One of the top RB’s in the West for the 2020 class is DaMarzhe Nelson (5-8 210 RB 19′) of Madison HS. The talented Sophomore broke out early this season, and is currently listed among the top five backs state wide in multiple statistical categories. His 8 TDs and 641 rushing yards, on 86 carries (7.5 ypc) speak to his overall versatility.
The Senators are coming off a storybook season in 2016, going (8-3) and winning their first round playoff game in Grants Pass. Reigning PIL Coach of the Year Don Johnson Jr. sees DaMarzhe as a special talent and someone with a long career ahead of him, saying “He reminds me of Eric Bieniemy or Maurice Jones-Drew when he was at De La Salle HS, like a compact truck with speed and vision… The kid is 212 pounds and shifty like a 160lb slot.”
As most know Coach Johnson is considered the guy from a recruiting standpoint, helping countless kids move on to the D1 level and beyond each and every year. The combination of his recruiting prowess and Nelson’s ceiling will have plenty of scouts in NE Portland these next few seasons.
Still so young the sky is the limit for DaMarzhe as he comes from a talented family, with his brother Billy listed among the top players in the Northwest a few years back.
Madison looks to be getting better each week, with a showdown looming the last week of the season versus Grant. The return of Ducks commit MJ Cunningham will be big for the team moving forward. The 3* talent is good at whatever he does and should provide the Senators an extra dimension, freeing up DaMarzhe even more to do his thing.
Nelson made the transfer from Jeff last year, a team that he literally ran over this past week. His 19 carries for 190 yards and 3 TD’s were somewhat of a statement as to who was going to run the city.
It will be interesting to see if the PIL can keep coaches like Johnson and Lincoln’s Wes Warren around, as they will be highly sought after this off season. Moving forward expect to see Nelson listed as a favorite for PIL Offensive Player of the Year honors with a soon to be attached national ranking.