Dawgman.com Washington Top 25

As we draw closer and closer to the start of fall camp for the Huskies, recruiting continues to be a focus as more and more in-state prospects receive offers and make commitments. Here's a look at the Dawgman.com Top 25 for the state of Washington and where things sit as far as recruiting is concerned...

1) Bellevue OT Henry Roberts - Roberts is widely considered the top player in the state and the most "college ready" of the handful of top linemen in the state. He's gotten offers from all over, but appears close to making his decision. His top two are Washington and Stanford and many think he will commit to one of those two schools before the start of his senior season.


2) Shadle Park (Spokane) QB Brett Rypien (Boise State) - Rypien committed to Boise State shortly after taking a trip there this spring. Rypien is poised to become the state's all-time leader in passing yardage with a big senior season and he is probably the biggest reason that Shadle Park could make a decent run in the 3A state playoffs this fall.


3) Lakes (Lakewood) DL Benning Potoae - Potoae has offers from schools from across the country. Freakishly strong since he was an eighth grader, Potoae has only gotten better as the years have gone by. He's got the frame to easily add another 20 or 30 pounds and seems to have started to narrow down some favorites although he recently told Dawgman.com that he's not ready to name those lucky schools just yet. Rumor has it Washington is right near the top of his list and will be in it until the end along with schools like Ohio State, Oregon, Arizona, UCLA and USC.


4) Newport (Bellevue) OT Calvin Throckmorton (Oregon) - I've long considered Throckmorton to have the biggest upside of all of the linemen within the state and I'm still holding that opinion. He's a hard worker and just starting to tap his potential. Throckmorton surprised quite a few with his decision to commit to Oregon late last month, but word is just fell in love with the Duck program and really connected with the Oregon coaching staff.


5) Marysville Pilchuck RB/CB Austin Joyner (Washington State) - One of the more puzzling prospects in the state. Almost everyone (including coaches at the schools recruiting him) sees Joyner's future at tailback. He's a gifted runner with a lot of speed, agility and athleticism. Joyner, however, has decided he only wants to play corner at the next level and he committed to Washinton State, the only school that had offered him at CB at that point, in the spring. Washington, along with several other schools, has told him they will recruit him at corner, but he's been steadfast in his decision to become a Cougar up to this point.


6) O'Dea (Seattle) RB Myles Gaskin (Washington) - The top pure tailback in the state committed to Washington this spring and basically has gone underground, deciding to not take part in camps and focus on his senior season. Gaskin isn't very big, but he's a grinder and one of the toughest, pound-for-pound, players within the state. He will be the featured runner on a talented Irish team this season and should put up some big numbers while leading them to the state playoffs.


7) Bothell QB Ross Bowers (Cal) - Bowers blew up on the camp circuit and wowed scouts and coaches with his improved passing skills. He committed to Cal shortly after the Golden Bears made him an offer and that seems to be a great fit for him. Bowers looked great at Washington's Rising Stars camp and they offered him a greyshirt spot since they already have a quarterback committed in the 2015 class (Jake Browning). The senior-to-be is the trigger-man on what is likely the top 4A program in the state this year. Could a state title finally be within the Cougars' grasp? Only time will tell.


8) Wenatchee OT Trey Adams (Washington) - The sole holdover from the five players who were committed to Washington for 2015 before Steve Sarkisian bolted for USC. Adams came over and worked out for two days at the Rising Stars camp and looks like a completely different player than the one we saw in the summer of 2013. Adams hauled in offers from schools like UCLA and Oregon this spring, but hasn't wavered on his decision to become a Husky.


9) Federal Way ATH Chico McClatcher - One of the most athletically gifted players in the state, the reason McClatcher is at #9 is because he's a bit of a 'tweener. He's not big enough to be a tailback in most systems, but he's just a tad too stiff and bulky to play corner. He'll likely wind up playing in the slot wherever he signs, but where he will likely make his biggest impact is as a punt and kick returner. McClatcher has offers from all over, but appears to be honing in on Arizona, Washington and Utah, at least at this point.


