This past Sunday was incredible in that it was the most talent we have ever had in one gym in maybe state history, and it’s only February. Other then at a NIKE Event we have never seen such an incredible lineup. Its great for our top athletes to be able to train together and test one another all off season.
The goal of NEI and the Barton Football Academy is to bring an environment to the Northwest like never seen before. Our athletes will now be getting legit exposure going head to head on a regular basis. We feel that elevating the competition levels will help the Northwest overall, and it’s exciting to see what’s happening already. The response from colleges at all levels has been nothing short of amazing as we look forward to building off the support.
In Part two of our weekly series we take a look at a phenomenal group of LB’s & DB’s highlighted by two of the state’s Top 3 linebackers in James Banks- Sheldon, and Xavier Griggs- Central Cath), and top safety and corner in Oregon (Dallin Leavitt- Central Catholic, and Nate Halverson-Grant). Have a look at some of the top kids anywhere in the region as we will break down each athletes accolades and overall attributes via video.
A shout out to our head camera guy Eric Edison for providing some “sick” film to watch. Have a look below at some of the top athletes you will be seeing this week.
Dallin Leavitt 6-0 200 Jr.. Central Catholic- Oregon’s #1 ranked safety, (BYU Commit), NEI Defensive Underclassmen of the Year, Oregon Top 10 Overall Athlete 2013
Nathan Halverson 5-11 175 Jr. Grant – Oregon’s Top ranked corner, (PSU Offer), 1st Team All League, 2nd Team All State, Oregon Top 15 Overall Athlete 2013
Nick Highberger 6-2 190 Jr. Wilsonville- 1st Team All League Saftey, Army All American Nominee, OR Top 10 DB
Maleke Nathman 5-11 185 So. Southridge- Oregon Top 50 Athlete 2014
Kyrell Bishop- 5-10 175 Jr. Grant- 1st Team All League- Utility
Micah Tolai 5-9 165 Jr. Gresham
Daniel Rico 5-10175 So. Southridge
James Banks 6-1 225 Jr. Sheldon- Oregon Top 3 LB, 1st Team All League, Oregon Top 20 Overall Athlete
Xavier Griggs 6-1 210 Jr. Central Catholic- Oregon Top 3 LB, 1st Team All League, Oregon Top 20 Overall Athlete
David Henry 6-0 230 Jr. Oakland- Conf Defensive Player Year; (20.3) Tack Per Game 2nd U.S, (243) Total Tackles 3rd U.S.
Marcus McGovern 6-1 205 So. Sheldon HS – Oregon Top 25 Athlete 2014
Mike Varadi 6-0 225 So. Southridge- Oregon Top 30 Athlete 2014
Jake Biglow 5-11 215 So. Tigard- Hon Mention All League TE/LB, Oregon Top 40 Athlete 2014
Nick Underwood 6-1 210 So. Lake Oswego- Hon Mention All League LB, Oregon Top 25 Overall Athlete 2014
Mitch Kekel 6-0 220 So. Westview – Oregon Top 50 Athlete 2014, Hon Mention All League LB
Steven Izquerdo 5-11 240 Jr. Forest Grove – Hon Mention All League RB/LB
Neil Wagner 6-1 205 Jr. Lake Oswego – State Champion 2011
Sam Bodine 6-1 205 So. – LB – Canby
Brayden Kearsley 6-5 300 Jr. Aloha (BYU-Commit, UCLA Offer) OR Top 5 Recruit
Andrew Kirkland 6-5 295 Jr. Jesuit (PSU Offer) OR Top 10 Recruit
Matt Sommer 6-5 290 Jr. West Salem OR Top 15 Recruit
Caleb Wells 6-6 245 Jr. Benson OR Top 30 Recruit
Noah Peterson 6-4 280 Jr. Lake Oswego OR Top 30 Recruit
Justin Outslay 6-5 275 Jr. Salem Academy OR Top 40 Recruit
Alex Sirois 6-5 290 Jr. Century OR Top 50 Recruit
Connor Humphreys 6-3 235 So. Central Catholic OR Top 25 Recruit 2014′
Marqueese Royster 6-1 255 So. Lake Oswego OR Top 20 Recruit 2014′
Tyler Cox 6-3 235 So. Southridge OR Top 50 Recruit 2014′
Liam Talty 6-4 230 So. Shedlon OR Top 40 Recruit 2014′
Sheidan Olds 6-4 220 Jr. Century 2nd Team All League
Sam Devedjian 6-1 200 Jr. Century 1st Team All League
Justin Banks 6-1 225 So. Marist Varsity Soph.
Joey Miller 6-2 260 Jr. Lakeridge Hon Mention All League