The kids out of Oregon are heading back to Vegas after last years record setting run. On paper the 2016 group has the potential of being the most talented team ever to represent the state. Head Coach Alex Brink is once again leading the Upperclassmen group, with the final four performance from last season being anything but easy to replicate.
As we compare and contrast, the 2015 offense definitely leaves some big shoes to fill. Colorado QB Commit Sam Noyer threw for 20 TD’s and 3 INT’s on the second day alone, with the team going 6-1. He had his choice of D1 targets with Pac 12 commits Trevon Bradford Slot Receiver- Oregon State and Jacob Kizer 6-5 240 TE- Washington in the mix.
Add to this SW Washington standout Rey Green- Montana RB and all everything WR Samori Toure- Montana and you have what ends up being five Division 1 athletes representing on O.
This years team will rely heavily on Wilsonville QB Connor Neville (Offers: Wash St, Boise St, Hawaii). He is considered one of the nation’s top 20 QB’s, and ranked a 4* star by Rivals. Size will be something that this group should be able to exploit with 6-4 195 RB Trey Woods- North Bend, and rangy WR’s 6-4 195 Isaia Mullen- Madison & 6-5 210 Jonny Neville- Wilsonville. Mullen has recently drawn significant interest from multiple Big Sky and Pac 12 schools, with his first offer looming.
Top 2018 athlete Braden Lenzy 6-0 170- Tigard will see some time in the slot, after going off at the Los Angeles NFTC event last weekend. The youngster finished ranked in the (99th percentile) among all athletes, running a ridiculous 4.47 laser 40 yard dash.
Academic standout and future president of something, Wyryor Noil 6-0 190 ATH-Madison, will be another kid that can play on either side of the ball. Marquis Sampson 5-7 160 Slot- Evergreen WA has a stock that is rising quickly and is your ideal 7v7 athlete. 2X all conference Slot WR Parker Cardwell 6-1 185-LaSalle is freakishly athletic, as he will be called upon if Oregon wants to make a similar run.
Trey Davis 5-10 175 Slot- Central Catholic had a big tournament as part of the underclassmen team in 2015. He has D1 genes and is one of the top slot receivers in the state. Keonte Mcmurrin 5-10 170 Slot- West Salem is equally talented and has continued to prove himself over the last two seasons.
Additional targets offensively include newly acquired West Linn HS WR Justin Altenhofen 6-2 175, brother of Boise St wide out Tanner Shipley. Along with Portland standout Nate Fields 6-2 190 Franklin.
In summary the offense will need to play well and put up points early if they want to beat some of the nation’s top teams. That said as Oregon’s Offense should be able to rely on the D, with four athletes already holding offers from the Pac 12.
As referenced above the defense is where Oregon should keep teams on lock. Last years squad featured the state’s top 2016 athlete in Oregon commit Brady Breeze 6-1 200 Safety. Returners include one of nation’s top CB’s Elijah Molden 5-11 180 (Offers: Oregon, Stanford, Arizona St, Washington, Wash St). The 4* DB is a lockdown corner, typically shutting down one side of the field. It is a different team with him on the perimeter as he is one of the most dominant players ever to rep the state.
Safety/LB David Morris 6-3 205 (Offers: Cal, Oregon St, Hawaii, Colorado St) is another kid that is on fire and returns after a phenomenal showing last year. Morris is incredibly physical and can run. He will be called upon to do more of the same, projecting as one of the top athletes on the west coast.
Add to this future D1 standout Anthony Adams 6-1 185 CB/S – Newberg , and you have the experience and leadership necessary for this NW team to make a run. Adams is a four sport varsity kid that will be a player of the year candidate on multiple fronts.
The team will be without one of the region’s top ATH/CB’s Demetrius Douglas 6-0 170- Jesuit (Offers: Oregon, Minnesota, Colorado St) as he will attend a mandatory school retreat.
Another big presence for the D will come via LB Daniel Green 6-3 225 Madison (Offers: Oregon St, Cal, Idaho, E.Washington). The kid out of Portland lives and breathes football, and is averaging an offer every 3 days, covering the last two weeks. He could foreseeably end up ranked one of the nation’s top LB’s.
Other kids that will be counted on are Jason Rucker 6-1 185 S- Westview, Nate Trevino 5-9 180 CB Evergreen WA, Austin Kramer 6-2 185 S Crater, Jared Reed 6-0 170 CB Central Catholic, and Tyree O’Neil 6-1 190 S Franklin.
Rucker went off as part of the Underclassmen team in Vegas last season. The talented safety had 6 INT’s in 5 games as his presence will be needed again this year. Trevino is ranked one of the top CB’s in Washington. He will need to be on his game as teams could look to throw his way, with nationally ranked DB’s opposite him.
Kramer earned 1st team all league and 2nd team all state honors in 2015 and O’Neil returns as one of the top players in the PIL. Reed grabbed a spot on the team with a very impressive last tryout.
We will keep you updated as the tournament kicks off with pool play this Saturday, followed by the elimination round on Sunday.