Oregon/SW Wash Elite Event Breakdown By Jordan Johnson

L-R  Top Sophomore Taylor Jensen 6-5 180 (Forest Grove), Oregon's top ranked Jr's Eric Dungey 6-4 195 (Lakeridge), Cade Smith 6-2 195 (West Salem), Kimane Domena 6-2 200 (Roosevelt)
L-R Top Sophomore Taylor Jensen 6-5 180 (Forest Grove), Oregon’s top ranked Jr’s Eric Dungey 6-4 195 (Lakeridge), Cade Smith 6-2 195 (West Salem), Kimane Domena 6-2 200 (Roosevelt)

 

Quarterbacks

 

Oregon’s top 3 ranked Jr QB’s and the SWC Player of the Year all showed up in Portland and did well on Sunday. Kimane Domena (6-2 200 Jr.) has multiple D1 offers (BYU, Colorado St, PSU) and is a true dual threat quarterback. He looked as good as we have ever seen him, after accounting for 29 TD’s (14 passing, 15 rushing) and 2,619 yards of offense for Christian Swain’s Roughriders.

Eric Dungey (6-4 195 Jr.) is another future D1 kid and a prime example of what universities are in need of. He’s as talented as any athlete in the Northwest after going for 38 TD’s (23 passing, 15 rushing) in 2013. Rounding out the trio is Cade Smith (6-1 195 Jr.) of West Salem who accounted for 40 TD’s, currently holding a Wyoming offer. His brother Brett has been the starter for the Cowboys over the past few seasons, but will be leaving early for the NFL Draft.

SWC Player of the Year Troy Fowler (6-0 170 Jr.) of North Medford had a phenomenal year, helping the Black Tornado to a (10-2) record and their first SWC title in a decade. You will not find a better leader as he helped turn around a program that was (2-18) over the previous two seasons.

Taylor Jensen (6-5 180 So.) of Forest Grove and Mitch Verburg (6-2 185 So.) of Lake Oswego will be two of the top state’s top ranked QB’s for the 2016 class. Jensen is all of 6-5 and comes from a football family as the son of head coach Dwight Jensen. Verburg started as a sophomore at perennial power Lake O, with one of the top QB coaches in the country Taylor Barton saying, “Mitch could be a big time D1 kid.”

Sam Davis (6-1 185 Jr.) went off during his Junior year at Grant and will be a PIL Player of the year candidate next season, with Cody Anthony (6-2 210) of Mountain View (Bend) getting a chance to lead the Cougars at QB next season, after having a successful year at RB in 2013.

Sophomore Brandon Bea (6-3 210) of Evergreen is a big strong kid that can sling it, and will lead a Plainsmen squad that is one of the fastest rising teams in the Northwest. Having Don Johnson Jr. as a head coach is a game changer. This was Bea’s first elite event and good for him to be around the region’s top talent.

Two of the top freshman in the Northwest are Chase Warren (6-1 175 Fr.) of Crater and Zach Diehl (6-1 180 Fr.) of Sheldon. Warren is freaky talented and will be a D1 QB with continued progression. He will get a chance to air it out close to 40-50 times a game in the Comets system. Diehl is just a phenomenal overall athlete, and will be another high profile talent to come out of Eugene.

Jerrin Williams (6-1 175 Jr.) will return as the starter at North Salem, as he is an outstanding overall athlete while Elijah Benedick (6-1 175 So.) is looking to gain the starting role at Wilsonville under the elite coaching duo of Adam Guenther and Greg Barton.

One of the state's top sophomore RB's Jason Talley (6-1 195) of Jesuit
One of the state’s top sophomore RB’s Jason Talley (6-1 195) of Jesuit

 

Running Backs

 

A host of the Northwest’s top backs did their thing and showed that we have a lot to look forward to in the coming years. Jason Talley (6-1 195 So.) of Jesuit earned 2nd team all Metro honors at fullback, and will eventually be the next 2000+ yard rusher coming out of the Crusader backfield. Talley projects at the D1 level and will be one of the better players in the region when all is said and done.

Fellow sophomore Parker Bull (5-11 185 RB/LB) of Aloha was an all league kid on both sides of the ball, something very rare at such a young age. Bull looked outstanding and is the future of Warrior football.

Rey Green (5-11 190 So. RB- Evergreen) will be one of Washington’s best for the 2016 class and looked as good as any player in the gym over the weekend. He earned 2nd team all GSHL honors and much like Talley projects as a D1 kid. These three sophomores and Marquis Johnson (5-9 165 So. RB) of Roosevelt led an impressive youth movement.

Landon Floyd (6-1 190 Jr. RB-Tigard) and Mike Parks (5-10 190 Jr. RB-Southridge) both project as starters for their respective schools next season. Parks is a kid on the rise and Floyd will be ranked one of the top 5 backs in Oregon.

Wilsonville will have two very talented backs returning in Cole Wilson (5-11 210 Jr. RB) and Lane Hull (6-1 195 Jr. SB/DB). Wilson will be a conference player of the year candidate next season, and Hull is big and fast and will be a factor on both sides of the ball.

