Last year, Interlake (Bellevue) WR Kamana Adriano played the all-important quarterback position for the Saints, but it wasn’t because he actually wanted to, it was because his coaches and his team needed him as the trigger-man in their offense. This year, with things sorted out, he’s moved back to wide receiver and from the looks of him and his abilities, he’s back at his more natural position.
“I played wide receiver as a sophomore,” Adriano told Northwest Elite Index recently. . Our QB who was supposed to be there last year transferred, so they said they wanted the best player, the best athlete, with the ball in his hands.”
While he played quarterback, he admits that the Saints ran 70% of the time and when you had a guy like record-setting RB Jordan Todd in the backfield, that makes sense. With that being the case, Adriano only threw for about 800 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for 400 yards and 10 more scores.
With his speed, quickness and explosiveness, the 5’9″, 155-pounder, is an ideal slot receiver and he made a case for himself this past weekend at the Barton Combine held at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor this past weekend.
“I love coming to the Barton camps and his events and stuff,” Adriano noted. “It’s great to get out here and get work in against top guys like (Lakes WR) Sammie Long and (Seattle Prep CB) Tere Calloway and all of the guys that come out.”
On the recruiting front, Adriano is still waiting for things to really hit their stride, but he hopes solid camp performances like the one last weekend as well as the ones that he will be attending in June.
“I’ve talked to the Washington State coaches and they want me to come out for camp and I’ve also talked to the Utah coaches about coming to their camp,” Adriano said. “I’m for sure going to the Washington State camp, that one should be fun and I like the coaches there. The Utah one is more complicated because of the NFTC (Nike Football Training Camp) at Oregon is that weekend and I am going to that, so I don’t know if I will make the Utah one or not.
“I am just hoping someone takes a look at me and likes what they see. More than anything I just want to help my team anyway that I can and then I can focus on where I’ll play college ball.”
No matter what, Adriano has a chance to find success at any level in college and with his performance this past week in Gig Harbor, he’s definitely opened some eyes.
We will continue to keep track of Adriano and his progress this offseason and we’ll update things as they happen with him.
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