Maybe the biggest compliment that any young player can receive is an official Nomination to play in one of the National All Star games. Better yet to be nominated to be an ARMY ALL AMERICAN.
And for West Linn's Evan Voeller that is exactly what just happened. Voeller was nominated to be one of about 180 kids around the Nation who are being considered for a final invite to play in the game out of a list of hundreds who were looked at.
Evan, the 6'4"-285 pound O-Linemen, has said he will accept the invite if it is extended and would join Thomas Tyner (Who has already been invited to play) of Aloha as a representative from Oregon. This is a huge deal and these two young men are guys who could follow in the footsteps of such greats as Suh, Myles Wade, Curtis White, OWA, Colt Lyerla, Brennan Scarlett, and last years selection Alex Balducci.
"It is a huge honor to be nominated," said the always reserved Voeller who let's his play speak for itself.
Was he expecting the nomination?
"It was always a goal of mine. So I have trained and worked as hard as I can. To get the nomination is very rewarding," he said.
The game is held during the first 10 days of January in San Antonio and is always the pinnacle of the Bowl season. This year he and Tyner should both have a shot to start for the West squad.
With Tyner already verbally committed to the Ducks will Voeller do a hat "Hat Ceremony" on National TV as is customary if he is iinvited?
"No. I will probably commit before that. Right now I have my final 5 schools as Oregon, U of W, UCLA, Cal, and Stanford. But the recent offer from Nebraska means I need to think through things a little longer," he said unsure if a trip to Nebraska is in his future.
The fabulous student athlete has above average speed, agility, and strength and is one of the most technically sound high school offensive linemen you will find any where in the Nation.
Some of that technique was learned as a young guy in the 5 years he attended the Brian Derby Offensive Line Camp that had been held annually in Beaverton, Oregon. Derby is considered by many insiders to be the premier O'Line Coach in the Nation and has helped scores of athletes in Hawaii make it on to college through his teachings.
"We always have had great kids come through the camps in Oregon. Evan always had the size but it is his smarts and hard work that he has paired with that that has allowed him to succeed at this level," said the Coach who offers over 20 weekends of his life annually to the kids of Hawaii and his camp is free to those willing to work.
"It's unreal to see him going to this level! Really awesome stuff," concluded the Coach.
Back at home Evan and the West Linn Lions are trying to prepare for the 2012 season under their new Head Coach Mike Fanger. So we asked Evan how that was working out so far.
"He seems like he is going to be great to play for. The energy seems really good and a lot of guys are in the weight room. So I think it is going to be a good year ahead," he concluded.
More to follow for Voeller next week as his nomination becomes official. And OregonPreps.com will of course keep our readers updated all along the way!