Here are some thoughts on the top performers at the camp...
1) Central Catholic (Portland) DE Alex Balducci - The Oregon commit was an absolute beast during the camp. He's explosive off the line and really didn't lose a battle all day. He's strong and just an impressive specimen at nearly 6-4, 275 pounds. He told Dawgman.com's Chris Fetters he is still 100% solid to Oregon, but there are rumors floating around that the Huskies have a very good chance at landing him.
2) Hillsboro (Or.) LB Brett Bafaro - Really was the best linebacker out of a big group of prospects. He's very quick to the ball and he has enough speed and athleticism to be a real menace to backs coming out of the backfield. UW is very close to offering the talented prospect and that could happen this weekend. If they do, he might not commit right away, but he would have to be considered Washington's to lose.
3) Tacoma Baptist OL Walker Williams - Williams struggled at times, but also held his own at others. He has good feet, but he takes too big of a first step out of his stance and that can cause problems if the pass-rusher moves back inside. Williams was thrown into the mix five straight times and while he was tired he never stopped competing and the camp coaches (David Ritchie especially) loved his competitive nature. Williams will head to Cal next week and Wisconsin the week after that and could start to narrow things down and even make a decision by the start of the season.
4) South Salem (Or.) WR Junior Espitia - He's a player who is really rising up the charts and has offers from Idaho and Oregon State. At 6'2", 217 pounds, Espitia runs a legit 4.5 forty and was almost impossible to stop one-on-one. He plays safety, linebacker and quarterback for the Saxons, but it appears he'll either be a receiver or linebacker in college. Big and physical and a player to watch this fall.
5) Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist - There were quite a few talented quarterbacks on the field today, but Lindquist appeared to have one of the better days. He's already a physical specimen at 6'3" and 220 pounds, but he's tightened up his delivery some and he's really spinning the ball well. He made all the throws asked of him on Friday and showed nice leadership skills too.
6) Skyline (Sammamish, Wa.) QB Max Browne - Browne just continues to shine in the offseason camps. He's got a great release and his placement of the ball is nearly perfect. He delivered the ball late a few times, but for the most part, he too looked outstanding.
7) Graham-Kapowsin (Graham, Wa.) QB Drew Austin - While Lindquist and Browne are impressive the moment you see them step on the field, Austin makes waves when you see him deliver the ball. He tried to muscle it out a couple of times, but for the most part it was tight spirals and perfect placement. Austin is hoping to earn his first scholarship later this month when he visits the University of Montana.
8) Lakes (Lakewood, Wa.) ATH Charles Hall - I thought Hall had an outstanding day playing both receiver and defensive back. He breaks on the ball well and has good football instincts. His only problem is that he doesn't appear fast enough to play DB at the Pac 12 level.
9) Lakes (Lakewood, Wa.) S Ma'ne Manaea - Showed outstanding burst to the ball and excellent hands. Manaea has a great attitude. He loves to play the game and it shows. He's got a couple offers to his name -- Washington State and Colorado -- and said he could be close to making a decision, but still wants to wait things out a little bit longer.
10) Issaquah (Wa.) TE Eric Lemke - Lemke is such a physical presence he's unmistakable on the field. While he will make his name at the next level as a blocker, Lemke also showed soft hands on Friday. Washington continues to show interest in the talented tight end from the east side, but at this point, no offer is forthcoming.
11) Graham-Kapowsin (Graham, Wa.) WR/ATH Kahlil Dawson - The junior-to-be is talented. He's got long arms, soft hands and he's super-quick. I like what he brings to the table and he could be one of the top skill players in the state this fall.
12) Federal Way (Wa.) DL Uso Olive - He is lightning quick and he loves to play the game and compete. He never gives up on a play and has a great motor. His only weakness is his size -- just under 5'11" -- and with offers from Wyoming and Idaho those are the schools likely to get final consideration although he is hoping for an offer from the Dawgs.
12) Newport (Bellevue, Wa.) QB/ATH Isaac Dotson - I really like Dotson as an athlete. He's smooth, he looks effortless when he's out there and he just loves to get out and compete. Dotson plays quarterback for Newport and thus, that's where I've seen him work out at the three camps I've seen him, but everyone who has seen him thinks he will end up at wide receiver or safety at the next level.
13) Woodinville (Wa.) DE Sawyer Whalen - Loved the look of Whalen as an athlete and at 6'4" and appearing to weigh approximately 225 pounds, he's got the frame to add more size and muscle. Whalen has strong arms and every time you looked up he was flashing some serious athleticism.
14) Bothell (Wa.) WR Trent Sewell - Sewell is an impressive athlete and route-runner and he over-matched pretty much every DB that stepped up to take him on. He has good speed, but he doesn't play quite as fast as his 40-time would indicate. He is waiting on the recruiting process but said he hopes to make his decision before the start of his senior season.
15) Lakes (Lakewood, Wa.) ATH Cedric Dozier - Just continues to show why UW offered him so early. Dozier is a very good athlete and he loves to play football. He always has a smile on his face, but he's dead serious about the game. He worked out at wide receiver during the day and used his quickness, deceptive speed and strength to get open on a regular basis.
Notes: Puyallup (Wa.) OL Josh Garnett was in attendance, but did not participate in drills; several Husky players came out to watch what was going on including freshmen Tani Tupou and Dexter Charles who knew many of the players taking part in the Showcase; Victor Aiyewa and Dorson Boyce were also there. Both hope to hear something very soon on the NFL labor talks; Sounds like Boyce may get a shot at earning a paycheck as a fullback at the next level; Ritchie, Jeff Pahukoa and Nigel Burton (currently the head coach at Portland State) spent some time reminiscing about their days at Washington.
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