NCF On The Trail: Portland State Vikings

Beavers pull defender from De La Salle

July, 4, 2013
Rising senior defensive lineman Sumner Houston (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) has committed to Oregon State, according to multiple reports.

Army, Cal Poly, Nevada, New Mexico State, Portland State and UC Davis also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 260-pound prospect. Arizona State and California showed interest.

The Beavers now have four verbals for 2014.

Beavers add local athlete Sanders

June, 24, 2013
Tanner Sanders (Corvallis, Ore./Crescent Valley) has committed to play for his hometown school, Oregon State, according to multiple reports. He's a high school quarterback who is expected to move from under center at the next level.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound prospect also received scholarship offers from San Diego State and Portland State. Arizona State, Boise State, Brigham Young, Stanford and Washington showed interest.

Sanders is Oregon State's third pledge. Two other high school quarterbacks, Marcus McMaryion (Dinuba, Calif./Dinuba) and Nick Mitchell (Snoqualmie, Wash./Mount Si), are already in the Oregon State class.

Miners land big three-star RB 

January, 24, 2013
Three-star running back Darrin Laufasa (Bothell, Wash./Bothell), a one-time Brigham Young verbal, is now set to play for UTEP, multiple sources report. He officially visited the Miners this past weekend.

Laufasa, a versatile 6-foot, 224-pound senior, also holds scholarship offers from Idaho, Portland State and Wyoming. California, Utah and Washington State were among the other programs to show interest.

ESPN writes in his scouting report, "Laufasa is a power back with the ability to dominate at the line of scrimmage and through to the second level ... Is an effective run blocker off the edge demonstrating the ability to run through defenders and step on their toes with excellent follow through and finish; is a hands catcher, flashing the screen and check down ability which could keep him on the field in long yardage situations."

Four-star BYU LB flips to Cal 

January, 24, 2013
After surprising many with his strong performance at Nike's The Opening last summer, LB Johnny Ragin III (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville) picked up interest from programs from the Northwest to the SEC. It took a while, but the offers finally came his way.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Ragin put an end to his recruitment on Wednesday night by announcing his commitment via twitter by tweeting, "I have decommitted from BYU and have officially committed to #Cal. Go Bears!"

After hearing from a number of schools like Auburn, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State Portland State and Washington, Ragin’s first offer came from BYU in June. The in-state Beavers followed and Cal did the same on Dec. 4. Two days later Ragin committed to BYU. That same day, Cal named Sonny Dykes as its new head coach. Dykes quickly confirmed with Ragin that his offer was still good despite being offered by the old Cal staff and began to pursue Ragin.

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Lobos secure juco David Guthrie 

December, 10, 2012
College of the Siskiyous (Weed, Calif.) safety David Guthrie has committed to sign as part of New Mexico's Class of 2013, multiple sources report.

Guthrie turned down a Big Ten offer from Illinois, where he made an official visit for the weekend of Dec. 1. Portland State also offered while programs such as Houston, Kansas and Texas Tech showed interest.

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Jonny RaginTom Hauck/ESPNHSLinebacker Johnny Ragin of Wilsonville (Ore.) received his second Pac-12 offer, this one from Colorado.
One of the more underrated players on the West Coast received some good news on Monday when Colorado coach John Embree called and gave him his second Pac-12 offer.

Three-star linebacker Johnny Ragin III (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville) patiently has been waiting to see if he would get an offer from Oregon, Cal, UCLA, Michigan State and others who have been in regular contact with him in recent months. BYU and Portland State were the first schools to offer, followed by Oregon State. Now Ragin has a second Pac-12 offer to mull over.

"Coach Embree called and offered me a scholarship," Ragin said. "That is a great school and have always been a strong program. They are struggling lately, but have a strong tradition. Going to a school like that and helping get them back on track would be a great thing."

