2009 Top Northwest Prospects

SEATTLE - The ink on the letters of intent for the 2008 class is barely dry, yet has already hit the ground running for 2009. Here's a very, very early look at who we will be paying attention to as the 2009 recruiting season grinds into gear. Twenty three of those on the list hail from the Beaver State.

(Listed in Alphabetical order by state)

QB - Taysom Hill QB 6-2, 220 Pocatello, Idaho (Highland)

Hill is considered by many to be the top football athlete to have ever come from the Pocatello area. His brother Jordan played at Arizona State.

Cayman Shutter QB 6-0, 177 Honolulu, Hawai'i (Punahou)
Kimo Makaula QB 6-1, 200 Honolulu, Hawai'i (Punahou)
Brenton Beirne QB 6-0, 175 Honolulu, Hawai'i (Mid-Pacific)
Tanner Higham QB 6-1, 170 Shelley, Idaho (Shelley)
Josh Hill QB 5-11, 185 Portland, Ore. (Westview)
Levi Levasa QB 5-11, 180 Tualatin, Ore. (Tualatin)
Kellen Mastrud QB 6-1, 195 Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge)
Jake Soffe QB 6-2, 170 South Jordan, Utah (Bingham)
Luke Schindele QB 6-1, 192 Tacoma, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep)
Todd Campbell QB 6-5, 200 Kenmore, Wash. (Inglemoor)
David Gilbertson QB 6-2, 190 Redmond, Wash. (Redmond)

RB - Dalton Hilliard RB 5-10, 175 Honolulu, Hawai'i (Punahou)
Malcolm Johnson RB 6-1, 185 Gresham, Ore. (Sam Barlow)
Adam Timo RB 6-1, 175 St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon)
Ronald Baines RB 5-10.5, 154 Tacoma, Wash. (Mt. Tahoma)
Alex Ferguson RB 5-11, 175 Kent, Wash. (Kentwood)

Hilliard already has offers from Colorado, Stanford and Notre Dame, while Timo is already committed to BYU for next year. Johnson, Baines and Ferguson are the top-three backs in Washington and Oregon.

Cyril Ontai RB 5-10, 190 Kapolei, Hawai'i (Kapolei)
Skylar Morgan RB 5-10, 175 Rupert, Idaho (Minico)
Marcus Smith RB 5-8, 150 Aloha, Ore. (Aloha)
Marlon Miles RB 5-9, 165 Portland, Ore. (Jefferson)
Isi Sofele RB 5-7, 155 Salt Lake City, Utah (Cottonwood)
LaVaughn Jackson RB 5-11, 185 Layton, Utah (Layton)
Taylor Cox RB 6-0, 185 Mill Creek, Wash. (Jackson)
Andre Barrington RB 6-1, 185 Federal Way, Wash. (Federal Way)
Paul Ena RB 6-1, 200 Kenmore, Wash. (Inglemoor)
Howard McDonald RB 5-10, 200 Silverdale, Wash. (Central Kitsap)

WR - Billy Ray Stutzmann WR 6-0, 160 Honolulu, Hawaii (St. Louis)
Mitch Mathews WR 6-4, 175 Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge)
Gianni Carter WR 6-1, 175 Eugene, Ore. (Marist)
Mitch Singler WR 6-2.5, 180 Medford, Ore. (South Medford)
Kirby Moore WR 6-3, 195 Prosser, Wash. (Prosser)
Gino Simone WR 5-11, 175 Issaquah, Wash. (Skyline)

Stutzmann is the top receiver on the islands, while the Mathews, Carter and Singler comprise a strong in-state receiving corps in Oregon. Moore and Simone both racked up monster stats in 2007, as well as state titles at the 2A and 3A levels, respectively.

KJ Aipia WR 6-0, 207 Kaneohe, Hawai'i (Castle)
Daniel Masifilo WR 6-1, 170 Ewa Beach, Hawai'i (Campbell)
Roby Toma WR 5-10, 160 Honolulu, Hawai'i (Punahou)
Travis Van Leeuwen WR 6-3, 180 Provo, Utah (Timpview)
Michael Edmunds WR 6-3, 185 South Jordan, Utah (Bingham)
Jordan Smith WR 6-3, 180 Orem, Utah (Mountain View)
Clayton Homme WR 6-5, 200 Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge)
Devin Jones WR 6-3, 175 Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge)
Alonzo Jackson WR 6-0, 150 Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea)
Ryane Laforte WR 6-2, 195 Spokane, Wash. (Mead)
Stan Langlow WR 6-3, 180 University Place, Wash. (Curtis)

TE - Richard Wilson TE 6-4, 225 Spanish Fork, Utah (Spanish Fork)
E.J. Singler S 6-6, 200 Medford, Ore. (South Medford)
Travis Long 6-5, 236 Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep)

Wilson is a player that could also be moved out wide as a receiver mis-match. Singler has strong basketball lines and Long has a chance to be the best pure TE prospect in the region when it's all said and done.

