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Showcase helps local football players display skills

Fourteen local players participate last weekend


Tobias Merriweather already holds offers from notable college football programs like Washington, Oregon, Arizona State, California and Oklahoma.

But that doesn’t mean that the 6-foot-4 junior receiver doesn’t want to get more looks.

That’s what Merriweather was hoping to produce last week when he joined several other Clark County athletes at the College ID All-Star Weekend showcase hosted by Ford Sports Performance of Bellevue.

“I want to use this experience to get my name out to the big schools because I have to prove to them what I’m worth,” Merriweather told Mike Martin of Sports Illustrated/Husky Maven. “I just want to let the colleges know that I’m a big-play receiver because I feel like my sophomore year campaign was a lot of possession catches. But I want to prove that I’m a big-play receiver who can do what any receiver can do.”

While Merriweather’s White Squad struggled to move the ball last weekend, that didn’t stop him from snagging a 50-yard fade down the sideline. He flashed his athleticism by continuously beating defenders with his speed and winning 50/50 balls.

Merriweather hopes the work he’s putting in this fall will lead to a big season with the Titans next spring.

“Break records, honestly,” Merriweather said when asked of his goal for the upcoming high school season. “I think I’ve proved myself as a player but I just got to get my name in the record books where it matters.”

Another player who cemented himself as one of the top players at his position was Camas’ running back Jacques Badolato-Birdsell. Playing for the Blue Squad, Badolato-Birdsell was one of the best players on the field.

With little time for the offensive lines to jell for this showing, finding running lanes was tough. But Badolato-Birdsell showed off his vision and explosiveness on a productive day on the ground.

Already holding one major program offer from Air Force, Badolato-Birdsell may catch the eyes of more major programs as more film of him comes available.

Some of the more impressive individual plays also came from local athletes as well.

Receiver Xavier Owens from Skyview took a crossing route for a long touchdown run. Owens beat the corner on the inside and outran the safety for the score.

La Center’s linebacker Tom Lambert made a tackle close to the goal line, saving a touchdown. Lambert holds a scholarship offer from Valparaiso and showed his top end talent by shooting through the offensive line to stop the runners progress.

One of the toughest catches on the day was reeled in by the 6-4 tight end Ian Davis from Prairie High School. Davis showed his strong hands by highpointing a throw and secured the catch through contact in double coverage to the roar of his teammates and coaches.

In total, 14 athletes from Clark County participated in the weekend showcase. Others included:

• Jake Blair, quarterback Camas

• Dylan Dean, offensive lineman, Columbia River

• David Kailea, defensive end, Evergreen

• Jaylen Fite, cornerback, Evergreen

• Brody Schlaefli, offensive line, Prairie

• Dustin Shelby, running back Prairie

• Jack Grimsted, offensive lineman, Union

• Jake Bowen, tight end, Union

• Manaia Fuertes, offensive tackle, Union