1) Skyline (Sammamish) QB Max Browne – Brown is the top-rated QB in the state and likely will be on the west coast. In leading the Spartans to the 4A State Championship, Browne completed 70.4% of his passes for 4,034 yards, 45 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He has offers from schools across the country including Washington, Clemson, Alabama and Wisconsin among others. It will be a battle to keep Browne home, but Washington appears to be in good shape this early in the game.
2) Bellevue LB Sean Constantine – Constantine could be a star at linebacker or defensive end and with his Football I.Q. he is one of the top defenders in the state. Washington and UCLA have already offered and more could be on the way with schools from the Pac 12, WAC, Big 10 and Mountain West are also looking his way. Constantine is athlete, smart and physical at the point and will be one of the most sought-after prospects in the state.
3) Lakes (Lakewood) WR Sammie Long – The top receiver in the state from a potential standpoint, Long has soft hands and tons of athleticism. Long is a long-strider who loves to get deep, but he's been working on his route-running and that should help him to excel on the field as a senior in 2012. Washington has already offered and more schools are close to throwing their hats in the ring as well.
4) Mead (Spokane) DE Danny Mattingly – Mattingly is the top player on the east side of the mountains and likely will see offers start pouring in once the spring evaluation period hits. The talented two-way player is the younger brother of former Washington State LB Andy Mattingly, so it is assumed he is a lock to become a Cougar, but after speaking with him that couldn't be further from the truth.
5) Lynnwood OL/DL Andrew Basham – Basham is so physically talented it's almost obscene. At 6'5", 290 pounds, Basham has the perfect size for a college offensive or defensive lineman and then throw in the fact that he's a great athlete, able to play some linebacker in a couple of games, he is the full package. Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State have already made contact and you can expect schools to be flocking to Lynnwood High School this year to get a look at him.
6) Tumwater OL/DL Jamie Bryant – Even though he plays at the 2A level, Bryant is a legit D-1 recruit who has the size (6'5", 275) and athleticism to be a big-time prospect down the road. He needs to get stronger and that has become a big focus for him this winter. Washington, Boise State, Oregon State and several other schools were by this fall to get a look at him in action.
7) Skyline (Sammamish) LB Peyton Pelluer – A tackling-machine, Pelluer has posted ridiculous numbers the past two years -- nearly 300 tackles -- as the starter inside for the Spartans. Pelluer flies around a makes plays and he's smart. He takes great angles and he's a sure-tackler, rarely missing when he's in position to make the play. No offers have been forthcoming for the talented linebacker prospect, but expect that to pick up in the coming months as the recruiting process begins to hit full stride.
8) Bellevue LB/FB Myles Jack – Jack is an interesting athlete able to play defensive end or linebacker, depending on how much size he's able to add to his frame. When he walks in the door, the first thing you notice on him is his long arms. Washington, UCLA and Virginia have already offered and he's being heavily recruited by the rest of the Pac 12 as well as the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten.
9) Capital (Olympia) Kai Van Sickle – Van Sickle is ridiculously talented. He rarely goes down with the first hit and he's got deceptive speed, allowing him to get the edge and then run away from defenders. Van Sickle rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior in 2011 and should have an even better season in 2012.
10) Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) QB Sefo Liufau – Liufau has a great arm and enough athleticism to be a threat with his legs. He led the Lions to the state playoffs the past two seasons and should do so again in 2012. He's already been getting letters from schools up and down the west coast and is a player to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months.
11) Eisenhower (Yakima) Kolney Cassel – Cassel put up huge numbers in the Big Nine this past season completing over 65% of his passes for 2,664 yards, 27 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Cassel has a big frame and a very good arm and he's smart. He also makes the players around him better, so he's a rising star east of the mountains.
12) Inglemoor (Kenmore) OL/DL Titus Makasini – Makasini is a talented two-way lineman that earned Lineman of the Year honors in the Kingco 4A which is one of the top leagues in the state. He is physical and athletic and he has a great motor. Keep an eye on Makasini's offer list during the spring because he should see quite a few come in before the end of the school year.
13) Newport (Bellevue) ATH Isaac Dotson – Dotson is a big-time prospect from an athletic standpoint, but it will be interesting to see where he ends up playing once he gets to college. He currently plays quarterback for Newport, but he could be a running back, a receiver or a defensive back when he gets to college. With his size and speed combo, Dotson could be one of the top all-around athletes in the state this fall.
14) Graham-Kapowsin DB Kahlil Dawson – Dawson recently received his first offer, from Idaho, and more could be on the way for the talented DB prospect. Dawson is super-quick and he plays with a chip on his shoulder. Washington has also shown him some interest and more schools could just into the mix soon.
