Scout Out West: Skyline-Newport

Scout takes a look at the top prospects from Sammammish (Wash.) Skyline and Bellevue (Wash.) Newport, from their game on Friday night...

Game Scouted:
Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline vs. Bellevue (Wash.) Newport

Scout Out West
Max Browne– 6-4/205 - QB – Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline - 2013
Recruiting: Committed to USC
Scouting Report: Browne, the #1-ranked quarterback in the country by Scout.com, started off slow, the Spartans' first three possessions going for 3-and-outs, and Browne getting sacked three times. Then the five-star went to work, and put on a half to remember. It started with a 78-yard touchdown pass to trim the lead to 14-7, then after the Spartans got the ball back, Browne connected on a 12-yard touchdown pass after a 58-yard pass got Skyline into the red zone. Newport took the lead back at 21-14, but Browne responded with a 63-yard touchdown pass to tie it. After forcing a Newport punt, Browne threw the first of a double pass that resulted in an 84-yard touchdown pass. Browne was 10-for-11 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the 2nd quarter alone. He threw his fourth touchdown pass early in the third, and then after the Spartans took two fumble recoveries back for touchdowns, his night was done. We saw the USC commit Browne in Week One, and that week he started slow before getting into a groove, but it was nothing like the groove he got in against Newport. Browne has one of the most flawless downfield arms, easily getting it down 50-60 yards without much effort. His pocket poise is remarkable, he did a good job stepping up in the pocket after Newport got early pressure on him, and after struggling a bit with it early in his career, he speeds through his reads and finds the open receiver, rather than the first receiver he looks at. He did a good job of waiting for his receiver to get open before lofting the ball his way. He only made one mistake really all evening in the passing game, trying to float a pass to his receiver along the sideline, that was picked off by Dotson.  Like the last couple of years, Browne, once he gets comfortable and in a rhythm, is peerless, and mechanically can pick apart a secondary.
 
Nic Sblendorio – 5-11/185 – WR – Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline - 2013
Recruiting: Offer from Northern Colorado
Scouting Report: Sblendorio may be the best "football player" on Skyline, a two-way player who always seems to be involved in the big plays for the Spartans.  Sblendorio caught the 78-yard touchdown pass from Browne that got the Spartans on the board, and had a couple of touchdown-saving tackles defensively, and a breakup of a pass that could have gone for a score.  While he may be undersized, Sblendorio is definitely one of those guys who plays much bigger, and isn't afraid to challenge receivers when playing defensive back, or afraid to mix it up with DBs when playing receiver. He's got deceptive speed, excellent hands and is one of the best pure route runners in the region.
 
Isaac Dotson– 6-3/200 – QB – Bellevue (Wash.) Newport - 2013
Recruiting: Committed to Nevada
Scouting Report: Dotson is the #2 quarterback in the Evergreen State, and he started strong for the Knights, with a couple of nice passes and an early touchdown run that gave Newport their final lead of the night. Newport ran a lot of option on the night, and Dotson, who's headed to Nevada to play in the pistol, did a good job on his decision making, pitching when he was about to get hit, and keeping it when the defender went after the back. He wasn't given many chances to throw in Newport's option offense, but when he did throw the ball, showed nice touch and poise in the pocket.  He had a 21-yard touchdown run that included him barreling over a linebacker. Dotson also added an interception of Browne..
Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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