MEET A FEW OF OUR ALUMNI
"Growing up in Tigard, Oregon it was never a thought that being a Division 1 football player was a possibility. As I got to Highschool TeamLillard opened doors for me and showed me new routes for my athletic career that seemed unattainable. Houston and the rest of the staff want nothing more than to help you grow as a player, a person, and get to college.
Playing ball and training with the best athletes in the state gave me much needed competitive situations to grow. Whether it was the players, the staff, or anything that came from my time with TeamLillard, I enjoyed every moment of it. Great memories with great people." - Braden Lenzy (University of Notre Dame)
The 2017 Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year, invited to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, earned 6A first-team all-state at running back as a junior in 2016, country's No. 48 wide receiver prospect. Lowe was recruited as 4 star recruit from Jesuit (Portland, OR) Trey Lowe has since been recruited by University of Washington.
"I can speak for myself, as well as many other student athletes when I say The Lillard Foundation has made a huge positive impact on my life. Right after my first workout with the program, I knew if anyone was going to help take me to the next level, it was going to be through The Lillard Foundation. I went on to play my senior year and committed to the University of Montana on a full ride scholarship. The summer before I left for college, I was training with the coaches almost every day. They challenged and pushed me in ways no one else had, I saw myself improve as a man more in that summer than ever before." - Samori Toure (University of Nebraska)
Gould was rated a three-star recruit coming out of West Salem HS in Oregon, Gould was the fourth-highest-rated football recruit in the state of Oregon for the 2019 class. After a break out season with Team Lillard Anthony was recruited to Oregon State University.
"I’d like to thank Houston Lillard for creating Team Lillard and The Lilllard Foundation for bringing an opportunity to us young men, to succeed in many different aspects of life. It has impacted me in many different ways not only on the field, but in the classroom and in my everyday life as well.Houston and the coaching staff have been great mentors, father figures, coaches, trainers and more to me and others. Being around the program has fueled me and taught me so much more about myself than anything. Most Importantly that life isn’t a race... the only thing that matters is that you reach the finish line." - Ahmir McGee (Portland State University)
A two-way player, he was the Portland Interscholastic League's Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, and a first-team all-league choice at quarterback and defensive back. Wyryor has since been recruited by Idaho after spending his junior season with the Team Lillard program.
"The Lillard Foundation has played a huge roll to get me to where I’m at today, not only on the field but who I am as a person. As a student athlete I owe The Lillard Foundation staff a tremendous amount for my development mentally and physically. Aside from being a great coach and trainer Houston has really been a mentor to me for 5 years and counting. My involvement in the program has taught me how to lead through accountability, dependability, and selflessness.
The staff has helped me develop as a young man and put me on track for success. I’m forever grateful for The Lillard Foundation and all they have done for me and many others.
Some of my best experiences have come from traveling with Team Lillard to many 7v7 tournaments. The coaching staff is an all-star group of football minds that have even better personalities. I always had a lot of fun joking and messing around with players and coaches but then turning it up once we hit the field.
I’m thankful that I got the opportunity to compete with a great group of guys and be taught by great coaches." - Simon Thompson (Utah State)
" Without Houston there is no Jaydon Grant at Oregon State or even playing football at all. From day 1 the coaches saw something in me that I couldn’t see myself. In order for me to see that potential that they saw in me, they pushed me mentally and physically. Above all they allowed me to believe in myself through our countless hours of hard work that we put in together.
The Lillard Foundations programs are truly changing young people’s lives. His impact that he has had on me is unmatched, and it goes much farther than just in my sports performance. They helped shaped me as a man through all of the valuable lessons he taught me about life in general. They treated me like family, and to me that’s exactly what we became. I am forever thankful for Hou and like I said, without him and his programs I do not know where I would be today!" -Jaydon Grant (Oregon State University)
Earned 2014 Washington Catholic Atheltic Conference All-Met Elite Honorable Mention honors at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia as a senior... as a junior, earned all-state, all-county and all-conference honors... also all-county and all-conference in 2011-12. Keljin has since been recruited by Montana State University and is now playing in the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers
"I was lucky enough to play for Houston and his 7on7 program. The thing that I love most about Houston is that he doesn’t need to do it for himself or for his family, he does it for the kids and for the love of the game. He truly wants to help kids achieve their dreams and make them the person that they want to become along the way. There’s nothing negative I could ever say about Houston or his programs.
All the coaches wants to do in this world is make it a better place and watch others succeed even before themself. I think the greatest thing that they taught me about being a leader is to just be me and you’re going to have people that like you and don’t like you but as long as you stay true to yourself and stand for something you can always count on yourself at the end of the day and others can too." - Ethan Long (Arizona State University)
Dukart was recruited from Lake Oswego Senior (Lake Oswego, OR) as a 3 star recruit from the class of 2018. Dukart Now, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback and third baseman had a choice to make: play football at Oregon State or sign with the Red Sox to begin a professional baseball journey where he was project to go in the 36th round of the MLB draft his senior year. He instead committed to Oregon State University on 6/8/2017 to fulfill his goals as an elite Quarterback.
Breakout 3 star recruit Dylan Wyatt was recruited from St Mary's College (Albany, CA) class of 2018. He committed to Illinois on a full ride 2/10/2018 after playing with Team lillard through out his highschool career.
Madison four-star linebacker Daniel Green signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Kansas State over fellow finalists Ole Miss and Utah. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound 'backer, rated Scout's top middle linebacker in the West region, initially committed to USC, but re-opened his recruitment late in the process where he signed with Kansas state instead.