15) Inglemoor LB Mikey Tupou - Tupou plays outside linebacker for Inglemoor and really filled up the statsheet in 2011, posting 164 tackles (75 solo), one interception, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries while earning First Team All-Kingco 4A Crown Division and All-State recognition. He's athletic and he has a nose for the ball and schools have started to take notice. He will hit the combine and camp circuit this spring and summer in order to garner more attention.
16) O'Dea (Seattle) RB Tatum Taylor – One of the fastest players in the state, Taylor is known more for his speed outside instead of running inside, but he recently told Dawgman.com that he plans to rectify that this offseason by bulking up more and working on his vision in the hole. Taylor is still waiting on that first offer, but he is being heavily recruited by several Pac 12 schools including Washington and Washington State.
17) Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) WR/S Calvin Chandler – Chandler hauled in 43 receptions for 704 yards and six touchdowns on offense this past season while leading the Lions with 129 tackles and also posted three sacks from his linebacker spot as a junior in 2011. He projects better at the safety position in college. His father is former Husky Jeff Chandler, but he is definitely open to looking at other schools besides Washington. That being said, the Huskies have already been in contact and he's also heard from several other school including Oregon State and Boise State.
18) Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) RB Isaiah Flynn – Flynn was a beast as a sophomore, but was slowed toward the end of the year as a junior with an ankle injury. He still managed to rush for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns and he told Dawgman.com recently he expects to have his best season yet in 2012. Flynn is already hearing from several Pac 12 programs as well as WAC and Mountain West schools.
19) Mount Si (Snoqualmie) K/P Cameron VanWinkle – Likely to be one of the top kickers on the west coast in the 2013 class, Vanwinkle has a leg that can hit from as nearly 60 yards out and he's got outstanding accuracy as well. Vanwinkle is already getting attention from Washington as well as Oregon State and some Big 12 and SEC schools.
20) Skyview (Vancouver) WR Reiley Henderson – Plays much bigger than his size would indicate. Henderson was the best receiver on an explosive offense that led the Storm to the state championship game. As a junior, Henderson posted 57 receptions for 901 yards and nine touchdowns and also had over 40 tackles and three interceptions on defense.
21) Seattle Prep DB Tere Calloway – Explosive on both sides of the ball, Calloway has put on some size since we first saw him back when he was a sophomore and looks poised to be a player to watch in the coming months. Has outstanding quickness and vision and is quick in and out of his cuts. Could be a star on either side of the ball at the next level. Calloway has been hearing from Baylor, Idaho, North Carolina, Purdue, Washington State.
22) Edmonds-Woodway RB Desmond Young - Young is a talented runner with good speed and quickness. He needs to get stronger and add more size to his frame, but when you rack up nearly 1,500 yards and 17 scores in a league like the Wesco 4A, you definitely will open some eyes. Young has been hearing from several schools and hopes to hit the combine and camp circuit this spring and summer in order to compete against the best talent he can find.
23) Juanita (Kirkland) LB Darrin Laufasa - Laufasa struggled with some injuries in 2011, but gutted it out and played well down the stretch for Juanita. He is a big, physical running back and he flows to the ball well on defense. The major concern with him will be how healthy he stays and how much he improves this offseason.
24) Auburn DL Kevin Shelton - Shelton, the younger brother of Husky defensive lineman Danny Shelton, is very athletic and he has a nose for the ball. The only concern with him is his motor. He racked up over 60 tackles and 10 sacks in 2011 and he will be counted on in 2012 to be a leader on a rebuilding Auburn squad.
25) Mount Si (Snoqualmie) TE Griffin McLain - McLain is a big reason why Mount Si put up big numbers on the ground in 2011. He's an outstanding blocker and he's got soft hands. He isn't the most athletic tight end out there, so he won't stretch the middle-seam as much as you'd like, but he can be a reliable intermediate target.
Other players receiving consideration: Timberline (Lacey) DL Sebastian Mikaele; Mount Vernon QB Bennett Gibson; Bothell OL Chase Madsen; Bellarmine Prep OL MacArtney McQuery; Mead (Spokane) RB Davian Barlow; Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) OL Jerred Sonneborn; Curtis (University Place) OL Zach Budnick; Lakes (Lakewood) WR Marquin Russell; Oak Harbor OL Dayne Herron; Rainier Beach (Seattle) OL/DL Leo Pili-Vaka; Skyview (Vancouver) WR Forrest Russell; Federal Way LB Roderick Jones.
Dawgman.com: Washington Top 25 for 2013
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