In the next few years you can expect to see Westview HS be one of the top 6A teams in the state. Head coach Ryan Atkinson has done a phenomenal job in a short period of time, putting together a quality staff, and a certain allure to the program which has people excited.
That said as the Wildcats graduated an impressive group of athletes last season, highlighted by USC bound DL Brandon Pili, and the likes of Boogie Davis (Portland St), Jason Rucker (Central Washington), and D1 WR Mason Elliott. These departures and a few early injuries on the line this Spring will have the group somewhat young and inexperienced.
Its still early, but the Cats have an up and coming nucleus that should rival anyone in Oregon within a few seasons. Top 2021 QB Jordan (JJ) Woodin Fr. 6-1 180 will be the glue, and potentially one of the top quarterbacks to come through the state in some time. Freshman teammates EJ Broussard and Jalen Grable project at the D1 level as well, even at this early age. The combination of this trio and elite 2022’s Darrius Clemons, Isaac Perez, Jordan King, and Aaron Jones is sick. A lot could happen in this given time period, but if the group sticks together they are an immediate 6A contender.
This past off season Woodin went off on the 7v7 circuit, leading his team to deep runs in Vegas and Seattle, with a Championship win over Rise Football at the EForce Memorial Day Invitational. JJ dropped dimes at the Adidas National tourney in Las Vegas, looking like the top 8th grade QB at the tournament.
Speaking on his future team he says, “I’m very excited to attend Westview High School this coming year and play ball with a lot of my friends”. Adding, “I feel that we have a solid program and some of the best coaches anywhere.”
JJ is the younger brother of former Southridge HS and current Idaho Vandal backup QB AJ Woodin. Referencing his brother he says, “I’ve always gotten my drive from my brother, watching him put in the work over the years, which ultimately earned him a full ride scholarship to the University of Idaho”.
There are very few kids who put in the time that Woodin does. JJ added, “I’ve never been forced to do a workout or a quarterback training, I seriously love what I do every single day, and enjoy being able to bond with my teammates.”
Over the off season Woodin spent five days a week working out with elite NW personal trainer Aaron Woods. Speaking on this he says, “Without the training from Aaron Woods I would be nowhere near the football player I am today, he is truly the best strength trainer in the Northwest.”
In 2017 Jesuit will be the clear cut favorite to win the Metro and make another run at a state title. Coach Atkinson should be commended in my opinion for providing the structure that brings out the top kids. He is a players coach and the type of individual who could help the conference regain its prominence.
This is one of many reasons you will see Westview ranked among the top teams in Oregon in the coming seasons. In closing JJ says, “I’m very appreciative with our older guys really taking me under their wing.” 2nd Team All Metro DB Patrick Maddox returns along with speedster Gavin Lloyd. It won’t be the same the squad from last year but the future is bright in Rock Creek.