NW Wide Receiver Class For 2018 Looking Epic: Cole Turner has always had the ability. God knows he has the size at 6’6″ and 200 lbs. to be a dominate Wide Receiver in the collegiate ranks. He has done the work, put in the time, and proven himself time and again on the field.
— Cole Turner (@KingCole_Turner) May 16, 2017
Today his dream of earning that D1 label came true thanks to the Nevada Wolfpack who made him an offer to play for them after his Senior year. Why did this take so long? The answer may not be as obvious as you think but here is my take.
The Pacific NW is not known for high school wide receivers who have moved on the D1 level, at least not in any serious numbers. Think hard and you may find a handful of guys who have gone on and run the table. That is not because they are not here but because colleges generally turn towards recruiting hotbeds like Florida, Texas, and California where these special athletes are thick in numbers.
Times have changed now thank God with the entrance of Jermaine Kearse (Lakes HS (WA) / Seattle Seahawks) and Kasen Williams (Skyline HS (WA) / Seattle Seahawks) into the upper echelon of recruiting. That has been followed by a few other big time NW Wideouts making it out including this year’s NFL draft where Cooper Kupp (AC Davis (WA) / LA Rams) and Kendrick Bourne (Milwaukie HS (OR) / 49ers) both made waves for the NW.
This year Oregon gets on the board big time in this 2018 class with Cole Turner (3 stars) who is going to move on to a D1 College and is currently a Scout 3 Star. Leading the way for the State is Chase Cota (South Medford HS-OR) who has 20 plus Major Offers and is ranked as a top 7 WR in the US! He just announced he is playing in the US Army All-American Game which is huge for him and his Panthers! Add UW Husky commit Trey Lowe (Jesuit HS -OR) who also has 4 Stars and a National ranking at the WR spot and the Class is deep.
Washington has a great class too with Daniel Arias (Jackson HS – 4 Star) leading the way with 9 D1 offers. Joining him with 4 stars is Anthony Stell (Ranier HS – 6 Major Offers). Mason Starling of Ranier Beach has 3 Stars and 4 offers and Jesiah Irish of Mt Si HS. has 3 Stars and 3 offers of his own. 2 stars go to Mekhi Metcalf (Garfield HS) and Robert Mason III of Graham-Kapowsin and both of them have offers as well.
Idaho has WR Demonte Horton on the Board with an offer from Air Force and ASU. Gabe Sulser of Montana (Billings HS-WR) has 4 offers and is a gifted kid from the Big Sky State. There will be more too. Maybe many more.
This is encouraging and after being at May Madness this past weekend it was clear that there are so many talented kids in the NW. Speed is what we need in this position so I encourage any receiver to train for speed- the knock on our guys nationally in all our skill spots has not been the size or ability; mainly the speed. This 2018 Class is going to send a wave into the college ranks that will amplify the NW brand of talent that we have at Wide Receiver. It is going to be Epic in my view!
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