It was no surprise when a handful of junior quarterbacks in California put together tremendous performances during this season's opening week. Discussion throughout the spring and summer centered largely on how talented the quarterback pool was in the West for the 2015 class, as recruits such as Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), Kevin Dillman (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), Jake Browning (Folsom, Calif./Folsom) and Brady White (Newhall, Calif./Hart) all directed their teams' offense as sophomores and were known commodities on the recruiting trail.
But after 60 minutes of football that first weekend, it was clear that another quarterback was out to force himself into the discussion.
Out in California's Inland Empire, the Corona (Calif.) Santiago Sharks played host to White and the Hart Indians, and the result was a thrilling 56-49 victory for Hart. And while the Hart offense received much of the praise, Santiago's Blake Barnett threw for 287 yards and five touchdowns and had an 87-yard score on the ground. The game was televised, and for those watching around the Southern California region, the game raised one giant question.
Who is Blake Barnett?