Posted On: 10/25/20 11:26 PM
The National Preps Collegiate Showcase featured a highly regarded group of skill kids. Have a look at five in state standouts, who project as athletes that will play big time college ball, and maybe then some.
3* Jordan KingJordanKing6'4" | TECentral Catholic | 2022StateOR 6-3 200 WR/DE 22’ Central Catholic (OFFERS: Central Michigan)- A kid I think will have 20+ division 1 offers when all is said and done. He is that good. King played as a freshman, and earned all-conference honors on the defensive side of the ball as a Sophomore, but projects more at WR.
Jordan is one of the rare kids who could play D1 ball at the highest level on either O or D. His size and overall athleticism (basketball) speak to his ceiling. With Silas Starr (Stanford) and Kalvin Souders (UNLV) graduating, look for JK to be a featured target and potentially one of the biggest recruits the Rams have ever had, as they look to defend their state title.
3* Keenan Speer-JohnsonKeenanSpeer-Johnson6'3" | WRTigard | 2022StateOR 6-3 190 WR 22’ Tigard (OFFERS: Kentucky, Nevada, Utah St) – Look for a breakout season from KSJ after starting for a #1 ranked Tigers team as a Sophomore. As most know he comes from a football family with NFL/D1 genes.
Already a high profile D1 recruit it’s not a matter of if, but which big time universities will work to obtain his services. You can expect the Ducks to get in the mix at some point once the other Pac 12’s make their move. It’s always nice to have one of the nation’s top two sport athletes as your QB (Drew CarterDrewCarter6'3" | QBTigard | 2021StateOR), so look for that combination to be consistent all year long.
Kaden Huppin 6-0 185 ATH 23’ Westview- Probably Oregon’s top athlete for the 2023 class. Huppin is elusive and will break your ankles in the open field. Head coach Ryan Atkinson called this one early when Kaden was just in middle school saying, “He’s an unquestioned D1 kid.”
At last week’s National Preps Showcase Huppin shined and showed what the Wildcats and the state of Oregon have to look forward to, earning underclass 2023 MVP honors.
2* Andrew SimpsonAndrewSimpson6'1" | DBMountainside | 2021StateOR 6-1 175 CB/ATH 21’ Mountainside- I can’t say enough good things about Simpson. Other than Trent WalkerTrentWalker6'3" | WRBeaverton | 2021StateOR, he is the top dual threat athlete in Oregon for the class of 2021, projecting as a 1st team all-state kid on both sides of the football.
In the Mavericks 2nd round playoff win over #1 Tigard last year, Andrew was the MVP, playing one of the best games that I’ve ever seen from a HS athlete. He was a standout at the showcase and if he can continue playing at that level the sky’s the limit.
2* Jalen Grable 6-4 195 WR 21’ Westview- Grable garnered national praise after a very successful freshman and sophomore season, before taking last year off to focus on hoops. He came back in a big way last weekend, looking phenomenal at the NP showcase and running excellent routes, while winning the fastest man competition. At 6-4 you usually don’t see a man this big with that type of speed.
With continued progression Grable could blow up on the recruiting front, and end up as a 3 or even 4-star national recruit, with offers from everyone. He has that type of potential.