NEFC Cougar Watch List: Defense

AMONG THE DEFENSIVE prospects at this past weekend's Nike NEFC event who Cougar fans should keep an eye on, a linebacker who is a prep quarterback by trade and an explosive, massive defensive tackle.

These are some of the prospects from the Northwest Elite camp who could potentially play their way into WSU offers between now and Signing Day.

Defensive Line
Federal Way tackle Uso Olive is a name familiar to Cougar fans. The question with Olive is if he can show the coaches that his upside outweighs his lack of height. Listed at 6-1, Olive could not have performed much better this past weekend, but a crimson offer or lack thereof could come down to what some of the other interior defensive linemen WSU is targeting end up deciding.

Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes tackle Zaheer Webb is a player that I have grown really fond of. Webb is the type of massive tackle that can clog the middle of the field. What really stood out about Webb this weekend was his explosiveness. In the 1-on-1's the coaches instructed players not to bull rush, but instead to show pass rush moves. Webb was able to spin and rip around offensive players. If I had to choose between Olive and Webb, I would offer Webb.

Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes prospect Benning Potoae was the talk of the camp. He is the younger brother of Washington defensive tackle Sione Potoae. As just an eighth grader, he stands 6-3, 235 pounds and was able to dominate almost every lineman he came up against. His recruitment will be intriguing to watch over the next four years.

Linebacker
Washington State is looking at Kentlake athlete Caleb Saulo. Saulo worked with the quarterbacks this weekend, his preferred position, but is a linebacker prospect to most FBS programs. I like Saulo as an outside linebacker and would not be surprised to see the Cougars pull the trigger based on his senior season.

Defensive Back
Graham-Kapowsin 2013 prospect Kahlil Dawson worked with the receivers this weekend, but I think his size may force him to corner in college. Dawson is an absolute burner and good overall athlete.

Seattle Prep 2013 corner Tere Calloway earned rising star honors for the defensive backs. Calloway also plays running back for Prep and is worth keeping an eye on as we approach his junior season.


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