"Next year looks a lot better," Doba said on Letter of Intent Day.
Only one week after the signing day for the class of 2005 and Scout.com is already hard at it for '06. Here's a quick capsule look at the top in-state prospects for the state of Washington on offense.
Ferndale quarterback/defensive back Jake Locker made a name for himself by nearly bringing down 3A powerhouse Bellevue on his own in the state championship game. Even though Locker is also a very good baseball player, look for football to be his calling-card in college.
Brock Argyropoulos, 6-3, 195, Longview Mark Morris
Justin Gran (ATH), 5-11, 175, Buckley White River
Bryan Jones, 6-2, 185, Issaquah
Jacob Locker, 6-2, 200, Ferndale
Marcus Rance (ATH), 6-3, 190, Yakima A.C. Davis
Jordan Rasmussen, 6-4, 200, Tacoma Curtis
Caleb Rath, 6-2, 190, Spokane Ferris
Stefan Walker, 6-4, 200, Port Angeles
This group won't be as star-studded as the 2005 class, but that's not hard to imagine. That being said, there are some very good athletes here, starting with Mead's Skylar Jessen, Bellevue's Keith Rosenberg and LC's Ethen Robinson. A sleeper to watch is Archbishop Murphy's Stan Smith.
Craig Garner, 5-8, 160, Lakewood Lakes
Skylar Jessen, 5-10, 190, Spokane Mead
Adam Kravitz, 6-1, 190, Olympia
Ethen Robinson, 5-10, 180, Spokane Lewis & Clark
Keith Rosenberg, 6-0, 180, Bellevue
Stan Smith, 5-10, 185, Everett Archbishop Murphy
At Fullback, there are two players in the greater-Seattle area that could end up being very good college lead blockers.
Tony Zaffino, 5-9, 225, Bellevue
Travis Snider, 6-0, 230, Mill Creek Jackson
This group has some very athletic players in it, both in the smaller, slot-type guys and the larger, more NFL-prototype style pass-catchers. O'Dea's Taylor Mays will be a national recruit, and he could very well play defense in college, but the defending state champion in the 100 and 200 meters has the talent to match his speed at the WR spot. Kamiak's Hall had a monster junior season and has the size to really make a difference in college. Beck isn't blessed with tremendous size, but he is another prospect that just makes plays.
Daniel Barkley, 6-4, 195, Lakewood Clover Park
Myron Beck, 5-11, 180, Seattle Ingraham
Luke Fowler, 6-3, 190, Longview R.A. Long
Joe Halahuni, 6-3, 225, Orting
Rebel Hall, 6-2, 185, Muliketo Kamiak
Roderick Knight, 6-1, 170, Lakewood Lakes
Taylor Mays, 6-3, 220, O'Dea
Evan Robbins, 6-0, 170, Bellevue Interlake
There's only one legit college prospect here - Pasco's Bryant Whitby - but Halahuni - Orting's 'Flyin' Hawaiian' - could end up growing to the point where he's moved to the end to take advantage of his athleticism.
Bryant Whitby, 6-6, 215, Pasco
Offensive Linemen: Just like last year with Kenny Alfred and Mat Webb, there are two in-state players on the offensive line that just stand out - Ryan Tolar and Steve Schilling. Both will be heavy Pac-10 targets sooner, rather than later.
Chris Bush, 6-5, 275, Puyallup Rogers
Chris Freeburg, 6-5, 250, Bothell
Grady Maxwell, 6-2, 315, Tacoma Curtis
Steve Schilling, 6-5, 290, Bellevue
Ryan Tolar, 6-6, 315, Pasco
Joel White-Frisbee, 6-6, 290, Kenmore Inglemoor
2006 state of Washington Prospects - Offense
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