Posted On: 06/18/20 5:05 PM
The Sheldon Irish have been as successful as any football program state wide covering the last two decades. The consistency coming out of Eugene has been remarkable, producing numerous D1 athletes, and multiple state titles.
After an average season in 2019, SHS looks to bounce back led by two of the state’s top big men in Shane SchwakeShaneSchwake6'8" | OLSheldon | 2021StateOR (6-8 295 T 21’) and Carter NeumanCarterNeuman6'5" | DLSheldon | 2021StateOR (6-4 225 DE/TE 21’).
Schwake currently projects as the state’s top offensive lineman, receiving offers in recent months from Idaho, Eastern Washington, and Northern Arizona. Watch his film from this past season and you see a kid with the necessary size, tools, and overall athleticism to blow up on the recruiting front. You can’t teach 6-8 and athletic and Shane’s agile nature makes him an appealing prospect.
Speaking on the upcoming season and what he’s been doing to stay busy Schwake says, ” I want to be the best football player I can be for my team. I have been lifting a lot and been doing speed ladders, while working out with other lineman.”
Shane has added 25+ pounds over the off season, closing in on a very proportionate 300 pounds. As talented as he is now, colleges see a guy that they will develop into a monster once in the universities system.
Neuman is equally impressive earning 1st team all-league honors at DE as a Junior. He can play on either side of the ball at the collegiate level which the schools love from a recruiting standpoint. Options are always good as Carter caught 27 passes for 314 yards and 4 TDs, averaging 11.6 yards per catch in 2019.
Sheldon went (6-5) last season after a five-year run which saw them go (52-11). You can expect Carter to be a big reason for the Irish to be back in the mix this year. He is currently listed as a 2* national recruit by 247 with offers from Air Force, Northern Colorado and Georgetown.
Talking on his Senior year Carter says, “My personal goals don’t mean much to me, but I want to be the player of the year in my league and a first team all-state selection. Team wise we want to win the SWC, and be playing our best team football at the end of the year, so we can make a deep run in the playoffs.”
Coach Josh Line has done an outstanding job taking over for the legendary Johnson group. The Irish run a class program with Schwake and Neuman representing like many of the great athletes who have played for the school in years past. Expect to hear much more from this duo in the near future.