Offensive- Shashi Penn 16′ WR Ashland, Will Spence 16′ RB North Medford
Defensive- Dylan Hanley 16′ LB Grants Pass
Underclassmen- Chase Cota 18′ WR South Medford
POSITIONAL MVP’s + BREAKOUT PERFORMER
QB- Matt Struck 16′ Crater
RB- Carlos Fonseca 17′ Klamath Union
WR- Jordan Castro 16′ Eagle Point
DB- Jerin Appling 17′ Grants Pass
LINE- Dylan Ireland 17′ North Medford
Breakout Performer- Anthony Swanson 18′ Ashland
Last weekend BFA kicked off its 4th annual Camp and Combine Tour with another talented group out of Southern Oregon. Every year some of the state’s best come out of the region and 2015 wasn’t any different.
5A Player of the Year candidate Shashi Penn of Ashland and Will Spence of North Medford earned overall Offensive MVP honors, while 6-3 215 LB Dylan Hanley of Grants Pass took home Upperclass defensive MVP accolades. One of the nations top freshman WR’s, Chase Cota of South Medford, walked away with the underclassmen MVP award.
Penn is moving up the charts quickly from his WR spot with Cota projecting as one of the most recruited kids to come out of Oregon in some time. Spence will be one of the SWC’s best on both sides of the football, and brings his no holds barred hockey mentality to the field. Hanley tested as well as any kid in attendance and has the size necessary to be a legit collegiate prospect. At last check he ranked 6th nationally in the javelin.
Individual positional awards went out to a host of different kids. Crater 2016 QB Matt Struck is big and consistently threw darts to a variety of WR’s. He will be one of Oregon’s best. 2017 athlete Jerin Appling of Grants Pass looked phenomenal from his DB spot with fellow sophomore Carlos Fonseca of Klamath Union having a breakout day.
2016 standout Easton Bents of Grants Pass is one of the top overall athletes in the state and will most likely step into the starting QB role for the Cavemen. He tested well and always looks good. Current Sophomore QB Chase Warren of North Medford projects as one of the top 2017’s in the region. He was precise on Sunday and will get his opportunity this fall for the Black Tornado.
Other noteworthy performances came from Eagle Point standout Jordan Castro, who earned all conference honors on both sides of the ball last season. Freshman Anthony Swanson of Ashland was named the breakout performer of the day as the kid did a little of everything from his DB spot.
I can’t say enough good things about the individuals from North Medford and Crater. The Comets bring back a slew of kids with experience who can get the job done. Garrett Dey continues to impress after grabbing double digit catches last season, while Wyatt Vancil and Austin Kramer will be two of the primary skill kids counted on for Crater in 2015. LB Kody Young will get his opportunity alongside top 5A backers Cavin Gillespie and Tommy Winningham.
North graduates close to 40 seniors which opens up spots for multiple athletes. Derrick Kinsey has had an outstanding off season thus far and is the poster boy for what you want if we are referencing dedication. David Patstone follows that up nicely as he has made a name for himself over the last few months.
Preston Johnson, Alex Janakes, Devin Shook, and Dylan Ireland are four other talented 2017’s that head coach Mike Mitchell can be excited about. Johnson is big, athletic, and can run while Shook continues to get in the mix from his corner spot at every BFA event. Both Janakes and Ireland come from football families, with Alex making huge strides over the last year and Ireland standing a legit 6-5, with all the potential in the world.
Three other very impressive freshman were Robbie Patterson (South Medford), Rich England (Grants Pass) , and Sam Corley (Klamath Union). Patterson tested well and looks to be the leader of an incredibly talented 2018 Panther class. England is the future QB of a quality GP group. He also projects at backer. Corley had a breakout day and should be considered one of the top up and coming young athletes down South.
Kooper Edwards of Eagle Point looks the part and will be called upon to lead with all everything lineman Wynn Nevin these next few seasons. Brandon Burks did well from his TE spot and will also get time on the D line for North, while freshman Jaron Emerson is another up and comer for South.
Other individuals that did well include Praise Viliamuii and Zach Fung of North Medford. Praise is a good overall athlete and improved throughout the day with Fung being another young athlete for North. Bailee Robles (Crater) and Cole Reno (Klamath Union) are other underclassmen that will be relevant on their current rosters.
Last but not least give credit to Nathan Corley (Klamath Union) and Gerrit Warner (Crater) who represented the 2020 class. They will be heard from in the future.