Some big news out of a little town in the Willamette Valley. The top QB in the State is Junior Scotty Hitner of Cottage Grove, Oregon. And he is proving to be quite a hot prospect for Collegiate coaches to have a look at.
As of last week he and his 6-1 Lions have moved into the Top 5 in the Oregon 4A Polls and are coming of several big wins.
Hitner is 6'3"-205 pounds and a real gunslinger. He is a very accurate passer that can find openings in the coverage and torch opponents. Let's have a look at his stats thus far which tell the story of his potential.
All Purpose Totals: 2,059 Yards and 27 Touchdowns.
Cottage Grove is running the Shot Gun spread. And they run it very very well allowing Hitner to post 320 yards per game on average through the air. That folks is an impressive aerial assault.
His Head Coach Gary Roberts had been at Sheldon High School for several years helping build the Irish into the Class of the 6A Division in their part of the State of Oregon and Roberts brought a wealth of experiences to the job at Cottage Grove. His teaching and system have been a ripe environment for Hitner to develop.
"We moved around a bit within the Region here and ended up in Cottage Grove. It has been a great experience so far and this year has been great," said Hitner.
They lost the opener to always tough Douglas 59-7. That made Hitner and his crew double their efforts and they have not looked back since scoring 55, 53, 42, and 75 in these past 4 weeks.
"Our receivers are doing an amazing job of getting open and I am finding them when they do. The ground game has been complimented by Brian Spindler at Tail Back who had 192 yards in a huge game last week," added the student-athlete. "Oscar Rauda is a legitimate speed guy once he has that ball and Brad Bonds is one guy who catches everything I throw his way. Those are just a couple of guys getting it done for us."
So what makes him tick? Where does he see his strength as a QB?
"I would say my ability to make the reads and to break down film and prepare are my strengths. I love to watch film, study coverages, and make a game plan for how we can beat teams. We look for match ups and places we can succeed and doing that preparation every week is where I shine."
A High IQ guy with a big frame and a very good arm. This is what it takes to make it at any level in High School and beyond. And Scotty is right on track.
The lanky pocket passer likes to run but knows he has to manage that part of his game and stay healthy. He is mostly used in the Red Zone in that capacity and has 8 Touchdowns to his credit on the ground.
He plays Basketball and will compete in Track as well but his dream is to move on and play football. So look for he and the Lions to make a run to the League Title game which is lining up to be against the Sweet Home Huskies in the last game of the regular season.
OregonPreps.com will track Scotty Hitner of Cottage Grove the next 2 years and he has earned the right to be considered one of the top QB's in the Pacific Northwest for 2014.
Dirk is a lifelong resident of the Pacific NW; athlete and Merit scholar. He runs camps, clinics, and has been a sports writer and analyst for nearly a decade now; mostly with Rivals.com as the editor of OregonPreps and WashingtonPreps.com. Dirk is the founder of NWPR & BrainChampions.org; a charity for injured athletes suffering from Brain Trauma / Concussion. He is a father of three and married.