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Lynden’s Somers makes 25-QB shortlist for Taylor Barton’s ‘Northwest 9’

Lynden High quarterback Sterling Somers looks downfield against Shorecrest in the Class 2A NW district playoffs on Nov. 7, 2014 at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash.
Lynden High quarterback Sterling Somers looks downfield against Shorecrest in the Class 2A NW district playoffs on Nov. 7, 2014 at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. The Bellingham Herald

Former University of Washington quarterback Taylor Barton believes determining what makes a good college arm isn’t about height or weight. That’s why Barton created the Northwest 9, a list that will be determined at the end of the a four-day, invite-only camp that begins Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Northwest University.

The 25 quarterbacks named to the shortlist for the Northwest 9 will be put through a series of of drills and tests to examine footwork, arm strength, accuracy, escability, leadership and ability to read coverages.

Making the 25-quarterback shortlist is Lynden senior gunslinger Sterling Somers, who threw for 3,167 yards and 35 touchdowns last season while leading the Lions to a Class 2A State Championship game. While Barton’s goal is to not use height and weight as factors in the rankings, Somers’ 6-foot-5, 205-pound frame fits the prototypical pocket passer.

The inaugural Northwest 9 will be put out at the end of the camp in a similar format as the Elite 11 — a national event that decides the top 11 quarterback recruits.

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