As the regular season comes to a close we will continue to take a look at some of the state’s top underclassmen. Oregon’s 2018 class could end up being special with the likes of Dawson Jaramillo (6-5 265 T Lake Oswego) and Chase Cota (6-3 190 WR South Medford). Both ranked as two of the top players in the nation for their age group.
That said as Oregon will feature another special young trio in Braden Lenzy, Trey Lowe, and Talanoa Hufanga. From a recruiting standpoint they will rank as some of the top athletes in the western region.
Each kids character compliments their individual athletic achievements. You can expect to hear much more from the threesome in the very near future. Have a look.
Braden Lenzy 6-0 170 Tigard
Lenzy is a phenomenal talent and one of the top players in Oregon for the 2018 class. He started as a freshman during the Tigers run to the state championship game last season. Something very unique for any kid at a state power, and still so young.
Braden will be ranked at the top charts on both offense and defense. He is a lock down corner and has recently put his offensive prowess on display, catching 12 passes for 423 yards and 6 TD’s, in the last four weeks. His ridiculous 35.3 yards per catch average over the last month leads the state.
Referencing the season Lenzy says, “I wouldn’t trade my team for any other, we work hard everyday and I’m proud to be a Tiger.” He added, “With the help of Peyton Olson and Jash Allen we are really starting to form a strong offense.. Personally I want to do whatever I can for the success of the team, and help myself advance to the next level of football.”
During the playoffs last season Lenzy guarded three Division 1 wide receivers to close the year. Jordan Happle- Jesuit (Offers- E.Washington, Montana St), Keegen Hlad-West Salem (E.Washington), and Oregon commit LaMar Winston in the title game. The freshman put himself on the map and hasn’t let up since. He will be considered one of the west coast’s top dual threat kids covering the next few seasons.
Trey Lowe 5-10 165 Jesuit
Get used to the name if you aren’t already familiar. As most know Trey is the brother of former Oregon Duck and Jesuit standout Keanon Lowe. One of the best receivers ever to come out of the state.
Trey is similar in a variety of ways and equally talented. He has broken out for the #1 ranked Crusaders over the last month, totaling 6 TD’s (4 receiving, 2 rushing), with Jason Talley running wild. The youngest Lowe is a threat to go to the house any time he has the ball in his hands.
You can expect Trey to be a conference and state player of the year favorite in the coming seasons. Coach Potter has had some special athletes come through, over the course of his career, and Lowe has the potential to be as good as any of them.
Jesuit returns 36 seniors and 7 kids who started in the state championship game as Sophomores in 2013. The overall depth of the group makes it almost impossible to double team any one athlete. This alone makes Trey even more dangerous as he will win 90% + of his one on one matchups.
Talanoa Hufanga 6-1 190 Crescent Valley
If you have an athlete starting at QB as a freshman, typically you know that he is going to be special. Hufanga is no exception. The kid out of CV is in his second year as the teams starter, with the Raiders at (5-3). He has done a good job at quarterback, but projects as more of a safety or skill kid on offense at the collegiate level.
Talanoa comes from a football family with his brother TJ on the Oregon State Beavers roster. Referencing the season thus far he says, “We are competing well in a tough Mid Willamette Conference, with our coaches being a really big part of preparing us as a team.”
Crescent Valley has traditionally been one of the better squads at the 5A level as Hufanga says, “The main goal is to help my team make the playoffs and go farther then we did last year”. Adding, “In the upcoming years we want to win our conference and a state title.”
Talanoa will be one of the top dual threat QB’s in the west for the 2018 class. He has had multiple 300+ yard passing performances but he separates himself with his feet. Thus far he has accounted for 15 TD’s (8 rushing, 7 passing), while missing two games. Most would agree that playing Varsity hoops and leading the football team at such a young age puts his upside into perspective. Expect to hear much more from the kid out of Corvallis in the very near future.