Kaelin Himphill On Huskies Radar

Kaelin Himphill is a 6-foot-2, 208-pound running back/linebacker prospect from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. With scholarship offers from Eastern Washington and Portland State, the Big Sky schools have already seen something that the Pac-12 programs may jump on down the road. Himphill has a trait that you love to see in top Division-1 talent.

“Definitely the hardest hitter you’ll see in the league - maybe in the state,” Kaelin Himphill said confidently after a tremendous Rough Diamonds camp at Interlake High School recently. “I lay down big hits. I’ve been working hard all spring. I did track. That helped a lot. Went back into the weight room after track.”

In this day and age of speciality, Himphill could be considered a bit of a throwback. He does sports year around, but they are three different sports; football, wrestling, and track. “But mostly, it’s all done so I can get better at football,” added Himphill. “My speed in track helps me for football, and my wrestling skills help me with my tackling skills for football.”

The Eagles and Vikings obviously loved what they saw early, which resulted in spring offers for Himphill. “It was a really good feeling that they invested in a good player, because I just want to show them that they gave the right kid an offer,” he said. “It was nice seeing them out here. I knew a lot of college coaches were going to be here so I just wanted to show and expose myself to the coaches, show my speed and my instincts for the ball.”

An athlete, both schools are recruiting Himphill as a linebacker. “Eastern Washington has talked about moving me around and Portland State also wants to figure out where they want to put me,” he said. “They aren’t really sure if I should play inside or outside. But somewhere on the defensive side of the ball - defensive line, linebacker, safety - I can play it all.”

After the Rough Diamonds camp, Himphill was approached by Wyoming, Hawaii, BYU, Northern Colorado, and Weber State about recruiting him down the road. “I’m still really early in the recruiting process,” he said. “I’m not really sure until maybe after the season to see how other football teams are doing. I’m still early though, so I’m not really sure. I really want to make sure I play the full process out to the full extent to make sure the school I choose to go to is the correct school that I’ll be happy with for the next four years.”

Himphill caught us up to date on his summer football camping schedule. “I started off at the Oregon State camp, and then I went to The Opening (regionals) and scored 111 (SPARQ rating) there,” he said. “So I was one of the top scorers in the Northwest. And then after that I worked out with Oregon. They invited me on an unofficial visit. After that I went to the Rising Stars camp at Washington.”

And how was Washington’s Rising Stars camp? “It was really fun,” Himphill said. “I enjoyed playing with the best players in Washington and Oregon. I got to see what Washington Husky Football is like. (Washington LB Coach Bob Gregory) knew who I was before I came in, so it was nice showing him my speed and my reaction to the ball.”

Himphill feels his time visiting the three northwest Pac-12 schools will pay off. “During the Oregon State camp I really showed out, so I think they should be offering,” he said. “I ran a 4.5 and jumped 40 inches there. I impressed a lot of people there. Shortly after The Opening, Oregon put me on an unofficial visit - so just how the recruiting process plays out, maybe offers come from them pretty soon.”

What is Himphill looking for in a future college, besides good football? “If the team is a family, and how stable the team is,” he said. “I like it when teams produce a lot of NFL players. That shows that players can go in there and get mature and produced out of there.”

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