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Kaelin Himphill’s OSU Offer Comes 12 Hours After NWPR Story

Kaelin Himphill’s OSU Offer Comes 12 Hours After NWPR Story

ATTENTION Recruits – Coaches- Moms’ and Dad’s-  This is an NWPR Recruiting Moment.  Learn from this.

Knowing the right people to help your athlete connect with College Coaches and recruiters.  Here is how fast this can work.  We have a broad reach- we know it.  Some High School Coaches know it.  Lots of kids know it too.

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Once and a while I like to tell people the way things are – I used to be wrong-a fair amount in the early days- now I bat just about .995.

2 Days ago we were contacted by Liberty High School’s Head Coach Eric Mahlum.  He wanted to share the 1st game highlights of his Linebacker Kalein Himphill.  We watched it and decided it was so exceptional we wanted to get it out there.

We wrote a short feature – The Story ran – Liberty Star Kaelin Himphill Makes D-1 Statement Review it here if you like.

In that story after contemplating all of the other film I have seen this year we made this statement-

To all you D-1 Coaches out there this is a guy you need to come after- he is as they say “The Total Package”.  Catch Kaelin Himphill’s Game 1 Highlights below!   YIKES! – 

We don’t do that often- make a bold call like this.  Having said that we are grateful so many Coaches have come to trust us- after all we are not charging a dime for this work and have no leaning to any one school.

Himphill texted that night to tell us his HUDL film was up 500 views and thanked us.  Later that night he had even better news-  “Oh by the way – Oregon State just offered me!”

That was last night.  Tonight Kaelin confirmed that the OSU Coaching staff saw our story, watched the film, and decided to ACT.  Kaelin had EWU, PSU, and West Point.  The OSU offer places him squarely in the middle of the top linebackers in the West for rankings.  He is s good as they come and that OSU defense would be on fire with his skill set.

The take aways are this:

  • Have great grades- be recruit-able.
  • Produce great film- be great.
  • Work with your High School Coaches and ask for help- we will always be here.
  • Get film to Major influencers.  This is always true in life.  Learn who is in the Space you are dealing with, who you need to influence and who can help you.  In the NW our site, NWPR, and myself are among them.  Ryland Spencer at NEI is another one.  There are others- I would say that the Local Newspapers are doing a good job but their work is not designed to work like this.  Big national sites like RIVALS, 247 Sports, and Scout have their place.  They are good to be in touch with too but remember they rate and rank kids and in that equation the result you are looking for may not be possible.
  • Coaches at the College Level watch and monitor all information.  Some more then others.  We have worked non-stop for 12 years to earn the respect we have.  In this case it paid off for Himphill.

If you have amazing film and want your story told reach out.  We are right here – email me at and I will try and help.

Kaelin’s Film is up almost 1,000 views- one big offer can cause another.  The unassuming kid is planning to go out and have a better Game 2.  He will have more film soon.

This is your tip for the day guys!


I am the Founder of the Northwest Prep Report. For 17 years I have led the way to the best of my ability to promote the best talent from the Pacific NW free of charge. It is my pleasure to continue to serve High School athletes from all over the Pacific NW and beyond. Formerly with my sites have now crossed over 8,000 stories, 7 MILLION Video Views, and 15,000 regular followers. Together with the best football people in the USA we pursue excellence for our NW athletes.

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