It’s not everyday cousins from Oregon rank as two of the top players nationally. Duck commit Brady Breeze (6-1 200 S/ATH 16′) of Central Catholic and sophomore standout Chase Cota (6-3 190 WR 18′) of South Medford High School make that a reality.
Most in the Northwest are familiar with both athletes. Breeze comes back a 4 star All American & the returning Mt Hood Conference Player of the Year. His laundry list of accomplishments include last year’s 6A state title, an invite to the prestigous “Nike Opening”, and a trip to the Under Armour All American game in January.
He was also the first Oregon athlete ever named 1st team all tournament, during last years national 7 on 7 event in Las Vegas. Brady helped his Team Oregon group reach the semifinals among 120 teams in attendance.
Referencing the events Breeze says, “I had dreamed of winning the state title since I was a kid, and finishing 3rd in Vegas was something no Northwest team had ever done”. He added, “We had some pretty amazing athletes on our 7 on 7 team and we all still keep in touch.”
Cota returns as one of the nation’s top three ranked wide receivers, grabbing his first offer from Oregon State over the summer. Chase led the SWC in receiving yards as a freshman, something incredibly rare for a kid still so young.
Brady made the move from Medford after his freshman season, to pursue his football and baseball career at CC. He is widely considered one of the top baseball players in the west, much like his teammate and close friend Ronnie Rust, who is committed to Oregon St.
Breeze is ranked one of the top safeties in America and is known for his play on D. That said he has been offensively dominant growing up, going for 28 TD’s and 3000 rushing yards as a freshman down South. Two weeks ago he broke off 4 TD’s in the 2nd half alone against Reynolds. If Central wants to have a chance at a three peat Brady will need to stay in the mix on O.
Chase is in a different situation with the Panthers being relatively young, and sporting a special 2018 class. As most know he is the son of 8 year NFL vet Chad Cota. One of the best athletes to ever come out of this state. With continued progression Chase could replicate some of his father’s accomplishments.
Thus far in 2015 Cota has 33 catches for 600+ Yards and 7 TD’s, highlighted by his 10 reception, 284 yard, 2 touchdown performance against #2 Sheldon. You could foreseeably call him the most double and triple teamed sophomore receiver in the nation.
Talented 2018 teammates Kaleb Franklin and Jaylin Parnell are loving life with all of the attention sent Cota’s way. They have been able to exploit this, as they are considered two of the top skill kids in Oregon for their class.
Speaking on recruiting Brady says, “Chase and I talk recruiting all the time.. If he was to get offered by Oregon that would be a dream come true for both of us”. Adding, “We used to play in the backyard as little kids wearing our Duck uniforms.”
Breeze has a lot of respect for his cousins game saying,”He is very passionate and will do whatever it takes to help his team win… the kid can flat out ball.”
Brady’s younger brother Bryson is another athlete that we will hear a lot about in the years to come. Yes it run’s in the family. As we have said many times before you would be hard pressed to find better people. We look forward to covering the duo as they represent class on and off the field.