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Vikings recruiting class is tops

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Semise Kofe of Roosevelt High celebrates a tackle against Ashland in the Class 5A playoffs.Portland State's football recruiting class sounds like it would be hard to top.

"When you sign your top two prospects at O-line, your top tight end, your top D-end, your top two D-tackles, your top JC linebacker, top high school linebacker and your top two defensive backs, you feel good," Vikings coach Nigel Burton said Wednesday. "So we look for these guys to make an impact quickly."

Eight of the incoming Vikings are from Oregon high schools.

Three are from Portland: Central Catholic quarterback Aidan Wilder and Roosevelt defensive tackles Semise Kofe and Sione Taumoe'anga, who are cousins.

"Both Sione and Semise, when we looked at the film we asked, 'Why are we even watching this?' because they had Pac-12 written all over them," Burton said. "Size-wise and athleticism, they are Pac-12 guys."

Kofe checks in at 6-0, 295 pounds, while Taumoe'anga is 6-2, 295. They were co-defensive players of the year in the Portland Interscholastic League in 2013.

Linemen were an emphasis for Portland State recruiters, and PSU pocketed eight of them to play on defense.

Wilder, 6-0, 190, led Central Catholic to the Class 6A championship and was offensive player of the year in the Mt. Hood Conference. As a senior, he completed 121 of 234 passes for 2,069 yards and 27 touchdowns, with five interceptions, and ran 76 times for 357 yards and 11 TDs.

"Anyone that quarterbacks a team that scores 80 points in a playoff game — that works for me," Burton said, referring to the Rams' 83-49 victory over Tigard in the 6A semifinals. "Aidan has all the tools."