Camp, Cougs and 3 guys on the bubble

TUKWILA – Future Washington State cornerback Austin Joyner, fresh off a state long jump title and hamstring tweak, looked on as a spectator Friday evening at the Northwest Elite Football Camp while more than 700 other high school prospects were on the field looking to hone their skills while attracting the attention of some of the 150 college coaches who were serving as instructors.

"There's obviously some standout players (for the 2015 recruiting class) and then there's a lot of bubble guys that could have break out senior years that could factor into this thing too, so I think it's pretty deep year this year on the West side," WSU assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Eric Russell told Cougfan.com at the conclusion of the camp.

Russell was joined at Tukwila's Starfire Academy by fellow WSU coaches Mike Breske and David Yost, and a pair of WSU graduate assistants.

"You're seeing ability levels at all levels from the Northwest, not just the state of Washington, but Idaho kids are here, Oregon kids (are here) and it's just kind of good to see in one spot," said Breske, the Cougars' defensive coordinator.

Mason Tobeck (above, left), a 2015 prospect who has attracted a number scholarship offers but is on the bubble with the Cougars, acquitted himself well Friday, earning co-MVP honors at linebacker

"That was my goal coming in, I just said ‘hey I want to get MVP at linebackers' and I was one of the three (selected) so you can't complain," said Tobeck, a two-way standout at Cascade Christian in Puyallup, and the son of former WSU and Seahawks standout Robbie Tobeck.

"I get lots of mail from them (WSU), I talk to the coaching staff a lot, I try (to talk with them) once a week," Tobeck said of his status in the eyes of the Cougars.

He plans to visit WSU this summer along with several other schools. Colorado State, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana State have all offered scholarships to the 6-3, 215-pound Tobeck. The Cascade Christian linebacker racked up 100 tackles including seven sacks in 2013.

Tobeck said he's working his "butt off" seven days a week. He lifts weights in the morning and works on agility after school. He was all-league last season on offense and defense and first-team Associated Press 1A All-State.

Another player on the Cougars radar for the 2015 recruiting cycle is Bothell wideout Jackson Keimig (above, center), who won the camp's MVP award at receiver.

"I think I had a great camp day, I had fun competing out there," said the 6-3, 205-pound Keimig. "It felt great (to take home the MVP award). I came out here last year, didn't quite get it (the MVP award), but I'm happy to get it this year."

He said he's received letters from WSU and has talked with the coaching staff briefly over Facebook. He plans to visit a couple Ivy League schools over the summer and attend the Stanford and Washington football camps.

He has offers from Air Force, Idaho, Columbia, Dartmouth, Montana State, Montana, and Pennsylvania and interest from Utah.

Alex Neale (6-3, 270) from Eastside Catholic High in Sammamish won the MVP award for the offensive linemen. "I didn't lose very many reps during one-on-one (drills), so I felt pretty good," the second-team All-State center (pictured above, right) told CF.C.

He said he hasn't received any offers yet, but is being contacted by multiple Ivy League schools and that WSU has also been in contact. He said he plans to attend the Nike Football Training Camp in Eugene this weekend, and summer camps at Oregon, Oregon State and Montana.

Notable Notes:

  • Sehome High center Drew Norvell (6-4, 270) has received interest from Montana, Wyoming, Eastern Washington, Montana Tech and has not been contacted by WSU. His dad (and head coach) Bob played for WSU.

  • WSU inside receivers coach David Yost spent the camp primarily working with receivers and quarterbacks, including promising Eastside Catholic rising junior QB Harley Kirsch. Yost kept his streak alive of not speaking to the media, very politely declining to be interviewed yesterday.

  • Former WSU and Central Washington quarterback Cole Morgan is the director of the Northwest Elite Football Camp.

  • Scout.com's Brandon Huffman reported late last night that WSU had just offered in-state receiver Justice Murphy of Evergreen High in Vancouver. He recently verbaled to Utah.

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