This next weekend the EForce 8th Grade Team will represent the State of Oregon at the Adidas National tourney in Las Vegas.
Across the board you will see some of the top middle school athletes in the nation, much like the High School tournament which will take place at the same time.
Leading the group will be 6-1 170 QB Jordan “JJ” Woodin (Westview 21′). The kid out of Beaverton projects as one of the top quarterback’s for his class on the West Coast. This past season he hit on 72% of his passes (89/123), throwing for 23 TDs/3 INts, in 5 1/2 games. His work ethic and football IQ is off the charts. Jordan did well at the national tournament last year, and will need to again, if the team is going to be successful. Jayce Knapp (Wilsonville 21′) will be the other QB. He looks to be the future leader of the Wildcats program.
Gavin Haines (West Linn 21′) and Isaac Perez (Westview 22′) are two of the most versatile players on the roster, and will play on both sides of the football. Perez is one of the top 7th graders in Oregon and incredibly smooth for a kid his age. Haines will be called upon to lead the D from his corner spot, returning after playing on the 8th grade team last season.
Woodin will have an array of receivers to throw to with Aidan Bissett (Lakeridge 21′), Liam McConville (West Linn 21′), and Clay Masters (West Linn 21′) ranking as top wide outs for the 2021 class. Coach Jon Ellis says, “Masters has the potential of being the best receiver on the team, and Bissett should step in and be a major contributor as a freshman next season.”
Mcconville has looked phenomenal over the last month, possessing legit size and speed. Expect him to play a big role and be a main target.
Another 7th grade standout playing up a level is Darrius Clemons (Westview 22′). The youngster went off this past season catching 43 passes for 508 yards and 17 TDs. He also excelled on defense with 8 INT’s.
As much as anybody Chad Overholt (Wilsonville 21′) has stepped up and impressed. Coach Ellis says, “He’s a consistent and precise route runner that has real D1 potential.” Carter Baggs (Barlow 21′), another standout WR, has played well and will be influential on O.
Defensively Haines and Perez will be key components. Former Ducks and current coaches Ryan Depalo and Brent Haberly will be leading the D.
Kristian Fralich (Grants Pass 21′) has gained significant praise thus far earning the other CB spot, opposite Haines. Traveling 5 hours from Southern Oregon each week speaks to his overall work ethic and determination.
Playing the safety positions will be Cole Peters (West Linn 21′) at Free and Joe Mac Donald (Barlow 21′) at Strong Safety. Peters is a vocal leader and one of the smartest kids on the field, with Mac Donald possessing impressive instincts. He will also play offensively.
Coleman Compton (North Bend 21′) will be one of the top defenders. Speaking on that Coach Haberly says, “Coleman’s a pure athlete and balled out this past weekend as part of the renegade team… He could see time on O & D.”
Patrolling the middle from his backer spot will be Brody Crowley (LaSalle 22′). Brody broke out on the FBU circuit averaging 20+ tackles per game. He is a football player adapting to the 7v7 setting.
Timon Davis (Grant 21′) has done a great job over the off season and will be one of the top freshman in the PIL. He has legit quicks and great feet. Ryan Talvas (West Linn 21′) and Thomas McNamara (West Linn 21′) will get time at multiple positions and contribute on the defensive side of the ball.
In summary the Rising Stars have got a shot in Las Vegas. They will be tested early with the event featuring some of the top teams in the country. We will keep you updated as they do have the potential of being one of the better squads in the tournament.