It would be an understatement to say this group of Juniors rising up out of the NW is not one of the deepest and best we have seen in years. Truly this past decade the Pacific NW has risen to a position of being a recruiting hotbed that colleges from across the US know they must pay attention too. Not a deep hotbed with hundreds of top recruits like Florida or Texas but the numbers here show that our percentage of D1 recruits per 100,000 in population is top cabin. Some years those numbers are larger then others but the trend line has been up.
The 2017 Class appears to be a very deep one. Here are 6 premier guys from Oregon and Washington that are leading this group, which we will cover in much more detail as we move ahead into the off season. Notice the linemen taking the lead this season; something the NW is well know for.
Pacific NW Prep Football Class Of 2017 One Of The Best In Years
Foster Sarrell- 6’6″- 310 lbs – Graham-Kapowsin (WA) 5 STARS
20 Majors to his name the young man has all the markings of a First Round draft pick and we have not even seen his best football. That is still ahead of him. He is rated #1 in the Nation for Offensive Tackles and #5 in the entire Class by Scout.com and Rivals has him nearly as high. Alabama, Oregon, USC, UW, Notre Dame and a long list of suitors are on him. His massive proportions and can manhandle all in his path. He has a lot of room to improve and that is what impresses me most. A great kid he is bound for good things and leads this entire class.
Elijah Molden – 5’10”- 180 lbs – West Linn High (Oregon) 4 STARS
Oregon’s best athlete and recruit this year is 4 Star recruit Elijah Molden. We have watched him change the outcome of many games on both offense and defense and there was never ever a question he was the best player on the field. One of the top handful of corner backs in the US, Molden has both hand full of big time offers with Oregon, ASU, Stanford, Washington and others lining up on him. Speed and Quickness are his best traits but his football IQ is right there – his pops Alex played for the Duckies and in the NFL. Mr Football in this class is this guy right here and he is amazing!
Salvon David Ahmed – 5’10”- 185 lbs – ATHLETE – Juanita HS (WA) 4 STARS
Salvon has to be close to his 5th star because his 4.44 verified laser 40 make him one of the fastest and most talented 2 way threats in the USA. We count 15 Majors at this time and there are more coming in. All the big names want a piece of this guy who is one of the smoothest and most fluid speedsters we have seen in years. His future is in him own hands and although UW seems to have an inside track he is doing officials with other big names. What an amazing talent he is.
Marlon Tuipolutu – 6’2″- 285 lbs- Central High School (Oregon) 4 STARS
Marlon is a force and our smaller school kid in this top tier group. One of the less publicized recruits he might be the best of the bunch. 15 Major colleges and rising have offered him led by Oregon, USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, UW, Michigan and more. He is a Top 10 rated Defensive Tackle in the US and with good reason. To date he has proven to be unstoppable and is another high ceiling guy.
Hunter Bryant- 6’3″- 240 lbs – Eastside Catholic (WA) 4 Stars
Bryant is a beast and as a Tight End with sprinter speed in a defensive ends body he is scary. Hunter’s hands are so soft and he is so smooth its magical to watch him. Once he catches the ball it is over- I have yet to see a corner or safety that can hang with him in space. He has moved the farthest up the lists the fastest and is now sitting on 8 offers including Auburn, UW, Arizona, and Nebraska. A top 10 – maybe a top 5 US Tight End this year. Watch this guy go!
Henry Bainavalu – 6’6″-305 lbs – Skyline High School (WA) 4 STARS
Henry is a guy we git behind before anyone else and it was not hard to do. He is tall, super athletic, aggressive, and has long arms. One of the best guard / tackles in the Nation and now sitting on 13 offers. All the big boys want a shot at this guy and why not? He is as smart and talented of a recruit as anyone this season. We love his toughness and demeanor. He can go all the way this guy.