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Local high school quarterbacks receive elite coaching

The Elite 11 is a quarterback mecca for high school gunslingers. Here in the Pacific Northwest, there's another A-list camp that features the best arm talent in the state of Oregon.

Posted: Aug 15, 2020 7:46 PM

Springfield, Ore. -- It’s the elite individual training during the summer grind that prepares a quarterback to shine in primetime on a Friday night. Brendin Quinn is the coach behind that grind.

Around the Willamette Valley, he’s the quarterback guru. His time under center goes back to 2014 as Thurston Colt. Once his coaching career began, however, he noticed there was a lack of quarterback coaches in Southern Oregon. A void he has now filled.

“There weren’t any quarterback coaches in the area in my day. You’d have to go up to Portland,” said Quinn. “I didn’t have that luxury. None of these kids really have that luxury. It’s been so amazing seeing what kind of impact I’ve been having on these kids, even in the last few months.”

Quinn’s players gravitate towards his coaching style. Thurston sophomore Darien Witham is making the difficult transition from running back to quarterback and feels the training has already paid dividends.

“He’s just someone you can relate to,” said Witham. “You know, you’re not coming up and being all nervous that you are going to disappoint him. You just come here to hang out and get better.”

Quinn’s 26 players range from all age levels. Upperclassmen, underclassmen, even 8th graders like Kyle Miller.

“I love training with Brendin. Our sessions are such a big help,” Miller said. “It makes me feel like I’m one step ahead of everyone.”

That’s the only place to be if you want to be a successful quarterback. With OSAA’s announcement to postpone fall sports to the spring, the players have a big chunk of time to prepare for game one in March.

“Good time to get some work in,” said Sheldon sophomore quarterback Brock Thomas. “We don’t have school and football doesn’t start for another six or seven months. So it’s a good time to get some work in.”

Short term, one event the players can look forward to is the Northwest 9 tryouts next week, which welcomes the best quarterbacks in the Pacific Northwest to compete for two days. It’s a major opportunity for recruiting.

“We are going to have Brandon Huffman in attendance, who is with 247 Sports and if they get a star rating that’ll help them tremendously with recruiting,” said Quinn. “It's just going to give the kids an opportunity to get some exposure and really compete.”

The Northwest 9 tryouts start Aug. 22 at 9 a.m.

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