Is the first Lake Oswego Laker to win the Prep Football Player of the Year award
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PORTLAND, Oregon (July 26) -- It’s been a busy offseason for Casey Filkins, a senior-to-be on Lake Oswego High’s football team.
Filkins first gave a verbal commitment on May 11 to Cal over offers from Oregon, Oregon State and others. Four days later, he received and accepted an invitation to play in the 2020 Adidas All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Since then, Filkins says his focus has been on offseason workouts with the Lakers and Eforce Sports Performance.
But on Friday, Filkins partook in one final celebration from a 2018 season that saw Lake Oswego capture its first 6A Championship in seven years.
Sport Oregon and NBC Sports Northwest presented Filkins with the Oregon Sports Awards’ Prep Football Player of the Year honor over finalists Michael Johnson Jr. (Sheldon) and Nate Overholt (Wilsonville). Filkins appeared on NBC Sports Northwest’s “The Noe Show” with Brian Noe to accept his award.
He is the first Laker to receive the award, which was incepted in 2012. Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at Filkins’ time on the air.
Sport Oregon, which manages the Oregon Sports Awards, and NBC Sports Northwest have partnered to announce all 2019 awards on live television through July 31. Future single-sport prep announcements can also be heard live on KJOR Rip City Radio 620.
Filkins (5-11, 180 pounds) touched every facet of a Laker offense that rolled to a 13-1 overall record, punctuated by a 34-27 win over Sheldon in the state title. He tallied 2,026 total yards and 37 touchdowns while playing as both a running back and wide receiver.
Filkins racked up 1,160 yards and 28 scores on the ground and had 45 receptions and 866 receiving yards. He projects as a player who can play either position for the Golden Bears and offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin.
In the Lakers’ state championship victory over Sheldon, Filkins accounted for all five of the Lakers’ touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving) and finished with 167 total yards.
He claimed 6A Offensive Player of the Year and Three Rivers League first team honors and was selected to The Oregonian’s 6A first team offense as a running back. Filkins helped the Lakers claim the Three Rivers League Conference Championship and No. 1 overall seed in the 6A Football Championships as well.
Filkins saw his recruiting profile raise following his junior campaign. He is listed as a consensus three-star class of 2019 recruit (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports). He picked up more than a dozen scholarship offers before verbaling to Cal.
Filkins nearly picked up a second Oregon Sports Award in July. He finished second to Benson High track and field sprinter Micah Williams in the Johnny Carpenter 6A/5A Prep Boys Athlete of the Year vote.
Other nominees for the Prep Football Player of the Year award were Patrick Herbert (Sheldon), Ethan Long (West Linn), Blake Markham (Banks), John Miller (Tualatin), Justice Pagan (Clackamas), Jake Reilly (Thurston) and Joey Tripp (Rainier).
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