Future Coug now the top rated prospect in WA

FUTURE COUGAR GINO SIMONE is having a bang-up year but apart from any numbers or stats on the 6-0, 175-pounder, he's just flat out impressive on the field. How impressive? The Skyline High wide receiver is now rated the top overall prospect in the state of Washington for the 2009 class. Brandon Huffman, who oversees the Western U.S. for Scout.com, explains why inside.

The star rating system on Scout is ever evolving, and it wasn't a difficult decision for them to put a fourth star by the name of Gino Simone," said Huffman, Scout.com's West Recruiting Manager.

Nor was it a tough call to slot him as the best overall prospect, regardless of position, in the state.

"It was a no-brainer," said Huffman. "Gino Simone is hands down the best player I've seen in this class from the state of Washington. The guy is an absolute stud."

Huffman also pointed to Simone's ability to "play big", along with his physical and mental toughness.

As noteworthy as being the state's top rated prospect is, it would also be inaccurate to think of Simone solely in terms of in-state or even the Northwest -- Huffman said in an October article that Simone may be "the toughest player in the West."

Simone through 10 games has 34 receptions for 670 yards (19.7 average) with 11 touchdowns for No. 1 ranked Skyline (10-0). In the regular season (nine games), he had 149 yards rushing, 167 punt returns yards, 170 yards on kickoff returns plus 26 tackles from his defensive back position with a sack and an interception.

Garfield's Deandre Coleman previously held the top overall ranking in the state.

For more of Huffman's thoughts on Simone, click to here.

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