1) Puyallup OL Joshua Garnett - No change at the top as Garnett continues to impress with his size, strength and raw athleticism. The talented lineman has been ranked by Scout as the number one guard prospect in the country, but the truth is Garnett has the ability to play almost anywhere along the offensive line. He recently started to narrow things down a bit, but hasn't decided on a top five at this point. Washington continues to hold a spot at the top of his list, although he recently told Dawgman.com he doesn't plan to take an official visit to Montlake, opting to use his five trips to schools outside the state.
2) Lakes (Lakewood) OL Zach Banner - Like Garnett, Banner could go almost anywhere in the country to play football, but unlike his workout partner and friend, Banner is a better fit outside at a tackle position with his 6'8", 300-pound frame, quick feet and outstanding updside. Banner name Washington, Oregon, USC, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, Florida State and Cal as his top 10 and will narrow things further as the season draws closer. Also like Garnett, Banner has state it is unlikely he will use one of his official visits on a trip to Washington since he has been to Montlake so many times and it's an easy 45-minute drive to come and see things.
3) Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist (committed to Washington) - Lindquist has done nothing but impress during the summer at the different camps he's attended. He was on of the top performers at the Washington Nike Camp and had a very good day at the Taylor Barton Showcase last Friday. Currently, Lindquist is attending the Elite 11 QB camp and so far he's had another quietly solid performance.
4) Mariner (Everett) RB Keivarae Russell - Russell is one of the top runners on the west coast this year and has offers from most of the Pac 12 as well as Notre Dame and Boise State among others. The talented runner is more quick than fast, but he's got enough burst to get the edge and run away from defenders in the open field. Russell maintains that he will take his time in making a decision and that he'd like to take all of his visits. The plan is for him to commit sometime in December, but it could come earlier if he finds what he's looking for before that.
5) Juanita (Kirkland) OL Nathan Dean (committed to Washington) - If it weren't for the presence of Banner and Garnett, Dean would easily be the top offensive lineman in the state. The physically imposing Dean, who possesses a nasty streak his coaches have had to tame in practices, is just starting to realize his vast potential and could be a real gem down the road with some seasoning.
6) Lakes (Lakewood) ATH Cedric Dozier - Dozier, like Lindquist, has done nothing but impress with his speed, skills and athleticism this summer. He could be a force on either side of the ball and he's told Dawgman.com on several occasions his preference changes on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. That being said, he's being projected at receiver by most schools and he's looked very good there in all of the camps we've seen. Cal, Washington, Oregon and Arizona appear to be the schools he's focusing on right now.
7) Tacoma Baptist OL Walker Williams - The one thing you can say about Williams is he doesn't shy away from competition. He's faced off with talented defensive lineman at every camp he's attended, including last week when he was matched up with Oregon commit Alex Balducci, a defensive end from Central Catholic out of Portland, who is an absolute beast. Williams competes well and takes coaching well and it is something that camp coaches said will benefit him once he gets to the next level. Williams plans to visit Cal and Wisconsin in the next couple weeks and then will start to narrow things down. He could make a decision before the season, but at this time no timeline has been set.
8) Bothell WR Trent Sewell - As far as receiver prospects go, there isn't a better combination of size, speed and athleticism than Sewell. However, with all of that ability he still has yet to show the consistency needed to be considered an elite prospect at this point. He already has offers from Washington State and UCLA, but due to his family ties to the Cougars many expect him to end up in Pullman. According to those close to him though, he isn't a lock to wind up there.
9) Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) WR Michael Rector (committed to Washington) - Rector has outstanding hands and quickness and he's a leader, both on the field and in the locker room. He committed to Washington several weeks ago and remains firmly committed to the Dawgs even though Stanford came in late with an offer.
10) Kentridge (Kent) TE/DE Caleb Smith - Smith has really grown into his body and has filled out nicely. Smith has 10 offers to his name and many thought when Washington offered he wouldn't take long to make his decision. However, he's remained steadfast in wanting to take his time and some think that Oregon State is the team to beat.
11) Auburn OL Cory English - With his performances at several camps this summer, English has risen up the recruiting boards and he has garnered offers from UW, WSU, Idaho and Oregon State. Rumors are that Washington holds a special place in English's heart, but that Oregon State might be where he lands. Why? The thinking is that he might have a better chance of playing early with the Beavers than he would with the Huskies. We should find out soon what his decision is.
12) Federal Way DL Uso Olive - You have to love the way this young man goes about his business. He's quick, he's got a great motor and he's stron. His only drawback is his lack of height. Olive is listed at 6'1", but he's closer to 5'11". He wants an offer from the Dawgs, but at this point, one doesn't seem to be forthcoming. He's currently getting quite a bit of attention from the other northwest schools including Washington State, Oregon State and Idaho.
13) Lakewood TE Dustin Stanton (committed to Oregon State) - At 6'6", 220 pounds, Stanton is an impressive prospect who possesses soft hands and enough speed to stretch the middle seam. He needs to get stronger and add more size, but he's a player several schools were interested in before he received his offer from the Beavers.
14) Lakes (Lakewood) S Ma'ne Manaea - Another Lakes prospect, Manaea is an outstanding football player. He won't impress you physically, but once you put the pads on he's all business. All Manaea does is fly around and make plays. He's sitting on an offer from Washington State right now, but hopes more schools jump into the fray before he makes his decision.
15) Kennedy (Burien) ATH Jason Thompson (committed to Washington) - Thompson, the younger brother of Husky senior defensive lineman Everrette Thompson, is a heady player who appeared dead-set on playing quarterback in college. However, when the offer from Washington came, it changed things and he decided to commit to the Dawgs last weekend. Thompson could end up at safety or linebacker and with his football instincts, he could have success at either position.
Others who received consideration: Bellevue CB Tyler Hasty; Graham-Kapowsin QB Drew Austin; Connell S Matt Hadley; Blaine TE Andrew Price; O'Dea (Seattle) OL Sam Flor; O'Dea (Seattle) CB Jayshawn Jordan; Decatur OL Jordan Wernet; Bellevue OL Jake Eldrenkamp; Mt. Si OL/DL Josh Mitchell; Lakes (Lakewood) DL Zaheer Webb; Gig Harbor P Korey Durkee (committed to Washington).
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