If you haven’t noticed recruiting in the Northwest has picked up substantially over the last few seasons. Both the 2016 and 2017 classes within the State of Oregon have been special, with 40+ athletes heading off to play D1 ball from the 17′ group. An unreal # considering what the state has traditionally produced. Credit to the kids, coaches, and all of the individuals who have helped make this happen.
Looking ahead, the current freshman (Class of 2020), has what looks to be a phenomenal cast of athletes representing it.
The line group by itself could have four of the top big men in the country. It’s still early and a lot could happen, but as of right now it looks like the trend will continue. Check out some of Oregon’s top freshman and what could be a plethora of Division 1 athletes. Special thank you to Line Pro’s Alex Linnenkohl referencing his input on the lineman.
*SIDENOTE- This is a preliminary list. There will be a host of individuals added over the next year as many young athletes still go somewhat under the radar. Any players not on this list, whom you feel are deserving of recognition, please email their info to Battleprepwest@Gmail.com for review.
Jalen John 5-11 195 RB Aloha– When all is said and done John has the potential of being one of the best backs ever to come through Oregon. As a freshman he earned All Metro honors, rushing 79 times for 744 yards and 8 TDs, averaging 9.4 yards per carry. Phenomenal numbers for a kid that has shown flashes of Tyner, running with speed and power.
Silas Starr 6-2 185 WR Central Catholic– Starr is the real deal for multiple reasons. The projected 4* national recruit earned all conference accolades as a freshman, catching 22 passes and 5 TD’s. On top of his raw ability he is a great kid willing to put in the work. Silas will end up one of the most recruited WR’s ever to come out of Oregon.
Tiger Shanks 6-6 320 OL Lakeridge– Expect the Pacer O line to be receiving national attention in the coming years. Tiger isn’t just big, he can move, and is incredibly efficient in the trenches. With continued progression Shanks will rank as one of the top lineman in America for his class. He earned all conference honors this past season in the brutally tough TRL.
TJ Jakmauh 6-5 290 OL/DE Lakeridge– Jakmauh is another special lineman who earned all conference honors as a Freshman. His fluidity and ability to move on D, only helps solidify how talented and highly ranked he will be in the coming years. Much like Shanks he should be considered one of the top lineman in the country for his class.
Andy Alfieri 6-2 195 RB/LB Jesuit- One of the most talented football families in state history. Watch his film and you will see his dominance. Most remember his brother Joey, who will be one of the top players in the PAC 12 this season, and likely taken in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. His father Phil also had an NFL career.
Cade Knighton 5-11 175 QB Central Catholic– Knighton has what many call the “It” factor. He will be considered one of the top QB’s in the country for his class, being the exception to the rule with very few freshman starting and leading their teams at the age of 14. Cade is another individual that comes from a talented family with multiple D1 athletes. Expect him to be one of the top Quarterbacks in Oregon as a Sophomore.
Brayden Zolkoske 6-6 290 OL Tigard– It’s amazing how athletic and coordinated this kid is. His size is unique, with his body control being even more impressive. Brayden will have coaches traveling from all over the country to watch him play as you can’t teach many of his gifts. Expect to see him listed as one of the top big men in America for the 2020 class.
Miles Jackson 5-11 170 DB Central Catholic– Get used to this name. Jackson is a lock down DB that will be one o the state’s best on offense when called upon by the Rams. Miles is a student of the game and an unquestioned future D1 athlete that could play on either side of the ball.
Elijah Elliott 5-8 160 CB/ATH Jefferson- If we are talking pure talent he is one of the top overall athletes in the west. Elijah backs down from no one, starting as a freshman at the varsity level. Look for him to be a PIL Player of the Year favorite in the coming seasons.
Max Lenzy 5-9 155 Slot/ATH Tigard- Brother of all everything 4* athlete Braden Lenzy. Max has the potential of being better than his brother, which speaks volumes considering he has offers from everyone (USC, Notre Dame, Oregon etc..). The youngest Lenzy is a great kid that lets his play do the talking.
