Year after year the Tigard Tigers consistently rank as one of Oregon’s top teams. From the youth on up it produces as much talent as any program in the Northwest. Last years (5-6) season was not typical, and due in part to strength of schedule, losing to Sherwood (twice), West Linn, and Sheldon.
The Tigers were young last season and bring back a host of kids with experience. Braden Lenzy is ranked one of the nation’s top 2018’s, starting as a freshman, and earning 1st team all league honors on both sides of the football last season. As most know Lenzy is one of the fastest kids in the country for his class, already holding offers from the likes of Oregon, Oregon St, Washington St, and Purdue.
Fellow backs Jash Allen 6-1 210 17′ RB/LB and Ryan Minniti 5-10 180 RB/ATH will both return after outstanding junior campaigns. Allen earned 2nd team all league accolades last season on O and D, and could very well be one of the state’s best in 2016. As referenced by Lenzy below, Zane Woodard 17′, Risean Williams 17′, and Jordan Prunty 18′ will all play significant roles this year on offense and defense.
An additional strength of the group will come via it’s core group of LB and DB’s. Potential breakout player of the year, Oliver Nasilai 6-2 235 LB 18′, made the transfer from Springdale, Arkansas this off season. It’s still early, but initial signs have him projecting as one of the region’s top backers, and an unquestioned D1 kid.
Add to this returning all conference LB’s Brock Klosterman 6-0 200 17′, Gavin Kim 6-0 215 17′, and Allen. These four give the Tigers maybe the top returning LB crew in Oregon. The secondary will be very similar with Lenzy and fellow 2018 standout Spencer Smith 5-10 170 leading the way. The addition and influence of Woodard, Prunty, and Wiliams can’t be understated as they are legit.
Seteki Kinikini 6-3 310 DT 17′, Gabe Schultz 6-1 300 DL 18′ and Laytan Tanuvasa 6-0 250 NG 18′ will help sure up what should be a top notch defense. All in all the Tigers are back and have a realistic shot at making a title run.
We caught up with all everything athlete Braden Lenzy and talked to him about his team and the recruiting process in general. Have a look at what the nationally ranked speedster had to say.
1) Talk about your personal and team goals for next season?
“I hope to be 1st team all state as a CB and WR and to be a leader of our team.. I hope that our team can win state and come together as a family this season”
2) Who are a few of the guys that people don’t really know about yet that will make a difference this year?
“Zane Woodard- didn’t play as a Junior, but as a Sophomore started for us at corner & safety.. He will be great on D, but should be even better at WR on O”
“Risean Williams- Brother of former Duck Scott Grady.. Hadn’t played in a few years and is now back. He is a lengthy, athletic RB/CB and will be a great return guy that will add a lot of speed.”
“Jordan Prunty- Brother of E.Washington DB Tysen Prunty. He has been hurt these past few years, but has the killer mentality you need to be elite. Jordan is very strong and super quick. He should be one of the better safety/OLB’s in the state if he can stay healthy”
3) You are one of the top track athletes in the nation. How much weight does football carry compared to track?
“I have equal love for track and football, but ultimately I have more looks for football so I feel that carries more weight than track… My goal is to do both in college.”
4) What will make this years team different than last years team?
“Work ethic and talent.. We are more talented and work a lot harder.. Our team saw that you can’t just be good because of the name on your jersey.. We have to earn it and I already see us working at the level past succeeding Tigard teams have.”
5) You could potentially end up with most of the Pac 12 & others offering you. It’s still early but do you have any type of timetable or favorite schools that you would like to mention?
“Oregon, Oregon St, and Washington St are all great options.. I’m looking into and interested in UW, Cal, USC, and UCLA…I may also look into some Big Ten programs such as Nebraska, Ohio St, and Michigan St, as well as Notre Dame. I do not have a timetable.