How good is in-state recruiting crop?

YES, THE IN-STATE 2012 football recruiting class is a good one, better than average. And it could get even better this spring and summer when evaluations are made and camps are held, as well as on into the fall when the season begins. Those are times when some other prospects truly emerge. But…

But is it a great class? Is it elite? Is it one of the best ever from the state of Washington?

When you start talking about some of the best recruiting classes ever from a state, top tier talent and depth both have to be present. And both of those criteria are currently missing from a number of positions in the 2012 state of Washington class.

Start with the defensive line crop. Not a single DT, nor DE, from the state of Washington holds any offers, let alone an offer from a BCS school, according to the database.

Think about that for a moment. That's not only not a great class for d-linemen, it's far below average. An elite class should probably sport at least a few upper tier d-tackles or d-ends, no? Can you even have a best ever discussion without one single solitary – measured through offers and/or rankings – upper tier defensive tackle or defensive end?

And while you're thinking about that, think about this..

Precious few linebacker prospects have emerged in the in-state 2012 class to date. Namely, there has been one – Jordan Pulu – who has earned a Pac-12 offer. Now, Pulu looks like a good one, looks like he has the potential to be a great college player. But one player does not a position group make.

No defensive tackles. No defensive ends. And virtually no linebackers. Best ever?

What about running backs?

So far, only one has emerged who looks to belong at the elite level recruiting-wise – that's Keivarae Russell of Everett's Mariner High. Not a single other in-state running back according to holds a Pac-12 offer.

Okay, let's look at quarterbacks.

The top prospect in the state at the position according to Scout is Jeff Lindquist. And he looks like a fine player. But in media parlance, an upper-tier quarterback prospect will generally hold double-digit offers, with at least five of those being BCS offers. Lindquist's offer sheet not only falls short in that regard, no other QB from the state holds any known BCS offers at all.

Well, then, given the paucity of offers for in-state DTs, DEs, LBs, RBs and QBs, then what the hell is all the screaming about?

Offensive linemen.

The in-state crop of 2012 offensive linemen is shaping up to be a deep, deep group.

DON'T GET THIS wrong. It's a good, solid class overall.

Although there aren't voluminous numbers at positions like, say, linebacker, a guy like Pulu five years from now could well be seen as a great get. Put another way, if a school lands Pulu, fills another positional need with a guy who emerges later this summer or fall and also picks up a valued OL prospect or two, fans will remember this in-state class fondly.

As always, there are players who could make that corner-turn and certify themselves as great prospects in the months to come -- guys without offers or stars next to their names now, but who are capable of making that leap in development this summer or in the fall, and certify themselves as a great prospect.

But at present, in the early offer period and before the camps, as student-athletes finish up their junior year of high school? There are notable gaps at varying positions, ones that cannot be ignored.

A good class? Definitely. One of the best ever? Hmm.

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