Recruiting: 8 WA homegrowns to watch in 2016

THIS IS NOT a story about Georgia-bound Lake Stevens quarterback Jacob Eason, the No. 5-rated QB prospect in the nation for the class of 2016, or the handful of other super-touted prospects from the state of Washington who will be in the headlines when letters of intent are signed a year from now.

This is simply an early look at eight homegrown high school seniors-to-be we think have notable potential, but have yet to attract a ton of early hype. In short, they're intriguing prospects who could be familiar names in the recruiting world a year from now.

In no particular order, here are eight Evergreen Staters to watch this fall:

DB/WR Gavin Robertson (6-2, 190), Mountainview/Auburn
An All-Area and Class 3A Associated Press All-State selection in 2014 after posting 99 tackles and 3 INTs from his strong safety position. Also plays wide receiver. Has excellent speed and likes to hit. Tacoma News-Tribune characterized him as a “terror” in the South Puget Sound League.

OL/DL Scott Peck (6-6, 275), Central Valley/Spokane
A two-way performer who earned all-league honors on offense as a junior in 2014 after moving to tackle from tight end the previous year. Great frame and very good feet. Also an excellent basketball player, though he’s sitting out this season following ankle surgery. Strong early interest from Idaho and EWU and now hearing from Pac-12 schools.

OL/DL Erik Lukner (6-3, 300), Sedro-Woolley
A two-way standout on Sedro-Woolley’s 2014 Class 2A state title team. Named all-Northwest League 3A/2A on the offensive line, he's known for ability to get to the linebackers. Intriguing prospect given his size and athleticism; also a standout wrestler and weights guy -- discus and shot put – in track and field.

DE/LB Evan Weaver (6-3, 227), Gonzaga Prep/Spokane
AP Class 4A, Seattle Times, and Tacoma News Tribune all-classifications All-State pick in 2014. League defensive player of the year. Big motor and good speed. If he beefs up, he’ll play end in college, otherwise linebacker. Holds offers from WSU and Boise State. Planning to visit Nebraska and others over spring break. May hit junior day events at WSU and Oregon.

OLB Amandre Williams (6-3, 225), Tahoma/Kent
Highly versatile athlete. As a quarterback in 2014, he threw for 580 yards in one game and as a defensive end he posted 14 ½ sacks on the season. He also served as the long snapper. Likely to play LB in college. Has offers from UW and Montana State but says WSU and Oregon State are communicating with him most. Father Tyrone played DT in the NFL and was an all-star in the CFL.

OL/DL Chris Hernandez (6-4, 285), Ferndale
First-team Class 3A Associated Press All-State at OL and first-team all-league on both OL and DL. Big and strong (he benches 315, squats 415) but agile too, running the 40 in a self-reported 5.0 and holding down a spot on Ferndale’s outstanding wrestling team.

RB/DB Rey Green (5-11, 190), Evergreen/Vancouver
Another multi-dimensional prospect, he was second-team all-league at defensive back as a sophomore in 2013 and then dazzled as a running back as a junior this past season. Could play slot receiver in college. Was the RB MVP at former WSU QB Cole Morgan’s Northwest Elite Camp in summer 2014. Has self-reported times of 4.45 in the 40 and 10.8 in the 100. Received an offer from Montana State a year ago and has been hearing from a variety of Pac-12 and Mountain West schools.

WR Matt Laris (6-4, 210), Eastside Catholic/Sammamish
Coached by former WSU running back Jeremey Thielbahr at Class 3A state champion Eastside Catholic, Laris turned in an eye-popping receiving season in 2014: 72 catches for 1,394 yards and 16 TDs. Named all-class All-State by the Seattle Times and 3A All-State by AP. Sticky handed, he projects as a slot receiver in college, though his speed (4.47) is nothing to dismiss. Also plays baseball. Holds an early offer from Montana State.

CLICK HERE for the list of state of Washington prospects currently in the database for the 2016 recruiting cycle. More will be added over coming weeks and months.

Cougfan Top Stories