It was a simple yet curious misspelling of a quarterback development program.
Ryan Porter, perhaps better known for his QB days at San Gorgonio a couple decades back, followed by San Bernardino Valley College and even at the University of Washington. Spelling was just a shade off the mark.
At one point, QB Cavalry had misspelled on its social media -- erroneously listed as QB Calvary -- which has now been more appropriately labeled.
Calvary denoted, perhaps, a sense of reverential treatment because of its religious overtones.
Instead, the Cavalry is running loose.
“I make all my kids run track,” said Porter, of Highland. “It’s part of the training. Speed kills.”
There are, by count, some 28 “solid kids,” according to Porter, who is the founder and chief operator of QB Cavalry. It’s a quarterback-training ground, complete with arm and feet teachings, learning to “read” and full-bore physical demands.
There might possibly be another dozen, or so potential QB. Some even come from out of state, he said.
QB Cavalry has a near-handful of players in the collegiate ranks, notably Cajon product, Jayden Daniels, who has not only landed at Arizona State University but has been named as Sun Devils’ starting quarterback.
No matter how it’s all viewed, Daniels has drawn the focus of the football-watching world on this area. Porter could be that instrument that helped launch it all.
One area coach spotted Daniels at an ASU spring workout. At the time, it didn’t seem as if the Cajon product would be physically strong enough. Porter scoffs at the notion.
“They’ve got that game at Michigan State (on Sept. 14 in Lansing),” says Porter, who started working with an 11-year-old Daniels long before he showed up at Cajon. “I predict that will be his breakout game.”
Myles Herrera, a Redlands East Valley product, landed at NCAA Division II Upper Iowa.
Nathan Martinez, a Citrus Valley-to-Yucaipa prep star, could be ready to take the starting reigns as a University of Redlands junior.
Playing time at each stop is to be determined.
Then there’s the prep ranks.
There’s a possibility that QB Cavalry players could be landing punches against each other once the Citrus Belt League schedule kicks in.
Elijah James, a Citrus Valley transfer to Yucaipa, will sit out the first five games under CIF-Southern Section rules.
Patrick Ragan, a junior transfer from Riverside King High which operated in the Delaware Wing T, will be Cajon’s 2019 starter -- and Daniels’ replacement.
The Sit-Out period should also affect Jesiah Perez, an Aquinas product who landed at REV, can play in a Varsity Wildcat game. He split time at QB with the run-heavy Falcons last season and it’s up in the air on who will be taking snaps for REV.
In truth, this year’s Wildcats’ QB will likely be Jeramiah Donahue.
Dylan Wheatley could be Citrus Valley’s starting QB, a move pending a nice duel for the position governed by position coach Boyd Lium and head coach Kurt Bruich.
Redlands High’s Trent Young is back for his junior season as a Terrier.
All of the above are claimed by QB Cavalry.
“We’ve got quarterbacks at every CBL school except (Rialto) Carter,” said Porter.
Young vs. Wheatley one week could turn into James going up against Perez another week.
Then there’s Ragan going up against all of them after a hellish pre-season schedule that sends the Cowboys up against San Diego Helix (8-5 last season), Los Angeles Cathedral (8-3), Romoland Heritage (7-4), perennial power Anaheim Servite (3-6) and Hesperia Oak Hills (9-3).
Citrus Valley’s QB last season, Jonathan Calderon, has transferred to -- where else? -- Cajon, where he will play cornerback and not quarterback.
QB Cavalry has blown up in recent years. Porter, who spent 15 years playing professional Arena/Indoor football, is now 38. His dream was to create a program for QB play in the Inland Empire area that might match production from Orange County or Los Angeles.
“It’s growing,” said the heavily-tattooed Porter, who has some curious tweaks about training methods, transferring and instruction about QB play.
“I think my 2021 class (current juniors) might be my best crop of players.”
There’s some feeling that parents are buying into a 7-on-7 training method that doesn’t properly set up QB play for the high school ranks, he says.
“It’s T-shirt and underwear football,” Porter called it, warning parents that they should beware of training methods less than suitable for would-be players that want to take snaps in high school.
“If I can keep guys in an off-season training program,” he said, “with their reads and routes, we can build up a lot of players.”
Porter saw himself as that highly-esteemed QB coming out of San G, then coached by Steve Carroll -- a Spartans’ team not exactly known for passing.
“I trained myself out of that (running offense),” said Porter, a message to transfer-happy players and parents, “and wound up at U-Dub (Washington).”
The way Porter tells the story is this: QB Cavalry was formed when he was no longer earning a living playing indoor football. He needed a spot to shine. Daniels’ father, Javon, a RB star at Cajon two decades earlier, “walked up to me one day and asked if I’d coach his kid.
“That’s how it started.”