Skyline hoss in crimson orbit

THERE ARE A large number of "potentials" in the Evergreen State's class of 2010 -- guys that do not yet have an early offer from a D-IA school but who could earn one in the coming months. Among that group, a 6-3.5, 280-pounder who will have one of the more noticeable jobs among prep offensive linemen in the state this coming season. And he was in Pullman this past weekend.

Skyline offensive line prospect Jase Butorac was at Washington State's junior day event this past Saturday and came away enthused about all things crimson.

"The trip to Washington State was awesome, I really liked the place. I got to talk more with the coaches and with (Harold) Etheridge, the o-line coach, and got to talk more with (Travis) Niekamp and Paul Wulff. I really like the area down there," said Butorac.

Butorac said the family atmosphere at Washington State stood out.

"I knew it was a college town, I knew that everyone, the whole Washington State University, is (wrapped up) in the football team. And the trip just reinforced that. It was actually really cool to see that. Everyone on that campus pretty much knows everyone..everyone looks after everyone there," said Butorac.

Butorac said Wulff told him they were interested in him and that Wulff had seen him play under the Friday Night Lights. Etheridge sat down with the linemen when they broke off into groups and talked a little about what the Cougar o-linemen do week by week at Washington State.

"He's a great guy..a player's coach," said Butorac.

WASHINGTON STATE HAS had the most contact at this early recruiting stage, said Butorac.

"The school I've talked to the most on the phone would probably be Washington State. But I've also talked with the UW, Oregon State and Stanford," he said.

On Monday, Butorac heard from the UW and received an invitation to their junior day this weekend. He said his summer camp plans have yet to be finalized but that he will be in Pullman for the Cougs' camp. Last year, he attended the UW and Stanford camps.

BUTORAC PROJECTS as an interior lineman at the next level but he plays left tackle at Skyline and protects the blindside of much publicized Spartan quarterback Jake Heaps.

Last year, he was named first team KingCo 4A on Skyline's undefeated 4A state title team that boasted future Cougar Gino Simone. Butorac, an outstanding student in the classroom, has also been named a team captain for his upcoming senior season.

Jase Butorac profile

As a sophomore, Butorac held then-senior Kavario Middleton, the top rated state of Washington prospect in the class of 2008, without a sack in a playoff game.

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