Did you hear the one about the kid from a small Oregon town who thought he could be the best, worked his butt off, never quit, and wanted to be the #1 wide receiver here in the West?
Well if you didn't you will now. Because that is exactly what he wanted to do and he did it.
"You do the work and try your best. But when it happens your surprised. I am just so grateful to be on this team," said Paul Revis of Scappoose Football during one of the best interviews we have had in a while.
The 5'8"-150 pounder is no giant. Far from it. But he has the whole skill set as a wide receiver and was honest that he is strong across the board at all of the positions many requirements.
And the numbers do not lie.
As of right now MaxPreps has him as the #8 Receiver in the United States for total receiving yards with 1,396. He is tied for #1 in Total Receiving TD's with 23. And if you look at the ranking and sort it by players that have played 9 games he is #3 in the Nation.
This sort of thing has happened. But not often. And yes they don't have everyone in the Nation. We know. And we don't care because it would not change the fact that this young man is a top talent.
"I am best at getting open. And I can catch. And I am fast," he said. "I know what I need to work on. My Height!"
Kid has a great sense of maturity and humor and boy is he relaxed about his future. He has that confidence you find in the great players. Not that he is a D-1 big timer. No Paul will have to find a home like the rest of the hopefuls out there.
But this guy could be truly great at the collegiate football level and beyond his obvious skill he can be great because he believes in himself more then anyone. Something crucial to success at the college level.
Add to all this his near 500 yards rushing and 9.51 yards per carry and 6 additional TD's and you start to get the full picture. His 4.5 40 is legit. Not imagined or stretched that is real nice speed right there and it powers that enture package that Revis brings to the field.
Scappoose is 5-0 and has a bye this week. Paul helped with that result and the teams 8-1 season a fair amount. And he looked back on the season with us.
What was his best memories of Senior year?
"Beating Astoria and Banks and being up 40 and 50 points by half time. You have no idea how good that feels after being on the other end of some big losses over the years. Those things stand out for sure," he said. "Against Astoria I threw for a TD, Caught 2 TD Passes, Ran for 1, and had a Pick 6. So that was my best effort and something I will never forget."
And Neither will Astoria were betting.
Now the Indians are a long way from being State Champs because there a host of others vying for the crown too; it is going to be tough. It is a brutal year with several teams crowded at the top. But Revis likes their chances.
"Coach McNabb (Sean) has planned for us to peak in the Middle of November this season. He and the Coaches have brought us along and I feel that is exactly where we are at right now. So of course we are all really excited."
Paul has applied to Oregon and Oregon State and is a very good student so he is not worried about getting in. And he has been to Linfield and is looking at the D-3 Colleges too. But he is in no hurry.
"I am not under any pressure. I am not desperately trying to find a scholarship at all. You know just let things unfold and focus on our team and try my best to be a great team mate. I want to study journalism someday and maybe Marketing. So if I have some money offered for football but that school does not have the degree I am going to go where I can get my degree of choice," he concluded. "I have no problem what soever walking on to a football program and earning my way."
One thing to know. He may not be the biggest guy but he has been hit, and hit, and hit and hit some more all year. And the kid just keeps getting up! So durability has not been an issue for Paul.
He will play basketball and baseball too this year at Scappoose before he graduates and is clearly a top talent from the same school that produced Oregon State Beaver and NFL QB Derek Anderson. So maybe lightning will strike twice right there along HWY 30 and the banks of the Willamette Channel.
Best of luck to a top talent and a kid who is making Oregon and the Pacific Northwest proud!
Have a look at this guy and his team getting after it!