Zach Wilbur (6-0 205 Jr. FB) of Southridge was a 1st team all metro fullback and will be one of the best in the entire region at the position. McMinnville’s Zack Silver (5-9 190 Jr. RB) was an all league kid out of the Pacific and one of the top junior’s in the league, while Logan Comer could be one of the breakout athletes state wide for the Sheldon Irish. Comer played behind the talented Yadie Dunmore but is a legit back with size. You can expect to see him up jump up our rankings board.

Last but not least was the very versatile freshman RB out of West Salem Kiante McMurrin (5-9 160 RB). He will be one of the best in Oregon for the 2017 class and is an even better kid.

D1 Athletes; WA's #1 ranked Jr WR Justice Murphy (Evergreen) and top Oregon CB Billy Nelson (Roosevelt)
D1 Athletes; WA’s #1 ranked Jr WR Justice Murphy (Evergreen) and top Oregon CB Billy Nelson (Roosevelt)

 

Wide Receivers

 

Sunday’s receivers were one of the featured groups of the day. Justice Murphy (6-1 185 Jr.) of Evergreen will be ranked the #1 WR in the Northwest for the 2015 class, showing why over the weekend. He was named the events overall MVP and a kid that will have multiple D1 offers.

Jared Evans (6-3 195) of North Medford had a good day, coming in the #2 ranked Jr WR in Oregon. He caught 49 passes on the season for 818 yards and 9 TD’s while earning 1st team all league honors. Jack Cole (6-2 185 Jr. Lakeridge) looked the part and then some and should be one of the state’s best next season, while Sophomore standout Trevon Bradford (5-10 170 ATH Oregon City) is a kid that we will hear a lot about in the coming years as one of the top athletes on the entire west coast for the 2015 class.

Shashi Penn (5-11 175 Jr. Slot) is one of the state’s best sophomores out of Ashland earning 1st team all league and 2nd team all state honors, while Ben Hoge (Fr. ATH-Lincoln) is one of Oregon’s top freshman showing off legit quicks.

Tyler DeLashmutt (6-1 180 Jr. WR/DB) helped Newberg to one of their best season’s in some time and looked athletic and very physical. He earned all league honors on both sides of the ball (1st -DB, 2nd -WR). Chris Lewis (5-10 165 Jr. ATH) was one of the breakout performers of the evening, cutting and slahing all over the gym. Lewis will be one of the more exciting players in the state next season after an outstanding junior campaign.

Kobey Eaton (6-4 190 Jr. WR ) of Evergreen (WA) and Nikko Thomas (6-4 190 Southridge) both had impressive performances. Eaton is a big part of the Plainsmen’s resurgence and just an overall good kid. Thomas possesses NFL genes and was one of the most physically gifted athletes in the gym. He has the potential to be one of Oregon’s best next season with continued progression.

Bryce Bumgardner (6-2 170 So. WR/S) led the state among all sophomores in INT’s (4), and was equally impressive catching the ball. He will be the foundation of St Helens football moving forward. Jackson Johnson (6-0 170 So. WR) comes from a football family and is one of those kids that is just good at whatever he does, much like Strahm.

Court Hammond (6-5 230 Jr. TE/DE) is an individual that transferred from San Diego to Crescent Valley last season and was quick to become an NEI favorite, partaking in both the line and skill session and doing well. Court is all of 6-5 and has a big upside.

Jacob Spadafora (Jr. Slot- Tigard) , Jovon Lewis (Jr. ATH- Grant), and Josh Hansen (Jr. WR North Medford) are three talented junior’s that will play key roles for their varsity teams next season, while sophomore Tanner Tropio (So. WR-Jesuit) should step in as a primary receiver for the Crusaders.

Last but not least was Sam Olson (So. ATH-Sheldon) who will be another standout for the Irish of Eugene, and Zach DeLashmutt (So. ATH) who will be another talented kid out of Newberg

Two of Oregon's top Sophomores; Shashi Penn (Ashland/Slot) and Trevon Bradford (Oregon City/ ATH)
Two of Oregon’s top Sophomores; Shashi Penn (Ashland/Slot) and Trevon Bradford (Oregon City/ ATH)

 

Linebackers/Defensive Backs

 

Pepe Tanuvasa (6-1 220 Jr. LB) of Southridge projects as the state’s best backer along with Lopeti Aisea of Lakeridge. Tanuvasa earned 2nd team all league honors and will be one of the top defensive players in the Northwest.

Marcos Vermelho (6-3 220 Jr. OLB/DE-Tigard) ranks as one of the top defensive players in the state and has the ideal frame to play big time ball. Nate Kemp (6-0 190 LB) isn’t the biggest LB but is just very talented. He was an all TRL backer, with Brandon Redeau (5-10 215 Jr. LB) of Roosevelt doing well after transferring from Grant and earning all PIL honors himself.

Jackson Davis (6-2 215 Jr. LB/DE) of Wilson had an impressive junior year on the line, but projects as more of a backer, while Hamilton Hunt (6-1 200 Jr- West Salem) looks the part and is one of the fastest rising kids in the Central Valley Conference.

