2004 in-state prospects: Offense

THE 2003 CLASS of football recruits has barely been wrapped up, but <b>Bill Doba</b> and Rick Neuheisel are already sizing up who's who for the 2004 recruiting season. And so are we. While it's all speculation now, one thing is certain: The crop of prospects in the state of Washington looks to be deeper and more talented at almost every position than the 2003 group.

Quality on the line, quarterback and at the skill positions is there in abundance, so look for many of these guys to be Cougar and Husky targets.

The players with comments are the ones we expect to get the most recruiting attention from the Cougs and Dawgs, while the 'Others to watch' lists are comprised of players we feel should be ones to keep in the back of your mind as the fall rolls around.

There's no question one or more of those 'others to watch' just might become Division I-A signees in 2004 -- as will currently unknown "sleeper" prospects who invariably emerge, often from the state's smaller communities.

With that, we say one thing: On to the players!

QUARTERBACKS:

Gary Rogers 6-4, 200 Mukilteo (Kamiak)
Of the current crop of in-state QB's, he just might have the most potential out of all of them. He's got a lot of skill, but last year was his first as a starter, so he needs more real-time action before his raw talent becomes honed. He's the kind of QB that may not get a lot of hype before the season starts but could work his way up and be a highly coveted kid before it's all said and done. The major hurdle for his is that most of his skill guys and linemen from 2002 are gone.

Matt Tuiasosopo 6-2, 205 Woodinville
A player that obviously has all the tools to succeed at the Division-1 level, but that's just the question-- does he want to play football, or is baseball going to be his true calling? One thing is clear in watching him come back last year from injury; he can play through pain and has that trademark Tuiasosopo Family toughness. He can run well and is a bigger than Marques at the same stage in their development.

Cole Morgan 6-2, 185 Seattle (Ballard)
A great athlete with good escapability and a strong arm. Has received some of the finest tutoring around in the form of one Jack Thompson. The Throwin' Samoan is Ballard's QB coach.

Other quarterbacks to watch:
Kyle Carson 6-5, 200 Longview (Mark Morris) -- a transfer from Castle Rock
Roby Clyde 6-4, 210 Pasco - a transfer from Connell
James Wright 6-5, 190 Spanaway (Bethel)
Josh Fullington 6-6, 210 Port Orchard (South Kitsap)
Alex Smart 6-3, 200 Snoqualmie (Mount Si)
TJ Conley 6-2, 190 Walla Walla (DeSales)
Brian Ellersick 6-2, 185 Mountlake Terrace

RUNNING BACKS:

J.T. Diederichs 6-2, 205 Seattle (Ballard)
Big, strong and good wheels. Ran for 1,168 yards last year and should get his chunks of yardage running behind Tyler Ashby and Jim Magee. Only problem for J.T. is whether or not he'll get enough looks with talented ATH Keauntea Bankhead also looking for touches. It's a great problem to have for Ballard QB Cole Morgan.

Other running backs to watch:
Jevon Butler 6-1, 180 Everett (Archbishop Murphy)
Alefsio Hefa 5-11, 185 Seattle (Cleveland)
Will Thompson 5-5, 155 Kent (Kentwood)
Kevin Lawson 5-9, 175 Issaquah
Jordyn Jackson 5-11, 160 Vancouver (Columbia River)
Tyler Mattair 5-8, 175 Kennewick (Southridge)
Seth Setterberg 6-1, 200 Shoreline (Shorewood)
Glenn Gallagher 5-9, 160 Edmonds-Woodway
Johnie Kirton (FB ) 6-3, 240 Mill Creek (Jackson)

RECEIVERS:

Chancellor Young 6-2, 200 Seattle O'Dea
The son of former USC All-American and NFL All-Pro tight end Charles Young, Chancellor will have a lot of pressure to become the next man of Troy. His brother Charles, played football for Stanford, while sisters Candace, Chanel and Cerenity all do track for USC. When you see Chancellor play, you can see his father's influence, especially when catching the ball. He's got plenty of speed and is always looking to break one. As a sophomore, he was fifth in the 100 meters at the class 3A state championships. The winner that day? Reggie Williams. Anybody in that company can compete at the D1 level, and Young's recruiting will be a lot of fun to watch.

Michael Willis 6-3, 190 Tacoma (Lincoln)
A quick, big receiver that's 'en vogue' these days. Also a basketball player for the Abes. The one thing that's going to hurt Willis' numbers this coming fall is the fact that Ben Shelton, arguably the best QB to come out of Lincoln in some time, is gone. He'll have to show he can go up and get the ball and also make the big play without much of a supporting cast.

Other receivers to watch:
Jason Gran 6-1, 190 Buckley (White River)
Jeff Schwab 6-1, 175 Puyallup
Shane Hoffman 6-1, 180 Shoreline (Shorecrest)
Erik Woldseth 6-2, 180 Issaquah

OFFENSIVE LINE:

Bobby Dockter 6-5, 280 Mukilteo (Kamiak)
Dockter is probably the best offensive lineman in the Northwest and a definite high D1 prospect. He's been playing the tough left tackle spot since he was a sophomore and runs exceptionally well for a guy his size. He's progressed well in the past two years and has developed the scrappy attitude you like to see in a lineman. In short, he's got a lot of nasty.

Aaron Klovas 6-6, 290 Spanaway (Lake Bethel) A raw prospect with a ton of upside, Klovas is another tackle prospect who runs very well for a player his size. Plays for a great team in Bethel, where he's being taught how to drive block and pass block with equal effectiveness. Braves coach Eric Kurle runs a balanced attack, so it's important that his linemen are competent in all phases of their game, and while Aaron is still technically raw his learning curve will be quicker simply because of who he's playing for and what will be expected of him.

Tyler Ashby Seattle (Ballard)
Both Dockter and Klovas are outside guys, so Ashby has the potential to be the best interior lineman in the Northwest. He's big, tough and nasty.

Other offensive linemen to watch:
Casey Bulyca 6-7, 285 Woodinville
Ryan Bush 6-4, 285 Puyallup (Rogers)
Eddie Vickers 6-4, 290 Vancouver (Columbia River)
Dryden Long 6-5, 270 Vancouver (Columbia River)
Phil Hayes 6-5, 275 Seattle (O'Dea)
Bryan Smith 6-4, 260 Enumclaw
Brett Pearce 6-3, 260 Kent (Kentridge)
Jonathan Luatua 6-2, 280 Everett
Jess Tate 6-4, 275 Everett (Mariner)

WE'LL BE BACK IN A DAY OR TWO WITH OUR LOOK AT HOT 2004 IN-STATE PROSPECTS ON THE DEFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL, SO BE SURE TO STAY TUNED.

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