OL - Stan Hasiak OL 6-6, 340 Kapolei, Hawai'i (Kapolei)
Kapua Sai OL 6-4.5, 305 Honolulu, Hawaii (St. Louis)
Charles Siddoway OL 6-7, 300 Eugene, Ore. (Marist)
Marcus Cuellar OL 6-6, 295 Independence, Ore. (Central)
Xavier Su'a-Filo OL 6-5, 265 Provo, Utah (Timpview)
John Martinez OL 6-3, 250 Salt Lake City, Utah (Cottonwood)
Danny Kistler OT 6-6, 300 Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea)
Anthony Luna OG 6-3, 275 Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep)

The strongest group in the NW this year - as it was in 2007. Hasiak and Sai should dominate in the islands, while Siddoway and Cuellar are arguably the best offensive linemen in the entire region. Martinez is racking up offers left and right, while the 'X Man' is just a beast. Kistler and Luna are heads and tails above the rest in the state of Washington.

Chauncey Makainai OG 6-3, 285, Kailua, Hawai'i (Kailua)
Luke Spencer OG 6-2, 260 Kapolei, Hawai'i (Kapolei)
Mana Greig C 6-0, 300 Honolulu, Hawai'i (St. Louis)
Shane Oliverson OG 6-4, 250 Preston, Idaho (Preston)
Steve Adams OG 6-3 260 Medford, Ore. (South Medford)
Tui Crichton OL 6-4, 280 Provo, Utah (Timpview)
Vyncent Jones OG 6-4, 285 Sandy, Utah (Jordan)
Kyle Johnson OG 6-3, 265 Sandy, Utah (Jordan)
Ryan Mulitalo OG 6-3, 285 West Valley City, Utah (Hunter)
Percy Taumoelau OT 6-5, 310 Murray, Utah (Murray)
Grant Enger OG 6-4, 260 Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea)
Danny Powell OG 6-3, 300 Vancouver, Wash. (Columbia River)
Hunter Blackmore OG 6-3, 250 Kent, Wash. (Kentwood)

DT - William Hodgman DT 6-4, 319 Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lakeridge)
Dexter Morrison DT 6-2, 250 Gresham, Ore. (Centennial)
Latu Heimuli DT 6-4 305 Salt Lake City, Utah (Highland)
Deandre Coleman DT 6-5, 295 Seattle, Wash. (Garfield)

Hodgman is a strong New Zealander ready to make his mark on the American game. Morrison will give Hodgman all he wants when it comes to being the best down lineman in the Portland area.

Trevor Iosefa DT 6-1, 270 Honolulu, Hawai'i (Punahou)
Zach Kaahanui DT 5-11, 250 Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic)
Nathan Holloway DT 6-3 290 South Jordan, Utah (Bingham)
Jahleel Barnes DT 6-3, 260 Mill Creek, Wash. (Jackson)
Bryce Badure DT 6-2, 300 Seatac, Wash. (Tyee)
Courtney Sanders DT 6-1, 260 Renton, Wash. (Hazen)
A'lo'ofa Ta'a DT 6-1, 260 Auburn, Wash. (Auburn-Riverside)

DE - Not any one player really stands out heading into the evaluation period, but there are a bunch in the region that could do something, and expect more to emerge.

Douglas Steffany DE 6-2, 248 Pago Pago, American Samoa (Marist Brothers)
Hosam Shahin DE 6-4, 240 Richmond, British Columbia (Hugh Boyd Secondary)
Nate Hall DE 6-3, 230 Wahiawa, Hawai'i (Leilehua)
Mason Higham DE 6-4, 220 Shelley, Idaho (Shelley)
J.J. Quinlan DE 6-2, 225 Everett, Wash. (Archbishop Murphy)
Rob Tramonte DE 6-2, 250 Issaquah, Wash. (Skyline)
David Gaylord DE 6-4, 235 Lynden, Wash. (Lynden)

