If we are referencing the top dual threat athletes in the west, one of the first names that comes to mind is Cory Stover (6-7 220 DE/TE 19′) out of Marshfield.
As of right now I would consider him one of the most under recruited kids in the nation for the 2019 class. The first team all league two way standout & 4A Player of the Year favorite next season, should see his recruitment pickup significantly in the next few months.
The Pirates (11-1) returned to the days of old last season making a run to the state title game . His 114 total tackles and 19 sacks covering the last two seasons provide a glimpse of his dominance. Add to this his offensive ability (679 yards 9 TDs), and stellar playoff performances, and Stover gives D1’s plenty of options from a positional standpoint.
Speaking to this and who he has heard from Cory says, “I’ve heard from the Oregon schools a lot and prefer the D end spot if we are talking positions.”
That said as you could very well see a host of Big Sky’s and Mid Major D1s get in the mix shortly. It is true that the 4A competition level within the state is viewed with some skepticism, but Stover’s size and overall athleticism are unquestioned, and as of right now schools are missing on him.
Cory has been a three sport varsity athlete since his freshman season, carrying a 3.4 GPA in the process. Head coach John Lemmons has done a great job of building life back in to the program. His son Tristin Lemmons (6-0 180 RB/LB 19′) went for over 1400 all purpose yards this year to go with 15 TDs and 98 total tackles on D, while Jr. QB Grant Woolsey (6-0 170 19′) is also returning next season after throwing 25 TDs in 2017.
Marshfield looks to be a legit state title contender, with one of the best players ever to come out of Coos Bay on the roster in Stover. We will keep you updated as the big man will be courted by multiple division 1 universities in the near future.