A kid you will hear a lot about over the next few seasons is WR/S Ethan Wilborn (6-4 180 Jr.) of Beaverton HS. The transfer from 4A Valley Catholic is widely considered one of the top Junior Wide Receivers in Oregon and one of the fastest rising athletes in the Northwest.
Wilborn brings an impressive combination of attributes to the the table, highlighted by his size and overall athleticism. Ethan broke out over the off season playing for the EForce Underclass All Star team. He has followed that up early this year with 4 TDs in his first 4 games , catching 5 balls for 150 yards and a touchdown Friday night, in the teams 43-0 win over Aloha.
Speaking on the transfer and the team in general Wilborn says, “I decided to move to Beaverton to get a chance to play and compete on a higher level, as I wanted to play against the best in 6A “. Adding, “The transition to public school has been great, I love the environment and every week is a challenge.”
Ethan’s early season success, and impressive performances on the 7v7 circuit have him projecting at the D1 level. His 14 receptions, 405 receiving yards, 4 TD’s, and 28.9 yards per catch average have him listed among Oregon’s leaders statistically. Look for him to be a 1st team all league kid this season with potential all state accolades to boot.
Referencing his team he says, “We came together as a unit really quick and bonded well on the field faster then our coaches expected… Yes we still have a long way to go but the team has learned and worked really well together.”
Wilborn has what is so often required these days from a size and speed standpoint. He was one of the top WR’s in June at the NW Best Collegiate Showcase. An event that featured 50+ D1 offered kids, with a majority of the PAC 12 and Big Sky in attendance.
This off season will be big for Ethan competing nationally for EForce, and learning from the likes of Jeff Maehl and Elvis Akpla, both NFL guys. That said as his focus right now is on helping the Beavers make a run within the conference, in what could be a dog fight for the #2, 3, and 4 playoff spots.
Separate from his talent you would be hard pressed to find a more well rounded and humble individual. Expect to hear Wilborn mentioned among the conference player of the year candidates the next two seasons. The kid can play and he is just getting started.