2006 state of Washington Prospects - Defense

WASHINGTON STATE loves to play aggressive on defense. For 2006, there are a number of defensive in-state prospects the Cougs will be taking a look at this coming recruiting season -- with some talent on the eastern side of the state garnering more attention than they did last year.

In a class of 20, the Cougs signed only three high schoolers from the state of Washington this past Wednesday. But the in-state class for 2006 looks to be considerably deeper, according to coach Bill Doba.

"Next year looks a lot better," Doba said.

Only one week after signing day for the class of 2005 and Scout.com is already hard at it for 2006. Here's a quick capsule look at the top in-state prospects for the State of Washington on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive Line: This group of players has some very solid athletes in it, prospects that could very easily play on either side of the ball. Elisara already has a Pac-10 offer and more are certainly on the way. Kuaea could end up being a four-year starter for Dave Miller at Lakes if everything works out.

Jason Brace, 6-5, 245, Spanaway Lake
Mikel Camus, 6-2, 280, Olympia Capital
Byron Cole, 6-2, 290, Lacey Timberline
Cameron Elisara, 6-3, 275, Spokane Ferris
Kolio Kuaea, 6-3, 270, Lakewood Lakes
Alex Linnenkohl, 6-2, 265, Olympia Capital
Dominique Meredeth, 6-5, 335, Tacoma Mount Tahoma
Caleb Schlauderaff, 6-4, 254, Shelton
Dee White, 6-8, 290, Vancouver Columbia River

Linebacker: This is another group that won't be as heralded as the 2005 class, but that would be a tough bill to fill. Guys like Hoffman and Boyce are true two-way studs that will most likely do any potential D1 damage on defense. Other guys, like Harris and Anebo, are athletes that could also play in the deep third, depending on how much they grow.

Mekonnen Anebo, 6-1, 195, Lacey Timberline
Justin Boyce, 5-11, 205, Everett
Jason Harris, 6-1, 195, Issaquah Skyline
Jesse Hoffman, 6-1, 205, Shoreline Shorecrest
Jaymin Jackson, 6-1, 205, Vancouver Columbia River
Fred Wiggs, 6-2, 215, Seattle O'Dea

Defensive Backs: The top player in the northwest is in this group - O'Dea's Taylor Mays. Mays is another prospect that could very easily play on either side of the ball and is a play-maker at all times -- he is already attracting national attention. Mattingly just might be the top D1 prospect in the Greater Spokane League, and for once that's actually saying something. The GSL, especially for the population, has historically been thin at producing D1 talent, but this year is shaping up to be a pleasant exception to the rule.

Caleb Barsh, 6-2, 170, Puyallup
Chris Jarmon, 5-11, 190, Lakewood Clover Park
Brandon Jones, 5-10, 160, Seattle O'Dea
Jye Lanphere, 6-0, 165, Spokane East Valley
Andy Mattingly, 6-3, 210, Spokane Mead
Taylor Mays, 6-3, 215, Seattle O'Dea
Brendon Waiters, 6-2, 185, Tacoma Curtis
Anthony Zachery, 5-11, 185, Spokane Ferris

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