Posted On: 02/19/21 12:03 AM
Anyone paying attention to the athletes coming up through the youth ranks over the last few years knows the name Jayden Fortier (6-4 185 WR). The kid out of Tualatin HS should be considered one of the nation’s top WR’s for his class, currently playing for one of the better programs in the state, with numerous D1 athletes on the roster.
Fortier grew 3 inches over the off season jumping from 6-1’ to 6-4’. Playing for a loaded T-Wolves program expect him to get in the mix early, even with the likes of top 2022 and 23’ wide outs Cole PrusiaColePrusia6'3" | DBTualatin | 2022StateOR and Braylon WiseBraylonWise6'0" | WRTualatin | 2023StateOR.
Speaking on some of what Fortier did during youth ball, former standout WR and Coach Ryan Potter says, “He has a huge catch radius and great hands. In 8th grade we played him at RB more because we needed the ball in his hands as much as possible. But when we flexed him out at WR he couldn’t be stopped by two guys. If they didn’t double team him, with a third cheating his way, it was money in the bank. He would score 3-4 TDs per game.”
Add in the fact that Tualatin has AJ Noland, another kid who will be ranked among the best in the West for 2024, and coach Dan Lever has to be stoked for the future. Lever has done a phenomenal job and will have his guys in the TRL and State title hunt for the for seeable future.
With the Spring season ahead, Fortier should get a chance to showcase his skills in just a matter of weeks. He has recently been playing for EForce on the 7v7 circuit. This being one of the region’s top programs, and the only organization in Oregon to reach the semifinals and quarterfinals, at the Las Vegas National Pylon event with 120+ teams in attendance.
Talking on Jayden former all everything quarterback Alex Brink, the head coach of EForce says, “He’s a great kid and has an elite frame and body control for a guy his age, to go with an incredible catch radius. But the most impressive thing is how hard he works. Up at 5:30AM, three days a week training with our EForce trainers, to work on speed and strength. Pretty impressive.”
When you start hearing about a kid in the 5th grade, there is a pretty good chance he is going to be special. Darrius ClemonsDarriusClemons6'3" | WRWestview | 2022StateOR out of Westview currently sits with 30+ offers from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, and Oregon. It’s early but Jayden projects as someone who could surpass that.