Dawgman.com Top 20 for 2014

With the 2013 class in our rear-view mirror, we at Dawgman.com thought we would take a look at the 2014 class. So, with that in mind, here is a look at some of the top juniors in the state as well as some players who could raise their stock over the spring and summer with good performances at camps...

1) Bellevue S/RB Budda Baker The unquestioned jewel of the 2014 in-state class, Baker is one of the best athletes to ever be produced by the Evergreen State. He's a dynamic runner, an electrifying returner and he has the speed and athleticism to be a great corner or safety at the next level. He's already said he prefers to play defense and wants to do that at the collegiate level so that's where he's rated, but make no mistake, he will be an impact player pretty much anywhere he lines up. He doesn't talk to the media much and he hasn't even started to focus on recruiting, but he already has offers from most of the Pac 12 as well as Notre Dame and Purdue and you can expect that number to increase steadily over the next few months.

2) Mountlake Terrace RB/LB Devante Downs Downs is a big, athletic kid who has seen his popularity among schools really start to increase over the past couple of weeks. He's projected at running back or at linebacker and he could be outstanding on either side of the ball. He says he has no real preference on where he ends up playing in college, but said if someone gave him the choice, he'd choose running back. At 6'3 and 220 pounds already, he's likely to wind up on the defensive side of the ball eventually and wherever he ends up they will be getting a very talented player. Downs already has offers from Arizona State, California, Colorado State, Washington, Washington State and Utah and you can expect most of the rest of the Pac 12 to offer before the spring is over.

3) Fife OL Kaleb McGary A huge prospect with outstanding athleticism, McGary is an impressive looking prospect at 6'6 and 270 pounds already. He plays tight end for Fife, but everyone thinks he winds up on the offensive or defensive line. McGary definitely has the feet and size to play tackle and that is where we see him, but he's got the tenacity and athleticism to play defense as well. Oregon State was the first school that offered, but Washington was right behind them and he's also seen offers roll in from the likes of Arizona State, Oregon, Utah and Washington State. Expect him to be a very popular young man this spring and prospects with his size rarely have the type of athleticism he possesses.

4) Wenatchee RB/WR Isaiah Brandt-Sims First and foremost, Brandt-Sims is a player that can almost literally fly. He's got legit 10.4 100 meter speed and he's gotten offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, SMU and Wyoming. He reported to Scout.com he received an offer from the Huskies after a track meet at the Dempsey Indoor and he is getting interest from several other Pac 12 schools as well. He plays more of a running back position for Wenatchee, but with his frame, he will likely need to be a slot receiver at the next level. He will be an interesting player to watch as the 2014 recruiting cycle picks up steam.

5) Eastlake (Sammamish) ATH Drew Lewis Lewis comes from great bloodlines. His father played at Pittsburgh and his brother, Ryan, signed with the Panthers in 2012. Lewis was the best players on an up-start team last season and he will be a focal point of their offense next year. He's got great vision and enough burst to run away from most defenders in the open field. He's got the size to be a tailback or a safety at the next level and the hands to be a pretty good receiver as well. Recruiting is just starting up for Lewis, but he does have an offer from Pitt and several other schools, namely Washington, Arizona State, Utah and Boise State, have shown interest as well.

6) Kentlake (Kent) DL/OL Mason Johnson Johnson was the strongest player at Boise State's camp last summer, putting up 400 pounds on the bench. He's naturally strong and a pretty good-looking prospect on offense or defense. I like him better on defense as his 6'3, 300-pound frame would be a nice fit at the nose tackle position. He's getting interest from Oregon, Washington, Washington State and Boise State currently.

7) Bellevue OL/DL Marcus Griffin - Griffin will carry on the tradition of solid line prospects to come from the Wolverine football program. I recently saw him at a camp and he moves really well for a young man his size, but he's height is probably going to cause schools to wait on him a bit. He's working a lot on his strength and agility right now and I see him being a player that could get a lot more looks after the summer camp circuit when he can get in front of coaching staffs and they can work with him.

8) Eisenhower (Yakima) WR Ridge Harmon Likely the top wide receiver in the state this coming season, Harmon has outstanding hands, great route-running ability and the knowledge of how to get open against different defenses. He's put up huge numbers the past two season (over 100 catches, 1,500 yards, 15 touchdowns), but playing in Yakima, he needs to get out to camps this summer in order to garner more attention from schools.

