2010 Watch: Top Washington prospects

By all accounts the 2009 recruiting class was a down year in the state of Washington. However, the 2010 class is expected to be one of the best and deepest ever. Who are the top players and the prospects that schools are already after? Read on to find out...

1) Skyline (Sammamish) QB Jake Heaps Unless you've been living under a rock the past two years, you know about the talented signal-caller from the plateau. Heaps is one of the most fundamentally sound prep quarterbacks to ever come down the pike and the list of post-season awards are too many to list here (see his profile). He's a player that has led one of the most potent offensive attacks on the west coast the past two years and he's 28-0 as a starter with two state championships under his belt. Heaps has his choice of schools to attend and he recently narrowed his list of offers to 10 favorites and he'll narrow that even further after visits to North Carolina, Tennessee, Notre Dame and California this month. Also keep in mind he recently became the first 2010 prospect offered by Florida State and he admitted he may have to include the Seminoles in his top teams. In the end, many expect this to be a battle between Washington and BYU, but keep an eye on UCLA, Butch Davis and the rest of the Tar Heels staff as well as the Volunteers over the next few months.

2) Lakes (Lakewood) WR Jamaal Kearse The younger brother of Husky WR Jermaine Kearse is a huge target, measuring in at 6-3, 205 pounds already and he's probably got more of an upside than his talented brother. He needs to concentrate on things a little bit more, but he oozes potential and he's a threat with the ball in his hands. He's already reeled in offers from Washington and Washington State and he appears to be a heavy Husky lean at this point. Look for many more schools to throw offers his way before it's all said and done.

3) Olympic (Silverdale) RB Larry Dixon You don't put up over 3,500 yards and 31 touchdowns in your first two seasons of high school football and not get noticed and Dixon definitely is feeling the love from schools across the country. He doesn't have any offers yet, but the bruising, physical back with deceptive speed is hearing from schools from across the country including Tennessee, USC, Cal, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State as well as the two in-state schools. Scout.com Northwest Recruiting analyst Chris Fetters has referred to Dixon as "a poor man's Jonathan Stewart".

4) O'Dea (Seattle) FB Zach Fogerson Another sibling of a Husky – this one is the younger brother of S Johri Fogerson – Zach has already committed to the Huskies. After speaking with him recently he said schools like Notre Dame, USC, Oregon, Oregon State and Cal have all made inquiries, but he's rebuffed their attempts to get him to look their way. Fogerson is a solid linebacker, but he's a bruising fullback, able to lead-block well or even carry the rock when necessary.

5) Lakes (Lakewood) OL/DL Sione Potoae Talk about a talented player. Potoae has started both ways for the Lancers since his freshman season and he's already very strong able to bench over 350 pounds and squat nearly 550. His best position is likely to be at guard along the offensive line, but he can play defense at a high level as well. Washington and Washington State have both offered and he's hearing from the entire Pac 10 as well as schools from the Big 12 as well.

6) Auburn S/LB Chris Young One of the most physical high school players in the state of Washington, Young is a devastating hitter for the Trojans. He amassed over 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground as a running back and finished second on the team with 74 tackles from his safety position. Young is the top defensive player in the state of Washington and a huge Husky lean. If the Huskies want him, he's theirs for the taking.

7) Kentridge (Kent) LB/RB Devin Topps He's a versatile player who is athletic enough to play running back, safety or linebacker at the next level. As a junior, Topps managed to post 335 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as a running back and he led the Chargers in tackles with 56 while also posting three sacks. Topps' best position at the next level will likely be as a SAM linebacker who can run and cover tight ends or backs and be solid against the run. He hasn't received any offers yet, but Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Oregon, Cal, Boise State and Idaho have all shown interest.

8) Bellevue DL Julious Moore Moore played on both sides of the ball for the Wolverines as a junior in 2008, but his best position is along the defensive line. He's already 6-1, 250 and he's likely to enter his senior season at Bellevue at about 6-2, 265 or 270. He's got an outstanding motor and he plays with leverage well. He'll hit the camp circuit this spring and he'll really start to register on teams' radars after that.

