Stock rising for ESPNHS All-State first-team duo

It's time for the All-State Stock Watch, as we look at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game.

UP — Junior Espitia, South Salem, QB

Espitia pledged to Oregon State earlier in the fall, but he called an audible last week by switching his commitment to Cal. The 6-foot-3 senior could move to fullback with the Bears after previously being recruited as a receiver. No matter where he lines up, Espitia should be a major asset on offense. He has been a bright spot for the winless Saxons with 16 touchdowns (eight rushing, eight passing) this fall.

DOWN — Nathan Halverson, Grant, DB

The Generals are off to a 3-1 start despite Halverson having not played a down this fall. The junior is considered the team’s best pure athlete and is a shutdown corner, but he has yet to make an impact due to a fracture in his ankle. Halverson could return to action in the next few weeks and should help fortify a defense that is allowing a whopping 33.7 points a game.

UP — Isaac Seumalo, Corvallis, DL

Seumalo took up permanent residence in Jefferson’s backfield during Friday night’s 56-6 win over the Democrats. The Oregon State commit anchored a defense that forced five fumbles, held Jefferson to one-yard passing and six yards on the ground. The Seumalo-led defense has yielded 54 points during its 3-1 start.