Three amazing athletes have been rising through the ranks over at Westview High School in NW Portland and it is high time we covered them. All three of them have been mentioned in various write ups here at NWPR but I want to focus on them here. The trio consist of Juniors Samouri Toure (6’2″- 170 lb Wide Receiver) and Jason Rucker (6’1″ – 175 lb Free Safety), and Sophomore Mason Elliott (6’3″-180 lbs) . They are all superbly gifted and all bring similar yet distinctly different skills to the field.
The Wildcats featured the State of Oregon’s most prolific offense last season with it not being uncommon to watch them put up 60 points in a night. Austin Brisbee, a phenom at QB, threw for over 3,500 yards and these 3 were a big reason why. Let me just say if you are a Collegiate Coach or scout your going to want to get over to see a game this Fall because all three of these guys are going to move on to college.
In Samori Toure we see a tall lanky wide receiver who is agile, quick, and has tenacity and hands. He does a great job breaking off the line with few cover men being able to slow him down. His skills have consistently become better and he seems a natural fit at the Wide Receiver spot although his overall skill set can be put to use elsewhere. Many of the catches we saw him make were acrobatic and he created big gains through adjustments he was able to make mid route and once in the air. This is the stuff a great pass catcher has to be able to do. He has good height for the position and big hands that do not let him down very often.
Samori was a top performer at Session 3 of the recent NW Stars Camp.
In 2014 he had 690 yards receiving and 10 TD’s on just 32 catches. That is over 20 yards per catch. He is a First Team All Metro League Wide Receiver
Jason Rucker is the second of the three. He is physical and fast and as a safety he wreaked havoc in the passing lanes all last year. He showed some flashes as a speed back in the offense too and we may see more of that this year. Probably his best assets are his Football IQ (student of the game) and his explosive hips which we saw unload on several opposing receivers leaving them hearing footsteps the rest of the night. 5 pass break ups last season and 12 solo tackles as well as tremsndous work on run support.
Rucker is heating up on the recruiting front and starting to make some noise by earning all Camp honors at 7 on 7 events and the NW Stars Camp in Feb. 2015 in Seattle.
Now most teams would be blessed to have two such athletes but the Cats have many more. The best player on this team and a kid who many feel is the best athlete in the Metro League is Sophomore Mason Elliott.
The kid is rangy, thick, and tall. Watching him is a study in route running and down and distance management. He makes all the short to mid range catches and then has an unbelievable ability to take the play deep to the far corner where he often caught balls that were perhaps too deep to stay in bounds and brought them in for scores.
One thing I see is body proportions on kids. All these guys have long arms for their height and I knew Mason’s were extraordinary. I finally confirmed for myself that at 6’3.5″ he now has a 6’7.5″ wing span. Folks this is obvious in his film and Collegiate Coaches will see this for what it is; un-defendable. No Safety or cover corner will be able to outreach him for the ball ever because not only is he fast but he can jump. It will not surprise us if his vertical is 35″ plus as we get closer to camp and combine season. What this means is the young man has a bright future. He too has a football IQ off the charts.
Add to that a 10.25″ hand spread measurement (longer then 99% of 2014 NFL combine WR) and the kid is blessed with it all.
Now Elliott has to work on his speed but gosh he is a Sophomore and is dang fast. It is very possible he will see 6’5″ or more by graduation and could morph into an H-Back, Tight-End, or a defensive end. Time will tell on this guy but he is a top recruit no doubt.
Westview is blessed and if their QB Zach Schmerber (Soph) can crank up the offense these boys will run wild next season. As we said all 3 are being recruited and should be widely discussed by college staffs who will certainly be watching them play. Best of luck to them and the Wildcats in the coming season.
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