In-state expectations as LOI Day draws near

UNEXPECTED diamonds-in-the-rough notwithstanding, the forecast right now is that 17 high school seniors from the state of Washington will ink letters of intent with major-conference schools come national signing day on Feb. 6, with Washington State taking six of them. The 17 tally is down from 23 a year ago, but on par with most recent years.

Of the projected 17, 15 have made verbal commitments, leaving only Bellevue linebacker Myles Jack and O'Dea receiver/cornerback Tatum Taylor in the undecided ranks.

Jack has given a soft verbal to UCLA but is still considering Oregon, Arizona State and Washington. Taylor appears to be down to Oregon State for football or Arizona State for track.

Jack is rated the No. 4 outside linebacker prospect in the nation, and is one of only two players in the state with a four- or five-star ranking from The other is USC-bound Skyline quarterback Max Browne, who is the No. 1-ranked QB prospect in the nation.

Two local prospects who could have joined major programs are opting for the Ivy League instead. Mason Friedline of Seattle/King's is headed to Yale and Langston Ward of Spokane/Mead to Harvard. Friedline held offers from much of the Pac-12 and Ward had one from Illinois.

Three other in-staters who looked for a time like they could be heading to major programs are no longer pointed that direction:

  • Washington apparently pulled its offer to Lakes High receiver Sammie Long and he's now focused on Colorado State, Idaho, Montana and Eastern Washington.
  • Bothell fullback Darrin Laufasa's early pledge to BYU looks to have run into academic hurdles and he is now turning attention to UTEP, Idaho and Portland State.
  • And Seattle Prep safety Tere Calloway, once considering offers from Syracuse and Colorado, just verballed with Nevada. SMU was thought to be one of Calloway's favorites, but another notable in-state prospect who is headed there, quarterback Kolney Cassel of Yakima/Eisenhower, recently told that the slot the Mustangs were holding for Calloway had been filled.

    Elsewhere outside the major programs, three in-staters have verbally committed to Idaho (Reuben Mwehla, Danny Wilson and Trent Cowan), and another eight to 10 are expected to spread across the Big Sky Conference and possibly the military academies.

    WSU CURRENTLY HAS SIX VERBAL pledges from in state, while the Washington Huskies have five. Presuming they all stick with their commitments, these future Cougars are ...

    All-State performers Peyton Pelluer of Sammamish/Skyline, Matt Meyer of Lynden, Cody O'Connell of Wenatchee and Cole Madison of Burien/Kennedy; multi-dimensional All-Area athlete Isaac Dotson of Bellevue/Newport; and Eastside Catholic cornerback Markell Sanders, who missed the 2012 season with injury.

    Other than Max Browne, there hasn't been much cherry picking this recruiting cycle in Evergreen country from programs that tend to recruit nationally. Last year, five in-state products were lost to Stanford, Notre Dame, Penn State and USC.

    Another change this year from last is the presence of Oregon State and Wyoming. A year ago they each signed five Washington kids. Right now it looks like possibly one, O'Dea's Taylor, for OSU, while Wyoming seems to be lurking in places but not necessarily taking.

    For the complete run down of 2013 prospects from the state of Washington and their suitors, CLICK HERE.

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