One of Oregon’s top athletes for the 2019 class is Zakhayas Lee (5-11 175 RB/Safety) of Oregon City. Over the first month of the season he has made a name for himself on a state wide level, accumulating 555 rushing & receiving yards, and totaling 7 TD’s. His 12.3 yards per carry average speaks to his allusiveness out of the backfield.
Many are familiar with his talented siblings Kiahve and DeQuahn Lee. Kiahve was ranked one of the region’s top LB’s, as he is currently playing backer at OSU. DeQuahn is listed among the state’s top 5 Quarterbacks for the 2017 class, with both him and MIke Irwin (Lakeridge) sitting on the D1 bubble.
Z broke out on the 7v7 circuit over the off season, representing Team Oregon/EForce. You can expect to see him featured as one of the region’s top recruits as he is potentially an early offer division 1 kid. Speaking on his brothers and their influence he says, “They have helped me with practically everything in my career, and their support and work ethic have rubbed off on me.”
OC currently sits at (3-1), and ranked in the state’s top 10, with their only loss to #1 West Linn to start the season. The Pioneers are relatively young compared to last year, so there play thus far has been impressive. Zakhayas has stepped up his game at an early age, all the more confirming he is a special athlete. His ability to read and jump routes from his Safety/LB spot is equally eye opening. Offensively he will be one of Oregon’s best, but he could project on the defensive side of the ball in college.
Referencing this season he says, “The big goal for my team is to make it as far or further than we did last year, as there has been some doubt with last years group being so talented.” OC will find out where they stand in a few short weeks, with back to back contests against Central Catholic and Clackamas.
In summary Z has been a difference maker. The combination of Junior standouts Teron Bradford and Ethan Kassenbaum give OC one of the top young trio’s in Oregon. We will keep you updated as Lee should be considered one of the top Sophomores on the West Coast.