. But, I have seen it presented as closer to that of Oregon or Arizona, perhaps requiring a “fast” QB who can run. He recruited one of those from Serra for 2014.

    Fast afoot?

    Fast at calling the right audible, identifying the best target and getting rid of the ball?

    Does USC need RG III (fast afoot), or Peyton Manning (rarely sacked because he changes plays effectively, decides quickly after the snap what he should do, and does it with little hesitation)?

    I believe that it’s foolish not to orient the offense to ANY QB who can identify defensive vulnerability at the line, audible effectively, get rid of the ball quickly, and throw it accurately. The hard part is finding and training that QB!

    I watched a short highlight video on Town. I observed was that he was often rushed pretty hard, and got rid of the ball in a hurry. I cannot say the same thing for Kessler, by and large. But is that inherent to Kessler, or the outcome of his training, and the installed offense?

    I really don’t know about Browne. When he was in high school, I recall the comparison to Peyton Manning. Was it his tall, thin stature in high school (Manning looked tall and thin in high school)? Or was it Browne’s savvy at the line, in audibles, and his quick post-snap decisions and throws?

    Anybody have any insights about Sark’s offense?

    Anybody have any knowledge of what qualities led to Browne being compared to Manning?

    • gotroy22

      The Peyton version works if we shore up our OL to Pete Carroll era standards. Sarkiffian had to modify his offense to what he had when he came to UW and make it fit his star running quarterback Jake Locker. Given USC’s tradition of the traditional drop back quarterback protected by a huge OL he may adjust again.

      • Ben Factor

        The thing about Manning is that he does call the play after he’s seen the defense, and he doesn’t hold the ball for a long time after the snap. If you have those capabilities in your QB, you don’t need the best line in CFB to succeed.

        But is that kind of QB play even achievable at the college level, and what kind of offensive simplicity is required for a young, student-athlete college QB to achieve it?

        Which gets back to: what IS Sark’s offense? I can’t get a bead on it from anything I’ve heard.

        And, which of the QBs is best at reading defenses at the line, and knowing what play to call?

        • gotroy22

          What do you think Norm Chow did to turn Carson Palmer into such a success after Palmer was overwhelmed with Paul Hackett’s offense?

      • Cheap seats

        Manning’s offensive line at Denver has never been considered “elite”. Same thing at Indianapolis.

        However, his olinemen DO require to know their assignments. An Addurey Walker mess up isn’t tolerated.

        • TrojanFan3.0

          Gotroy22 is clueless! The guy has no idea what he’s talking about. If you can’t dazzle them brilliance then baffle them with bullshlt!

          • Gollum-Wolf

            Amen…and the shill’s other 2 handles are just as clueless.

          • gotroy22

            You contribute so much to football discussions you baldheaded nerd.

          • gotroy22

            Where is your sock puppet Wisdom to chip in valuable comments you 10 year old dork?

    • FMUSC81

      Everything about him… Great feet, great vision of the field ….Has a great natural feel to the game….and great arm and accuracy. He’s a kid that plays better in games than in Drills

      • Ben Factor

        Are you talking about Browne? Or Town?

        • FMUSC81

          Browne

          • Ben Factor

            Thank you. If you’re right about Browne, it could greatly affect the recruitment of Town. Scott and many others assume Kessler will start. I thought Kessler was far from great, and was ineffective against tough teams (one possession vs. Stanford excepted). He can’t drive the ball, he doesn’t compensate for that with great accuracy on throws of more than 20-25 yards, he throws late too often, he doesn’t see the best target too often. Why won’t Browne beat him out?

  • Wayne Lusvardi

    Shazam!! The video on Blake Barnett is interesting.

  • B.Miller

    You do not need to be a running QB in Sark’s Offense. QB just needs to be mobile, like a Andrew Luck or a Aaron Rodgers
    Get your facts down.. Stop worrying about a running QB!