Year in and year out Oregon continues to impress from a talent stand point. The class of 2020 only helps reinforce the potential success with the years ahead.

Recently EForce Football, the state’s top 7v7 organization, won the 8th grade NW championship and IMG qualifier in Seattle.

Multiple athletes have contributed to the group’s success, starting with the former youth national champions out of Grant. Elijah Elliott projects as maybe the top defensive recruit in the state for 2020. He is a lock down corner that will play a high level of D1 football and still be one of the region’s best offensively.

Miles Jackson, CJ Jordan, and DeMarzhe Nelson are three other athletes that will rank at the top of the charts for their class. CJ, Elijah, and DeMarzhe will attend Jefferson HS with Coach Anthony Jordan. With a handful of D1 projected athletes Jeff will have a shot in the coming seasons.

Offensively QB Cade Knighton and WR’s Silas Starr & Ethan Flynn make up one of the most dynamic duos on the west coast. Central Catholic and Coach Steve Pyne will be expected to win with the elite talent headed to the school.

Starr is special and will be listed among the top receivers in the country for his class. Flynn continues to dominate on the offensive side of the ball, scoring 10 TD’s in their recent championship run. Knighton comes from a very talented family with D1 genes as his upside is off the charts.

2021 QB Jordan (JJ) Woodin is very similar to Cade and will be the leader of next years 8th grade team. Together they have the potential to be one of the better QB tandems in the region.

We have spoken multiple times on the talent coming out of Lake Oswego. Thomas Dukart, Casey Filkins, and Joe Hutson are three of the top athletes in Oregon. Thomas is the brother of Arizona St baseball commit and LO QB Jake Dukart. He recently led the team in INT’s (5) during their championship performance. When all is said and done the youngest Dukart could very well end up a high profile D1 Safety, as he has unreal instincts at the position.

Hutson and Filkins have both had there way with opponents over the years. Filkins can play an array of positions, going for 20+ TD’s last season and being a consistent ball hawk on D. Much like Flynn, Hutson was dominant on offense at the most recent 7v7 tourney in Seattle. These three provide the Lakers with a championship foundation for the future.

Matt Peterson- Oregon City and Casey Tawa-West Linn are two other individuals that will lead their teams in the years to come. Peterson has been a legit presence from his safety spot and actually played up a level with the older guys. Tawa has looked phenomenal, and while not a record breaking QB like his brother, will be one of the top skill kids in the state. 

Another kid that has killed it all year is Caiden Biege-Wetherbee out of LO (Lakeridge). He will project as one of the better skill players in the TRL. Two other athletes that you will hear about are Isaiah Taylor -Southridge and Gavin Haines-West Linn (2021). Taylor will be heavily relied upon by the Skyhawks while Haines is one of the better young athletes in Oregon.

Separate from the perimeter kids, 6-4 8th grade line standouts Tiger Shanks and TJ Jakmauh will be heavily recruited on a nationwide level. In summary this group has the potential of being one of the best classes ever to represent the state. Stay tuned as football in the Northwest is only getting better.

(L-R) Elijah Elliot, Miles Jackson, Silas Starr, Ethan Flynn

(L-R) Elijah Elliot, Miles Jackson, Silas Starr, Ethan Flynn


Lake O Standouts (L-R) Joe Hutson, Thomas Dukart, Casey Filkins

Lake O Standouts (L-R) Joe Hutson, Thomas Dukart, Casey Filkins


ORE Top Young QB's (L-R) Jordan Woodin & Cade Knighton

ORE Top Young QB’s (L-R) Jordan Woodin & Cade Knighton

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