The 2012 class was the most talented the Evergreen State had seen in years. The 2013 class will not match up in high end talent or depth, but that doesn't mean there aren't some prospects that Pac-12 schools will be coveting.
Without a doubt, the top player in the state of Washington is Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback Max Browne. The 2013 Top 100 prospect is already a four-star on Scout and in line to pick up a fifth star once rankings expand. As National Recruiting analyst Greg Biggins wrote earlier this week, it will be hard to envision there being five better quarterbacks in the country. Browne has prototypical size and the arm strength to make any throw on the field. This season, after losing the majority of his receiving corps to graduation, he lead the Spartans to the state title. Throwing for over 4,000 yards with 45 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions.
Three other quarterbacks in the state of Washington will warrant college attention. Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep quarterback Sefo Liufau is a gamer. The 6'4" 215lbs quarterback isn't the most talented quarterback you will find, but has the mental and physical toughness coaches dream about. Yakima (Wash.) Eisenhower quarterback Kolney Cassel was hurt his sophomore year and has slipped under the radar. He has big time talent and is a player to keep an eye on. Bellevue (Wash.) Newport athlete Isaac Dotson is a heck of a high school quarterback. There is much debate as to whether he will stay there in college or move to another position, either way he is a prospect.
Behind Browne, the linebacker position group appears to be the most talented. Two prospects from national powerhouse Bellevue (Wash.) High already hold multiple offers. Outside linebacker Myles Jack is an athlete that has also played running back for the Wolverines. He projects best as an outside linebacker, but could also play FB or H-back. Inside linebacker Sean Constantine is a rock on defense. He is always around the football and is a very sure tackler. If either continue to grow they could turn into hybrid OLB/DE prospects. While both live in Washington, Constantine is originally from Oregon and Jack from Georgia, this could play into their recruitment.
The top non-quarterback skill player in the class might be Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes receiver Sammie Long. Long already holds an offer from Washington and should get more attention with Cedric Dozier and Mane Manaea graduating. Seattle (Wash.) Prep safety Tere Calloway already holds an offer from Purdue, the first of what should be many offers. Graham (Wash.) Graham-Kapowsin cornerback Kahlil Dawson recently picked up and offer from Wyoming. Dawson is a little on the slight side, but there is no doubt about his athleticism.
The top prospect on the east side of the state is Spokane (Wash.) Mead tight end Danny Mattingly. At 6'4" 210lbs he could stay at tight end, but more than likely will end up as a defensive end in college. Mattingly moves very well for his size and is a big hitter. In a rare mention, Washington will boast one of the West's top kickers. Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si kicker Cameron VanWinkle has a huge leg and connected on a state record number of field goals this year.
The lineman class in state last year was both talented and deep. The prospects in this class have yet to determine themselves. Many have the size to play at the next level and will need to show this summer and next fall that they have the ability to match it. Some of the best are Wenatchee (Wash.) High OT Cody O'Connell, Seattle (Wash.) Kings OT Mason Friedline, Lynnwood (Wash.) High OT Andrew Basham, Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep C Jerred Sonneborn, Lacey (Wash.) Tumwater OL Jamie Bryant and Kenmore (Wash.) Inglemoor OL Titus Makasini... to name a few.
There is also a group of undersized, yet fast and athletic prospects that could fit in at a number of positions. Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea RB?CB Tatum Taylor, Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep RB Isaiah Flynn, Bothell (Wash.) High RB/CB Danny Wilson, Vancouver (Wash.) Skyview WR Reiley Henderson and Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita RB/LB Darrin Laufasa could all end up with multiple FBS level offers.