High School Sports

Local prep football players of Class of 2021 who have signed, committed or received offers from college programs

The 2020-21 recruiting season for high school football in Southwest Washington has been a strange one.

Three local players signed college letters of intent with the programs of their choice during the early signing period last month. Six others have announced verbal commitments, while 12 others are weighing one or more offers.

Here’s a look at Southwest Washington’s football recruiting class of 2021.

Signed (3)

Jacques Badolato-Birdsell, RB, Camas

The 5-11, 195-pound back is rated a 3-star recruit. He was an Associated Press first-team all-state running back and a Columbian All-Region pick after rushing for 1,559 yards and 29 TD in 13 games in 2019. He has signed with Nevada.

Jake Blair, QB, Camas

The 6-2, 180-pounder was a second-team all-4A Greater St. Helens League pick at quarterback. He passed for 1,136 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games before suffering a season-ending injury in 2019. He signed as a preferred walk-on with Oregon State.

Bailey Meek, DE, Ridgefield

The 6-5, 255 lineman was the 1A Trico League defensive player of the year and made the Associated Press all-state first team in 2019 He has signed with Army.

Committed (6)

Therman Bibens, LB, Union

The 5-10, 205-pounder committed on Dec. 30 to George Fox.

Jake Bowen, ATH, Union

The 6-3, 205-pound receiver/defensive back was a second-team all-4A Greater St. Helens League pick at receiver in 2019. He caught 33 passes for 593 yards and 8 TD in 10 games last season. He has verbally committed to the University of San Diego.

Dylan Dean, OT, Columbia River

The 6-5, 235-pounder made his commitment to Central Washington on Jan. 8. He had offers from Montana State Northern, Pacific Lutheran and Pacific University.

Brett Gray, OT/DE, Skyview

The 6-4, 260-pounder has bulked up since the 2019 football season when he was listed at 235. On Dec. 22, he made a verbal commitment to Valparaiso. He also received offers from Montana Western, George Fox, Southern Oregon, Linfield, Whitworth and North Carolina-Greensboro.

Mason Packer, ATH, Skyview

The 6-0, 200-pounder made a verbal commitment in October to Portland State. Packer earned Trico League all-league honorable mention in 2019.

Brody Schlaefli, OT, Prairie

The 6-5, 320-pounder was a first-team 3A Greater St. Helens League all-league pick in 2019 and earned 3A all-state honorable mention. Schlaefli announced he will play junior college football for Riverside (Calif.) College.

Offered (12)

Ian Davis, WR, Prairie

The 6-4, 205 pounder caught 25 passes for 298 yards and four TDS in 2019. He has offers from Whitworth, Linfield, Pacific Lutheran and Ottawa University (Ariz.)

Sliman Farran, DE/RB, Skyview

The 6-1, 230-pounder has received offers from Defiance College (Ohio) and George Fox.

Brendan Feeney, ATH, Skyview

The 6-0, 170-pound receiver/defensive back has offers from Gustavus (Minn.), Linfield College, Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.

Dion Garrett, WR/DB, Prairie

The 5-10, 175-pounder has received offers from Whitworth, Linfield College, Puget Sound and Presentation College (S.D.)

Jack Grimsted, C, Union

The 6-3, 260-pounder was a second-team all-4A Greater St. Helens League pick at offensive line in 2019. He has an offer from Linfield College.

Tom Lambert, ATH, La Center

The 6-0, 210-pounder was the 1A Trico League MVP in 2019. He passed for 1,252 yards and 12 TDs in 11 games and rushed for 808 yards and 15 TDs. The quarterback/linebacker has offers from Valparaiso, Linfield, Whitworth and Graceland (Iowa).

Lorenzo Lombardi-Bannon, G/DT, Skyview

The 6-foot, 275-pounder was a second-team 4A Greater St. Helens League pick at defensive line in 2019. He has received offers from George Fox and Linfield.

Jude Mullette, K/P, Mountain View

The first-team all-3A Greater St. Helens League pick last year at kicker and punter has received an offer from Central Washington.

Xavier Owens, DB, Skyview

The 5-11, 175-pounder was a first-team all-4A Greater St. Helens League pick at defensive back in 2019. He has offers from Southern Oregon and Western Oregon.

Dustin Shelby, ATH, Prairie

The 6-1, 190-pounder was a 3A Greater St. Helens League first-team all-league pick at running back and linebacker in 2019. He rushed for 888 yards and 11 TDs in 11 games last year. He has offers from Central Washington and Montana Tech.

Michael Stromberg, DB, Skyview

The 5-10, 180-pounder was a first-team all-4A Greater St. Helens League selection at defensive back in 2019. He has received offers from George Fox and Pacific Lutheran.

J.J. Woodin, QB, Evergreen

The 6-2, 195-pounder played last season at Lake Oswego (Ore.) after transferring midway through his sophomore year from Westview (Ore.). Woodin has offers from Linfield College and Western Oregon.

Others (4)

Jaylen Fite, CB, Evergreen

The 6-1, 175-pound was a first-team all-3A Greater St. Helens League selection at receiver and defensive back in 2019. He had 25 catches for 307 yards and two TDs last season.

Brayton Osterweil, DE, Columbia River

The 6-4, 230-pounder is rated a 2-star recruit. He is rated No. 97 statewide by 247sports.

Mason Priddy, ATH, Columbia River

The 5-9, 160-pounder was 2A Greater St. Helens League second-team all-league pick at quarterback. He passed for 1,492 yards and 15 TDs. The quarterback/defensive back is rated No. 137 statewide by 247sports.

Robert Silva, DE/DT, Camas

The 6-foot, 265-pounder was a Columbian All-Region pick and a 4A Greater St. Helens League first team all-leaguer. He’s had conversations with several Division II schools.

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