It wasn’t that long ago the state of Oregon would produce, on average, 5-10 division 1 kids per year. Over the last half decade things have drastically changed, with the Three Rivers League becoming the unquestioned dominant 6A conference in Oregon.
So much so that it was worth taking a look at the D1 projected athletes playing in the TRL this season. Breaking down the numbers we see 13 kids already offered or committed, with close to 20 additional athletes who will most likely play at that level.
To put this into perspective, Lakeridge and Canby would be front runners to win the GVC (6A Salem League) IMO. You can reference the Battle Prep preseason rankings below, where five Three Rivers teams are ranked in the state’s top 10. Add to this Newberg who will potentially put out their best squad in school history.
The coaches that lead these schools deserve a lot of credit. From the youth on up these organizations are run as well as any in the Northwest. After this season you could have 4 head coaches with state title rings (Chris Miller- West Linn 2016? Steve Coury-Lake O, Greg Lawrence-Sherwood, Craig Ruecker-Tigard).
Coach Zernickow of Tualatin took an 0-9 Timberwolves program to the second round of the playoffs in 2015, finishing (8-3). Elvis Akpla of Lakeridge is one of the best and brightest young coaches anywhere in the region. Give him a few years and the Pacers will once again be an Oregon power.
One of the biggest challenges for each team will be to stay healthy. On top of playing brutal non conference schedules, each week will be a battle within the TRL. With 30+ D1 projected athletes this could very well be the best conference, top to bottom, ever to represent the state.
Projected TRL Rankings
#1 West Linn
#8 Lake Oswego
OFFERED or COMMITTED
Elijah Molden CB/RB West Linn 17′ (OFFERS: Oregon, USC, Stanford, Washington, Arizona St, Wash St)
Alex Forsyth T West Linn 17′ (COMMITTED: Oregon)
Dawson Jaramillo T Lake Oswego 18′ (OFFERS: Oregon, Oregon St, Cal, Washington)
David Morris S/ATH Sherwood 17′ (COMMITTED: Oregon St)
Josh Bowcut DT Sherwood 17′ (COMMITTED: Oregon St)
Braden Lenzy ATH/CB Tigard 18′ (OFFERS: Oregon, Oregon St, Wash St, Purdue)
Anthony Adams DB/ATH Newberg 17′ (OFFERS: Hawaii, Montana St, Portland St)
Tim Tawa QB West Linn 17′ (COMMITTED: Stanford-Baseball)
Luka Nixon DE/TE Sherwood 17′ (OFFERS: Nevada, Utah St, Wyoming, Army, E.Washington, Weber St)
Jake Dukart QB Lake Oswego 18′ (COMMITTED: Arizona St-Baseball)
Jake Porter DE West Linn 17′ (OFFERS: Northern Colorado)
Justin Altenhofen WR West LInn 17′ (OFFERS: Northern Colorado)
Mitchell Johnson OLB West Linn 17′ (OFFERS: Montana St)
*Athletes listed below project at the D1 level (FBS or FCS). Just like every year there will be additions as the season progresses.
*Incoming freshman (2020 athletes) will NOT be listed. There is no particular order.
Hunter Lampson 6-6 315 T/DT 17′ West Linn
Zack Huffstutter 6-0 200 S/WLB 18′ West Linn
Qawi Ntsasa 5-10 175 Slot 18′ West Linn
Dawson Jolley 5-10 165 RB 19′ West Linn
Ethan Long 6-2 195 QB 19′ West Linn
Zack Jenkins 5-11 180 ATH 18′ Sherwood
Zane Sands 6-3 210 LB 18′ Sherwood
Shawn Elliott 6-3 260 OL 17′ Lake Oswego
Bryson Breeze 5-11 180 SS/ATH 19′ Lake Oswego
Thomas Dukart 6-0 165 S/ATH 19′ Lake Oswego
Chris Todd 6-2 190 ATH/LB 19′ Lake Oswego
Collin Bracken 6-0 180 RB/S 19′ Lake Oswego
Sateki Kinikini 6-3 310 DT 17′ Tigard
Jash Allen 6-2 210 RB/LB 17′ Tigard
Oliver Nasilai 6-2 225 LB 18′ Tigard (Transfer- Arkansas)
Jared Ellisen 6-6 225 DE/TE 17′ Tualatin
MIke Irwin 6-1 195 QB 17′ Lakeridge
Jack Holum 6-6 225 TE/DE 17′ Lakeridge
Nick Hoddevik 5-11 185 RB/S 18′ Lakeridge
Will Scadden 6-3 175 WR 19′ Lakeridge