We can’t say enough good things about all the participants in Sunday’s Northwest College Showcase at Bellevue’s Interlake HS. Dozens of players performed well, and should be proud of themselves for the level at which they competed. Several attendees representing the state of Oregon had standout performances on the big stage that are worth recognizing. In no particular order, these individuals were “elite performers” in the QB/WR/DB group and our MVP’s.
Overall Co-MVP – Kilton Anderson Sr. Skyline WA / Reilly Hennessey Sr. Camas WA
Washington MVP – Tanner Gueller Sr. W.F. West WA
Oregon Co-MVP – Aidan Wilder Sr. Central Catholic OR / Jett Even Sr. Tigard OR / Hayden Coppedge Sr. West Linn OR
Washington Underclassmen Co-MVP – Clark Hazlett Jr. Squalicum WA / Ross Bowers Jr. Bothell WA
Oregon Underclassmen Co-MVP – Cade Smith Jr. West Salem OR / Zach Diehl Fr. Sheldon OR
Breakout Performer – Hunter Wendling ’18 Tahoma WA
Cole Chandler Jr. Silverton OR – One of the top young QBs in the Pacific Northwest. Outstanding coaching under coach John Mannion. 1st team all league as a sophomore, and will lead a 5a state title contender.
Aidan Wilder Sr. Central Catholic OR – OR’s top ranked QB that has a stock that continues to rise. He is on the D1 bubble with multiple schools and will be leading a state title contender in CC.
Cade Smith Jr. West Salem OR – (Offers- Wyoming) One of the state’s top 2 QB’s for 2015. Brother of Oregon Gatorade POY 2010 Brett Smith. Looks good and has added muscle… Will have to go off to keep the Titans competitive.
Hayden Coppedge Sr. West Linn OR – One of Oregon’s top 2 senior QB’s. Upside is through the roof due to his overall athleticism and size. Threw some of the best passes of the day.
Zach Diehl Fr. Sheldon OR – One of the top freshman in the Pacific Northwest. Diehl is a player and will be Sheldon’s next big time QB. Could very well start for three years, looked great at the Showcase.
Jett Even Sr. Tigard OR – One of the fastest rising QB’s in the NW. Has legit size and comes from a football family. Has D1 potential and helped him self a great deal with the NFTC QB MVP in Eugene.
Carlin Ables Sr. Salem Academy OR – Will be one of the better QB’s at the 3a level in Oregon. Has worked hard all off season and it shows.
Craig Contreras Jr. South Medford OR – One of the state’s top QB’s for 2015. Contreras is 6-4 with a whip. Will have an opportunity to back up an impressive sophomore year where he took over as the starter.
Jerrin Williams Jr. North Salem OR – Williams is one of the top junior athletes in Oregon and had a phenomenal day. The Vikings were (0-10) last season so he has his work cut out for him
Hayden Gosling Sr. McNary OR – Will return as the starter on what should be a much improved Celtics squad. Has a lot of potential moving forward
JT Greenough Jr. Tigard OR – Talented Junior QB, that has legit size. Will most likely have to wait his turn behind Even, but has quality film showing off his capabilities.
Gage Gubrud Sr. McMinnville OR – One of the state’s top 3 ranked QB’s. Will be a three year all league starter and the leader of what should be a good Grizzly team.
Willy Pflug Jr. Sunset OR – Returns after a 2nd team all league season a year ago. Ranks as one of the state’s top junior’s. Big expectations in 2013.
Clayton Welsh Sr. Sunset OR – Was Pflug’s backup last year. Ivy League type kid that has looked good all off season and looked great on Sunday. Has grown to a legit 6-2 and will be competitive.
Alex Plusquellect Sr. Barlow OR – It was good to see the Bruin’s QB who has size and a lot of potential moving forward. Got some time last season and did well. Looked good at the Showcase.
Scott Hitner Sr. Cottage Grove OR – The state’s leading passer in total yards last season. One of Oregon’s top 5 QBs that will have his favorite targets back to throw to in Rauda/Bonds. Talented 6-3 kid
Ty Marshall Sr. Windsor CANADA – One of the top QB’s in Canada. Throws a beautiful ball and plays for one of the better programs up North.
Blake Knirk Sr. Mt View OR – 6-2 QB and talented overall athlete vying for the starting job. Knirk made the transfer from Sisters a few years ago and will look to help lead one of the top 5A programs in Oregon.
Caleb Tatum Jr. Mountain View OR – Projects as a Top 10 2015 QB. Vying for the job with two current seniors.
Joseph Kuehn Sr. Sheldon OR – Will take over the QB duties for the returning state champions. Will have some big shoes to fill after Jordy Johnson, Dillon Miller, and Taylor Alie. Done well at multiple events.
Jacob Moore Jr. North Medford OR – Big 6-4 kid that can sling it. Threw the ball very well and has continued to progress after transferring from 3a Cascade Christian to 6a North Medford.
