Nine homegrowns for CougFans to keep tabs on

STATE OF WASHINGTON prospects listed on the Scout.com Top 300 are by now familiar names - but what about the prospects not on that list? We take a look at some of the homegrowns who could come onto CougFans' recruiting radars in the coming months...

Nope, this story isn't about the obvious prime-time 2015 prospects from the Evergreen State. This is instead a look at nine with potential, but who for the most part have yet to attract a ton of Pac-12 interest.

With one exception, these are guys who need to show they've taken a step up either at WSU's summer camp events or during the season if they're to gain a crimson offer. In no particular order, other than a loose breakdown between offense and defense, here are nine from the Evergreen State to keep an eye on ...

WR Justice Murphy (6-1, 185) Evergreen High
Up until last week, Murphy was an under-the-radar prospect, but his recruitment picked up stream after an impressive showing at the Northwest Elite Camp. The three-star prospect, who is verbally committed to Utah, picked up offers from Washington State and Oregon State. In a recent interview with Scout's Brandon Huffman, Murphy said he is solidly committed to the Utes, but might be taking some visits. Murphy currently holds seven offers and is continuing to receive interest from the majority of the Pac-12.

LB Justiss Warren (6-3, 225) Lincoln High
I've seen Warren compete in person twice and the kid is a specimen. At 6-3, 225-pounds, he has the size of a D-1 football player and also seems to have the quickness. He runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, impressive for his size. Warren currently holds an offer from Idaho, but has been hearing from more than half the Pac 12, multiple mid-majors, most of the Big Sky, a couple service academies and some Ivy League schools, Northwest Elite Index's Ryland Spencer recently reported.

LB Cy Sirmon, (6-3, 225) Wenatchee High Sirmon is coming off a big junior season for Wenatchee, leading to him picking up his first two offers, from Idaho and Montana, this spring. Sirmon recorded 106 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Earned Big-9 Conference first-team honors on both sides of the ball in 2013. Sirmon, rated three stars by Scout.com, told CF.C this week he will attend WSU's camp in Pullman on June 21.

DE Cody Baker, (6-4, 260) Eastside Catholic High
Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Washington this year is Eastside Catholic's Cody Baker. The Crusaders' defensive end, who holds offers from Wyoming and Montana, has flown under the radar for quite some time and that's been a mild surprise to me. He's led Eastside Catholic's line the last two seasons, helping the team reach the 3A state championship in both years (lost both years to Bellevue). Baker is receiving interest from WSU, UW, Montana and a handful of other Big Sky schools.

CB Dehonta Hayes, (5-11, 160) Lincoln High
Of the lesser known in-state prospects, recruiting has come to life this spring for Dehonta Hayes. Heading into late April, the 5-11, 160-pound CB didn't hold any offers, but has added five since. Navy, Montana, UC-Davis, Eastern Washington and UTEP have all put scholarships on the table. Hayes attended a WSU junior day event earlier this spring and told me back in May that he was planning on taking another trip out to Pullman, with teammate Justiss Warren, at some point in mid-June or early July.

CB Kemonee Jenkins, (5-10, 175) Lakes High
The Lakewood high school has produced countless D-I prospects over the years and Kemonee Jenkins is hoping to add his name to the list. The cornerback, who is still waiting on his first offer, was named to the 2013 All-SPSL second-team on defense after recording 44 tackles and three interceptions as a junior. In a recent interview with Scout.com's Brandon Huffman, Jenkins said college programs are in contact, but want to see the first few games of his senior season before deciding on whether to extend an offer.

OL Chris Schlichting, (6-4, 240) Mount Si High
Offensive guard prospect Chris Schlichting picked up his first offer from Montana about two weeks ago. In addition to the Griz offer, the 6-4, 240-pounder is also hearing from UW, WSU, Utah State, Idaho and several others. The senior-to-be was named second-team All-Kingco in 2013. Schlichting was recently named an OL MVP at the Northwest Elite Camp by Scout.com's Chris Fetters.

TE Cole Ford, (6-5, 245) Bothell High
Similar to Schlichting, Montana was the first school to offer Ford, who picked up his Griz offer earlier this week. At 6-5, 245, Ford is expected to play tight end for the Cougars next season. He was set to start at that position for Bothell in 2013, but he broke his fibula prior to the season. A big start to his 2014 campaign could lead to more schools coming in.

RB/LB Trent Postma, (6-0, 180) Lynden High
The reigning 2A state player of the year, Lynden's Trent Postma has been a steady running back and linebacker for the Lions the past two seasons. In 2013, Postma rushed for 1,143 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding 89 tackles on defense. The 6-0, 180-pounder, is waiting on his first offer. Postma also ran track for Lynden this season, helping the Lions 4x400 relay team take third place at the 2A state track meet.

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