Six in-staters make 2016 class Top 300

HOT OFF THE PRESSES, Scout.com has issued their first Top 300 for the 2016 recruiting class. Six prospects from the state of Washington made the list. How does that compare with the initial 2015 list, and will the Cougs' verbal pledges from the in-state crop mirror '15 as well?

These are juniors-to-be, so you can expect changes over the nearly two years before Signing Day 2016. But it's also worth noting WSU has already offered five of the six.

By the way, regarding the 2015 class, 1) look for the next big re-ranking to occur after The Opening in mid-July and 2) see below for more context on the initial Top 300 listing on that class. But first, on to the 2016 in-state crop already gaining high-level recognition:

QB Jacob Eason (6-5, 205); Lake Stevens
The No. 5 ranked QB prospect in the nation by Scout in the 2016 class, and No. 74 overall. He has an offer from the Cougs, and a whole bunch of other schools as well including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan and Notre Dame.

MLB Joel Dublanko (6-3, 225); Aberdeen
Not many Pac-12 quality players come out of Aberdeen but he's an exception. Dublanko is ranked No. 5 in the nation at his position and 158th overall. He's been offered by Washington State, Mississippi State and others.

ATH Isaac Garcia (6-3, 205); Bellevue
Garcia is listed as a tight end and is ranked No. 7 and 183rd overall, but he's been offered by the Cougs as an athlete. Scout.com says he's versatile and could play outside linebacker, safety, tight end, receiver or defensive end. WSU is his lone offer.

S/RB Brandon Wellington (6-1, 205); Eastside Catholic
Wellington is ranked No. 11 and No. 102 overall as a running back but his best position at the next level might be safety. With a WSU offer in his back pocket, Scout.com says Wellington may be the top overall skill prospect in the Northwest, regardless of class.

CB Isaiah Gilchrist (5-11, 180); Bellevue
He's ranked the No. 15 prospect in the nation at his position and 171st overall. Gilchrist tripped over to Pullman this spring with Bellevue High teammates Mustafa Branch (2015 class) and Isaac Garcia (2016 safety) and Justus Rogers (2016 safety), where the three underclassmen joined Branch as WSU offerees. "It was so awesome and the guys were really pumped about it...I could tell it was big for them," Mustafa told CF.C.

QB Harley Kirsch (6-3, 205); Eastside Catholic
The lone member of the list who has not been offered by WSU, he's ranked the No. 22 QB prospect nationally and 272nd overall. A lefty, Kirsch is deadly accurate. While completing 244-348 passes for 3,535 yards and 35 TDs, he had only three interceptions.

LAST YEAR, there were also six juniors-to-be from the state of Washington named to the first Scout.com Top 300 for the 2015 class on August 14. WSU has since garnered verbal commitments from two of the six.

Those on the list were, (with overall ranking included):
RB Austin Joyner from Marysville (176)
DE Benning Potoae out of Lakewood (188)
DT Thomas Toki from Kirkland (193)
RB Chico McClatcher out of Federal Way (211)
QB Brett Rypien from Spokane (213)
OT Henry Roberts from Bellevue (247)

Since that initial Top 300 was released this past August...
-- Joyner is now at 268th after being reclassified as a cornerback from running back;
-- Potoae is at No. 226;
-- Toki, now in Mountain View, Calif., has moved to No. 233;
-- McClatcher has fallen out of the Top 300 after being reclassified as a WR from RB, though he's still rated four stars;
-- Roberts is now at No. 199 and,
-- Rypien is ranked at No. 192.

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