In 2015 I was surprised to see a freshman take a ball 60 yards to the house against Sherwood in the state semifinals, helping to propel the Lions to the 6A title game versus Jesuit. This was rare to see any athlete contributing at such a young age, much less in a game of high importance.
Since then Dawson Jolley (5-11 170 19′) has continued to kill it, while leading the state in average yards per carry. The 1st team all league, nationally ranked 2* RB is expected to have a monster year. He will finally get an opportunity to be the go to guy, after splitting time with D1 athletes Elijah Molden and Ahmir Mcgee the last two seasons.
Over the last three years Jolley has averaged an eye popping 10 yards per rush in the state’s toughest conference. His 149 carries for 1,501 yards and 16 total TDs are career numbers that could be replicated this season alone.
Football aside Dawson is just a really good kid. Speaking to a few of the individuals that have helped him along the way he says, “I want to thank Coach Chris Miller for all that he has done, helping to expand my knowledge of the game. Also Houston Lillard and Lionel Singleton for helping me during the off season and making me more of a versatile player.”
Miller is widely considered one of the top high school head coaches anywhere. Essentially an NFL player and coach, who took over the West Linn program a few years back, and helped solidify them as a state power.
In summary Jolley is one of the of the best backs in the region. He will get an opportunity to showcase his skills and be the primary RB in 2018. His straight away speed and experience are what help to separate him from others.
There are very few 4 year varsity kids who have averaged a first down every touch during their career. Dawson will be tested as the Lions play a brutally tough schedule. It will be no secret who is getting the ball out of the backfield, so he will need to be ready from an endurance and physicality standpoint. Expect big things as the kid out of West Linn is legit.