10) Evergreen (Vancouver) WR Justice Murphy (Utah) - Murphy is one of the fastest risers on our board. The talented wideout has outstanding hands, body control and he's got enough speed to get deep. Murphy could easily wind up higher on our list with a big senior season and don't be surprised if more schools come in on him even though he's solidly committed to Utah right now.


11) Bellevue LB Mustafa Branch - The top linebacker from Bellevue is a playmaker, plain and simple. He really brings the intensity every play and he can play inside or outside, although his best spot is likely at the SAM because he's so good in space. Branch is getting a long look from the Huskies, but currently does not have an offer from them. He does, however, have offers from the likes of Colorado, Duke, Northwestern, Oregon State and Washington State among others.


12) Lakeside (Seattle) OT Erik Rottsolk - If Rottsolk ever gets it out of his head that he's a tight end, you will see his stock really start to climb. The Lakeside prospect is 6'7" and close to 245 pounds. He's not athletic enough to play tight end at a Pac 12 school, but as an offensive lineman, he could easily find himself on a Pac 12 roster in the fall of 2015. Rottsolk currently holds offers from Fordham, Montana and Montana State, but plenty of FBS programs, including Washington, will have their eyes on him this fall.


13) West Valley (Yakima) OL Shane Lemieux (Oregon) - Lemieux came out of nowhere this past winter and spring, hauling in offers from schools across the country. UW was giving him some attention, but decided to not offer and when it came down to it, the big lineman from the east side of the state decided he wanted to become a Duck, choosing Oregon over South Carolina. Word is Lemieux is still considering looking at some other schools, including Boise State, but so far, that hasn't been proven to be true...at least publicly.


14) Cascade Christian (Puyallup) LB Mason Tobeck - The son of former Washington State and Seattle Seahawks center Robbie Tobeck, Mason is a man among boys at the 1A level. He's very athletic and he's got that frame you love on a kid, able to add 20 to 30 pounds pretty easily once he gets to college. Tobeck is relentless in pursuit of the ball carrier and he's got the speed and instincts to make plays all over the field. Colorado State, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana State have offered, but with a good start to his senior season, expect some Pac 12 schools to start heating things up with him.


15) Lincoln (Tacoma) WR Jayson Williams - Williams blew up last year when he wowed people at several camps and he did nothing as a junior to make people think any differently about him. Now, after moving from Curtis to Lincoln, he'll likely be part of what could be one of the best 3A squads in the state. Williams is long, lean and he's got great hands. He's also a really good route-runner with the ability to go up and get the ball in the crowd.


16) Central Kitsap (Silverdale) TE Brion Anduze (Arizona) - Like Lemieux, Anduze came out of nowhere this spring, wowing coaches with his skills, work-ethic and size. He was so impressive in workouts that Arizona came after him hard and he committed to the Wildcats very quickly after they offered. Anduze is a star for CK on both sides of the ball, but most think his future in college lies on offense.


17) Lincoln (Tacoma) CB Dehonta Hayes - Hayes blew up as a sophomore, but appeared to level off a bit last year as a junior. He's looked impressive this spring and summer, hauling in offers from several lower-level FBS programs and some top-notch FCS schools, but he's hoping to play Pac 12 ball. He'll need a great start to his senior season to have that happen, but don't put it past him. Hayes is a tough-minded, ball-hawking prospect with the ability to be a real playmaker when he's focused.


18) Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) OL Alex Neale - We at Dawgman have been a huge fan of Neale and what he brings to the table and this summer, while watching him on the camp circuit, we feel like we are justified in our praise. While he isn't the most athletic lineman you will find, there isn't a more technically sound linemen in the state. Neale is smart, he really gets after guys and he can handle most interior defensive linemen on his own. If he were a few inches taller, he'd be a legit Pac 12 lineman. He's got all of the other tools. So far, he has offers from Idaho, Montana and Portland State and the Ivy League schools are on him big-time as well. He'll likely wait things out and see what other offers come his way before he decides. Whoever gets him will be getting an absolute steal and he'll be a great locker room guy too.


