One of the fastest rising Junior’s in the Pacific Northwest is Trey Neal (6-3 250 DL 16′) of Hermiston High School. The Bulldogs will play in Saturday’s state title game versus #1 Silverton, in large part to what the conference player of the year has done this season.
Neal has dominated opponents at the 5a level, one year removed from playing 8 man football at 1A Ione High School. Trey is a leading candidate for defensive player of the year honors within Oregon after accumulating 94 total tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 21 hurries, and 12.5 sacks. Some of the most impressive numbers we have seen. He has been unblockable on a defense that already fly’s to the ball as well as anyone in the state.
Coach Mark Hodges has done a phenomenal job of building the program from within, as the Hermiston community is thriving both on and off the football field. Referencing the season Trey says, “I really appreciate the support of all my family, teammates, and coaches”. Adding, “None of this would be possible without them.” The Bulldogs are (11-1) with their only loss coming by 4 points (31-27) to regional power Couer’d Alene, Idaho in the regular season.
The kid from Eastern Oregon has an incredible upside, possessing both NFL and NBA genes. Trey’s grandfather Charlie Neal played at Oregon State and was drafted by the Trailblazers in 1975, with his uncle Ron Neal having a brief stint with the Houston Oilers.
He will be ranked towards the top of the charts for the 2016 class, and also be a primary factor if the Bulldogs want to compete with the state’s top ranked 5A team. You can watch the state title game here – http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/osaa/36864e9b60 – at 1 PM Saturday from Hillsboro Stadium. Congrats to Trey and all of the Bulldogs on their success this season.