As the 2017 season winds down recruiting for Oregon’s top Junior’s will pick up substantially. If we are talking the top defensive players in the state for the 2019 class, Kade Hustler (6-3 243 Jr. DE/OLB) of Southridge HS is one of the first names that comes to mind.
The talented D end from Murrayhill went off this past season, racking up 1st team all league honors on both sides of the football, while accounting for 53 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. Ridiculous numbers that rank at the top charts among all Northwest athletes.
Kade separates himself with his overall athleticism. His combination of size and ability to play multiple spots on the field makes him a very appealing recruit. Speaking on his team this year and next he says. “I believe it’s important to work hard this off season to get better and stronger.. It was nice to make the playoffs this year, but we have some good returning players, and I think a better record and higher RPI will give us a better chance for playoff success.”
Separate from Hustler the Skyhawks return two standouts on the perimeter in Keyvaun Eady (6-3 180 Jr. WR) and Blake Sims (5-11 175 Jr. RB/SS). For Southridge there will be a sense of urgency to win next season as Beaverton’s new Mountainside HS is sure to take a share of the talent.
Hustler comes off the edge as quick and powerful as any athlete in Oregon. He can expect consistent double teams moving forward as he will win 90% of his 1 on 1 battles. You could very well see him as an outside linebacker at the next level. Former Beaverton HS standout Evan Colorito is currently killing it for the Colorado State Rams, and looking like a late round NFL pick, with Kade drawing comparisons to him.
Referencing his versatility he says, “Exact positions are tough to predict, in high school the coaches have put me wherever they need me, playing some TE and OLB early on”. Adding, “After injuries on the Varsity team as a freshman they brought me up to play left tackle.. I was good with that.”
In summary Hustler just wants to play football. He’s the guy that everyone wants to have on their side. His no non sense demeanor on the field helps put an exclamation point on his overall ability.
Kade projects as a multi offer D1 kid, and will be a defensive POY favorite heading into 2018. Expect to hear much more on the Metro League standout in the coming months.