Nine players from Southwest Washington makes Seattle Times’ 2021 Chips List

Nine players from Southwest Washington were placed on the Seattle Times’ annual Chips Lists of the 100 college football prospects for the Class of 2021.

The list, determined by Times high school sports coordinator Nathan Joyce with input from recruiting experts, are broken into three groups.

Blue chips: An athlete who could start and star at a Division I college. There were seven blue chips on this year’s list.

Red chips: A player who could start in a major conference like the Pac-12. There are 12 red-chip players on the list.

White chips: The other players receiving top college looks from all levels. This consisted of the other 81 players of the Times’ list of the top-100 in the state.

There were no blue-chip or red-chip players from Southwest Washington. But nine players were considered white-chip players.

Jacques Badolato-Birdsell, Camas

The 5-11, 195-pound running back was an Associated Press first-team all-state pick and a Columbian All-Region pick after rushing for 1,559 yards and 29 TD in 13 games in 2019. He signed with Nevada in December. He suffered a torn ACL earlier this month.

Bailey Meek, Ridgefield

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

Mason Packer, Skyview

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

Jaylen Fite, Evergreen

The 6-1, 175-pounder 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.

Jake Blair, Camas

The 6-2, 180-pound quarterback was a second-team all-4A Greater St. Helens League pick. 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 in December.

Brody Schlaefli, Prairie

The 6-5, 320-pound offensive tackle 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.

Xavier Owens, Skyview

The 5-11, 175-pounder was a first-team all-4A Greater St. Helens League pick at defensive back in 2019. He committed to Western Oregon on Jan. 31.

J.J. Woodin, Evergreen

The 6-2, 195-pound quarterback 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.

Jake Bowen, 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.

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