Posted On: 10/4/20 9:24 PM
It’s rare for any kid to start four consecutive seasons at any position, much less as a HS QB. JJ Woodin (6-4 210 21’) will be one of the very few to do it, now playing quarterback for Evergreen HS in Southwest Washington.
Woodin played his first three seasons in Oregon before making the move to the Greater St Helens League. If I’m a betting man he is my breakout athlete of the year when all is said and done. Woodin has grown into his body, standing all of 6-4, and possessing elite physical attributes.
One of Oregon’s top coaches covering the last few decades, Christian Swain, is now in his second year leading the Plainsmen. This is a great thing for Woodin and all of his guys as JJ says, “I couldn’t be more thankful to have him as my coach in the situation that I’m in. He loves all his players and works tirelessly to get his athletes out.”
Swain is connected from a recruiting standpoint and is known as one of the better play callers in the region. You can expect JJ to air it out this coming season, probably averaging over 40 throws a game. Speaking on Woodin coach says, “He’s the most college ready quarterback I’ve had in 23 years, and the kid never stops working on or off the field.”
Woodin has an impressive ratio of 50 TDs/16 INTs thrown in the last three years, with four of those picks coming his first game of his freshman season. Both physically and athletically he is now a completely different player. Separate from his size, you will see a kid that can run and make people miss. The work put in over the off season is something you typically see at the collegiate or professional level.
Evergreen has the potential to be a 3A contender in Washington. A primary reason for their potential success is the teams depth. Jaylen Fite 6-1 175 WR/DB 21′ earned 1st team all league accolades on both sides of the football and returns as one of the top players in the conference, while all everything Sophomore Jon Landry 5-10 165 ATH 23′ (OFFERS: Utah St, Florida Atlantic) could be the GSHL’s best player this season. He’s that good.
Separate from being Ranked a 3* national recruit, one thing Woodin has now is a line. Jonah HayesJonahHayes6'4" | DLJefferson | 2021StateOR 6-4 300 T 21’ made the move from LaSalle HS in Milwaukie, OR and Koby Kast 6-5 290 T 23’ could be a big time recruit before he is done.
Other athletes who will contribute and project at the next level include, David Kailea 6-2 240 DE/OLB 22’, a tough kid who’s a hitter and someone you probably don’t want to run into. Swain references him as being a possible D1 kid.
Jonathan Simon 5-9 160 ATH 21′, Tejuan Conde 5-9 145 Slot/CB 21′, and Dominic Bolds 6-2 180 WR 21′ are other individuals Woodin spoke highly of. “We just have a lot of talented guys and I’m lucky to have so many options.”
Southwest Washington plays some of the the best football around. The Plainsmen have a chance to make a run and do some damage in the playoffs. The combination of talent on the perimeter and big boys up front, along with one of the top Coaches & QB’s in the Northwest is a recipe for success.
As usual we will keep you updated on Oregon and SW Washington’s top athletes & teams as the season draws near.