Notre Dame QB Commit Blake Barnett Becomes First Player Invited to 2014 Opening

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

The last of the premier high school showcases for the Class of 2014 came to an end on Saturday, when the Army All-American Bowl was played in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Now, though not quite at the finish line, it's officially time to start looking ahead at the next batch of recruits.

Class of 2015 quarterback Blake Barnett, a Notre Dame commitment, became the first official invitee to The Opening and the Elite 11 finalist on Sunday, according to The Opening's twitter account:

Hailing from Coronoa, Calif., Barnett is the No. 135 overall prospect and No. 6 pro-style quarterback on the 247Sports composite. He has good height (6'4'') and arm strength with sneaky athleticism outside the pocket, despite being labeled a pro-style passer.

Among the top 10 pro-style quarterbacks in the Class of 2015, Barnett is one of just four who have already committed to play somewhere, joining No. 2 Ricky Town (Alabama), No. 4 Ty Storey (Arkansas) and No. 9 Tyler Queen (Auburn).

Unsigned Josh Rosen checks in at No. 1 in the class. He is choosing primarily between UCLA, Cal and Stanford at the current moment, though so much can still change during his recruitment.

It remains to be seen who else from this group will be invited to The Opening and Elite 11 finals. Barnett earned his spot in the Elite 11 finals by winning a regional competition at Santa Monica City College. Here's a short video of the event:  

The Opening, described as "four days of dynamic training, coaching and competition for many of the country's elite high school football players," will take place in July of 2014, though no official date has yet been set.