2011 OSU CLASS: Northwest prospects to watch

THE INK ON the 2010 Letters of Intent is barely dry but the Oregon State coaching staff has long been at work on the 2011 class. The Northwest churned out a pretty good crop of football gridders this past class but the early buzz on the members of the 2011 vintage is that they could turn out just as good, if not better. Here are a number of seniors-to-be to watch from Oregon and the Northwest.

And the following prospects could be among the most talked about Northwest recruits when their Signing Day rolls around a year from now. Emphasize the word "could" in that last sentence. There are many factors that shape a recruiting outlook, not just potential or raw talent. Grades, attitude, injuries, work ethic, summer-camp and combine performances, senior year progress and performance -- all of it goes into the mix.

And just to avoid any confusion, this is not a forecast of who the top players will be in Oregon and the Northwest for the 2011 class. This is a very early look at some homegrown seniors-to-be who have size and athleticism - -and who have captured our early attention.


Colt Lyerla | 6-4, 200
Hillsboro HS/Hillsboro, OR

Named the 5A Player of the Year after rushing for 1,543 yards and 26 touchdowns while catching 35 passes for 843 yards and 13 touchdowns Lyerla is one of the top players on the West Coast and looks to be a national type recruit.  He also earned first team all-state honors as a linebacker.

Lyerla, who was invited to the 2010 U.S. Army football combine, has offers from over 15 colleges including Oregon State, Oregon, Oklahoma among others.



Brennan Scarlett | 6-4, 245
Central Catholic HS/Portland, OR

Invited to the U.S. Army football combine as a junior, but didn't go as he recovered from left knee surgery. 

A standout linebacker and tight end who tallied 59 tackles and six sacks in 2009.  Despite his knee injury he holds offers from almost 10 schools, including Oregon State.



John Wolfe | 6-1, 285
Sam Barlow HS/Gresham, OR

A second team All-Mt. Hood conference pick on both sides of the ball as a junior Wolfe was invited to the 2010 U.S. Army football combine.



Tyson Coleman | 6-2, 195
Lake Oswego HS/Lake Oswego, OR

Following his sophomore year received offers from all four Northwest schools. Coleman jumped early on the Oregon offer in October and has verbally committed to play safety for the Ducks.



Austin Seferian-Jenkins | 6-7, 245
Gig Harbor HS/Gig Harbor, WA

He holds an Oregon State offer and figures to be among the top prospects nationally at his position due to his combination of size and speed. He has a 40 time of 4.73. The Gig Harbor product set single-season school records this past season with 60 receptions for 1,050 yards with 10 TDs as a junior.



Brett Smith | 6-2, 180
West Salem HS/Salem, OR

Jumped onto many school's radars after a standout showing at the Stanford NIKE combine.  The dual threat quarterback completed 91 of 142 passes for 1,614 yards for 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions while adding 817 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground in 2009.



Alex Mitchell | 6-3, 320
Jefferson HS/Portland, OR

One of the top guards on the west coast Mitchell earned honorable mention 5A All-State defensive lineman honors as a junior after being named a second team All-State offensive guard as a sophomore..



Nick Huelter | 6-3, 287
Rainier HS/Rainier, OR

A first team 3A All-State defensive lineman as a junior and the Lewis and Clark League's Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.



Jordan Talley | 5-11, 178
Jesuit HS/Portland, OR

The first team 6A All-State running back rumbled forf 1,808 yards and 22 touchdowns on 277 carries as he topped the 110 yard mark for 11 consecutive games in 2009.  He was invited to the 2010 U.S. Army football combine



Trevionte Riley | 6-0, 190
Grant HS/Portland, OR

The second team 6A All-State running back was invited to the 2010 U.S. Army football combine.



James Euscher | 6-8, 270
Aloha HS/Aloha, OR

A second team All-Metro League pick Eusher stands at a massive 6-foot-8, 270 pounds and still has plenty of room to grow.  He was invited to the 2010 U.S. Army football combine



Danny Shelton | 6-3, 292
Auburn Senior, HS/Auburn, WA

Named first-team AP All-State this past season, Shelton was also named SPSL North Lineman of the Year as a junior and holds an offer from Oregon State.



Charlie Hopkins | 6-6, 233
Gonzaga Prep School/Spokane, WA

One of only two juniors named first-team All-GSL for his work on defense this past season but his best position at the next level looks to be on offense.



Taniela Tupou | 6-2, 260
Archbishop Murphy HS/Everett, WA

A two-way all conference selection for 2A Archbishop Murphy, he breaks the mold in more ways than one. Often, a school wants to see a 2A player against higher competition but Tupou already has two Pac-10 offers from the Washington schools. Planning on taking his Mormom mission after his freshman season but is leaving the door open for a post-college mission.



Alphonse Wade |
Auburn Senior HS/Auburn, WA

Named first team and co-offensive running back of the year in the SPSL North, Wade carried the ball only 109 times on the season but rushed for 1,387 yards  (12.72 per carry, 138.70 per game) with 15 touchdowns.  



Ellis Henderson | 6-0, 170
Skyview HS/Vancouver, WA

A first-team Greater St. Helens League 4A defensive back out of Skyview High, he's also an electric kick returner – he wasn't touched on his 97-yard touchdown dash in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.



Kasen Williams | 6-2, 195
Skyline HS/Issaquah, WA

This past season, Williams hauled in 74 grabs for 1,209 yards with 20 touchdowns. The son of former U-dub WR Aaron Williams, many see the younger Williams as a sure-fire lock to sign with the nearby Huskies.



Cody McCarthy | 6-1, 220
Bishop Kelly HS/Boise, ID

A starter since his freshman year McCarthy won linebacker MVP award at Eugene NIKE Camp in the  summer of 2009.


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