9) Mead (Spokane) TE/DE Aaron Dunn The talented player from the GSL committed to Washington State the moment he got an offer and the Cougars got a good one. One coach I've spoken to said he's one of the most physical players he's seen in a while and he runs a lot better than his posted 4.9 forty time. From what I've been told, the Cougs want him at defensive end, but he could easily play tight end with his outstanding athleticism. Even though he's firmly committed to the Cougars, don't be surprised to see the Huskies and the rest of the Pac 10 come after him.

10) Wenatchee C Mike Marboe The talented pivot from central Washington is a player that schools from across the country already know about. He's smart and he recently began wrestling, something he says he hopes will help him out on the gridiron. Marboe is a big Husky fan, but schools like Washington State, Tennessee and UCLA have also made it known they've got their collective eyes on him as well. If Washington were to offer, it wouldn't surprise me if he commits on the spot, but he may want to keep things open just to make sure he makes the right decision.

11) Skyline (Sammamish) OL Jase Butorac Everyone seems to like Butorac inside, but for the Spartans he's firmly planted at the left tackle position to guard the blindside of the "franchise" – Jake Heaps. Butorac is athletic and while he's currently listed at 6-3, 270, he's got the frame to be 6-4, 290 when he steps onto a college campus. At one of the recent Barton camps, Butorac told me that Washington is looking at him as a center although they told him they could also see him outside.

12) Eisenhower (Yakima) LB Seth Kline One of the top linebackers in the state, Kline is a tough, throw-back type who has the size already to play linebacker at the next level. He appears ready-made to play the middle linebacker position in college and it appears that both Washington and Washington State have their eyes on him.

13) Bothell TE/DE Michael Hartvigson The Cougars threw their hat in the ring for this underrated player early on and the Huskies might not be far behind. Hartvigson is athletic and runs really well for a player his dimensions (6-5, 220). He has relatively soft hands, but with the Bothell offense he didn't get a lot of opportunities to be a receiver. Where he made his name is on defense where he posted 35 tackles and three sacks. Expect several more Pac 10 schools to get into the fray before he makes his decision.

14) Lakes (Lakewood) TE/DE Darius Waters At 6-2, 215 it's hard to know exactly where Waters projects at the next level. He's definitely a player that has athleticism and can run. He's got soft hands and he's physical at the point, so he could succeed at almost any position a college team sees him at. Lakes head coach Dave Miller let us know that both Washington and Washington State recently extended offers to the talented athlete and with players like Kearse and Potoae bringing in coaches from across the country, expect him to get noticed even more.

15) O'Dea (Seattle) Ben Riva Yet another good offensive line prospect from the state this year, Riva got an early offer from the Huskies before Tyrone Willingham was let go, so it remains to be seen if the new staff considers the offer still valid, but there's no denying he's a solid offensive lineman. He played in the shadow of Danny Kistler and Grant Enger this year, but in 2009 he'll be counted on the lead the Irish up front. Expect the Huskies and Cougars along with Oregon, Oregon State and Boise State to have their eyes on him.

Other in-state players to watch - Meadowdale TE Connor Hamlett; Woodinville DE Maxx Ford; Heritage (Vancouver) QB Garrett Grayson; Issaquah RB Grant Gellatly; Skyline (Sammamish) WR Cooper Pelluer; Redmond OL Colin Porter; Union (Camas) WR Mitch Saylor; Central Kitsap (Silverdale) TE Christian Wesley; North Mason (Belfair) DL/OL John Fullington; Skyline (Sammamish) LB Anthony DeMatteo; Bellevue TE/DE Hank Thayer; Prosser OL Kody Hartley; Ferris (Spokane) DL Kjelby Oiland; Lakes (Lakewood) LB Martin Smitherman; Lakes (Lakewood) LB John Goldwire; Jackson (Mill Creek) FB/LB Riley Carr; Jackson (Mill Creek) QB Andy Gay; Bellevue DB Hakeem Atofau; Olympic (Silverdale) DB Blake Johnson; Lakes (Lakewood) RB Jordan Rivera; Lakes (Lakewood) LB Jordan Patterson.


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