As promised here is the ESPNHS All-State team that appears in the September issue that drops this week. We also added 30 more players you should keep an eye on this fall. Think we missed someone for the list, give us a shout on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or in the comments section below.
Note: The team is based on projected on-field performance and accomplishments, not necessarily recruiting potential. For a list of the top football recruits in the state, click here.
First Team Offense
[QB] Maximo Espitia Jr., South Salem, Senior
Do-all senior played WR last year; premier DB on defense
[QB] Alex Matthews, Lake Oswego, Senior
First-year starter was MVP of Eugene’s Nike Football Training Camp
[QB] Dillon Miller, Sheldon, Senior
Reigning Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year
[QB] Paris Penn, Grant, Senior
Dual-threat QB will play at Portland State in 2012
[RB] Steven Long, Lake Oswego, Senior
Sherwood transfer was Class 5A MVP last fall
[RB] Thomas Tyner, Aloha, Junior
ESPNHS Sophomore All-American is this month’s cover boy
[WR] Jamarr Graves, Grant, Senior
Breakaway speed makes him a threat to score on every play
[WR] Nicholas Rothstein, Jesuit, Senior
Versatile athlete helped Crusaders go 11-2 last fall
[WR] Taylor Walcott, Marist, Senior
Class 5A All-State first-teamer helped Spartans reach state finals
[OL] Doug Brenner, Jesuit, Junior
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder is a mauler up front
[OL] Isaac Seumalo, Corvallis, Senior
State’s No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2012
First Team Defense
[DL] Alex Balducci, Central Catholic, Senior
Oregon-bound star returns after suffering a PCL injury in ‘10
[DL] Lochlin Deeks, West Salem, Senior
Talented DE makes his living stopping the run
[DL] Tyrone Holmes, Eagle Point, Senior
Rising track star is a nightmare for QBs
[DL] Sam McCaskill, Sheldon, Senior
He was one of the state’s best sack artists in 2010
[DL] Jacob Nall, Central Catholic, Senior
Mount Hood co-Defensive Player of the Year as a junior
[LB] Brett Bafaro, Liberty, Senior
Turned heads at Nike Football’s “The Opening” in July
[LB] Sean Byrne, West Linn, Senior
Arguably the hardest hitter in the state; getting Pac-12 interest
[LB] Daniel Halverson, Grant, Senior
His 4.6 40 speed makes him great in coverage
[LB] Joel Skotte, Mountain View, Senior
Stars on a defense that yielded only 16.9 points a game in 2010
[DB] Oshay Dunmore, Newport, Senior
Small-school phenom will play for the Ducks next year
[DB] Brenden Shaffer, West Salem, Senior
Played five different positions and scored 12 TDs last year
Other Top Players
Austin Baird, Marist, WR, Jr.
Tye Collier, Central Catholic, DB/WR, Sr.
Stevie Coury, Lake Oswego, WR, Sr.
Hayward Demison, Central Catholic, RB, Sr.
J.J. Fisher, LaSalle, RB, Sr.
Marcell Frazier, David Douglas DE/TE, Sr.
A.J. Glass, Jesuit, WR/RB, Jr.
Nathan Halverson, Grant, DB/RB, Jr.
Nolan Hansen, Corvallis, TE/DE, Sr.
Nick Highberger, Wilsonville, DB, Jr.
Cody Hollister, Mountain View, WR, Sr.
Jacob Hollister, Mountain View, QB, Sr.
Dawson Housley, Sheldon, LB, Sr.
Bruce Jones Jr., Sunset, RB, Sr.
Brayden Kearsley, Aloha, OL, Jr.
Cam Keizur, West Linn, OL, Sr.
Mike Kluge, Aloha, OL/DL, Sr.
Carl Kreitzberg, West Salem, OL, Sr.
Dallin Leavitt, Westview, RB/DB, Jr.
Justin Merriweather, South Salem, DL/TE, Sr.
Dalton Milburn, Marshfield, OL, Sr.
Jordan Morgan, Southridge,WR/DB, So.
L.J. Sly-Cain, Grant, RB, Sr.
Cam Sommer, Gladstone, TE/DE , Sr.
Grant Taylor, Lake Oswego, LB/FB, Sr.
Jordan Visarraga, Willamette, RB/DB, Sr.
Evan Voeller, West Linn, OL, Jr.
Zach Walen, Lake Oswego, LB, Sr.
Brady Watts, Tualatin, LB/RB, Sr.
Adam Winterling, Jesuit, WR, Sr.