ScoutTV: Cougs, Dawgs high on '10 Lancers

THEY WEREN'T supposed to cross paths, but they did anyway. Washington State's Paul Wulff and Washington's Steve Sarkisian both visited Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash. at the same time Thursday, and had the same message to Lakes Head Coach Dave Miller: We want your players. There are also 18 different highlight reel packages of 10 Lancers' players in action from this past season.

"It was fun," Miller told Friday morning about the chance encounter. "It wasn't supposed to work out that way, but the coaches made it work."

Because of a flight delay, Sarkisian had to move his visit back until later in the afternoon, so he showed up on the Lakes campus with new running backs coach Joel Thomas.

Wulff brought long-time WSU offensive assistant Mike Levenseller - a Tacoma native - and even the new Central Washington coaches happened to stop by at the same time. "Everyone was really friendly," Miller said.

Miller added that all the coaches watched basketball practice from the sidelines and also watched some of the Lancers work out in the weight room while talking to some of the Lakes coaches.

"There was no contact," Miller said, making sure that all parties were sticking close to the letter and spirit of the NCAA regs. "Both Washington and Washington State offered Jamaal (Kearse) and Sione (Potoa'e), but they told me. They didn't tell the kids."

In Potoa'e, the Huskies and Cougars see a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle that's quick on his feet and 'country strong', according to Miller. "He can already bench over 400 pounds," he said of his prized lineman. "In Sione they see a big-time defensive lineman."

With Kearse, younger brother of current UW receiver Jermaine Kearse, both in-state schools see a prototypical big pass-catching target. "He could get up to 220 pounds," Miller said. "It seems like he's growing a pound a day." Both Kearse and Potoa'e are excellent students, so the early offers aren't that surprising.

But the Lancers sport a few athletes that are certain to get the attention of not only Washington and Washington State, but other D-1 schools down the road. "With Darius Waters, both schools said they could see themselves offering him," Miller said of his 6-foot-2, 215-pound DE/TE. "They are trying to figure out if he's a defensive end or an outside linebacker.

"And John Goldwire, they watched him play basketball and he was flushing dunks about every five seconds. He just looks like a specimen," added Miller. "He could be a strong safety or a wide receiver. I don't think they realized just how explosive he is."

This was Miller's first meeting with Sarkisian, the new Huskies' head man, and he was impressed. "You can tell he's going to get after it," Miller said of Sarkisian. "He's going to up the level of intensity."

Miller is very aware of Wulff, as the Lancers camp at Eastern Washington every summer. "This is the first time Washington State has made such an early push on our kids," Miller said. "They are making a statement that they want to be on the top guys. They are headed in the right direction."

Here's highlight reels of 10 different Lancers in action from 2008:
Jamaal Kearse: --

Sione Potoae: --

Darius Waters: --

John Goldwire:

Dalton Gervais: --

Dee Maggitt:

Willis Wilson: --

Jordan Patterson: --

Jordan Rivera: --

Teddy Cotton: --

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