Four Oak Ridge football players sign letters of intent

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Four Oak Ridge football players signed college letters-of-intent at a ceremony Friday at the high school.

Ross Dwelley, Blake Martin, Jacob Proul and Nick Gordon will all take their football talents to the collegiate level in the fall.

Dwelley, a 6-foot, 5-inch, 200-pound tight end is headed to the University of San Diego, after a breakout season in which he caught 43 passes for 568 yards and five touchdowns.

“We weren’t sure what we were going to get with Ross this year, but he developed into a tight end and just got better and better each week, culminating with the section championship game when he caught nine passes for over 100 yards,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “He’s only going to get bigger and better at San Diego and the sky’s the limit for him.”

Martin, a 6’0”, 200-pound running back led the team with 947 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. He will attend Linfield College in Oregon.

“It seems like I’ve been watching Blake play football since he was 10 years old and it’s going to be tough to see him graduate,” Cavaliere said. “He earned the Trojan Award for us, which goes to the player that most exemplifies what we expect from a player. The football coaches at Linfield told Blake that the most important class he will take is the football class, where the values he will learn there will carry itself into every other aspect of his life. I can tell you right now that Blake will ace that class.”

Proul, a 6’1”, 275-pound offensive and defensive lineman, is headed to Southern Oregon University.

“Jacob is known as the “prouler” around here,” Cavaliere said. “Somebody better warn Southern Oregon what’s coming their way and I mean that in a positive way. Jacob has a ton of charisma and has this youthful energy for football. That will serve him well at the next level.”

Gordon, a 6’1”, 185-pound linebacker, will attend Menlo College in Atherton. He set a school record with 202 tackles last season, averaging 14 a game.

“Nick is an amazing player,” Cavaliere said. “He’s not going to pass any eye test of a linebacker, but put pads on him and he’s difficult to deal with. He had an incredible season by setting the all-time tackling record and we’ve had some good linebackers come through Oak Ridge. He’s so unassuming and humble and you’d never know he was a beast on the football field.”