Casey Filkins 5-11 165 RB Lake Oswego- One of the most exciting athletes on the west coast. Filkins started as a freshman scoring multiple TD’s at the Varsity level. Watch his film and you see a kid that will break your ankles in the open field before running by you. Expect Casey to be a TRL statistical leader next season.
Thomas Dukart 6-0 165 Safety Lake Oswego- Another kid that played Varsity ball as a freshman. Dukart has the potential of being one of the top safeties in the country. He is that good. Thomas will play a high level of division 1 football and is one of the top overall athletes in the region.
Ethan Flynn 6-0 165 ATH Central Catholic- Flynn is a gamer and a kid that seems to consistently find the end zone. He led the EForce 8th grade all star group in TD’s last season and to an IMG regional title. Ethan has the ability to get consistent playing time for the Rams in 2017.
Kai Tinker 6-2 245 C Lakeridge- Tinker had a phenomenal freshman season earning honorable mention All TRL accolades, alongside two of the nation’s best in Shanks and Jakmauh. It’s still early but Kai projects as the top center in Oregon and a kid that will thrive as part of the Pacer line.
Matt Peterson 6-0 180 Slot/Safety Lakeridge- Peterson is a freak athlete and another kid that broke out at the Varsity level as a freshman. His 8 receptions for 95 yards and a TD against Tigard in just over a half made everyone stand up and take notice. Peterson will unquestionably be one of Oregon’s best.
Damarzhe Nelson 5-9 190 LB/RB Jefferson- You want this kid on your side. Nelson’s combination of overall athleticism and strength will cause headaches for opponents. He is the exception to the rule from a size standpoint as he can play multiple spots on the field
Tommy Mckedy 6-2 255 C/DL Scappoose- Saw time on Varsity as a freshman and will start both ways next year. One of the top lineman in the state. With continued growth he has the potential of being one of Oregon’s top line recruits.
Tim Price 5-10 235 DT Jefferson- Price is a beast on the interior and had a lot of success coming up through the youth ranks. Expect to see him listed among the top players in the PIL.
Casey Tawa 5-10 155 Slot WR West Linn- Most are familiar with his brother, 3X Oregon Gatorade POY Tim Tawa, one of Oregon’s best ever. Casey is super legit in his own right, catching anything and everything thrown his way. Fundamentally he is phenomenal.
Joe Hutson 6-1 170 WR Lake Oswego- Hutson is real. Easily one of the top receivers in the Pacific NW for his class. Joe will require a consistent double team if you want to contain him, as he could start as a Sophomore for the Lakers.
John Miller 6-0 180 LB/RB Tualatin- Expect Miller to be one of the top players in the Three Rivers League. He could play a significant role as a Sophomore excelling thus far over the off season.
Alex Hall 6-1 245 DL/OL Clackamas- Member of the Oregon FBU team. Could make a significant impact at the Varsity level next season. Hall can play either side of the ball and projects as a multi year 1st team all conference kid.
Hunter Gilbert 5-7 150 ATH Tigard- Played Varsity ball as a freshman. Not the biggest kid, but one of the top athletes on the field at all times. Projects as one of the best in the conference.
Zach Zumwalt 6-1 260 OL Oregon City- Zumwalt is a three sport athlete that broke out on the FBU circuit, showing off his overall athleticism. Will be one of the better lineman in Oregon.
Cooper Justice 6-5 195 QB Lakeridge- Big talented kid that can throw the rock. Justice is an outstanding overall athlete who has potential in multiple sports. He will have opportunity to lead what should be one of the top teams in the state in the next few years.
Kainoa Sayre 5-11 175 WR Tualatin- One of the fastest rising freshman recruits in Oregon. 7v7 Coach Stevie Coury raves about his ability and upside. Look for Sayre to make an immediate impact at the Varsity level this season.
Logan Carr 5-10 185 LB/Safety Sherwood- Just a talented football player. Carr looks the part and should play a big role for the Bowmen in the years to come.
Kalvin Souders 6-2 170 WR Central Catholic- Scored multiple TDs this past season and has the potential to be one of Oregon’s best. He has all the tools and could be a special athlete.
Parker Durbin 6-1 170 WR West Linn- Another freshman standout at WL. Durbin and Tawa have the potential of being the best WR duo to come through the school.