Everett (Wash.) Cascade hasn’t had the results on the field it would have liked over the past few seasons, but that hasn’t stopped the Bruins from producing, what we feel, is one of the best offensive line prospects in the entire Northwest.
Randin Crecelius checks in at 6-foot-5, 280-pounds and has an ability to play all three positions along the offensive line. Oh, and he plays defense too.
As a sophomore in 2011 Crecelius earned 2nd Team All-Wesco honors on offensive, and honorable mention recognition on defense, despite missing two league games that year due to injury.
In 2012, Crecelius was named 1st Team All-Wesco on both sides of the ball after helping lead Cascade to a 5-5 record – a huge turnaround for a Bruins squad that was coming off back-to-back winless seasons.
That small taste of success last season, has Crecelius and the rest of the squad at Cascade eager to try and turn the corner this fall. “As a team we aren’t satisfied with last year. Our goal is to win the Wesco championship and make it to playoffs, which hasn’t been done here in the past 3 years,” Crecelius tells NEI.
“We believe no one is working as hard as us in the weight room and on the field. Everyday we have 40-50 kids lifting and doing speed and agility,” he adds.
For Crecelius, 2013 has a chance to be a season in which he cements himself as one of the top offensive linemen not just in the state, but in the entire region. He is hoping to earn All-Wesco honors again on both sides of the ball, as well as All-Area and All-State if possible. He doesn’t talk much about personal recognition, however. Instead, his focus remains on just working at his craft.
“I will achieve my goals by continuing to work on my fundamentals and progressing in the weight room. That’s the foundation to everything,” he says.
That work has paid big dividends for Crecelius. At the recent NW College Showcase he earned MVP Honors, after having one of the most dominant performances we’ve seen. His flexibility is an extremely special trait rarely seen in linemen, and his overall strength, athleticism and nastiness are exactly what colleges love to see.
Crecelius recently picked up his first offer from Portland State, and has been in regular communication over the last month with Colorado State and Northern Arizona as well. He also has been hearing from Washington State and a handful of other programs.
“My O-line coach has been really helpful in the recruiting process talking to a lot of schools about me,” Crecelius says. “This offseason I started attending the Barton [Football Academy] Events, that’s when I started getting a lot more recognition from schools and coaches.”
Off the field, Randin carries a 3.0 GPA, and is active in the community. He has participated in the Brett Jensen Memorial Run since his freshman year, and is also a member of the Bruin Buddies, a peer buddy program at Cascade.
Crecelius also has the coveted “football DNA”. His father has played – even earning an invite to Detroit Lions training camp – and coached. Randin’s older sister also played tackle football, and started along the offensive line, until she was a junior.
We will keep you updated on Crecelius throughout his senior season.