LB - Manti Te'o LB 6-1, 210 Honolulu, Hawai'i (Punahou)
Darren Markle LB 6-0, 220 Meridian, Idaho (Mountain View)
Boseko Lokombo LB 6-3, 220 Eugene, Ore. (South Eugene)
Marcel Seely LB 6-1, 185 Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak)
Tony Heard LB 5-11, 230 Edmonds, Wash. (Edmonds-Woodway)
Allen Mooney LB 5-11, 220 Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea)

Linebacker is the second-strongest group in the region this year. Te'o is the top player for next year's class in this region, and arguably the first player that could vie for top player of the year honors to ever come from the islands. Markle is unquestionably the strongest player in this group, yet shows remarkable athleticism too. Lokombo comes to Oregon by way of Zaire, Quebec and British Columbia, and is an intriguing prospect. The trio of Seely, Heard and Mooney make linebacker as strong as any position in the state of Washington.

Passi Iafeta LB 5-10, 195 Honolulu, Hawai'i (Punahou)
Shawn Reed LB 6-1, 200 Kailua, Hawai'i (Kalaheo)
Joe Lacaden LB 5-10, 185 Honolulu, Hawai'i (St. Louis)
Isaiah Iuta LB 6-0, 210 Honolulu, Hawai'i (Farrington)
Chad Lopati LB 6-2, 235 Kapolei, Hawai'i (Kapolei)
Miles Hunsinger LB 6-1, 200 Nampa, Idaho (Nampa)
Caleb Crim LB 6-1, 215 Fruitland, Idaho (Fruitland)
Ben Dahl LB 6-2, 180 Pocatello, Idaho (Pocatello)
Gabe Linehan LB 6-3, 190 Banks, Ore. (Banks)
John Grill LB 6-0, 200 Tualatin, Ore. (Tualatin)
James Moore LB 5-9, 200 Portland, Ore. (Grant)
Luke Onderko LB 6-0, 225 Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic)
L.T. Filiaga LB 6-0, 235 South Jordan, Utah (Bingham)
Sam Nielson LB 5-11, 210 Salt Lake City, Utah (Highland)
D'Mario Carter LB 5-10, 195 Burien, Wash. (Kennedy)
Jeff Gouveia LB 5-10, 190 Auburn, Wash. (Auburn)
Andru Pulu LB 6-2, 235 Federal Way, Wash. (Federal Way)
A.J. Carroll LB 6-3, 200 Lynnwood, Wash. (Meadowdale)

Safety - J'ray Galea'i S 6-0, 170 Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku)
Craig Bills S 6-2, 202 Provo, Utah (Timpview)
Kyrell Hudson S 6-0, 185 Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen)

Galea'i and Bills are already committed to BYU, and are the cream of the crop when it comes to this safety class. Hudson is an intriguing athlete would could play either corner or safety, or even offense.

Irwin Ah Hoy S 6-0, 200 Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku)
Aulola Tonga S 6-3, 195 Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku)
Billy Mitchell S 6-3, 200 Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lakeridge)
Jamison Rowe S 5-9.5, 170 Richland, Wash. (Richland)
Taylor Elmo S 6-3, 190 Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower)
Ronnie Hamlin S 6-2, 185 Lacey, Wash. (Timberline)
Michael Harris S 5-10, 170 Shoreline, Wash. (Shorecrest)
Cody Arp S 6-0, 175 Kent, Wash. (Kentlake)
Luke Thomas S 5-10, 190 Burlington, Wash. (Burlington-Edison)

CB - Keenyn Walker CB Salt Lake City, Utah (Judge Memorial)
Nolan Washington CB 5-11, 175 Seattle, Wash. (Kennedy)
Desmond Trufant CB 6-1, 175 Tacoma, Wash. (Wilson)

Walker is the younger brother of Hawai'i-bound Lewis Walker, and is a better athlete than his brother. Washington and Trufant will lead the state's top shut-down corners.

Lyle Brackenridge CB 5-11, 175 Kapolei, Hawai'i (Kapolei)
Karl Acker CB 5-8, 165 Portland, Ore. (Grant)
Tre Watson CB 5-11, 175 Burien, Wash. (Kennedy)
Anthony Wright CB 5-10, 170 Lakewood, Wash. (Lakes)
Josh Loera CB 5-11, 175 Moses Lake, Wash. (Moses Lake)
Jamal Atofau CB 5-10, 185 Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
Casey Locker CB 5-10, 170 Ferndale, Wash. (Ferndale)
Jerad Barber CB 5-10, 175 Arlington, Wash. (Arlington

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