NW Stars Camp Recap

The Northwest Stars Camp at Bellevue's Interlake High School hosted over 300 athletes including players from the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 classes. Here's a look at 10 players who stood out and showed why we need to keep our eyes on them down the road...

Arguably the best player out there regardless of position or class, the 5-foot-11, 183-pound 10th grader brought the house down during the RB/LB 1-1’s when he consistently juked the ‘backer right out of his shoes. Wedington is still a growing boy, so who knows if he’ll stay at RB or if he’ll get more opportunities outside as a receiver in space, but he has a chance to be an elite-level football player by the time he graduates. He’s on that track.

Lefau comes from the current 3A champs, and even though a non-pads event doesn’t really fit the strengths of the 6-foot, 210-pound sophomore, he came out Sunday and showed why he should be considered one of the top early prospects for 2017. He runs with a one cut, slashing style that bruises up opponents when they come head up, and no one really wanted a piece of him during the pass protection part of camp. Look for more from Lefau this fall as he has a chance to be EC’s top running back, even with the explosive Brandon Wellington, a 2016 UW commit, right there in the same group.

McNary used to put out a few D1 prospects from down in the Salem-Keizer area, but they’ve hit a rough patch the last 10 years. Kolby Barker might give the Celtics something to cheer about for the next couple years. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Barker played middle linebacker as a sophomore for the Celtics, telling you something right there. It’s not easy being a three-year MLB starter in smaller leagues, but McNary is in Oregon 6A country - their highest classification - so he’s not going up against a bunch of slappies. Again, tough to really see what a bruiser like Barker can do in a non-pads format, but he ran around very well for his size and certainly didn’t shy away from what contact was provided. Definitely a 10th grader to watch for the future.

For the most part, this article is about players who will be in high school next fall, however, we cannot talk about top performances at the camp without mentioning Savusa. The senior defensive line prospect who is still looking for a place to play this coming season, looked outstanding in one-on-one drills. He was unstoppable, using his hands really well to get to the "quarterback" at the end of the showcase for 2015 prospects. He's just a tad over 6-feet tall, but he carries his 285 pounds really well and he's got an elite first step. He had several coaches talking to him after the camp and he may be a player that needs to go the JUCO route in order to realize his dream of playing college football. He's got the talent to play at an FCS school, so it's a bit of a shock no one really knew that much about him until yesterday.

As a junior last year, Watson took over for Portland State's Randin Crecelius and held his own at left tackle. Most think he'll be a better fit inside. He looked solid in one-on-ones, handling some of the best pass-rushers that were thrown at him and he showed enough athleticism to make it pretty obvious that he will play collegiate ball at some level once he finishes up his prep career at Cascade.

Definitely a player who opened some eyes on Sunday. Strong has soft hands, runs good routes and at a legit 6'4" and weighing a lean 225, he looked like a player to keep an eye on. His footwork was solid in route-running drills and he came in and out of his breaks really well. He played almost exclusively as a defensive end for Timberline last fall, but it would be a waste of talent not to see him at tight end a lot more this fall.

Haggerty, currently a junior, transferred to Tumwater from Minnesota and will play for the T-Birds this fall. While Haggerty worked out exclusively at linebacker, the 6'3", 240-pounder has the frame to play defensive line in college. He attacks the line of scrimmage and looks like a kid who could wind up being a real diamond in the rough.

Archie ran with the receivers most of the day, but did get some reps with the defensive backs as well. Archie has a great frame and good ball skills. He can turn and run really well and he's explosive out of his breaks.

Loved Williams's long frame and his abilities in coverage. He blanketed a couple of wideouts and really showed that he loved to compete on a rep-by-rep basis.

There weren't a lot of notable quarterbacks at the camp, but Jensen sure stood out with his arm and his ability to throw on the run. The multi-dimensional passer, who threw for nearly 2,000 yards and rushed for close to 700 more this past season as a junior, could wind up being a player that garners a lot of interest from FCS and lower-level FBS programs when he hits the camp circuit this spring/summer.

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