Recruiting 2011: Some in-staters to watch

THE INK IS barely dry on the 2010 Letters of Intent but recruiting waits for no man. Indeed, Washington State already has double-digit offers out there for the 2011 class. Here's a snapshot look at 14 intriguing seniors-to-be in the Evergreen State worth paying attention to in the coming months.

These guys could be among the most talked about local players when Signing Day rolls around a year from now. Put emphasis in the word could in that last sentence. There are many factors that shape a recruiting outlook, not just potential or raw talent. Grades, attitude, injuries, work ethic, summer-camp performances, senior year progress -- all of it goes into the mix.

And just to avoid any confusion, this is not a forecast of who the top players will be in the state for the 2011 class. This is an awfully early look at some homegrown seniors-to-be who have size and athleticism and who have captured our early attention.

CB/WR/RS Rahmel Dockery – Tacoma (5-9, 155)
Offered by WSU, he put up some crooked receiving numbers in Curtis High's run-oriented offense this past season with 1,077 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns on 36 receptions. Also an accomplished punt and kickoff return man. A 5-9 sparkplug, Dockery gives new meaning to the phrase, "jumps out of his shoes." He became the first athlete last May in the history of the West Central District to clear 7 feet in the high jump, and the first sophomore in Washington to accomplish that feat since 1977.

RB Bishop Sankey -- Spokane (5-11, 190)
Already a verbal commit to Washington State, the Gonzaga Prep running back racked up 2,011 ground yards as a junior in 2009, capturing first-team All-State honors across the board.'s Brandon Huffman says the future Cougar is one of the top running backs in the West.

TE/DE Max Hersey -- Tacoma (6-3, 230)
A kid with a nice frame and good feet, he verbally committed to WSU this week, adding to the school's long list of players from Curtis High. He won the tight end MVP award at WSU's camp last summer. At Curtis, his offensive duties are at tackle but he projects as a tight end in college. On defense, he had eight sacks in 2009. Both parents attended WSU and grandfather played on WSU's College World Series team of the 1950s.

DB/WR Jamaal Jones -- Graham (6-2, 175)
A first-team SPSL pick at wide receiver his junior season, the Graham-Kapowsin playmaker caught 40 passes for 600 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has soft hands and is a natural runner. He has been offered by Washington State.

DL Taniela Tupou -- Everett (6-2.5, 260)
Tupou, who goes by Taani, is a two-way All-Cascade Conference selection for 2A Archbishop Murphy. Often, a school wants to see a 2A player against higher competition but Tupou is the exception, having been offered by Washington State. Planning on taking his Mormom mission after his freshman season but is leaving the door open for a post-college mission.

OL Dexter Charles – Stanwood (6-5, 290)
A second-team all-league pick by the Seattle Times out of Stanwood High, Charles has been offered by Washington State. Strength and conditioning numbers include a squat of 460, a bench press of 310 pounds and a 5.0 in the 40.

CB Ellis Henderson – Vancouver (6-0, 170)
A first-team Greater St. Helens League 4A pick on defense out of Skyview High. Also an electric kick returner – he wasn't touched on his 97-yard return to paydirt in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He has been offered by Washington State.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Gig Harbor 6-7, 243)
Figures to be among the top prospects nationally. His offer list has long been in double-digits, including one from Washington State, due to a rare combination of size and speed. He has a 40 time of 4.73. The Gig Harbor product set single-season school records this past season with 60 receptions for 1,050 yards with 10 TDs.

WR Kasen Williams – Issaquah (6-2, 195)
The son of former Husky WR Aaron Williams, many think the younger Williams is a sure-fire lock to sign with the Huskies. The Skyline wideout has been on the recruiting radar since he was a freshman and holds offers from coast to coast, including one from Washington State. This past season, Williams racked up 74 grabs for 1,209 yards with 20 touchdowns.

QB/S Tana Pritchard – Lakewood (6-3.5, 201)
He is said to have a bigger upside than brother Tavita, who wrapped up his collegiate career at Stanford this past year. Pritchard received his first offer, from UNLV, a year ago. A starting quarterback, defensive back and punter, he was named first-team all-league on defense as a junior in 2009. On offense he passed for approximately 1,500 yards and rushed for another 700. Also a big talent in basketball. His father, Dave, played on Washington State's 1981 Holiday Bowl team.

TE/DE Charlie Hopkins – Spokane (6-6, 233)
A teammate of Sankey's at Gonzaga Prep, he was one of only two juniors named first-team All-GSL for his work on defense this past season and was offered this week by Washington State.

DT/OL Danny Shelton – Auburn (6-3, 292)
Named first-team AP All-State this past season, Shelton was also named SPSL North Lineman of the Year as a junior.

OL Cornelius Edison – Tacoma (6-3, 260) Another Curtis High product. A first-team SPSL South selection out of Curtis High on both offensive and defensive lines in 2009. As a sophomore in 2008 he was named all-league honorable mention, recording 37 tackles, including nine sacks.

DE Alec Martin -- Wenatchee (6-4, 245)
Martin, along with Sankey, Hopkins, Edison and Pritchard, was selected to take part in the U.S. Army Combine for outsanding juniors in San Antonio last month.

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