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Armond Hawkins earning his own attention 

September, 26, 2012
ESPN 150 cornerback Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) turned a phenomenal performance this past spring into offers from some of the country's top programs, as Hawkins eventually committed to USC. His brother, fellow cornerback Armond Hawkins, was forced to slowly make his way back to the field from a torn meniscus he suffered in the early stages of his junior year.

Armond said he didn't feel back to 100 percent healthy until June, but since that time, he has made an impression. With a handful of games in his senior season completed, Hawkins put out a highlight tape last week and he said attention has been increasing rapidly.

He will take official visits, along with his brother, to California on Oct. 5, Notre Dame on Oct. 12 and Arizona State on Oct. 26. He said he would save the final two visits, but added that Portland State could be very close to extending an offer, which would lead to an official visit for the Vikings.

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DL Freeman shows size isn't issue 

September, 8, 2012
BOTHELL, Wash. -- After watching film, college coaches wanted to take a closer look at Bellevue (Wash.) nose guard Darien Freeman.

When they got a chance to see the senior in person, though, they pointed to the one thing Freeman can't control -- his height.

“My parents are short,” said Freeman, who is 5-foot-11. “I’m short. I’ve just got to deal with it.”

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RB Darrin Laufasa commits to BYU 

August, 12, 2012
Throughout the recruiting process, Darrin Laufasa had a soft spot for BYU.

The 6-foot, 224-pound running back knew the Cougars coaching staff planned to keep him on offense. The only thing keeping him from a verbal commitment was a scholarship offer.

When the offer came Saturday during an unofficial visit to Provo, Utah, Laufasa didn’t take much time thinking about his options, committing to BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall on Sunday.

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Kahlil Dawson liked the location of the campus. He liked the coaching staff. He liked the opportunity that playing at Portland State presented.

But, before he gave a verbal commitment, he wanted to make sure his family understood the decision he had already made.

So, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound defensive back (Graham, Wash./Graham-Kapowsin) joined the rest of his family in an early Monday morning road trip to Portland, Ore. to meet with head coach Nigel Burton and the rest of the Vikings’ staff.

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Defensive back Nathan Halverson (Portland, Ore./Grant) has elected to play college ball in the Lone Star State for Southern Methodist, according to multiple sources.

Two Football Championship Subdivision programs, Montana and Portland State, also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-11, 185-pound talent.

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Defensive tackle Jaimie Bryant (Tumwater, Wash.) has committed to play in-state for Washington, The Olympian reports.

Nebraska, Washington State and Portland State also recruited the 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect.

"I didn't want to leave the state to play football," Bryant said. "I felt like it's time to (commit). I've spent a lot of time with them and I feel comfortable committing."

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Boise State has picked up a verbal commitment from defensive end Sam McCaskill (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon), multiple sources report.

McCaskill visited Boise this past weekend and decided he wanted to play for the Broncos. He also had offers from Montana, Oregon State and Portland State.

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Rebels steal from Vandals 

January, 27, 2012
Athlete Marcell Frazier (Portland, Ore./David Douglas) has switched his commitment from Idaho to UNLV, multiple sources report.

Frazier likes the depth chart at UNLV better than Idaho, as he feels he can get on the field earlier. Also, he felt a rapport with the Rebels coaching staff according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

"I liked the coaches. They have a lot of experience. I felt confident they're heading in the right direction. I felt from the players I talk to they're heading in the right direction."

Colorado State, Montana and Portland State also offered the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder.

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The WAC Vandals, who did not have any public commitments before late November, have continued to build their Class of 2012.

According to, high two-star quarterback Austin Decoud (Redlands, Calif./East Valley) has committed to Idaho over a scholarship offer from UNLV. reports that Decoud made an official visit to Idaho over the weekend and checked out the Colorado State Rams on November 11th.

Additionally, defensive end / wide receiver Marcell Frazier (Portland, Ore./Douglas) is on board with the Vandals. Boise State, Oregon State, Washington State, Portland State and Montana were among the other schools recruiting Frazier.

Idaho now has four pledges.

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