Ryan Porter promises his own “twist.”
When his QB Cavalry showcase gets started at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 27, at San Bernardino Valley College, a two-man exhibition of quarterbacking skills will take place before a variety of onlookers.
The two QB’s are returning high school starters ⎯ Kajiah Hollowayne from San Jacinto High and Donovan Smith from Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos ⎯ who will be displaying their skills for an apparent audience of college recruiters.
It’s a Pro Day extravaganza that Porter quickly tweeks to a “College Day.”
Back on May 30, Porter revealed his plans for the June date.
“I’ve got an idea,” he said, refusing to divulge his “twist” for the proceedings.
There is no doubt. “I’m excited.”
For openers, Wilson Sporting Goods is involved.
Another reason: 247 Sports, YouTube and Inland Sports will be in on this. “Broadcast live,” said Porter.
“It’s a different way of doing something like this,” he said.
QB Cavalry is a school for quarterbacks started some three years ago by Porter, himself a former professional QB.
QB Cavalry students, who can start the program long before their high school days, revolves around a system of developing mental and physical skills. Hollowayne and Smith seem to top the current list.
“These are two of the top quarterbacks in the area,” Porter said.
He said the two will QBs are scheduled to throw balls to “six or seven wide receivers,” each a college-bound prospect ⎯ plus another from SoCal prep power Santa Ana Mater Dei.
Curiosity might be oozing under Porter’s self-described “twist.”
“When people see how we’re doing this, you’ll say, ‘this is genius.’ ”
For now, though, he was keeping this “twist” under wraps.
One clue might be a series of 60 to 65 throws for each QB, separated by a 30-to-45-minute break, involving each of those WRs, plus another running back.
Each throw will be scrutinized ⎯ there will be a chip in the football as a tracer ⎯ with 120 to 140 different pass routes. “Big boy throws,” said Porter.
Evaluations, he says, will go from being subjective to objective.
“This will revolutionize how quarterbacks are recruited,” said Porter.
Porter’s a San Gorgonio High/San Bernardino Valley College product who turned his prep QB days into a college opportunity at the University of Washington before spending a dozen years playing in the Arena Football League.
He’s brought that experience into the formation of QB Cavalry.
Hollowayne or Smith aren’t the only QB Cavalry products.
There’s Nathan Martinez, a high-powered QB at Yucaipa High who was last season’s starter at the University of Redlands.
Five of the six Citrus Belt League schools last season had QB Cavalry connections.
Then there’s 2017 and 2018 CIF Player of the Year Jayden Daniels, the Cajon High product who landed the starting QB role at Arizona last fall.
Hollowayne led San Jacinto to last season’s CIF semifinals, one season after the Tigers won a CIF Division 7 championship behind the then-sophomore QB.
Smith, playing in a fully loaded Baseline League that includes 2018 CIF champion Upland and Rancho Cucamonga, played his Los Osos team into the playoffs in 2019.
Los Osos is coached by Alex Pierce, who had plenty of success at Rialto Carter High before departing for the Grizzlies’ program.
As for Porter, he saw a need to start a QB school, perhaps duplicating the efforts from Orange County, an area that’s produced plenty of college-bound players, some of whom reached the pro ranks.
“Nothing like that’s ever been done in this area,” said Porter, who is on his third season as a Cajon High varsity assistant coach to Nick Rogers.
Showcasing Hollowayne and Smith, said Porter, might be a way of overcoming the cancellation of this past school year’s spring football sessions ⎯ traditional for virtually every high school program coast to coast.
The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched deep into butchering plans for athletes in virtually every sport, football included.
“It hurt a lot of kids’ chances to show what they can do for college coaches. I’ll have [video] footage [this week’s showcase]. Kids can’t send that stuff out [to colleges]. But I can.”
In addition to spring workouts, various camps ⎯ including one hosted by the University of Redlands ⎯ have been shut down for the same reason.
That school has traditionally held one-day showcase events on behalf of at least nine of the dozen Pacific 12 Conference schools, plus other college football programs on hand to scout potential players.
“Their stock rises,” said Porter, “when they attend those camps.”
There could be some high school coaches who might see Porter’s efforts as interfering, it’s just one additional outlet for potential QBs to learn the craft. It’s like learning music from a private teacher, or taking math from a tutor, or hiring someone to coach pitching and hitting lessons in baseball.
The “twist,” Porter said, “will start a new trend when it comes to recruiting quarterbacks.”