We are just one month removed from the 2011 state title game, and we are already know that Jesuit will most likely be the #1 ranked team state wide coming into 2012. Tailback AJ Glass (6-1 195 RB/SS Jr.) returns after going off for 2,024 yards and 23 Tds before falling to eventual state champion Lake Oswego in the state semifinals.
Glass carried the ball 293 times over the year averaging 6.91 yards per carry. He teamed with talented backup Morgan Sellers to dominate most opponents on the ground. He earned first team all league honors and 1st team all state honors by NEI, and was also voted honorable mention All state by the Oregonian.
Glass projects as a Division one safety, but ran the ball 30+ times a game which limited how much defense he could play. As talented as Glass is one can’t help but notice the very athletic and massive front that is coming back to block for him.
The Crusaders always sport a top notch line, but this upcoming season may feature one of the greatest Oregon High School offensive lines ever assembled. They will be lead by two Army All American nominees in Max Rich (6-7 1/2, 280 Jr) and Andrew Kirkland (6-5 295 Jr). Both kids are outstanding people first and amazing lineman second. They are both big time D1 recruits and will have a list of schools vying for their services.
Dominic Baldocchi (6-3 265 Jr) and Maka Moon (6-4 255 Jr) are also back, to go along with the return of a very talented lineman who was injured last season in Ryan Brown (6-6 265 Jr). As a group these five average 6-5 1/2 272 across the board. It will be very tough for anyone to match up.
What makes this even worse for opponents is that Jesuit has one of the top full backs in the country leading the way for Glass in Doug Brenner (6-3 260 FB/DL Jr). Some people feel that getting hit by Brenner is potential suicide and choose to go elsewhere. He’s the equivalent to a mack truck in human form.
The pieces to the puzzle are all in place and the Crusaders are lead by maybe the top O line coach in Oregon in John Andreas. He’s been a mainstay within the Crusader program, and is as respected as any line coach in the Northwest. Its easy to provide lip service but this Crusader team next season will be nothing short of phenomenal. You can expect to see a national ranking on this group next season, and to top it all off they will have the services of Christian Martinek (6-3 215 QB/OLB So) at quarterback, who is one of the most talented overall athletes on the west coast for his class.
The first time you would ever typically hear about any of this relevant info would most likely be late summer in Oregon, but we have changed that. All year long we will be talking football and breaking down every scenario imaginable for this upcoming season. This is just one reason why we would like to say thank you for making us the overwhelming Northwest leader in High School sports in a very short amount of time.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we will bring you footage from the Army All American Combine in San Antonio, where we were able to travel with our kids and parents to the event. It was an outstanding experience as Taylor Barton and NEI were proud to be the only organization representing the Northwest.
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/762037/ AJ Glass Highlights