Recruiting: 12 WA homegrowns to watch for 2017 class

THIS IS NOT a story about Foster Sarell or Henry Bainivalu the top two most-coveted football prospects in the state of Washington for the 2017 football recruiting cycle.

Sarell (Graham-Kapowsin) and Bainivalu (Skyline) are two of the three most touted offensive line prospects in the entire nation, according to Scout.com.

That’s not who this list today is about.

This is Cougfan.com’s early look at 12 homegrown high school seniors-to-be we think have notable potential, most of whom have yet to attract a ton of early hype. In short, they're all intriguing talents who could be the center of message board intrigue a year from now.

Five of the dozen juniors listed below already hold offers from Washington State.

TE/DE Ben Moos (6-3 240), Pullman
Pictured above, the youngest son of WSU athletic director Bill Moos is strong and athletic and has drawn a fair amount of early college interest — including an offer from WSU. Told Dawgman.com in October that his crimson history won’t keep him from an open mind in recruiting. “I love WSU and the staff there, but that being said, I think it’s important for me to explore my options and treat the process like any other recruit would,” he said. He calls tight end the “perfect position,” which begs the Air Raid question: slot receiver close enough?<br><br>

OL Cody Kanouse (6-7 280), Peninsula/Gig Harbor
Dubbed a “nugget in waiting” by the Tacoma News Tribune, he’s big and agile (also plays basketball). Has one offer so far — from Washington State — but no doubt will heat up this spring and summer.

WR Jeremiah Wright (6-2 1/2, 185), Skyview/Vancouver
Average speed, but big and physical and uses that size to his advantage. Hands and frame make him an intriguing one to watch for possible Pac-12 offers. Caught 43 passes for 516 yards and 7 TDs in 2015.

DB Connor Wedington (5-11, 183), Sumner
First-team Class 4A Associated Press All-State at RB and Tacoma News Tribune All-Area at defensive back. WSU recently offered him a scholarship as a DB. Writes the TNT: ”The best athlete on the field every game. The 3A SPSL’s most valuable player had four interceptions on defense, had almost 500 return yards on special teams, and led the Spartans’ with 1,532 rushing yards while splitting carries with another 1,000-yard rusher. Finished with 24 touchdowns.

DT Jordan Talafili (6-3 290), Central Valley/Spokane
A run-stopper who registered 43 total tackles and one INT as a junior in 2015 en route to first-team all-league honors. Also a standout in track and field, throwing the shot. Prep sources in Spokane say WSU d-line coach Joe Salave’a is interested.

LB Travis Hawkins (6-1, 220), Central Valley/Spokane
First-team all-GSL in 2015. Son of former Washington State safety Ron Hawkins. Big-time motor with great nose for the ball — reminds a lot of Peyton Pelluer. Runs the 100 and 200 in track and also throws the shot and discuss.

OL Brock Wellsfry (6-6 1/2, 280) Hanford
The Falcons tend to be an afterthought in Tri-Cities football circles, but Wellsfry’s size and agility (he used to be a standout hockey player) make him tough to miss. Set to play in the International Bowl (prep juniors from the U.S. vs. Canada) this coming weekend in Dallas. Has heard from WSU coaches, per NorthwestEliteIndex.com.

OL Caleb Davis (6-4 265), Bonney Lake
Associated Press Class 3A All-State at two positions in 2015: first team offensive line and honorable mention defensive line. Named All-Area at OL by Tacoma News Tribune and 3A SPSL co-lineman of the year. Also a standout in track and field, throwing the shot and discus. No known offers yet, but he gets our vote for Most Likely to Turn Heads This Spring and Summer.

WR/ATH Cade Otton (6-5, 216), Tumwater
Versatile athlete who the 2A EvCo’s Defensive Player of the Year as a junior with 110 tackles (83 solo). Also starred at tight end with team-leading 351 receiving yards and 8 TDs. Also plays basketball, soccer and baseball.

ATH Salvon Ahmed (5-11, 182), Juanita/Kirkland
Explosive athlete with lots of Pac-12 offers, prep sources say he is very intrigued by WSU in early going. Plays defensive back and running back and led KingCo 3A with 1,200 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns last year.

OT/DE Doug Russell (6-5 270), O’Dea/Seattle
Earned first-team all-league, Seattle Times All-Area and Associated Press Class 3A All-State honors in 2015 and 2014. Plays both ways. Aggressive and agile. Posted 10 sacks in 2014.

OL Quazzel White (6-4, 285), Lincoln/Tacoma
Was dominant at times up front last year, is one to watch this spring and summer to see if takes that next step. Named honorable mention 3A Narrows League

NOTABLE NOTES:
--The Cougs have three known offers out to 2017 prospects from Oregon: QB Connor Neville (6-2, 195), DT Marlon Tuipulotu (6-2, 275) and CB Elijah Molden (5-10, 175).

LIST OF KNOWN WSU SCHOLIE OFFERS FOR 2017 CYCLE

STATE OF WA PROSPECTS FOR 2017 (updated regularly)

In case you're wondering, here’s what came of the eight players we tabbed for our “homegrowns to watch” list from one year ago:

  • DB Gavin Robertson (Mountainview/Auburn): Signed with Arizona
  • OL Scott Peck (Central Valley/Spokane): Signed with Utah
  • OL Erik Lukner (Sedro Woolley): Signed with Bucknell
  • DE Evan Weaver (Gonzaga Prep/Spokane): Signed with California
  • LB Amandre Williams (Tahoma/Kent): Signed with Washington
  • OL/DL Chris Hernandez (Ferndale): missed chunk of 2015 season due to injury; college plans unknown
  • RB/DB Rey Green (Evergreen/Vancouver): Signed with Montana


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