3A Player Of The Year Candidates: Wyatt Houston & Zack Selland

(Wyatt Houston 6-5 235 Jr. TE/QB/LB ) Horizon Christian

(Zack Selland 6-4 180 Jr. WR ) Horizon Christian














Oregon’s Top 3a Talent Wyatt Houston & Zack Selland

This year’s Horizon Christian football team looks to be one of the best in Oregon at the 3a level. They will bring back one of the leading candidates for State 3A Player of the Year honors in Wyatt Houston (6-4 235 Jr. TE/QB/LB), and they have a lot to be excited about.

Houston is a multi sport kid that has been dominant since his sophomore season after transferring from 6a West Linn as a freshman. He was a first team all state athlete on both the football field and basketball court this past season. Houston did something very rare earning all league honors as a wide receiver, while starting as a freshman at West Linn. This proved early that Wyatt could play at the highest level of football from a very young age. It gave legitimacy to his overall skills, and justified how he is one of the most talented athletes in Oregon regardless of classification level. Every year there are 2-3 Freshman that earn all conference honors in the entire state, and Houston was one of them.

Wyatt has played QB for the past two seasons and will again in 2012, but he projects at TE at the next level. His route running ability is phenomenal for a big man, and his overall athleticism separates him from other athletes. We currently have him ranked the #2 TE in the state of Oregon behind Aloha’s Bryson Sullivan, but he very well could be one of the most recruited athletes in the northwest by seasons’s end.

Houston can play TE or be an H Back type position much like Oregon’s David Paulsen. He is an outstanding student (3.8) and puts god first in his life “ I was extremely happy making the transfer to Horizon because I’m a Christian first and foremost and that is most important to me “. Wyatt’s a kid that every coach would love to build a team around as his focus remains on winning and doing right by God . He is up early every morning running and lifting and doing what is necessary to make this year special, ” I want to earn a D1 scholarship and win a state title, we have a very talented group coming back and we are going to leave it all out on the field”.

Another one of the state’s top players will be his sidekick and best friend Zack Selland (6-4 180 Jr. WR). NEI currently has him ranked one of the top 15 receivers in Oregon, as he too looks like a collegiate talent. Selland is also a two sport kid who has been very impressive on the baseball diamond.

“Wyatt and I grew up competing against each other in the West Linn system, and were rivals up until the 8th grade when we became best friends”. Selland continued, ” We have very similar beliefs and we both agreed that we would do whatever we can to create an atmosphere where team moral was at an all time high…We both want to win, but also want to make sure individuals on our team become better people doing so”.

Selland earned first team all league and first team all state honors in 2011 during a season that saw him haul in 13 Tds and a playoff victory finishing (8-3).

Both of these athletes transferred from the limelight that a big school such as West Linn would provide. Wyatt’s older brother Cole was one of Oregon’s top overall athletes at West Linn just a few years back, and the younger sibling is following in his older brother’s foot steps and then some. Both of these kids are blessed to have a strong support system at home where their traits have been developed.

Wyatt is currently being courted by different schools from the D1 to D2 level and has been a fixture on the NEI/Barton Camp and Combine Tour. Portland St and Montana have showed a great deal of interest, and we have been fielding calls as well. Both of these kids can be players at the next level and you can bet we will hear a great deal more over the next year before all is said and done.