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Trendsetters

These quarterbacks are worthy of imitation.  They set the bar high and will dominate the football landscape for decades to come.  I invite you to follow their journeys as they demonstrate the skills that set them apart from all others.

Tate Martell

Tate Martell

Pro-Style Athlete

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180 lbs.

Class of 2017

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Shea Patterson

Shea Patterson

Mobile Pro-Style

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190 lbs.

Class of 2016

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KJ Costello

KJ Costello

Pro-Style

Height: 6'5"
Weight: 210 lbs.

Class of 2016

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Feleipe Franks

Feleipe Franks

Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 228 lbs.

Class of 2016

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Jack Allison

Jack Allison

Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 199 lbs.

Class of 2016

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Max Gilliam

Max Gilliam

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200 lbs.

Class of 2016

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Shawn Robinson

Shawn Robinson

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 207 lbs.

Class of 2017

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Matt Fink

Matt Fink

Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs.

Class of 2016

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Austin Kendall

Austin Kendall

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 210 lbs.

Class of 2016

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Travis Jonsen

Travis Jonsen

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 190 lbs.

Class of 2015

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Brady White

Brady White

Pro Style Quarterback

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190 lbs.

Class of 2015

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David Sills

David Sills

Mobile Pro Style Quarterback

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 195 lbs.

Class of 2015

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Wilton Speight

Wilton Speight

Mobile Pro Style Quarterback

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 230 lbs.

Class of 2014

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Trendsetters World Wide

These quarterbacks are worthy of imitation. They set the bar high and will dominate the football landscape for decades to come. I invite you to follow their journeys as they demonstrate the skills that set them apart from all others.

By: Brian Bencomo

On Memorial Day weekend some of the best young quarterbacks in the nation were on blissfully sunny Coronado Island in San Diego, California for Steve Clarkson’s annual quarterback retreat. Arizona State quarterback Brady White was on hand to present the No. 12 Joe Namath jersey to the winner of this year’s quarterback competition among the 9 “Trendsetters.” 

White was part of the inaugural class of Trendsetters and the winner of last year’s QB competition. Life-sized posters depicting each of this year’s Trendsetters hung on the fence beneath the home bleachers of the football field at Coronado High School.

The highlight of the retreat was these Trendsetters — a collection of 9 prep quarterbacks deemed elite by the man many consider the best quarterback coach in the nation. They hail from all across the nation: Feleipe Franks

 and Jack Allison from Florida

 Shea Patterson from Louisiana

and Max Gilliam from California. 

Their commitments are to powerhouse football schools including: Stanford for KJ Costello

USC for Matt Fink

Oklahoma for Austin Kendall

and Miami (Fla.) for Jack Allison.

These eight Trendsetters are all rising high school seniors, but two of the elite QB’s have just finished their sophomore years: 

Shawn Robinson from Texas

 and Tate Martell from National Champion Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Trendsetters — in their custom blue t-shirts, gray shorts, black socks and silver cleats, all sponsored by Adidas — stood out on a field surrounded with young quarterbacks ranging from 8 to 18. Though they ranged from the lanky 6’5” Franks to the stouter 5’11” Martell, they were all linked by their exceptional talent. While Franks may have chucked the ball the farthest (78 yards), Martell was about as accurate as any of them.

All of the camp participants, including the Trendsetters, rotated among six stations which focused on various aspects of being a quarterback from footwork to passing and practicing throws under pressure. On the track behind the home end zone was a mobile unit which held perhaps the most intriguing station at Clarkson’s camp this year. Inside the trailer Eon Sports had a couple of demos of their virtual reality experience for quarterbacks. The company has been selling it’s Oculus headsets for college and high school coaches to use with their teams for a couple of years now, but Saturday was the launch of Eon’s mobile “Sidekiq.” Eon’s Brendan Reilly explained that theses headsets are meant to be bought by individual quarterbacks who then insert their smartphones and train with software tailored by Clarkson himself.

Costello said that he had been using VR through his high school coach and had rave reviews of it.

“I never learned how to read a coverage coming into my freshman year now I can basically read a coverage after hours of studying that virtual reality,” he said.

Of course, virtual reality could not recreate the reality of former Clarkson pupils on hand at the camp to share their wisdom with this year’s crop of Trendsetters. In addition to White, Michigan QB Wilton Speight and Oregon QB Travis Jonsen (formerly known as Travis Waller) were present. 


Last year, former UCLA QB Brett Hundley lent a hand at the camp. The expectation is that the current batch of Trendsetters will also come back in subsequent years as college athletes and pass on their knowledge to the younger corps.

For the Trendsetters, the weekend was about more than just the drills and competition on the field. It was a chance for them to meet, hang out and bond with each other. The brotherhood aspect is something which Clarkson hopes to promote among the Trendsetters. They all seemed to be familiar with at least some of the other Trendsetters, but this was the first time that all 9 of this year’s class were assembled together. Costello spoke about about the dynamic of the camp saying:

“We all go to camps — normally we’re competing — but out here we’re just trying to perfect our craft and kind of all just connect.”

Some of them took to Twitter to express their excitement of coming together in the days before the weekend or document their adventures throughout it. Patterson tweeted about flying to San Diego for a fun weekend with “my boys.” Kendall tweeted a photo of him poolside looking forward to his fellow Trendsetters joining him, and Gilliam tweeted out a photo of some of the Trendsetters gathered around a table for dinner on Saturday.

The fraternal nature of the gathering was something which Gilliam’s father said he appreciated about the event. The fathers were easily recognizable on Saturday proudly sporting the caps of their sons’ college commitments: Gilliam’s father in a Cal cap and Patterson’s father in an Ole Miss one.

Saturday ended with the camp attendees sitting on the field watching as the Trendsetters competed in various challenges from how far they could throw the football to how accurately they could throw at a target after trying to get through an obstacle course as quickly and cleanly as possible. Gilliam ended up receiving the Namath jersey for winning the QB competition. Like White this year, Gilliam will likely be back next May in Coronado to pass on the jersey and continue the Trendsetter tradition.

Posted: June 10, 2015, 9:16 pm

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