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Martinez: Many prep standouts might wait out early college signing period

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By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
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Camas' Jacques Badolato-Birdsell (2) celebrates a touchdown during Saturday's Class 4A state championship game against Bothell at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma on Dec. 7, 2019.
Camas' Jacques Badolato-Birdsell (2) celebrates a touchdown during Saturday's Class 4A state championship game against Bothell at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma on Dec. 7, 2019. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian) (Ken Nowaczyk for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

With prep season delayed, some football players may wait to make college pick official

Wednesday marks the start of the three-day early signing period for college football.

In past years, the region has seen a number of high school athletes take advantage of this early window.

In 2018, Union’s Darien Chase (Nebraska) led a group of four local signees in the early period.

Last year, the Hockinson’s Sawyer Racanelli (Washington) and Camas’ Caadyn Stephen (USC) led a group of six early signees.

This year, the number of signees could be lower, as the pandemic postponed the high school football season to spring.

To date, three local players have made their intentions known with verbal commitments to the colleges of their choice.

Several other players have offers to play on the table, but many may choose to wait until February — or even later –before making their choice official.

So here is a rundown of the top college prospects from Southwest Washington for the Class of 2021.


Jacques Badolato-Birdsell, RB, Camas: The all-state running back made a verbal commitment to Nevada on Oct. 30.

Bailey Meek, DE, Ridgefield: The former King’s Way Christian standout will play for the Spudders this season. He committed to Army in September.

Mason Packer, ATH, Skyview: Another former King’s Way player, Packer transferred to Skyview. Packer is a versatile player who played receiver, quarterback and defensive back for the Knights. In October, he committed to Portland State, where his father, Brad Packer, is the football strength and conditioning coach.

Jake Blair, QB, Camas: Blair passed on offers from Georgetown, Idaho and Columbia to accept an offer as a preferred walk-on with Oregon State.

Received offers

Xavier Owens, DB, Skyview: The 2019 all-4A Greater St. Helens League pick has offers from Southern Oregon and Western Oregon.

J.J. Woodin, QB, Evergreen: Woodin started out at Westview of Beaverton, Ore., before playing at Lake Oswego (Ore.) last year. He transferred to Evergreen last spring. He has offers from Linfield and Western Oregon.

Dylan Dean, OT, Columbia River: The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder as offers from Montana State Northern and Central Washington.

Tom Lambert, QB/LB, La Center: The 2019 Trico League MVP has offers from Valparaiso, Whitworth and Graceland of Iowa.

Dustin Shelby, RB/LB, Prairie: The first-team all-3A Greater St. Helens League pick has both running back and linebacker has an offer from Central Washington.

Jake Bowen, ATH, Union: The all-4A GSHL second-team pick at receiver also plays defensive back for the Titans. He has an offer from San Diego.

Ian Davis, WR, Prairie: The 6-foot-4 receiver has offers from Whitworth, Linfield and Pacific Lutheran.

Brendan Feeney, ATH, Skyview: The receiver/defensive back for the Storm as offers from Gustavus (Minn.) and Puget Sound.

Jack Grimsted, C, Union: The all-4A GSHL second-team pick has an offer from Linfield.

Brett Gray, T/DE, Skyview: The 6-4, 260-pounder is a rising recruit, picking up offers from Valparaiso, Montana Western, George Fox, Southern Oregon, Linfield, Whitworth and North Carolina-Greensboro.

Michael Stromberg, DB, Skyview: The all-4A GSHL first-team pick at defensive back as an offer from George Fox.

Lorenzo Lombardi-Bannon, G/DT, Skyview: The all-4A GSHL second-team pick on the defensive line has an offer from George Fox.

Dion Garrett, WR/DB, Prairie: The 5-10, 175-pounder just picked up an offer from Whitworth.

On the radar

Jaylen Fite, CB, Evergreen: Fite was a first-team all-3A GSHL pick at receiver and defensive back in 2019. He’s hoping to open more eyes in his upcoming senior season. He’s rated the No. 57 prospect in the state by

Brody Schlaefli, OT, Prairie: He’s 6-foot-5, 320 pounds and earned 3A all-state honorable mention in 2019. But he is considering the junior college route to bolster his prospects.

Brayton Osterweil, DE, Columbia River: The 6-4, 230 pounder is ranked No. 97 among the Class of 2021 in the state by 247sports.

Mason Priddy, ATH, Columbia River: Priddy was a 2A GSHL second-team pick at quarterback after passing for 1,492 yards and 15 TDs in 2019.

Robert Silva, DL, Camas: The 6-foot, 265 pounder was an All-Region pick and a first-team all-4A GSHL selections in 2019.