3 star recruit Bradley Bickler was recruited from Southridge (Beaverton, OR) class of 2018. He committed to Oregon State on 11/1/2017 after spending his junior seson with Team Lillard.
West Linn stand out receiver that played 3 seasons with team lillard. Qawi has since been recruited by Air force on scholarship.
Stand out West Linn High school Line backer posted one of the nation's top 50 test scores in the Nike Football rating. After leaving the football team at UCLA in order to focus in school, Zack has gone forward to pursue a business degree through UCLA's honor collge.
"From working out with Houston since 6th grade to now, I’ve been able to learn pick up alot of life skills and improved myself in multiple different aspects. From working out and getting me ready for a game the next day, to pushing me to aspire for good grades in all my classes, Houston and The Lillard Foundation has been through it all with me. They taught me how to be a leader whether I’m playing basketball or in a classroom by telling me to apply myself more and to make people feel my presence. Ever since I was able to develop a relationship with the coaches in the programs I’ve gained more confidence in all aspects of my life.
After tearing my ACL for the 3rd time I consulted with my coaches at The Lillard Foundation and began a new track towards obtaining a higher education outside of scholarship access through sports. Now I am starting my freshman year at PSU on a full educational scholarship, while obtaining my real estate license." - Chris Zakariya (Portland State University)
Quarterback from Heritage in Vancouver, WA has been recruited by Eastern Washington University on a scholarship after playing with Team Lillard for 2 seasons.
After playing primarily quarterback at Franklin as a junior, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete transferred to Madison, where he has become one of the state's top prospects.
With offers from Oregon State, Utah, Washington State, Cunningham put himself on the map - faster than the recruiting services could handle.
Rated the state's No. 4 prospect in Oregon by The Oregonian/OregonLive but a three-star prospect, Cunningham announced his commitment to university of Oregon almost immediately after receiving an offer
First-team All-Portland Interscholastic League choice as an all-purpose player following his senior season. Michael was a standout corner back, wide receiver and kick returner. Michael was recognized as a second-team all-league selection at kick returner as a junior. Michael and his brother Wyror both earned scholarships with the Idaho football program"
A 2018 graduate of Camas High, where he helped his team to the 2016 Washington 4A state title; earned All-Greater Saint Helens League honors as a junior and senior, and All-Southwest Washington honors as a senior.
A highly decorated defender from Oregon … Rated as a three-star prospect, No. 16 overall player in the Beaver State and the No. 82 inside linebacker in the country by 24/7 Sports.
Senior year performance earned him Mt. Hood Conference Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-State and All-Conference selections and a Polynesian All-America nod. Malakai was a National Football Foundation Scholarship recipient in 2017 after play with Team Lillard. He recorded 120 tackles as a junior in 2016 and was a first team all-conference and second team all-state selection that year and was named Defensive Player of the Game in the 6A State Championship.
After becoming a part of the Team Lillard family Malakai went on to be recruited by UNLV
"Team Lillard definitely impacted my life in positive way . It was my junior year offseason when i started working with Lillard to get better at playing Receiver. As soon as i was working with some of the other top receivers in the area, i knew i had a-lot to work on to become better . It was a definitely a humbling experience when i started cause i was not as good as the best receivers there at the time . But by the end of our 7on7 season i felt like i was one of the best. It helped me develop as a athlete knowing that there is always someone out there that is a little better than you . As a man it helped me develop humility and humbleness . Team Lillard also teaches you that putting in extra work towards something you care about is always a good idea because when you face someone who has not put in the same amount of time, you will always come out on top . Team Lillard is a big part of my development as an athlete." - Drake Owen (Central Washington University)
"Houston and The Lillard Foundation affected me in a very positive way, it allowed me to go out and compete against the best athletes in the country alongside my friends from high school and people I met through the program. I especially liked the unity that Team Lillard brought to us, no matter where you were from, what you had, we were all out there to compete and leave it all on the field.
The program gave us the everything: gear, knowledge (life and football), opportunity. The message of the team was to get to college, grades were just as important as talent to the staff. We would bring grade reports to them to make sure that we weren’t slacking, and if we were it was only temporary because we respected the program that much and all it did for us. Now I no longer play football, I am attending college in Montana while training to become a pilot.
Regardless I still look back on my Team Lillard days very fondly. I feel like it was the staffs genuine care for us that allowed us to succeed, they treated us all like family, gave us rides, make team dinners, really anything we needed. Overall, I wouldn’t trade my experience with the team for the world, it has had a lasting impact on me and my life even without football." Ethan Coleman (University of Montana)
"Team Lillard has helped put a spotlight on 2018 2 star Hermiston wide receiver Dayshawn Neal, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete who has gone from relative unknown to arguably one of the state's top 10 prospects."
"a superbly talented prospect that any or all College Coaches will want to take a close look at. His skill set includes terrific routes, great ability to cut and break ankles, and a speed to separate from opponents. We have seen him compete in camps and in clinics and have reviewed his film. Dayshawn stands out against the best cover corners in the West and has a chance to move on to at least the Big Sky level where he could be an impact player."
A 2017 graduate of Madison High School in Portland, Ore. rated a three-star recruit by Scout and 247Sports. ranked as the No. 1 receiver out of Oregon and a top 35 receiver in the West region. rated 12th overall prospect in the state. had 30 catches for 640 yards and six touchdowns as a senior and earned all-state honorable-mention honor. named first-team all-league as a junior after posting 24 catches for 502 yards.
After play his junior year with Team Lillard, Isaiah was recruited to play at Hawaii