19) Wenatchee LB Cy Sirmon - Sirmon comes from a great football family and he's got outstanding instincts to go along with great size and an intensity you rarely see from guys his age. The problem? Cy needs to find the right system to fit into since he just doesn't look athletic enough to play in space at a school in the Pac 12 where linebackers are asked to run with backs and slot receivers on a regular basis. Sirmon is a between-the-tackles linebacker who could wind up having a very solid football career in college if he finds the right school. His two offers are from schools where he has family ties -- Montana and Idaho -- and those might wind up being great choice for him regardless of who else offers.


20) Bothell WR Jackson Keimig - With his size (6'3, 205) and athleticism, Keimig is a guy who has drawn a lot of attention from schools. He's got a handful of FCS programs who have offered including a couple of Ivy league programs, but he looks to a be a legit FBS type and could see those offers start to roll in with a great start to the 2014 football season.


21) Mount Si (Snoqualmie) OL Chris Schlichting - Schlichting rounds out the top linemen within the state's boarders. When you talk about playing with an attitude, Schlichting is definitely that guy. He handles the tackle spot for Mount Si, but will likely move inside in college due to his lack of elite quickness and lateral movement. Schlichting is smart and he loves to get after it in the trenches. He's also a workout feind, looking for any chance to get out and compete with guys. He has offers from Eastern and Montana and more schools are eyeing his talents as well.


22) Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) DL Cody Baker - Baker is a hard worker, but he's limited athletically. He's also not real long, although he'd fit in nicely on the inside if he could add some strength. One thing working Baker's favor is the fact that he's a wrestler and that has really helped him with his hands and balance/leverage. Idaho, Wyoming and Montana have all offered and more schools are keeping an eye on his progress.


23) Skyline (Sammamish) LB Cameron Saffle - Saffle plays linebacker for the Spartans, but he appears destined to grow into a defensive end at the next level. He's now fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered as a sophomore, so this is his year to blow up. Playing at less than 100% last season, Saffle still managed to post 62 tackles and 11 sacks for a 9-3 Skyline team. Idaho was the first school to offer Saffle, but with a good start to his senior season, he could see that count climb pretty quickly.


24) Skyline (Sammamish) WR Derek Loville - As the son of former Oregon Duck and Seattle Seahawks tailback Derek Loville, the younger Loville comes from great bloodlines and he's just starting to reach his potential. At nearly 6'4" and weighing in at close to 200 pounds, Loville is an imposing receiver with the athleticism to dominate defnensive backs. Now he just needs to get it done on the field this fall. Wyoming has offered, but more should come in if Loville lives up to expectations.


25) Lincoln (Tacoma) LB Jusstis Warren - If not for a knee injury, Warren would likely have a handful of offers right now. The talented linebacker tore it up at the Washington State camp and looked good in several other camps this spring/summer. Warren really hit the camp circuit this year, competing at camps in the SEC (Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M and Georgia), the Big 12 (Texas and Baylor) as well as the Pac 12 (WSU, Washington, Oregon and Oregon State). He's a physical specimen, but he really appeared to struggle in coverage, so that's definitely an area of concern. Idaho and Montana have offered, but it's almost a guarantee that he will have more after schools get a look at him this season.


On The Cusp: Cheney DL Keenan Williams; Federal Way LB Jared Pulu; Jackson (Mill Creek) ATH Keynan Foster; Gig Harbor WR Santana Johnson; Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) DL Deion Fetui; Glacier Peak (Snohomish) DT Mosese Fifita; Kentwood (Kent) DE Josiah Bronson; Chiawana (Pasco) DE Christian Penny; Hazen (Renton) ATH Marquise Lee; Lakes (Lakewood) CB Kemonee Jenkins; Beamer (Federal Way) CB Dashay Ware; Glacier Peak (Snohomish) K Spencer Pettit; Cascade (Everett) WR/ATH Kejuan Coleman; Bothell RB/ATH Sam McPherson; Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) LB Anthony Masaniai; Foss (Tacoma) ATH Chris Reynolds; Meadowdale (Lynnwood) ATH Malik Braxton; Bothell WR Dayzell Wilson; Lake Stevens WR Josh Rasmussen; Bellevue ATH Ross Connors; Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) CB Terin Adams; Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) K Matthew Philichi

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