(Reuben Mwhela 5-9 190 ATH/CB)
(Darien Freeman 5-11 295 DT/NT)
Almost everyone in the country that follows HS football knows about Bellevue, and the type of athletes that they produce. The Wolverines (14-0) finished ranked the #8 team in the country last season with another Washington 3a state title. This season looks to be no different with Reuben Mwhela (5-9 190 ATH/CB) and Darien Freeman (5-11 295 DT) being two of the standouts that will lead this ridiculously talented group.
Last weekend we were able to catch up to both of these kids while at our Issaquah Regional Combine. Mwhela is a kid who is ranked as one of the top 10 Slots and DB’s in the state of Washington by NEI. He has unique body control that very few high school athletes possess, and should be a kid that makes noise at the D1 level.
Mwhela was a co MVP with Kahlil Dawson-GK (Wyoming-offer), Hunter Malberg-Mt Si, and Reshon Watson- Bothell at our last regional event. He is one of the most impressive two way threats that we have seen in the last few seasons and Bellevue will thrive with the ball in his hands.
Mwhela’s sidekick Darien Freeman is a guy we did an article about not to long ago referencing him as “Big Nasty”, for the work he does down in the trenches. Freeman is knocked for his height, but possesses unquestioned D1 skills so the next few months will be very interesting to say the least for Darien.
Freeman is an outstanding kid that really embraces the game, and is considered one of the top D lineman in the Pacific Northwest. In 2011 he racked up 35 tackles and 6.5 sacks, and this season could be double that. He’s incredibly athletic for a big man, and just creates havoc everywhere he goes. He is a kid that you have to double team if you want to be able to contain him, and fortunately for Freeman Bellevue is too good at every position to double team anybody.
Mwhela will team with two of the top players in the country in Myles Jack (6-2 220 Jr. RB/LB) and Budda Baker (5-11 180 So. RB/DB) to form one of the most lethal trio of offensive players in the country. Bellevue has a legit shot at a national title if they continue where they left off last season.
Its been great to see these Bellevue athletes on the camp and combine tour, as well the Tom Lemming photo shoot in Seattle with Scout and Dawgman.Com . Bellevue has put the Northwest on the map when referencing northwest football, and both Mwhela and Freeman are two kids that carry that torch well.
Reuben Mwhela & Darien Freeman Interview
(Rainy day made audio tough so apologies for the volume)