Typically you can’t decisively say who is going to be the breakout player of the year after week one of the season. In this instance you can. Brandon Pili (6-4 300 DT/DE 17′) recently transferred from the State of Alaska to Westview HS, absolutely blowing up Sherwood last Friday in front of Oregon and Oregon St.
Pili racked up 13 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, and 2 sacks in a 27-21 overtime win over the #3 Bowmen . In summary he changed the game and put himself on the map. Before all is said and done a majority of the Pac 12 will come calling, as OSU was the first to offer Wednesday evening.
Speaking on Pili, top line coach Alex Linnenkohl says, “Brandon is compact, explosive, and his get off on the D line is remarkable”. Adding, “He is seriously athletic through the hips and for his size his speed is freakish.”
As referenced prior to the season Westview looks to be a Metro League title contender and Oregon 6A top 10 team. Head Coach Ryan Atkinson was a standout lineman himself, playing for Oregon State back in the day.
The combination of Pili and Boogie Davis (6-4 240 DE 17′) immediately puts the Wildcats in the title conversation. Davis accounted for 63 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks while at 4A Scappoose last season. He will be a multi offer D1 kid with Portland St already extending a scholarship. Linnenkohl says, “Boogie is a long and explosive pass rusher, that will be a college D end.. Both him and Pili are exceptionally athletic for their size and genuinely good people.”
Marlon Tuipulotu (Central HS/independence, OR) is widely considered one of the top lineman in the country for the 2017 class, with comparisons being made to Ndamokong Suh. That said as individuals in the know are saying PIli is right there with him. If comparisons play out Westview could be in for a special 2016 season.