Two of Oregon’s most exciting young athletes are Cole Turner (6-5 195 WR 18′) of Clackamas and Qawi Ntsasa (5-10 165 Slot 18′) out of West Linn. Each broke out this off season on the 7v7 circuit against elite national competition, catching 6 TD’s a piece at the Passing Down Regional Tourney in Oakland. There performances helped the Team Oregon/EForce Underclassmen group, reach the final four of the Northern California event, with 40 teams in attendance.
Ntsasa earned 1st team all conference honors in 2015, catching 44 passes for 570 yards and 8 TD’s, during the teams run to the state title game. His ability to cut and accelerate make him a touchdown threat any time he has the ball in his hands. More than anything Ntsasa is tough. He isn’t the biggest kid, but he backs down from no one. His 35 total tackles and 2 INT’s defensively, only help to solidify him as one of the most versatile Sophomores in the Northwest.
Referencing Qawi NFL vet & West Linn Head Coach Chris Miller says, “I call him lightning in a bottle.. He will play a big role for us this fall, mainly on offense and as a return specialist”. Adding, “Qawi has a high football IQ and is a great kid that just loves the game.”
As for Turner he could be the fastest rising recruit in Oregon for the class of 2018. The two sport standout went off down in Cali, making quick work of defenders. Cole will require a consistent double team next year as he has unique body control for a big man. Coach Bushman and the Cavs should be able to exploit defenses as DB’s won’t be able to contain him one on one.
Speaking on some of his personal goals Turner says, “I’m hoping to be a candidate for offensive player of the year and the best receiver in my class.” As of right now he would rank towards the top of the charts, with South Medford’s Chase Cota currently listed as the #3 WR in the nation.
Turner and Ntsasa are two very different type of receivers but equally impressive. Qawi is a burner and one of the most electric athletes in the region. Cole is all of 6-5 and just coming into his own. Both kids project at the D1 level, with Ntsasa being the exception to the rule from a size standpoint.
We will keep you updated as you can expect both young wide outs to be two of the most talked about players in Oregon this season.