IT'S ONLY AUGUST, yet the current football recruiting cycle in the state of Washington looks to be closer to ending than beginning -- at least if all the verbal commitments made so far hold firm through signing day on Feb. 6. Of the 29 in-state players rated by Scout.com, only nine remain unpledged. And with Mason Friedline's recent verbal to Yale, everyone in the top 10 is now spoken for.
The highest-ranked players not yet off the board go to schools just three miles apart. Seattle Prep safety Tere Calloway
and O'Dea High receiver Tatum Taylor
are both rated three stars by Scout.com, with Calloway pegged the No. 75 safety prospect in the nation and Taylor the No. 153 receiver.
Calloway has received a dozen known offers, including one (Colorado) from the Pac-12. He recently said SMU, Nevada and Southern Miss are wooing him the hardest.
Taylor also has numerous offers, including a brand new one from SMU. He had three early offers from the Pac-12 (WSU, Utah and Oregon State) but that Cougar opportunity may be in limbo because WSU isn't expected to take more than two or three receivers in this class and they have secured verbals this summer from Californian River Cracraft
and Texan Demarcus Ayers
. A speedster, Taylor is expected to play football and run track at the next level.
Of the 20 in-staters who have made verbal pledges so far, four are headed to WSU (Burien/Kennedy's Cole Madison
, Sammamish/Skyline's Peyton Pelluer
, Belleuve/Eastside Catholic's Markell Sanders
and Wenatchee's Cody O'Connell
). Four others are going to Washington (Cameron Van Winkle, Sean Constantine
, Sammie Long
and Andrew Basham
AFTER CALLOWAY AND TAYLOR,
the next-best uncommitted players in the state as rated by Scout.com are Renton/Hazen defensive end Cody Moorhead
, who has offers from Army and Wyoming; Spokane/Mead defensive end Langston Ward
, who has offers from Illinois and Wyoming; and Federal Way receiver Mike Tate
, who has offers from Idaho, EWU and others.
For the complete list of in-state prospects and rankings in this recruiting cycle,
While Scout.com has but 29 players in the state currently rated, more figure to join the list once the season commences. Chief among those unrated prospects right now are defensive end/BUCK Caleb Newman
of Lynden, who holds offers from WSU and Army; and Cle Elum linebacker Jake Gall
, who has verbally committed to Portland State.
The only three players in the Evergreen state with 4- or 5-star ratings in this recruiting cycle are (barring changes of heart between now and signing day) headed beyond the borders. They are Sammamish/Skyline quarterback Max Browne (USC); Spokane/Mead tight end Danny Mattingly (Notre Dame); and Bellevue linebacker Myles Jack (UCLA).
Browne is the top prospect in the state and also No. 1 overall in the nation, yet he's far from the only quarterback in the state of Washington's 2013 recruiting class who has turned heads. Three others also have made verbal commitments to Division IA schools: Tacoma's Sefo Liufau to Colorado; Yakima's Kolney Cassel to SMU and Bellevue's Isaac Dotson to Nevada. Those four QB verbals from the state are double last year's total (Blake McPherson to Army and Jeff Lindquist to UW) and one more than the 2010 haul of Jake Heaps (BYU, now Kansas), Connor Halliday (WSU) and Garret Grayson (Colorado State). The 2011 recruiting class had no QBs from the state sign major-college LOIs.
The class of 2013 won't sign letters of intent for another five months, but numerous eyes already are focusing on the 2014 class. More specifically, they're looking at Bellevue running back/defensive back Budda Baker, who will be a junior for the Wolverines this fall. He already has scholarship offers from WSU, UW, UCLA, Notre Dame and others.