Posted On: 03/14/21 12:27 PM
Here we take a quick look at Oregon’s 2024 class, where you see a special group of freshman with size. The spring season just got underway and there is a lot yet to be determined, as there will be numerous athletes added to this list with the kids still being so young.
Jayden Fortier 6-4 185 WR Tualatin- As noted earlier Fortier projects as one of the most offered athletes in the country for his class. He is physically gifted with elite speed. Expect him to blow up on the national camp circuit this off season, with some of the nation’s top schools vying for his services.
TC Manumaleuna 5-11 180 QB North Salem OFFERS: Oregon- Already ranked one of the top dual threat QBs in the nation for his class, the early offer from the Ducks speaks for itself. Expect TC to be one of the most talked about kids in the West in the years ahead.
AJ Pugliano 6-4 215 TE/WR/LB North Medford- What will be a big time D1 recruit out of Southern Oregon. AJ has the size and versatility to dominate on either side of the ball. What looks to be the biggest name since Cota down South. His week 2 performance vs Tualatin was unreal for a freshman (7 receptions, 121 yards).
Joey Olsen 6-4 180 WR Lakeridge- What will be one of the top receivers on the west coast and potentially the nation for his class. Coach Spencer Phillips says “He’s a PAC 12 type player and already the fastest player on our team”. In Week 1 he caught 6 passes in the teams 35-20 win over Oregon City.
AJ Noland 6-1 160 WR Tualatin- Noland has been dominant since youth ball and you can expect that to continue. Overall he is an exceptional athlete who could potentially be a double digit D1 offer kid before he is done. As most know his brother Lucas currently resides in the Ducks secondary.
Ethan Biondine 5-11 200 LB Lakeridge- Originally playing for the prestigious St Louis program out of Hawaii, Biondine projects as one of the state’s top recruits, accounting for 11 tackles and 3 tackles for loss the first two weeks of the season.
Jace Burton 5-10 160 Safety/CB Jesuit- The son of former Portland St head coach Nigel Burton is the real deal. He has the potential of being one of the top DB’s to come through the state in some time. Growing up in a football family he has adapted skills you can’t teach.
Gus Donnerberg 6-3 195 OLB West Linn- Coming from an incredibly talented family, Gus is a physical kid with size who will project as an outside backer. He is an unquestioned D1 athlete who should be considered one of the best in the NW for his class.
Liam Cassidy 6-5 280 T Jesuit- Cassidy is agile and moves well for a big man still so young. Expect him to start as a Sophomore, while playing for one of the NW’s top line coaches in John Andreas. He will be a multi offer D1 kid
Royal Bowden 6-3 280 DL Jefferson- Give Coach Houston Lillard a few guys on the line like Bowden and Jeff will be a perennial power state wide. Expect to hear a lot about this kid moving forward.
Kenen Elder 6-1 175 ATH Tualatin- One of the best players in Oregon for his class. Much like West Linn the T-Wolves are loaded and Elder has size and is incredibly versatile.
Cru Newman QB Central Catholic- Newman is already getting in the mix, playing as a freshman for the defending state champs, and throwing 2 TDs in week two. The Rams have a tradition of playing some of their top athletes early and Newman could be the next one up.
Wiley Donnerberg 6-3 180 OLB/TE West Linn- Much like his brother Wiley is long and physical and will play that OLB spot. His versatility is a plus as you could also see him at TE, with his speed and route running ability. He will be dominant.
Hudson Lewis 6-1 195 LB Jesuit- Lewis comes from a talented family with D1 genes, with his Dad being a LB himself. Many are aware of his brother Tatum Lewis Tatum Lewis 6'1" | QB Jesuit | 2022 State OR , who will be playing Division 1 lacrosse at Vermont. Look for Hudson to be a Metro and State POY candidate on the defensive side of the ball.
Lonnie Burt Jr. 6-0 185 RB Jesuit – This could be the next big time back to come out of JHS. They have produced some good one’s over the years and Burt Jr. could play early and be a factor for the Crusaders.
Jaylan Moore 6-0 180 DB Jefferson- Look for Moore to be one of the top DB’s in Oregon and potentially the NW. He will be a factor on both sides of the football and in the classroom (4.0 GPA)
Hunter Haines 5-11 155 ATH West Linn- Growing up surrounded by talent helps. Hunter is legit will reap the benefits with his Oregon St bound brother Gavin Haines Gavin Haines 6'1" | RB West Linn | 2021 State OR being the 6A Offensive POY favorite, while competing against a loaded 2024 WL group.
Gabe Howard 6-2 180 ATH West Linn- The Oregon baseball commit could be a D1 football player if he chose that path. As of right now he looks to be one of the best anywhere on the diamond.
Zavier Russell 6-0 190 ATH Jefferson- Russell has done well on the 7v7 circuit and could play early for a deep Democrats team. Expect to hear his name a bunch in the years ahead.
Matt Irwin 6-0 175 QB Jesuit- Most remember the Irwin name, with brother Mike Irwin being a phenomenal overall athlete and initially walking on at Oregon. Matt has many of the same skills and could blow up with continued progression.