Oregon High School Class Of 2018 One Of The Best Ever - Part 1 of the Series
One thing is for sure. When the Class of 2018 moves through the Oregon High School football recruiting ranks and on to college they are going to leave their mark. This talented bunch is more top-heavy in terms of Star Rankings than almost any we have previously seen. Oregon as a State will traditionally have 4 or 5 prospects who achieve a 4 Star rating by the time National Letter of Intent day comes in February each year. This 2018 group already has 6 six 4 Stars and could finish with as many as 10 before it all over.
The mystery around star ranking and how kids get them is shrouded in mystery for most observers and parents trying to get their bearings. Well let me clarify a couple of things.
Editors Note" The Truth About Star Rankings
1) Star Rankings above 2 rarely come before major offers. The big networks including Scout and Rivals.com, which I was an editor for previously, do rank kids who do not have D-1 offers as high as 4 but most kids have offers by the time they get that coveted rating. So any of you athletes or parents who want Star rankings and feel like you can get them by going to a 7 on 7 or a showcase are wrong for the most part. You may convince one of us analysts to get you on the board with a 2 Star and in rare occasions a 3 Star. But the coveted 4 and 5 Stars are usually going to be athletes with multiple offers.
2) College Coaches will not offer you based on Star Rankings. It will not and does not offer. In fact most coaches pay little attention to that preferring to rely on film and 1-1 analysis of each player they extend an offer to.
If you want Stars get offers. Once you hit enough offers you can attain a 4 or 5 Star and at that point there is a "piling on" effect and a kid can blow up. But that again only happens after Coaches see film, meet a kid, and see their peers going after a kid.
If you want offers keep your grades up, train like a monster, do more than Football in terms of sports, and take your show on the road and press the flesh with some targeted schools and coaches.
Believe it our not many athletes and their parents fall into the "Star Chasing Trap" and spend thousands on running and flying all over the Nation to showcases and supposed "Showcase camps" where every form of Snake Oil salesman is waiting to take their cash. Those same folks do not spend much time nor money going to Junior Days and campus visits with college staffs.
Get it straight - do it right - be great and you will be happier and more successful.
These 2018 boys deserve some major credit and have all fit the model I outlines above. Let's have a look at the frist 4 of this most talented group of kids.
Braden Lenzy - Tiagrd HS - 6'1"- 175 lbs. WR-Corner Back
Committed to Notre Dame
Braden was special from the day he was born I think. Here is the second fastest cat on the West Coast. After multiple offers and some early campus visits he was way over the Moon for the Irish and locked in his spot for college with what appears to be a solid verbal. One of the top 10 Corner Backs in the US and a top rated receiver. Sounds like ND will use him as a WR and take advantage of that separation speed! He could see time on special teams as well. One of the best pure gamers we have had in years!
Trey Lowe - Jesuit High School - 5'9"- 180 lbs - Athlete
Committed to the UW
Is anyone better than Trey Lowe with the football in their hands? Probably not. This unbelievably strong kid is one of the most prolific running backs we have ever seen in Oregon. His Junior year was cut short by an injury before the playoffs but he did so much in his Soph. and Junior years that he blew up. His film and overall package is too convincing. Add to that his All American brother who dominated in High School and at Oregon and the proof as they saw was in fact in the pudding. He can play slot, RB, CB, or special teams for the Dawgs and was the target of 2- plus offers. This is one special young man.
Talanoa Hufanga - Crescent Valley HS - 6'1"- 200 lbs - ATH
Uncommitted - 20 Majors Have Offered
I do not think there is any doubt this guy is ready for prime time. He is too big, too fast, too explosive, and too good not to go all the way. We were the first to cover Talanoa after he had a break out year for Coach Scott Sanders in his Sophomore Campaign. Here is a guy who has rarely made any camp appearance and yet he continues to rise. He projects as a Safety or OLB but could play WR, QB, TE or ??? He is capable of earning a 5th Star and is just waiting out the process letting the offers come to him. He is very relaxed and one of the best High School athletes we have ever seen from Oregon. He is very reminiscent of Astoria and OSU Beaver great Jordan Poyer (Bills) who was one of the best in Oregon History. Go Team Hufanga!
Elijah Winston - Central Catholic HS - 6'3"- 230 lbs- Linebacker
8 Offers from Majors- More Coming in
Elijah, who's Twitter handle is @Ewinston34, is yet another in a long line of freakish athletes out of Portland's Central Catholic High School. This big fast mover has offers from the likes of Oregon, UCLA, UTAH, OSU, and Notre Dame. He may end up with Lenzy at Notre Dame or with his talented big brother LaMar at Oregon. But USC aka. Linebacker U may end up with this guy if they offer. His 4 Stars are most legit and if this kid hits you your toast. I do not think we have seen his best football by any means and look forward to how things end up. He could be a great walk up or quick side Defensive End as well. Time will tell for this talented guy!