** Over the next few months we will be breaking down the top athletes by position for the 2017 class. Rankings are determined by who projects highest at the next level. As the season comes to a close we will add to this list and organize numerically. All relevant feedback is appreciated as we will periodically update each position.
Oregon Top Junior QB’s
1. Connor Neville 6-2 195 Wilsonville (Offers: Boise St, Washington St)
Neville is recognized nationally as one of the top QB’s in the country for the 2017 class. He is a 4 star recruit that currently holds 2 D1 offers, with many more to come. Thus far in 2015 Neville has thrown 22 TD’s and 1 INT through 5 games, with his Wildcats (7-0) and ranked #2 in the state at the 5A level.
Connor made a big splash on the camp circuit during the off season, winning the inaugural Rivals Quarterback challenge among 80 of the region’s top QB’s in Los Angeles. His twin brother Jonny has the potential of being the state’s top receiver. Together they make Wilsonville a state title favorite.
1(tie). Tim Tawa 6-0 175 West Linn (Committed: Stanford- Baseball)
The returning Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year is the real deal. Tawa earned TRL Player of the Year honors in the
state’s toughest conference as a sophomore, throwing 38 TD’s/6 INT’s for 2,943 yards, while hitting on 71% of his passes. You would be hard pressed to find a more talented overall athlete as he is also Oregon’s top baseball player.
Thus far in 2015 Tim has led his Lions to a (6-1) record and #4 overall state ranking at the 6A level. Former Duck and NFL QB Chris Miller is one of the top coaches in the region. Tim has the potential of breaking the all time state record for TD passes in a single season, leading all Quarterback’s with 29 touchdowns in his first 7 games.
3) DeQuahn Dennis-Lee 6-1 180 Oregon City
DeQuahn has been the missing piece to the puzzle for the Pioneers. OC is one of the most talented teams in the state and Dennis-Lee looks to be legit. As of right now he is a potential Oregon breakout player of the year among junior’s. He has made his presence known from behind center, throwing 20 TD’s and rushing for 2 more so far this season. His brother Kiahve is one of the top LB’s in the region and a D1 kid.
Expect to hear much more about DeQuahn as the season progresses. The Pio’s have a chance to make a run come playoff time, and Dennis-Lee could be the X factor.
4. Mike Irwin 6-1 190 Mountain View
Mt View Head Coach Brian Crum has coached some of the top players to ever come out of the IMC. When all is said and done Mike Irwin could be considered one of those guys. In 2014 he was named the Intermountain Conference Player of the Year as a Sophomore. He passed for 15 TD’s/ 5 INT’s, while rushing for 7.4 yards per carry (639 total yards) and 6 TD’s.
Irwin is a true dual threat QB and one of the top running quarterbacks in the West. A few weeks back Mike accounted for 518 of his teams 592 yards of total offense, in a 41-31 loss to an undefeated Crater team. He rushed for 256 yards and 5 TD’s in the process. Irwin will miss the rest of the season due to an injury.
5. John Bledsoe 6-3 195 Summit
The son of NFL great Drew Bledsoe is helping the Storm to their best season in school history. He has accounted for 21 TD’s (15 passing, 6 rushing) and 1 INT for a Summit group that is 6-1 and ranked #5 in the state (5A).
John will be a three year starter and looks to have his best years ahead of him, as you can’t teach the genes which he possesses.
5. (tie) Kyle Chimienti 6-5 185 Century
Through 7 weeks the rangy 6-5 junior has thrown for 16TD’s and rushed for another. He has legit size and is able to exploit his skills in Coach Bill Smith’s offense. Expect Chimienti to be one of the Metro’s best over the next two seasons, as he will have breakout player of the year Derek Jackson returning.
Terrell Mims 6-0 205 Hillsboro – Film: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3050326/terell-mims
Wyatt Smith 6-0 180 McMinnville – Film: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3385148/wyatt-smith
Chase Lettenmaier 6-1 195 Bend – Film: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4269213/chase-lettenmaier
Jason Dumont 5-10 165 Sunset
Chase Warren 6-2 180 North Medford – Film: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4544598/chase-warren
JP Miska 6-3 175 Lake Oswego – Film: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2590289/jp-miska
Bunker Parrish 5-11 195 Redmond – Film: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2975719/bunker-parrish
Levi Norton 6-0 240 St Helens – Film: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/620489/levi-norton
Zac Schmerber 5-11 165 Westview – Film:
Deandre Smith 5-10 165 Central Catholic – Film: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3172042/deandre-smith