As a junior, Sprague athlete Teagan Quitoriano accomplished a statistical feat few in the state of Oregon can boast.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound basketball star led the state in points (29) and rebounds (14) per game, carrying the Olympians to their first league title since 1997.
Truth is, however, he’s an even better football prospect.
In fact, he might just be a national football recruit when the dust finally settles.
Quitoriano, a Rivals three-star recruit, already holds offers from Oregon, Oregon State and Nevada, but the rest of the country doesn’t seem aware of his combination of size, athleticism and freakish balance.
A basketball star turned tight end? It has certainly worked before, and is the projection of both the Ducks and Beavers coaching staffs.
Of course, it’s equally possible he lines up as a physical, nightmare-inducing defensive end who can both stop the run and get after the quarterback.
The least-discussed option, at least by the recruiting services, is the possibility of Quitoriano adding 40-50 pounds to his frame and potentially turning into a freakish, quick-footed 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle.
Tantalizing possibilities to be certain, but options the basketball-focused Quitoriano has only recently begun to explore.
“Right now, I know I’m going to go somewhere to play football, so I’m just trying to really play both sports,” he said. “Wherever I go, I want to play both.”
Both Oregon and Oregon State have indicated playing basketball and football in college is a possibility, and that opportunity would be a dream-come-true for the still-developing gridiron star.
“It would mean the world to me,” he said. “It would accomplish my dream of playing two Division I sports, especially to do it for either of the two teams I’ve been watching my entire life and rooting for my entire life. It would be incredible – a dream-come-true.”
Quitoriano is a more fully developed basketball player, as he has focused on hoops for much of his young…