It didn’t take long for Jayden Limar to interrupt the Lake Stevens High School soccer program’s vertical leap report.
In fact, he wasn’t even in excessive college while he set the mark.
During the spring previous to his freshman year, Limar leaped an remarkable forty.5 inches on the Vikings’ annual integrate event. It was the first time because Lake Stevens commenced measuring vertical jumps in 2006 that any participant inside the powerhouse software had topped forty inches.
To placed that in angle: As an 8th grader, Limar might’ve tied for the 8th-highest vertical bounce at that yr’s NFL integrate.
“We knew right away like, OK, the ones are quite special capabilities,” longtime Vikings teach Tom Tri said.
That feat two years ago provided a picture of the jaw-losing athleticism that’s made the five-foot-eleven, a hundred ninety-pound Limar this sort of enormously touted walking back.
According to 247Sports, Limar is ranked because the No. 6 average excessive faculty soccer recruit in Washington country inside the elegance of 2023. He’s additionally nationally ranked in his magnificence because the No. 7 running back and the No. 199 typical recruit.
Midway through his prep career, the 4-famous person tailback already has scholarship gives from massive-time college soccer programs inclusive of Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas A&M, USC and Washington.
“He has a aggregate of pace, strength and athleticism that’s very uncommon,” Tri stated. “… If he became a baseball participant, you’d name him a five-device (prospect). He’s got five-tool expertise in football.”
Much of Limar’s athletic prowess certainly comes from his genes. His father, Reggie, was an Everett High School basketball standout who helped lead the Seagulls to a 7th-location end inside the 2000 Class 3A state tournament. And his mom, Linnie, played soccer for Snohomish High School.
Limar earned a few snaps as a freshman in 2019, at the back of superstar strolling returned Dallas Landeros and backup Camdyn Hanks in a crowded Lake Stevens backfield. He then burst onto the scene this past spring, showcasing his skills with an excellent sophomore campaign for the duration of the abbreviated season.
Limar totaled 646 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns for the duration of the 5-recreation slate, even as averaging a whopping 11.7 yards in line with carry. And that became notwithstanding getting just 8 offensive touches over the primary video games.
After taking over as the primary back in Week three, Limar collected 520 yards from scrimmage and nine overall touchdowns over the very last three contests against Snohomish, Marysville Pilchuck and Glacier Peak.
That blanketed a massive performance in the season finale, whilst Limar scored 5 touchdowns to lead the Vikings to a runaway 63-35 win over Glacier Peak in a showdown of unbeatens. He again the opening kickoff for a 98-yard score and brought 164 yards from scrimmage and four dashing touchdowns.
“He’s like an unstoppable pressure,” Lake Stevens senior quarterback Grayson Murren stated.
Limar totaled 520 yards from scrimmage and 9 touchdowns over the final three games of this spring’s abbreviated season. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
And notwithstanding it being such a quick season, Limar’s huge-ranging ability set become on full show this spring.
He made defenders miss with ankle-breaking elusiveness. He churned out extra yardage with address-breaking energy and physicality. He burned defenses with tremendous vision and cutback capability. He furnished an introduced dimension as a receiving chance, with sharp route running and reliable pass catching. And inside the open area, he left defenders in the dust together with his breakaway four.forty six-2nd forty-yard-sprint velocity.
“It’s quite rare to get a mixture of all the special competencies that he has and be truely, definitely appropriate at they all,” Tri said. “That’s what makes him unique.”
Limar additionally excels on defense, in which he performed linebacker this spring and acquired first-team All-Wesco 4A honors.
“He turned into one of the pleasant area defenders we’ve had, and he turned into a sophomore who hadn’t even played the location (earlier than),” Tri stated. “… Him and (protective returned) Drew Carter have been honestly the difference makers closing yr with our protection.”
Although the Vikings are satisfactory known for his or her steady circulation of standout quarterbacks, Limar is the modern-day in a strong collection of jogging backs which have come through the Lake Stevens program in latest years.
Austin Otis almost had lower back-to-again 1,000-yard speeding seasons in 2012 and 2013. Andrew Grimes posted back-to-returned 1,600-yard campaigns in 2014 and 2015. Blake May topped 1,500 yards in 2016. Tom Lewis and Kayshawn Mounarath combined for more than 1,500 yards in 2017. Dallas Landeros passed 1,three hundred yards in 2018 and become The Herald’s offensive player of the year after eclipsing 1,six hundred yards in 2019.
And even though Limar has handiest commenced some games in his young prep career, Tri admitted he’s by no means had a strolling back like him.
“He is the most talented back that Lake Stevens has ever had,” Tri said.
After all, not many excessive schoolers get to shake arms with legendary Alabama teach Nick Saban.
Following the spring season, the massive-time college offers started pouring in for Limar. And he spent part of his summer season traveling a number of essential applications, together with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State and Texas A&M.
That supposed meeting some of the sport’s maximum famous coaches — together with Saban, who has received six national titles and is extensively regarded because the best coach in college football records.
“Growing up, you constantly pay attention the big names and the whole thing,” Limar stated. “And then you definitely shake their hand and also you pay attention them say your name and also you’re like, ‘Wow.’ Like, it’s type of loopy knowing that you’re assembly the humans you usually hear about on TV and the whole lot.”
Limar said he’s making plans to take a few recruiting visits this fall. But other than that, he stated his cognizance is on helping lead the perennial kingdom powerhouse Vikings to another a success season.
“I’m simply seeking to live humble and just play the game (and) focus on my excessive faculty group proper now,” he stated. “And we’ll see what occurs after the season with offers and all that.”
Limar is certainly one of numerous proficient talent-position players on what have to be another explosive offense for Lake Stevens, which averaged greater than 42 factors in line with recreation in every of the beyond seven seasons.
Carter, a three-megastar senior recruit with gives from Air Force and Eastern Washington, is a massive, physical and athletic target at receiver. Speedy senior Trayce Hanks, who moved from strolling back to fit receiver, is primed for a breakout 12 months.
And then there’s the 6-foot-5 Murren. He’s taking the reins at quarterback this autumn after spending the beyond seasons backing up standout Tanner Jellison, who is now at the University of San Diego roster.
“Grayson changed into probable the second-most talented quarterback in Wesco final 12 months,” Tri said. “It simply so came about that he played at the back of Tanner. … He can run the ball, he’s athletic, he’s got correct accuracy. He must be gambling on Saturdays somewhere.”
The Vikings, who won the celebrated Lakewood 7-on-7 passing match this summer time, will have to wait a few weeks to kick off their season. As a end result of COVID-19 cases in its application, Lake Stevens suspended group sports till Sept. four and canceled its first games.
But when the Vikings in the end take the sphere this fall, they’re predicted to feature another high-powered offense that need to yet again placed them within the blend for a deep playoff run.
“I assume our offense is capable of taking this crew to country and giving it a run, for certain,” Murren stated. “We have all the expertise. We have all of the pieces.”
Limar totaled 520 yards from scrimmage and 9 touchdowns over the very last 3 games of this spring’s abbreviated season. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)