More Pac-12 level talent from Pacific Northwest this class than usual, says Huffman, citing strong Oregon crop

IF IT SEEMS like there are more Pac-12 level prospects in the 2017 class from the states of Washington and Oregon, and just more Pacific Northwest talent on the Cougars’ radar heading into Saturday’s junior day at Washington State than usual, it’s not your imagination.

CouGreat Alex Brink, the 7v7 coach of EForce Football and Oregon Breed, tells several of his guys will be in Pullman this weekend.

In addition to three we reported on Thursday who hold scholie offers from the Cougs (Connor Neville, David Morris, Jason Rucker) others headed to Pullman this weekend for junior day include Parker Cardwell, Malakai Salu (pictured above) Trey Davis and Trey Woods (video on all four plus others below).

It was unknown at press time if Demetrius Douglas was also visiting WSU on Saturday but he’s another EForce Oregonian drawing WSU interest, Brink said.  He also said 2018 cornerback Braden Lenzy will be in Pullman as well.

Oregon in the 2017 class is primed to produce a significantly greater amount of D-I recruiting talent than normal, National Analyst Brandon Huffman tells CF.C.

“This is easily the most talented and deep class from the state of Oregon in the last 5-7 years -- there is an elite corner in Elijah Molden, an elite defensive tackle in Marlon Tuipulotau and a four-star quarterback in Connor Neville,” said Huffman.  “But more importantly, there is depth in the state, with several Pac-12 level guys at a slew of positions, like OL Alex Forsyth and OL Jaxson Kirkland, linebackers like David Morris and Daniel Green and defensive backs like Demetrius Douglas plus a big-play receiver in Isaia Mullen.”

WSU’s primary area recruiter in Oregon and on the west side of the state of Washington, Eric Mele, and figures to face heightened competition in the Beaver State for the 2017 crop.

“Coaches will be hitting Oregon a little harder this year,” said Huffman.

The Evergreen State is no slouch either when it comes to the 2017 crop, says Huffman.

“In Washington, it’s a strong year, particularly on the offensive line,” says Huffman, “with the nation’s top tackle in Foster Sarell and four-star linemen like Dontae Powell and Henry Bainivalu.  But then there are talented two-way prospects like Connor Wedington and Salvon Ahmed and the No. 2 tight end in the West in Hunter Bryant.  Plus the state has depth as well, with a lot of other Power 5 talent spread out."

Powell and Bainivalu are both expected to be in Pullman on Saturday, while Bryant visited WSU earlier this week.

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Parker Cardwell

Malakai Salu

Trey Davis

Trey Woods

Demetrius Douglas

Braden Lenzy, 2018 class


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