They grow large out in the Pacific Northwest.
I’m not just talking about the trees either, I’m talking about their football players.
Oregon State just received a verbal commitment from Shelton High School’s 6’5 230-pound tight end David Ajamu. A big target for the Beavers in the future.
Ajamu came in to the summer with little interest from Division I schools. Mainly because they had never heard about the beastly tight end. But after his performance in several summer camps and combines around the Northwest, the Shelton player now has an offer from a Pac-12 school.
One of the reasons Ajamu remained off the radar for many coaches was because of his teams performance on the field. Shelton was just 2-8 last season with Ajamu catching only 27 passes for 341 yards.
Despite the disappointing season, Ajamu still earned First-Team All-4A Narrow League honors at Tight End. At the Northwest Elite Football Camp in June, he earned team MVP honors. Now coaches were starting to pick up on the big tight end.
His first offer came from Wyoming, followed by FCS Portland State. Then bigger schools began throwing offers at him, including Nevada, and most recently Oregon State.
This is an exciting story to follow for college football fans.
When Ajamu signs his letter of intent in February, he will become the first football player from Shelton to sign with a D-I program since 2006. That last player was offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff who signed with Utah. Schlauderaff now plays in the NFL for the New York Jets.
Ajamu hopes he can follow in his footsteps.
He definitely has the size. You can’t teach that.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.