Year in and year out Western Oregon has continued it’s rise nationally at the D2 level. 2019 was monumental as the Wolves grabbed their first GNAC Conference Championship, finishing (5-1) in league, while winning at Central Washington for the first time since 1998.
From a scheduling standpoint WOU doesn’t shy away from tough competition playing one of the tougher schedules nationwide. This includes next season when they open at Idaho and play now D1AA Tarleton State. An elite former D2 school that has gone (23-2) over the last two seasons.
As much as any group I have ever been around the WOU coaching staff sticks together and continually figures out a way to land top recruits throughout the region. This past off season was no different landing maybe their best recruiting class ever. A lot of the incoming 2020 athletes have projected at the FCS level but made the decision to go to Monmouth.
Have a look at some of the kids who headline the class. With continued progression, this could be a multi year conference title school, who ends up ranked nationally starting as early as next season.
Full 2020 WOU Recruiting Class: https://wouwolves.com/news/2020/2/5/wou-football-national-signing-day-2020.aspx
Hafoka was one of the biggest gets for any D2 program nationally. He earned 1st team all area honors while playing in two state title games at Tumwater, winning one. There are few who had better film as he was absolutely dominant on the interior.
Haynes was offered by FBS Utah St and FCS Montana St to put his talent into perspective. Ranked a 3* national recruit he was a three year all conference athlete on offense, defense, and special teams. He has the potential of being one of the nation's best at the D2 level.
Wilson went off as a Senior earning 1st team all state honors. His 139 receptions, 2000+ yards receiving, and 30 Td's over the last two seasons puts him in a special category.. Look for him to potentially play early at WOU.
Mataia comes from a football family and is an absolute disrupter on the defensive front. He will bring a winning attitude and mentality to the Wolves as Union HS rarely lost over the course of his career, winning a state title in 2018.
Western got a steal here. In my opinion one of the most slept on kids in the West. Has the potential of being the best athlete of the entire class. Earned 1st team All SWC honors playing with a non stop motor and junkyard dog type mentality.
Sparks is another 3* recruit. It's rare that D2s land a handful of nationally ranked kids but that's what WOU achieved. Chance had three consecutive 1000+ yard seasons, something very rare at any level. He was a multi year 1st team all conference athlete.
Western landed a pair of Hermiston kids with Coughlin possessing legit size and physicality. He is a winner in every sense of the word. Look for him to thrive in the Wolves system.
The 2x Defensive Player of the Year in the PIL . TJ had one of the most successful seasons in state history within his conference. His 24.5 sacks and 39 tackles for loss broke records.
Smalley was a multi-sport all conference athlete at Westview HS. He is another nationally ranked 3* recruit. His ability on the basketball floor speaks to his overall athleticism. Now just focused on football he could be very dangerous.
Riley put up some ridiculous numbers over the course of his career earning Oregon 5A defensive player of the year honors as a Junior. His 200 tackles and 27 sacks from 2018-19 speak to that, along with the leadership he showed helping the Colts win back to back state titles.