This is instead Cougfan.com’s early look at nine homegrown high school seniors-to-be who haven't attracted a ton of early hype but we believe could be the center of the CF.C message board intrigue as the 2018 recruiting cycle unfolds.
In no particular order, the nine Evergreen Staters to watch this fall:
OL Matthew Cindric (6-4, 250) Skyline High/Sammamish
Big and agile and with room to grow, Cindric (pictured above) has already been offered by WSU and took an unofficial visit to the Palouse this past July. "I was impressed with the whole campus, the coaches and the facilities. I’d say the highlight of it all was talking to Coach Clay McGuire and seeing his plans for me in the offense," he told CF.C at the time.
DT/OT Julian Bruce (6-5, 280) Liberty High/Renton
A first-team all-class All-State pick on the defensive line by the Tacoma News Tribune as a junior in 2016. The two-way standout posted 103 tackles in 2016 -- 22 for loss, of which 7 were sacks. He was also an all-league pick on the offensive line in '15 and '16 and that is likely the side of the ball where he'll play in college. His older brother is Mkristo Bruce, a second-team AP All-America pick in 2006 and one of the great sack masters in Washington State history.
OL M.J. Ale (6-7, 340) Fife High/Tacoma
Talk about massive. He's only played football two years but was already making a mark after Year One on the camp and combine circuit last summer. Utah has already offered.
LB Ben Wilson (6-2, 215) Sumner
He put up video game numbers in 2016 with 201 tackles (yes, 201) and earned first team All-State and South Puget Sound League Defensive Player of the Year honors. Arizona and Utah have already offered.
OL Campbell Barrington (6-6, 280) University High/Spokane
Athletic and long, he's listed by Scout.com as a DE but his college future figures to be on the offensive line. A two-sport athlete in football and basketball, he was one of the top performers at last year's NW Elite Camp and was named All-USA Washington second-team by USA Today. Barrington, who is LDS and a BYU legacy via his dad and older brother, has been committed to BYU since last June but expect WSU and area recruiter Dave Nichol to take a run at him.
ATH Tre'Shaun Harrison (6-2, 190) Garfield/Seattle
As a junior, the 2016 3A Metro Valley Division Offensive Player of the Year was named all-state by the Seattle Times and all-area by the TNT. He was also named first-team all-league at both safety and receiver and racked up 1,480 all-purpose yards. It may only be a matter of time before he goes from 3 to 4 stars on Scout.com. His recruiting blew up this past fall as arguably the most dynamic two-way player in the state. He could play on either side of the ball and after picking up an early offer from WSU, he now holds four other Pac-12 offers plus a ride from Michigan. The guy throwing passes to Harrison at Garfield is Max Nall, who we didn't include on this list but whom we believe could have a big upside.
WR Mason Starling (6-4, 185) Franklin Pierce High/Tacoma
He's not a burner but with strong hands, he catches most anything that comes his way. He holds an early offer from Oregon State.
Safety Jovan McConico (6-0, 185) Garfield High/Seattle
Before moving to Seattle, McConico spent this past season at Kent-Meridian High where he became a Seattle Times all-class all-state pick and led the North Puget Sound League with six interceptions (one returned 102 yards for a score). WSU likes to recruit versatile defensive backs who have the potential to be plugged in at safety, corner or nickel and McConico looks like he might be one of those guys.
FROM THE CF.C ARCHIVES: Homegrowns to watch in 2017
LIST OF KNOWN WSU SCHOLIE OFFERS FOR 2018 CYCLE (updated regularly)
STATE OF WASHINGTON PROSPECTS FOR 2018 (updated regularly)