Two of the top players in the state of Oregon for the 2018 class are Tayler Phillips (6-5 190 Jr. WR) and Rich England Jr. (6-2 225 Jr. LB ) of Grants Pass.
The kids out of Southern Oregon don’t necessarily get the notoriety that some athletes up North get. That said as Head Coach John Musser and company have done a good job of helping his kids get recruited.
SWC Lineman of the Year Anthony Del Toro and 6-3 220 pound athlete Dylan Hanley, both earned scholarships from Portland State last season. Standout DB and current Senior Jerin Appling committed to PSU earlier this year as well.
Phillips and England both project at the FCS level or higher, so keep an eye on the Vikings and the Big Sky schools in general. The 6-5 Phillips is a talented basketball kid and will have opportunities in both sports. He has had a breakout season thus far for the Cavemen (5-2), catching 20+ passes for 358 yards, and 5 TD’s.
Speaking on the year Tayler says, “I just want to win, I don’t really care how much I get the ball, as long as I can force teams to double cover me, and open up the field for everyone else”. He added, “I’m hoping to be all state in basketball and I’m not sure what sport I want to pursue in college…Regardless I just want to get as much tuition paid for as possible.”
England is one of the only players in recent GP history to play Varsity football as a freshman. Originally from California, he impresses with his overall athleticism. He has been a multi sport kid for most of his life (Wrestling, Track, Basketball) but projects on the football field. You can expect to see him listed as one of the region’s top backers when the Battle Prep updated positional rankings are released.
Grants Pass is still in the mix for a conference title as they will travel to Sheldon to close the year. Sophomore QB Blain Hobbs has been another bright spot for the Cavemen as they will have a legit nucleus of athletes returning.
We will keep you updated as GP looks to have another pair of D1 athletes leading the program.