Put emphasis in the word could in that last sentence. There are many factors that shape a lad's recruiting outlook, not just potential or raw talent. Grades, attitude, injuries, work ethic, summer-camp performances -- all of it goes into the mix.
And just to avoid any confusion, let's be clear about two things.
First, everybody this side of South Bend, Indiana, knows all about Skyline's Jake Heaps, the No. 1-rated 2010 QB in the nation. This sneak peak isn't about Jake. It's about a handful of kids who haven't gotten much attention.
Second, this is not a forecast of the top dozen players in the state for 2010. This is a cursory look at some seniors-to-be from the state of Washington who have the size and athleticism to warrant a look by college coaches, and who have captured our attention in some way, be it via captivating performances on the field and/or a comment made by a prep coach or analyst.
In no particular order (except for the first name on the list because of his unique place in WSU history), here are an even dozen to watch in 2010.
Uber-athletic, multi-sport standout became the youngest verbal commit in WSU football history, before his junior season, in July of 2008. Also a star in the classroom. Knee injury shelved him for much of 2008 campaign.
A two-way terror, earning Kingco 4A first-team all-league honors on defense and second-team plaudits on offense. Also a standout in basketball. Already has an offer from WSU.
Excellent agility. Offensive lineman of the year in 3A South Puget Sound League. AP All-State choice. Already offered by WSU and UW. Also a standout in track and field.
Raw talent with good frame and athleticism. First-team All-GSL. Also a standout in basketball.
Great frame, great agility. Already offered by WSU and UW. Older brother plays for Huskies.
All-State performer in 2008 after catching 45 passes for 765 yards and 15 TDs.
Rushed for nearly 3,500 yards over his sophomore and junior seasons. Class 3A All-State.
On offense he rushed for more than 1,100 yards and as a hard-hitting safety on defense he notched 62 tackles and two interceptions.
Two-way standout with big motor and positional versatility.
All-GSL performer for 4A powerhouse.
All-league, all-area and honorable mention Class 4A All-State in 2008.
AP All-State. Also a standout wrestler. Attended WSU and Idaho summer camps in '08.
KEARSE GOES THROUGH THE PACES LAST SUMMER AT JASON GESSER'S CAMP IN BELLEVUE.