One of the elite father/son duo’s ever to represent Oregon is Chad and Chase Cota. This upcoming week #1 West Linn will travel to #5 South Medford in what should be a packed house at Spiegelberg Stadium.
South blasted projected 5A title contender Wilsonville 73-34 on Friday, setting the stage for this weeks contest. The Panthers have one of their best teams in years led by a host of the state’s top Junior’s. That said as two of the nation’s top athletes will battle when 4* WR Cota, and 4* CB Elijah Molden go head to head.
As most know Chad Cota and Alex Molden starred at the University of Oregon, before going on to successful NFL careers. Both Chase and Elijah will go down as two of the top athletes ever to play high school football in Oregon, making this weeks elite match up all the more appealing.
Chad Cota spent 8 years in the NFL, playing in 129 games, and accumulating 18 INT’s & 407 total tackles. To put this into perspective the average NFL career is 3.2 years. He is considered one of the top athletes, at any sport, ever to come out of Oregon. Speaking on his dad Chase says, “Playing for my dad has been special.. It means a lot, as he knows me so well and has so much experience”. Adding, “I feel really blessed to have him at every practice and every game.”
Chase led the league in receiving yards as a freshman, and earned 1st team all league honors on both sides of the football as a Sophomore. His 900+ yards and 10 TD’s, on 45 catches in 2015 are only a glimpse of what he brings to the table. Cota is ranked by Scout.Com as the #8 WR in the West. I would have him listed at #1 or #2 and as one of the top five receivers in the country. He is that good.
Most are familiar with Cota’s cousin Brady Breeze, now at the University of Oregon. Breeze was ranked the top player in the state for the 2016 class. Chase currently holds offers from Oregon, Oregon St, and Washington St with many more to come.
His focus now is on the current season, saying “I would love for our team to win the Southwest Conference and go as far into the playoffs as possible.. It would mean much more to me than any personal goals.”
Due to his dominance on offense, one area that doesn’t get talked about enough is his ability on D. It’s incredibly rare to see a 6-4 DB that is so fluid. He is a lock down corner that will consistently take the other teams top WR out of the game.
Football aside you are not going to find more genuine people than the Cota and Breeze families. In closing Chase says, “My whole family is really supportive, they do not care if I am ranked, all conference etc..” Adding, “They just want me to be a great person and enjoy my HS experience… I am very lucky.”