3 touted in-staters talk WSU, UW and others

THREE OF THE MOST touted prep football prospects from the state of Washington attracted even more attention during this almost-concluded May evaluation period. Two schools that always pop up in the conversation, though, are arch-rivals Washington State and Washington.

Here's the latest from three of the Pugest Sound-area's top 2008 prospects:

Redmond OL/DL Trevor Guyton

The Mustangs' best prospect in several years, Guyton just got offered by Nebraska earlier this week.

"Their coach called and said they were going to offer me so right now it's just a verbal one, but they said the official one is on the way," Guyton said. "All of the schools recruiting me like me on defense. They said they like my explosiveness and how intense I am on every play."

Guyton now has offers from Nebraska, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State and Boise State and more could be on the way.

"We had a bunch of schools stop by," Guyton said. "All the coaches told my coach they will head back and make some more evaluations and I could be getting some more during the summer."

Even with all the attention from schools from across the country, Guyton said the local school is really showing him how much they want him.

"Actually, I just got a text message from coach (Mike) Denbrock about five minutes ago," Guyton said with a laugh. "It said ‘We really need you here and Go Dawgs!'. U-Dub is one of my top schools and so is Wazzu.

"They're both close to home and they both need lineman. I'm going to take some time to think about things, but I really don't have a timeline on a making a commitment."

Guyton said he hopes to take in the USC camp on June 10th and has also been invited to the California camp that same weekend.

"The Cal coaches want me to come and work out that same weekend," Guyton said. "They said, ‘after you go to SC's camp, go ahead and stop by here the next day', but I don't think I can do that.

"I'll have to make a decision between which of those two camps I want to go to. I'm not going to Washington's camp because I've seen enough of the school and the staff to know what they're about. I need to focus on schools I don't know enough about right now."

Lakes WR Jermaine Kearse
The big-play wideout from Tacoma saw lots of visitors to his school this month.

"We had a ton of coaches here," Kearse, who is currently in Pasco at the state track championships, said. "Washington, Washington State, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, Nebraska, Boise State…you name it.

"Washington and Washington State are still my only two offers. I like both of them for different reasons. Washington is so close to home and they have a good staff and they are an up and coming team.

"State is a school who I could play on either side of the ball and they're relatively close to home, but still far enough away to feel like I'm actually out on my own. It's just a matter of where I feel most comfortable. I'm not close to a decision right now."

Kearse hasn't set any camp plans at this point, but said he may hit the Oregon half-day camp following the Nike Camp being held in Eugene on June 10th.

Kennedy DE Everette Thompson

The big man from south Seattle is has been a popular prospect this month. Aside from the schools who had already offered, Arizona State and Boise State recently got in the mix with full-rides as well.

"They both offered me the past couple of weeks," Thompson said. "Right now I have seven offers total – Washington, Washington State, Minnesota, Oregon and Arizona and then those two.

"Right now, no one really leads over anyone else, but I feel really comfortable with Washington and their staff. Coach (Chris) Tormey is a good coach and he's really making me feel wanted. They said they need playmakers like me in their system and I've been around that program for so long, I would say they are showing me all the attention they need to be showing. They're recruiting me the hardest, that's for sure."

USC, Michigan, Notre Dame and Nebraska all stopped by Kennedy over the past few weeks and have made it known that they liked what Thompson has to offer on the football field.

"I'm going to wait things out and take all of my visits," Thompson said. "Things have been pretty crazy around here (home) with all the calls and stuff, but I'm just enjoying it and taking my time so I can make the right decision."

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