Trio of Oregon signees earn Gatorade Player of the Year honors
Several signees from Oregon’s 2023 class were honored this week with Gatorade Player of the Year honors in their respective states.
Edge rusher Blake Purchase was named the top player from the state of Colorado, while tight end Kenyon Sadiq earned the distinction in Idaho and running back Jayden Limar picked up the honor in Washington.
Congrats to this trio of incoming Ducks on being named 2022 @Gatorade State Players of the Year!
🦆 @KenyonSadiq – Idaho
🦆 @jayden_limar – Washington
🦆 @BlakePurchase – Colorado#GoDucks pic.twitter.com/nXhI2K2Zo4
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) January 7, 2023
Sadiq was one of the highest-rated signees of the class for the Ducks this cycle, ranking as the No. 134 overall prospect and the No. 7 athlete in the 247 Composite.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior caught 62 passes for 1,303 yards and 18 touchdowns, leading Idaho Falls (Idaho) Skyline to a 10-3 record and its third-consecutive 4A state championship. Sadiq was dominant on Idaho’s biggest stage, recording 12 catches for 376 yards and seven touchdowns in the Grizzlies’ final two postseason games.
Purchase was the top prospect in Colorado, a 4-star and top-300 recruit in the 247 Composite.
A 6-foot-3, 240-pound outside linebacker for Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek, Purchase helped lead the Bruins to a 12-2 record and a fourth-straight Class 5A state championship this past season. He totaled 68 tackles, 18 sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, and two forced fumbles. In Cherry Creek’s 24-17 win in the state title game, he was all over the field, with 11 tackles, a forced fumble, and a 4-ard rushing touchdown.
Limar was the latest addition to the class among the three honorees, flipping his commitment from Notre Dame to Oregon during the Early Signing Period last month. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound runner from Lake Stevens (Wash.) was rated as a 4-star and the 17th-best back in the class, per the 247 Composite.
Like his future teammates, Limar helped his high school to a state title during his senior season. The Vikings went 12-2 to win the Class 4A state championship as Limar ran for a ridiculous 2,040 yards and 36 touchdowns. He had 13 rushing scores in Lake Stevens’ four-game postseason run to the title. As a senior, Limar produced 41 total touchdowns (he added four receiving and one throwing).