Kosey Mitchell Jr. Willamette OR – Running QB that is a very talented overall athlete and will have to lead an improving Wolverine group.
Josh Schleining Sr. Reynolds OR – Three year starter, that threw 28 TDs as a junior. Looked good at PSU a few weeks back and at the Showcase on Sunday. Could have a big season.
Overall Co-MVP – Chico McClatcher Jr. Federal Way WA / Terence Grady Sr. Kentwood WA
Washington Co-MVP – Max Gray Sr. Arlington WA/ Drew Griffin Sr. Bellarmine Prep WA
Oregon Co-MVP – Zach Davis Sr. Central Catholic/ Quentin Bates Sr. Reynolds
Underclassmen MVP – Jackson Keimig Jr. Bothell WA
Co-Breakout Performer – Jayson Williams Sr. Curtis WA / Drew Wallen Sr. Auburn Riverside WA
Garrett Hittner Sr. McNary OR – One of the state’s better WR’s. Had an impressive showcase. Will be a three year starter for the Celtics who should be much improved in 2013.
Zach Davis Sr. Central Catholic OR – Davis continues to impress having outstanding showings at the Vegas 7 on, the Battle in Seattle, and most recently the Showcase. Underrated and one of the state’s top wide outs.
Derek Sunkle Sr. Wilsonville OR – Big talented kid that can play all three skill positions (QB, RB, WR). Has looked good this off season, will be key for the Wildcats.
Quentin Bates Sr. Reynolds OR – Was one of the best receivers in attendance on the day. Bates routes have never look better. Look for the Raiders to compete in 2013
Brad Bonds Sr. Cottage Grove OR – Had a big time junior season alongside Rauda. 4a state title contender.
Devon Fortier Jr. Canby OR – One of the better athletes for 2015. Super shifty and quick and could easily play a slot/receiver. Will split carries with Shorter and Jace Cates.
Kanyon Flynn Sr. Reynolds OR – Had a big junior season, caught 49 passes for 555 yards and 4 Tds.. Outstanding slot WR that it was good to see at the Showcase
Garrett Childress Sr. Barlow OR – Good to see a couple Barlow kids. Childress did a nice job and will be a big part of the Bruins future.
Oscar Rauda Sr. Cottage Grove OR – One of the state’s leading receivers. Close to 1400 All purpose yards and 15 TDS a year ago. Runs good routes and will
Jacob Spadafora Jr. Tigard OR – Has done a phenomenal job all off season as his stock has risen. Prototypical Slot/Receiver that will look to
Overall Co-MVP – Keenan Curran Sr. S Federal Way WA / Manu Rasmussen Sr. Tigard OR
Washington MVP – Dehonta Hayes Jr. Lincoln WA
Oregon Co-MVP – Cam Schmitz Sr. West Linn OR/ Yadie Dunmore Sr. Sheldon OR
Washington Undeclassmen MVP – Terin Adams Jr. Juanita WA
Oregon Underclassmen MVP – Hayden Kirsch Jr. Clackamas OR
Breakout Performers – Albert Lake Jr. Green Valley, NV / Jorden Payne Sr. Camas WA
Manu Rasmussen Sr. Tigard OR – One of the best players in Oregon. Is currently at the top of his game. Will be the Conference POY favorite on both sides of the ball. Projects as a D1 DB.
JT Valenzuela Jr. West Albany OR – All league athlete as a sophomore. Will be one of the top ranked CB’s in the state for 2015. West Albany will have a legit shot at a title in 2013
Zach Farnes Sr. Clackamas OR – One of the state’s leading tacklers. Plays backer but projects as an Oregon top safety. A SS/weakside LB at the next level.
Cameron Schmitz Sr. West Linn OR – Cam is just really good. He is a physical cover guy that can come up and stop running the game as well. Just a very impressive workout, one of the state’s best DBs.
Yadie Dunmore Sr. Sheldon OR – One of the state’s top CB’s and overall athletes. He will be a SWC Player of the Year candidate on both sides of the ball. Showed off unique body control.
James Schell-Buchanan Sr. Roosevelt OR – Lockdown corner who has climbed the charts as quick as anybody. Projects as a Top 5 DB and POY candidate.
Michael Gaskell Sr. Hillsboro OR – One of Oregon’s top 2014 ATH’s.. Outstanding work ethic, the Spartans only all league kid returning.
JJ Hawkinson Sr. Reynolds OR – Tied for state lead in INT’s a year ago. Will be a big part of what could be a competitive Raiders team this season. Talented kid
Chandler Schoonmaker Sr. Tualatin OR – One of the T Wolves and the Pacific Conference’s top athletes. Will play a strong safety type position. Physical kid that will need to continue work on side to side quickness.
Hayden Kirsch Jr. Clackamas OR – Started as a sophomore and ranks as one of the state’s top DB’s for 2015. Can play multiple spots and has continued to grow. Will have key role on talented Cavs team