Roughriders. ?Horsemen of a bygone era who were raised up in 1898 to be a part of the US effort to take on the?Spanish?in the Spanish-American War. ?They were fierce in battle and rode to?victory?time and again led by their most famous member Teddy Roosevelt. ?A historical bunch indeed.
In true Rough Rider fashion today four of the best athletes in the Pacific Northwest representing none other then ?Roosevelt High School rode into the Park Blocks in Portland and took Portland State University by storm.
Touring the school and the football facilities with Coach Nigel Burton and staff were Rough Rider Juniors Sione Taumoeanga and Semise Tonga Kofe; no doubt two of the the best linemen in the Class of 2014 in the Northwest.
Along with these top Roosevelt linemen were Sophomores Kimane Domena (QB) and Billy Nelson (RB-Athlete). ?Domena has already landed some big time offers and Nelson is a guy that people have been talking about more and more recently.
There in the rainy dreary day that was March 5th in Portland the "Four Horsemen of Roosevelt" as we are naming them conquered all. ?Before they left today they had all not only enjoyed their visit but they succeeded in impressing the Vikings to the point of all them being offered scholarships to play at Portland State.
Good old Nigel Burton. ?The man can make some real moves when he wants to and this one was a classic.
In fact the Rough Rider Four and the Vikings may have made history today. ?We have covered this as long as anyone and there is no one that can remember a 4 offer package from one school like this. ?Not from a college nor for a High School.
"It's remarkable really. ?I think it really says something about Portland State and Coach Burton and his staff and also about our kids and our program at Roosevelt," said a proud Coach Christian Swain who himself has been remarkable in his dedication to these kids and this school. ?"This is the first time I have ever heard of this. ?Really cool to be a part of."
While Portland State may not get them all they may get two or more of them. ?We have some immediate reactions from Sione and Semise.
"It feels great and its a full ride so everything is paid for. ?What stood out to me was their strong position on community. They really talked about how we can help PSU and for us to represent Portland," said Semise who would be a Defensive line prospect for the Vikings. ?"The coaches are also cool to hang out with and?they're?funny too!"
Sione has just been in the news for receiving a nice offer from Idaho. ?He had this to day about the Viks.
" What stood out is how the facilities were so close together. ?I mean you?don't?have to walk that far to get to your dorm, your locker, or practice field. ?Even the coaches office is close by. ?I guess the environment overall and their coaching staff were great," said Sione.
These two Tongan boys being raised as first generation kids in the growing Polynesian community in North Portland are keyed into the community and have both shown their support for all they encounter. ?Through the Roosevelt community and their dedication to the LDS?Church?they are making a huge positive impact. ?These young men would be a heck of a package deal.
Would they love to play together as defensive linemen? ?You bet. ?Semise says he and Sione have been side by side since 7th grade and it would be amazing to keep things going. ?Both boys feel that an option like that could be a special one.
Now Domena is HOT. ?He has Colorado State and BYU both offering him and for PSU to get him will take some doing because he could garner most of the PAC 12 with his skill set.
"I loved hearing the coaches present the things about PSU, the work ethic, and each guy added his piece to the overall efforts they are making their. ?They are a rising program and it was really nice for us. ?A lot like what we are trying to do at Roosevelt," said Domena.
Billy Nelson is the lesser known of the four but Swain says that is changing fast.
"People are waking up to the fact that this young man is 6'1″ and 185 lbs and can do it all. ?He carried the ball for 818 yards and had an average yards per?carry?of 8.5. ?PSU was smart to offer him too as he is a guy who can help a team anywhere.," said Swain.
How does Sione feel about the 4 of them getting these historic offers in a package like this?
"Man it's great to see my fellow?teammates?get their first offer. ?They definitely deserve it for all the hard work they put in. ?A true blessing and a win-win for Roosevelt High today!"
More from Domena and from Nelson soon. ?But right now we wanted to share this with all of you as soon as it broke and just celebrate a PIL school getting some great attention; deserved attention.
Truly we congratulate Roosevelt, The community, Coach Swain, and the PSU Vikings.
The Four Horsemen of Roosevelt- we congratulate you boys too. ?You made history today and we look forward to all you?achieve?from here on out.