NEFC Cougar Watch List: Offense

WHILE THE EARLY offer now dominates the recruiting scene, there continue to be great college players who only earned a full ride either after a school's camp or after their senior season play was taken into account. Scout.com takes a look at some of the offensive prospects from the Nike NEFC who could potentially earn crimson offers either at the Cougs' camp or through their play this fall…

Quarterback
It is unlikely that Washington State will take another quarterback in this year's class – they already have their guy in Austin Apodaca. However, for the sake of argument, Graham-Kapowsin QB Drew Austin would be the only in-state prospect I could see playing his way into a Pac-12 level offer.

Bellarmine Prep quarterback Sefo Luifauis is a 2013 prospect that Cougar fans should keep their eyes on. Luifau performed well at the NEFC and has all the physical tools needed to be a college quarterback. I could easily see him picking up an offer during his junior season or coming into his senior year.

Running Back
Federal Way's D.J. May has blown up over the past two weekends. Earning MVP honors at the Nike NFTC in Eugene and at the Nike NEFC this weekend. May has the speed to play at the college level, but is a little on the smaller side. Washington State has been looking at one of his teammates, DT Uso Olive, for a while now (though they have yet to offer) and already have a commitment from teammate Jordan Pulu.

Wenatchee 2014 running back Isaiah Brandt-Sims has grabbed headlines for his speed. Unlike many track stars who turn out for football, the 5-11, 165 pound back isn't the track athlete that just put on a football helmet – he's more a football player with track speed. He should be one of the state's best in a couple years.

Mountlake Terrace running back Devante Downs is a huge athlete for only heading into his sophomore year. He started for Mountlake Terrace as a freshman and looks like he might even be a better prospect at linebacker down the road.

Wideout/Tight End
If I had to guess, I don't see Washington State offering any of the wide receiver prospects in attendance Friday. With the exception of TE Caleb Smith and WR Trent Sewell, who already have Cougar offers, this was a very shallow group.

However, Issaquah's Eric Lemke is a tight end prospect worth watching. Depending on how the Cougars fare with Caleb Smith you could see an offer trickle down to Lemke if he were to show gains. Lemke is arguably the best blocking tight end in the state and could also get recruited for his play at defensive end.

Offensive Line
It appears that O'Dea lineman Sam Flor impressed the Cougar coaches. The junior just picked up a Washington State offer on Tuesday afternoon, as reported. Flor is a very athletic lineman that doesn't have much extra fat on his frame. He projects on the interior for Washington State.

Decatur junior Jordan Wernet is a very technically sound player, one who performed as well as any offensive lineman in the 1on1 portion of the camp.

Wenatchee giant Cody O'Connell earned Rising Star honors at the camp and could see a Cougar offer in the next two years. The sophomore measures 6'8" 323lbs and was easily the most eye catching prospect this weekend.


Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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