Two of the top players ever to represent the state of Oregon are Braden Lenzy (6-1 170 Tigard Slot/CB) and Talanoa Hufanga (6-1 195 Crescent Valley ATH/Safety). Each is currently listed among the top athletes in the nation for the 2018 class.
When all is said and done the potential U.S Army All American’s could go down as two of the most recruited kids ever to come out of the Northwest.
Hufanga added Michigan last week, and now has offers from the Wolverines, Oregon, Oregon St, UCLA, Utah, Arizona St, Washington St, Illinois, and BYU. Lenzy is very similar with Big Ten Purdue, Oregon, Oregon St, UCLA, Washington St, and Cal offering. You can expect a busy off season for both as some of the nation’s top universities are expected to vie for their services.
Talanoa Hufanga (Crescent Valley) – click to view film
Both athletes have started since their freshman season. As a 9th grader Braden helped the Tigers reach the state title game versus Central Catholic, where he guarded current Oregon athlete LaMar Winston. In that same playoff run as a freshman, he helped contain all everything wide out Jordan Happle (Boise St.) of Jesuit, and top receiver Keegan Hlad of West Salem.
Since then Lenzy has been nothing short of phenomenal earning 1st team all TRL honors on both sides of the football the last two years. This past off season he came up clutch at the 7v7 national tournament in Las Vegas, as part of the EForce/Team Oregon group. His multiple TD’s during elimination play helped EForce finish (6-1) for the tourney, and 11th nationally out of 120 teams.
Braden Lenzy (Tigard) – click to view film
Braden is recognized as one of the top track athletes in the country, running a 4.47 laser (40 yard dash), at the Nike Regional last off season. Referencing this Hufanga says, “Overall he’s a stud athlete that can beat you off the line as his speed is unreal… He’s become a great friend of mine and really knows the techniques which make you a great player.”
Much like Lenzy, Talanoa broke out early, taking over as the starting quarterback for Crescent Valley as a freshman. Even at that young age, he was at times a man amongst boys, earning all conference honors in 2014. This past season he went for close to 30 TD’s, while consistently getting double and triple teamed.
To put his overall athleticism into perspective, the #3 ranked Michigan Wolverines recently told him that he was being recruited to play whatever position he would like to pursue.
Speaking on his friend Braden says, “Talanoa is just one of those dude’s when the game is on the line that you want on the field with you… Just talking ball with him makes me want him on my team”. Lenzy added, “He’s a crazy athlete, but even a better dude.”
I could talk all day on the character of both athletes. Give the families a ton of credit as each has a phenomenal support system. All of this said as both kids will excel in life like they do on the field.
Expect the local schools (Oregon & Oregon St) to do everything they can to keep these kids at home. It’s still early but Lenzy & Hufanga project as individuals who could be playing on Sunday’s. We will keep you updated as the season comes to a close.