PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Tigard sophomore Max Lenzy has seen his EForce Football coaches before.
Jeffrey Maehl starred at Oregon, the same school that offered him his first scholarship back in October. Alex Molden was the No. 11 selection in the 1996 draft before playing 8 years in the NFL. Alex Brink, the director at EForce, broke records as a quarterback at Washington State.
For Lenzy, whose older brother, Braden, will play at Notre Dame next year, EForce — and their 7-on-7 offseason tournaments — have become a chance for young players to learn from the best in their own backyard.
“They’ve been in our shoes before,” Max said. “So it’s nice to get taught from guys in our situation and some of those guys I used to watch growing up.”
For Maehl, a former Texans and Eagles receiver, EForce is a chance to mentor the next generation of Oregon athletes set to play in college.
“We’re basically providing a platform for kids to come out here, learn from guys who have played at the college and NFL level, and be able to work on their game but be safe,” Maehl said.
EForce is also about developing the young talent in the area.
“We also have performance and training side, so strength and speed stuff for youth and high school athletes and some professional athletes as well,” Brink said.
While athletes get the chance to learn from the best and train like the best, they also get to compete against the best football players in the area.
“You’re working hard out here just playing football and having fun,” said 4-star Central Catholic receiver Silas Starr. “If you really want to make it to the next level, this is the way to do it.”