Dawgman.com: Washington Top 20 for 2012

The state of Washington has been blessed in 2012 with several top players who have been and continue to be heavily recruited by schools from across the country. Here is Dawgman.com's updated list of seniors and a quick glimpse at where some are headed and where some may end up with only five weeks until Signing Day...

Puyallup OL Joshua Garnett - Garnett has never strayed from the top of our rankings and he did nothing in his senior season to cause us to re-think his ranking. He's physical, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and he's about as articulate as they come. Garnett, a Husky legacy, recently eliminated Washington from his list of contenders and has narrowed things down to a final three of Stanford, Michigan and Notre Dame.

Status: Uncommitted
2) Lakes (Lakewood) OL Zach Banner - While Garnett could come in and start right away with pretty much any program he signs with, Banner will need a year or two before he should be counted on to contribute, but his ceiling may ultimately be higher. Banner, also a Husky legacy, recently tripped to Washington and raved about his visit. He has one more official visit planned - to USC - and then hopes to decide shortly after returning home. His final three appear to be USC, Washington and Oklahoma.

Status: Uncommitted
3) Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist - All Lindquist did as a senior was lead his team to the state playoffs for the first time in over a decade and he did it by completing 55.3% of his passes for 1,908 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions while leading his team with 826 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns as well. Lindquist had a handful of offers before committing to Washington back in April.

Status: Committed to Washington
4) Mariner (Everett) RB Keivarae Russell - Russell missed a couple of games during his senior season due to injuries, but still managed to rush for over 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns while leading the Marauders to the District Playoffs. The talented tailback has narrowed things down to Washington and Notre Dame and plans to make his commitment on Thursday during a press conference at his school.

Status: Uncommitted
5) Lakes (Lakewood) ATH Cedric Dozier - The talented two-way star committed to California during the season and hasn't wavered. However, some think Washington has a chance to at least garner a visit from him during January and the Huskies could be a serious contender if that happens.

Status: Committed to Cal
6) Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) WR Michael Rector - Rector committed to the Huskies early on and will take his official visit to Montlake on January 13th. The talented wideout finished his senior season with 44 receptions for 918 yards and 13 touchdowns while also racking up 36 tackles and one interception as a corner on defense.

Status: Committed to Washington
7) Auburn OL Cory English - English had a great season for the Trojans as a senior, leading the way up front from his center spot and committed to Washington shortly after his visit to Montlake earlier this month. He was named to the All-State team by several publications and will have a chance to push for playing time relatively early in his college career.

Status: Committed to Washington
8) Tacoma Baptist OL Walker Williams - Williams was one of the toughest prospects to evaluate due to the fact he didn't played against top competition on a weekly basis. However, there is no denying that he is a talented prospect and he was heavily recruited by schools from all over this spring and summer. Williams ultimately decided to leave he state and plans to sign with Wisconsin in February.

Status: Committed to Wisconsin
9) Juanita (Kirkland) OL Nathan Dean - Dean was the first offensive line prospect to commit to Washington and he has been steadfast in his decision to become a Dawg. Dean attended several fall practices as well as games and recently took his official visit to Montlake. The talented line prospect will need a couple of years of seasoning before he's ready for the rigors of the college game, but his upside is tremendous and he's got a chance to be a very special player if he progresses like we think he will.

Status: Committed to Washington
10) Kennedy (Burien) S Jason Thompson - Thompson, the brother of Husky senior DL Everrette Thompson, had a terrific senior season, leading the Lancers to the state playoffs by completing 51 of 88 pass attempts for 744 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions and rushed for 308 yards and three more scores from his quarterback spot. He posted 70 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and two defensive touchdowns as well. Thompson is expected to come in and play safety for the Huskies when he arrives this summer, but he could end up at linebacker if he's able to add enough size to his frame.

Status: Committed to Washington
11) Bothell WR Trent Sewell - Sewell has all of the size, speed and athleticism you could want in a wideout prospect, but for some reason, schools hesitated to offer. He did have an offer from Washington State, but that was pulled when the Cougars got commitments from some out of state receviers. Sewell recently committed to Wyoming and appears to be happy with that decision.

