Hall a Top Gun quarterback

High School Football

Newport Beach resident, entering senior season at JSerra, will participate in elite quarterback camp.

July 19, 2011|By Bruce Borquin, Daily Pilot
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After only one season playing quarterback in a run-oriented offense, JSerra Catholic senior-to-be Jake Hall is swiftly establishing himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the state, perhaps the nation.

And wait 'till you get a load of the Newport Beach resident in a new version of the "pistol" offense the Lions will run this fall. That was the offense seen last season at No. 11 University of Nevada, run by Colin Kaepernick, selected in the NFL Draft's second round by theSan Francisco 49ers.

On Thursday through Saturday at Warhill High in Williamsburg, Va., the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Hall will be one of 30 quarterbacks participating in the Football University Top Gun All-Star Football Camp. He qualified for the camp after being the only quarterback invited from a camp that was held Feb. 18-20 at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, where he worked with Tom Martinez, the private QB coach of New England Patriots quarterbackTom Brady.


The camp also provides on-field training with former NFL and college coaches, classroom sessions, NFL player symposium and individual performance analysis.

Hall will earn a profile on, film of his work will be sent to at least 400 college coaches for evaluation, and he could possibly be among eight quarterbacks competing for one spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January 2012 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

"It's an honor," said Hall, who played in the Newport Mesa Junior All-American program growing up. "I've just enjoyed playing this game so much and to be considered among the best, it's an honor."

Hall is definitely looking forward to playing in the Top Gun camp, which can only help him improve his skills. Last season as a first-year starter, Hall passed for 1,316 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions, with 87-for-160 (54.4%) accuracy as the Lions went 5-5, 0-5 in the always tough Trinity League. League champion Servite played in the CIF Open Division state bowl game.

Hall also participated in the ESPN RISE Elite 11 regional competition in May at Cal. As a sophomore in 2010, he was in the finals of the Steve Clarkson Dreammaker Super 7 QB competition and was named to its "All-Field General" team. As a seventh-grader, he also worked with USC quarterback and former Mater Dei player Matt Barkley, who is also from Newport Beach.

"It's a great opportunity to compete against some of the top talent," Hall said. "It's going to be so much fun, I've been looking forward to it a lot."

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