(Isaiah Brandt-Sims 6-0 185 Jr. Wenatchee) one of the top ranked athletes in the region
(Mt Hood Conference Player of the Year Devauntae Hoffman)
(Bruce Jones Jr. of Sunset got his first offer from Portland St on Saturday)
The RB group that we saw had a ton of talent, as almost every conference in the Pacific Northwest was represented by a potential Player of the Year Candidate. The athleticism of this group was phenomenal, and we saw a host of top kids cut and make legit moves against the region’s top linebackers.
Bruce Jones Jr (6-0 175 Sr. RB Sunset HS) had one of the best days of anybody at the camp, earning himself a Portland St offer in the process. Jones Jr’s upside is off the charts, as his speed and power are only highlighted even more by the fact that he will be a 16 year old senior. PSU Head Coach Nigel Burton made a great move by going after an athlete that will be able to red shirt and play on either side of the ball.
Add in AJ Glass (6-1 195 Sr. RB Jesuit) who tore up the Metro League last year with over 2000 yards and 25 Tds, and you have a tough 1-2 in conference punch that did very well. Glass showed power and grace while turning up field and making moves on smaller DB’s. Glass could potentially break a host of conference and state records this season with his overall ability and the nationally ranked line in front of him.
The top recruit of the entire positional group was junior speedster Isaiah Brandt-Sims (6-0 185 Jr. RB) of Wenatchee who just continues to get better. His blazing speed earned him 100 and 200 meter state titles on the track as a freshman and that was just the beginning. He has been offered by Wyoming and Portland St and there will be plenty more before all is said and done. You aren’t going to find a much better kid.
Add in teammates Zach Floyd (5-11 175 Sr. RB) and Manu Rasmussen (6-0 165 Jr. ATH) and you have one of the most electric combo’s in the region. Floyd may be the funnest back to watch in Oregon, with his ridiculously quick bursts of speed and side to side agility. His 23 Tds from a season ago speak to his skill level, and that was splitting time with two other people. Floyd should be considered the leading candidate for Pacific Conference Player of the Year in 2012, and Rasmussen isn’t far behind as you can have him at RB/Slot or almost any other perimeter position on the field. Both of these athletes looked at the top of their game.
2011 Mt Hood Conference Offensive Player of the Year Devauntae Hoffman (5-8 185 Sr. RB) of Gresham had a successful day showing off the speed and power that earned him such high praise last season. Hoffman, Glass, and Floyd are the next three backs on our board without offers and all three individuals helped themselves a great deal over the weekend.
Three other athletes from different parts of the region that will most likely be the best players on their own team were Desmond Young (5-10 170 Sr. ATH Edmonds Wodway), Sam Bodine (6-2 205 Jr. RB/LB Canby), and Keynan Foster (5-10 165 So. RB/S Jackson). They are from three separate graduating classes but are equally talented. Young went for over 1000 All purpose yards and 20+ Tds last season and could go off this year as well. Bodine is one of Oregon’s top LB’s for the class of 2014 and should also should be one of the top RB’s. His overall athleticism is off the charts and he should shine in the Canby system, while Foster is one of the top backs for 2015 and absolutely has killed it at our regional combines.
A break out performer that plays on one of the top teams in the country was Ari Morales (5-11 175 Sr. ATH) of Bellevue. We initially got a chance to see him at PSU earlier in the week where he looked good, and Saturday he looked even better. Morales has gotten bigger and stronger from last season and is now a legit college prospect.
Shelton’s Ralph Kinne (5-10 210 Sr. RB/SS) is another kid that a lot of people don’t know about, but is an absolute monster. The powerful Kinne went for over 2400 All purpose yards last season and 21 Tds and should be considered one of the best backs in Washington. You also knew who he was by all of the tape and gauze covering his bloody leg. The kid is a warrior.
Rounding out the top underclassmen of the day we saw two of WA’s premier backs leave a few backers in their shoes with over the top elusiveness. Chico McClatcher (5-7 160 Jr. RB) of Federal Way and Asan Neil-Evergin (5-10 175 Jr. RB) of Timberline both looked like all that and a bag of chips on Saturday, and will be two of the most recruited kids in the state in the coming seasons. McClatcher is that very small, shifty back who’s testing scores are through the roof. He continues to impress, while Neil-Evergin is a kid we have been working with for awhile now and someone we think very highly of. The transfer from Kentucky should see a great deal more playing time, and continue on making a name for himself.
Two other top kids in attendance were EJ Deveaux (5-10 170 Sr. RB/DB Curtis) and Danny Wilson (6-0 175 Sr. RB Bothell). Both of these athletes are ranked among the top 10 backs in the state of Washington and looked the part over the weekend. Deveaux goes both ways and does it well, while Wilson is super fast and strong but will be part of a 3 back system that features talented back Kizhan Proctor (5-9 170 Sr. RB) and big time recruit Darrin Laufasa.
In all it was a very impressive group with most of the high profile kids from the State’s of Oregon and Washington doing their thing. It was easily the most talent seen on one field since our elite events during the winter, as each of these athletes are potential D1 caliber football players that just need to continue to work.
Others to mention: Dre Milton 5-10 225 Sr.Lakes, Matt Cuzzetto 5-10 180 Sr.Edmonds -Woodway , Jalen Jones-Haines 5-10 170 Sr. West Salem, Alexander Kline- Gahr HS, Cal, Kaleb Swain 5-9 155 So. ODea, Taylor Gipson 5-9 160 So. Everett, Ambrose Soh 5-10 175 Sr.West Salem