Status: Committed to Wyoming
12) Bellevue OL Jake Eldrenkamp - Things have really started to pick up for the talented offensive lineman and the Huskies are the latest to offer. Eldrenkamp plans to take his visits before he makes a decision, but this appears to be coming down to a battle of the two in-state schools and will be the first of many future battles between Steve Sarkisian and Mike Leach.

Status: Uncommitted
13) Kentridge (Kent) TE Caleb Smith - Things had been quiet on the recruiting front for Smith until relatively recently when he took an official visit to Arkansas even though he remains committed to Oregon State, the school he committed to back in August. He has told some close to him that he would like to visit at least one more school, likely UCLA, but the expectation is that he will stick with his commitment to the Beavers when it's all said and done.

Status: Committed to Oregon State
14) O'Dea (Seattle) OL Sam Flor - Flor had a great senior season for the Irish and helped lead the way to the 3A State Championship Game. Flor committed to former Washington State head coach Paul Wulff, so there were some concerns that he might not have an offer, but he recently spoke to the new coaching staff on the Palouse and appears to still be firmly committed to the Cougars.

Status: Committed to Washington State
15) Lakes (Lakewood) S Ma'ne Manaea - Manaea isn't a physical specimen, but he is a football player, plain and simple. He packs a wallop when he arrives at the ball and he's athletic enough to be a threat as a wideout in the slot or even return punts or kicks. He committed to Colorado in the summer, but there are some rumblings he could be looking to head to Wyoming with a large contingent of Evergreen State players.

Status: Committed to Colorado
16) Lakes (Lakewood) OL/DL Zaheer Webb - Webb is big and physical and had a very solid senior season for the Lancers on both sides of the ball. He committed to Colorado back in the summer, but had the offer pulled by the Buffaloes back in October. He is another player who could head to Wyoming if the Cowboy coaching staff decides he's worthy of an offer.

Status: Uncommitted
17) Federal Way DL Uso Olive - Olive was the leader of one of the top defenses in the state and it took the Eagles to the second-round of the state playoffs. If he were just a little taller, Olive would be one of the most sought-after prospects in the state, but teams were leery of his relatively short arms and stature, overlooking his explosive first step and motor. Olive committed to Portland State, but rumors are he too is looking at possibly heading to Wyoming if things pan out.

Status: Committed to Portland State
18) Federal Way LB Jordan Pulu - Pulu committed to the former Washington State staff and had his offer pulled by the new one, so he is looking for a home. Pulu missed the final two games of the Eagles' season with an injury, but there is no denying his productivity over the past two years as a starter. He's very instinctive and uses his hands well. He is yet another player who could get an offer from Wyoming in the coming weeks.

Status: Uncommitted
19) Mount Si (Snoqualmie) OL/DL Josh Mitchell - Mitchell is a tough, blue-collar player who gets the job done on both sides of the ball and is a perfect fit with Mike Riley down in Corvallis. He is slated to play inside along the defensive line for the Beavers, but would do just fine on the offensive side as well.

Status: Committed to Oregon State
20) Eastlake (Sammamish) RB Ryan Lewis - Lewis had a great season for the Wolves, helping lead them on a deep run in the state playoffs. He amassed over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns on offense and also played corner as well. He was recently offered by Utah and already had an offer from Colorado. Expect both in-state schools to also give him a long look before it's all said and done.

Status: Uncommitted
Others receiving consideration: Lakewood TE Dustin Stanton (committed to OSU); Gig Harbor K/P Korey Durkee (committed to UW); Connell S Matt Hadley (committed to BYU); Eastlake (Sammamish) OL/DL Gino Bresolin; Bellevue ATH Tyler Hasty; O'Dea (Seattle) CB Jayshawn Jordan; Bethell (Spanaway) ATH David Fontenette; Nooksack Valley (Everson) OL B.J. Salmonson (committed to WSU); Richland LB Sawyer Powell (committed to BYU); Kentlake (Kent) ATH Caleb Saulo; Woodinville DL Sawyer Whalen; Issaquah TE Eric Lemke (committed to Idaho)

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