9) Mount Si (Snoqualmie) QB Nick Mitchell Mitchell really rose up the charts last summer when he took part in some seven-on-seven camps as well as team camps and he showed a great arm and good decision-making. He then went out and led Mount Si to an 11-2 record with both losses coming at the hands of National Number One Bellevue. He needs to put on some weight since he only carries about 170 pounds on his 6'2 frame, but there's no doubting he has the intangibles to be a very good signal-caller at the next level.

10) Camas OL Drew Clarkson Clarkson is a big lineman and played on what I thought was the best team in the state last fall (Skyline eventually proved me wrong). He's got good feet and he's strong. He plays left tackle for the Papermakers, but I envision him inside at the next level. It will be interesting to watch his recruitment develop over the next few months. He is another player that needs to get out to camps and show coaches what he can do against top talent.

11) Issaquah RB/FB Jack Gellatly Gellatly is the last in a long line of Gellatly's at Issaquah. He's been a stud since stepping on the field as freshman in 2010 and he continued that last season for the Vikings by rushing for over 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns. I see Gellatly as a fullback type, but he may opt to be a running back at a lower-level to he can have the ball in his hands more.

12) Newport (Bellevue) TE Drew Sample Big, physically gifted athlete who can play on offense or defense. He's a good blocker, but I'd like to see him used more as a receiver. This summer should be telling for him as he gets out and takes part in camps.

13) Federal Way DT JayTee Tuili – He's got the size and athleticism to be a stud at the next level, but he's not a guy that really stands out when you see him play. He doesn't dominate like you would expect and I think that has to do with his motor. He just seems like a guy who would rather the game come to him than to attack and really get after it. He plays the run very well and I see him as a nose tackle type in college.

14) Kennedy RB/FB Colin Cossette – Love the way this kid runs and his athleticism. He could be a real fast riser this spring and summer once coaches get a good look at him. He can play running back, but I see him as a fullback or H-back at the next level.

15) Mead (Spokane) OL Jonah Jordan Love his tenacity and strength. He's smart and he really improved a lot over the summer. His coaches prefer to pull him out on screen plays and he has the athleticism to get to the next level. The only issue I see with him is his relative lack of height, but the kid can play ball. I expect him to be someone that FCS programs go after pretty hard and he could even see some lower-level FBS programs give him some attention as well.

16) Wenatchee OL Jakob Stull – He's lived in Cody O'Connell's shadow the past couple of years, but make no mistake, Stull can play some ball. He ‘s got good feet and he's really starting to develop into a pretty good lineman. I expect his stock to rise this spring and he should see some increased attention as his teammate, Isaiah Brandt-Sims, is already attractive enough to get schools to drop by the school.

17) Fife DT Monike Sarte An absolute rock in the middle of Fife's defense, Sarte can hold strong at the point and he plays with great leverage due to his size. He's actually a pretty good athlete and he tracks down plays that are run away from him. Since he plays for a smaller school, coaches need to see him this at their camps, but there's no doubting he has the skills to be one of the hottest recruits in the state with a solid summer.

18) Sumner DL Austin Striplin I saw one game of Sumner's this past season and Striplin was one of the most impressive players I saw step on the field. He's got outstanding size and he's rangy. He can track down plays all over the field, but his coaches prefer to use him as a pass-rusher, although he did play some linebacker as well. Like Sarte and a couple of other small school types, he'll need to get in front of coaches this summer to raise his stock, but he definitely has the ability to be a very good player at the next level.

19) Bellevue OL Morgan Richey Richey and Griffin will be a solid tandem up front for the Wolverines as they try and continue the success of their program. Richey is more of a tackle prospect that Griffin is, but he too might be a better fit inside at the next level.

20) Eastside Catholic DL Elisha Paaga If he was a few inches taller, Paaga would likely be near the top of this list. He's athletic, he's strong and he's got a great motor, but at 5'9, he just isn't going to get a lot of attention from big-time programs. He plays some offense as well, but his future will be on defense somewhere.

Other players to keep an eye on: Enumclaw OL Chandler Streuli; Edmonds-Woodway LB Mac McLachlan; Skyview (Vancouver) DL Willie Eteaki; Lakes (Lakewood) CB Caleb Lyons; Camas QB Reilley Hennessey; O'Dea (Seattle) QB Pierre LeDorze; Skyline (Sammamish) OL Reggie Long; Ferris (Spokane) DB Cole Karstetter; Mt. Rainier (Des Moines) RB Amani Brown; Kamiak (Mukilteo) RB Austin Hall; Sumner RB DeJon Lynch; Wenatchee QB Dillon Sugg; Franklin Pierce (Tacoma) QB Brett Carter; Shadle Park (Spokane) WR Tanner Pauly; Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) WR Garrett McKay; Lynden WR Jalani Phelps.

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