Player for player the DB’s may have been the most talented group of the day. Billy Nelson (6-1 180 Jr. ATH) of Roosevelt is the real deal and showed why he already holds a D1 offer (PSU). Nelson locked up one of the country’s top junior receivers in Justice Murphy as his stock continues to rise.

Kellen Strahm (6-0 175 Jr. Slot/DB) of Sheldon will be a conference player of the year favorite after earning 1st team all league honors on both sides of the ball this past season. He is the brother of 2012 Oregon Player of the Year Connor Strahm (Montana) and is similar in that they become different players when they put the pads on.

Sam Inos (5-11 175 Jr. ATH- Tigard) and Derek Parnell (5-9 165 Jr. CB- Southridge) are two of the top ranked athletes in Oregon for the 2015 class. Inos is a lock down DB that is currently ranked our #1 Jr. ATH in the state. He projects at the D1 level and is one of the fastest rising recruits in the region. Parnell earned 2nd team all league honors this past season and challenged super talented sophomore Trevon Bradford on multiple occasions. He will be the go to guy for the Skyhawks on offense and defense next year.

The breakout player of the day could very well have been Chris Adamo (5-11 160 Jr. CB) of Mountain View in Bend. Adamo went on lock down mode against the top receivers in the Northwest and showed unquestioned collegiate level ability. His stock skyrocketed on Sunday and you will see him jump in the rankings when updated.

We were all excited to see freshman talent Anthony Adams (6-0 165 Fr. ATH/DB) of Newberg who is one of the best players in the Pacific Northwest for the 2017 class. It’s still early but Adams is in a special category of athlete.

Hayden Kirsch (6-1 175 Jr. S- Clackamas) will be one of the state’s top returning safeties after earning 1st team all league honors in the brutally tough TRL. Kirsch has been training with us for the last couple of season’s and just continues to get better.

Keondre Collier (5-9 155 Jr. CB- Roosevelt) and Grayson Oviatt (Jr. ATH-Newberg) rounded out the group as Collier was an all league kid and Oviatt led the Tigers at QB and can play on either side of the ball.

Roosevelt also had Chance Swar (6-0 195 RB/LB), Harlem Atwood- Fitzgerald So. (5-10 175 So. WR/DB), Khaylub Thompson (5-11 185 RB/LB), and (Trey Livingston 5-9 165 RB) who did well, with Wilson’s Michael Wageman getting in the mix.

Top Junior  O Lineman Nick Miller (6-3 265 Jr.) of Jesuit versus talented DE Deangelo Penn (6-2 240 Jr.) of Grant
Top Junior O Lineman Nick Miller (6-3 265 Jr.) of Jesuit versus talented DE Deangelo Penn (6-2 240 Jr.) of Grant

 

Lineman

 

Three of the state’s top five sophomores and a couple of all state junior’s highlighted a very impressive group of big men. Conner Crist (6-4 285 So. OL-) of Tigard was the overall MVP and will most likely come in our top ranked lineman for the 2016 class.

Equally impressive was 1st team all league sophomore Tony Kraus (6-3 235 DE- Canby) who could very well come in the state’s top D lineman for his class. The battles between him and Crist were some of the most impressive we have seen. Massen Newton (6-1 270 So. DT/NG- Lakeridge) was a beast on the interior and will be one of the best D tackles in Oregon next season.

Nick Miller (6-3 265 G/C) of Jesuit showed why he is ranked one of the state’s top junior’s, winning most of his battles. He earned 1st team all league and honorable mention all state honors for the Crusaders and projects at the D1 level.

Three more of the state’s top junior’s had impressive days. Kevin Henderson (Jr. DT) returns as one of the state’s top D lineman for the 2015 class as most kids 6-1 310 can’t do the splits. Aaron Turner (6-5 275 T) of Gresham was one of the breakout performers on the line, as he is all of 6-5 and has a BIG time upside.

The other standout being Deangelo Penn (6-2 240 Jr. DE) who comes from a football family. Penn dominated from his D line spot and showed that he was one of the more talented lineman in the state.

Malik Newton (6-2 215 Jr.) projects as a backer but did a phenomenal job on the line, using technique learned in house to out maneuver opponents.

There were a host of North Medford and Roosevelt kids that all showed why their individual teams won conference titles this past season. The Black Tornado returns a solid group of athletes that are only going to get better. Morginn and Calvinn Casaday each had very impressive days, while Dalton Ireland did more of the same.

The Roughriders came legit with size across the board. Demarte Nickson and Hunter Welch led the group with all of the Roosevelt athletes including Anthony Garcia, Michael Legge, Milo Stanich, and Dylan Arnold doing well.

 

Oregon top Sophomore O lineman Conner Crist (6-4 285 T) of Tigard w Barton Football line coach Alex Linnenkohl
Oregon top Sophomore O lineman Conner Crist (6-4 285 T) of Tigard w Barton Football line coach Alex Linnenkohl