Few, if any, high schoolers in the country have the gifts of Hillsboro's Colt Lyerla. The 6'4 224 lb phenom can jump like an NBA all star, has the speed of an Olympian, strength of a player many years his senior, and is simply sensational on both sides of the ball.
From the moment he stepped onto the gridiron last Sunday at West Salem High School, those around him were aware of his exceptional talents to the point that they literally watching him perform every time he stepped up; and what a performance it was.
Lyerla took home the Overall MVP following an unbelievable day of football and one that the NUC will remember for quite some time. Lyerla had a 39 inch vertical (setting an all time record with a 137.5 on the jumping reach), 10'8 broad jump, ran a 4.11 shuttle, 4.55 40 and bench pressed 185 lbs 20 times, giving him some of the best all around testing numbers to date. During the 1 on 1's, Lyerla, who plays WR and LB, had great hands, unbelievable strength, is light on his feet and simply blew past the competition to the point where it was ridiculous.
With a year of high school football still to come, Lyerla has ten plus offers from programs such as Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas Tech, Washington, Vanderbilt and Arizona. He has all it takes to become a star in college and beyond.
Jason Ferguson (also of Hillsboro HS) refused to be in his teammate's shadow and put forth an honorable performance. The 6'2 221 lb d-lineman has great athleticism for a player his size and world class quickness. Ferguson had a 31.5 inch vertical, 8'5 broad jump and ran a tremendous 4.40 shuttle, something few big men can claim. During the 1 on 1's, Ferguson's quickness, explosive moves, powerful hands, nimble feet and all around power gave him the edge virtually every time he stepped up to the line. Athletically, he is comparable to a player like Dwight Freeney and his future definitely looks bright.
At 5'4.4 153, Ralph Greene is easy to miss on the field. He is far smaller than most players his age, but athletically, he is first in class. Greene's weaknesses are also his strengths, as his cat-like quickness powered him to a 4.14 shuttle run. While performing during the 1 on 1's, Greene displayed great hands, quick feet, can change directions on the time and was born to be a playmaker.
Brett Bafaro of Liberty HS topped a small but talented underclassmen session, taking home the Sophomore MVP. The 6'1.5 197 lb linebacker was in a league of his own during 1 on 1's, impressing our coaches with his quick feet, closing speed, physical play and ability to track the ball. Athletically, Bafaro is first in class, with a 9'1 broad jump, 4.27 shuttle run and 25 reps at 155 lbs to boot.
Freshman phenom Evan Voeller (West Linn) has tremendous size and skill for a player yet to enter his second year of high school. Scaling in at an imposing 6'4 285 lbs, Voeller proved to have great quickness for a player his size during the 1 on 1's. He also displayed excellent strength and solid technique while bench pressing 155 lbs 24 times. Voeller is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Tobias Kelly (Trinity Lutheran) unquestionably has the makings of a future star, especially considering he is still in middle school. With a 31.5 inch vertical, 4.54 shuttle run and 8'2 broad jump, the 5'6.5 147 lb Kelly has out of this world athleticism for a player his age. The gifted corner back also did a nice job of neutralizing the WR's during 1 on 1's and displayed good ball skills.
Portland may not be big numbers wise, but in terms of talent, these kids are no joke.