Washington Top 15 for 2012 (Updated)

It's been a while since we last checked in the Dawgman.com Top 15 and since the state playoffs start soon, we thought we'd take a look at how some of our top in-state prospects have fared...

1) Puyallup OL Joshua Garnett - Garnett is not only the top prospect in the the state of Washington, but also is ranked by Scout.com as the top prospect in the Northwest and he's the sixth-best prospect in their West rankings as well. Garnett has done nothing to diminish his stock, helping to lead the Vikings to the state playoffs. Garnett has offers from across the country and has yet to take an official visit, opting to take them after his season is over.

Status: Uncommitted


2) Lakes (Lakewood) OL Zach Banner - Banner's upside is nearly limitless and he's one of the most well-spoken prospects Dawgman.com has encountered in nearly 15 years of following recruiting. Banner has take three official visits already -- Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma -- and recently announced he will visit Washington and USC before making his announcement on January 14th, the week after the Army All-American Game.

Status: Uncommitted


3) Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist - All Lindquist has done so far this year is complete 104 of 192 attempts for 1,430 yards, 15 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions while rushing for 570 yards and 11 scores and has Mercer Island in the state playoffs for the first time in five years where they will take on Ferndale in round one. Lindquist has really shown his toughness and leadership this season.

Status: Committed to Washington


4) Mariner (Everett) RB Keivarae Russell - Russell has missed a couple of games this due to some injuries, but still has managed to post over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping to lead his team to the state playoffs where they will take on a very good Kentlake squad next week. Russell took his first official visit last weekend, watching USC and Notre Dame face off in South Bend, Indiana and has maintained he plans to take all of his official visits before he makes his decision. Russell will take the rest of his visits after his season is completed and will also take part in the Army All-American Game the first weekend of January.

Status: Uncommitted


5) Lakes (Lakewood) ATH Cedric Dozier - Dozier, along with Banner, has helped lead the way to a perfect 9-0 record for the Lancers this season. The two-way player relinquished the quarterbacking duties to David Wood and has been used as a Wildcat QB, at running back and as a receiver as well on offense and has contributed in the deep patrol as well. Dozier recently made a commitment to California, but has made mention that he would still like to visit Washington before Signing Day in February.

Status: Committed to Cal


6) Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) WR Michael Rector - Rector has really come along as a player and leader this season for the Lions, leading them to a 9-0 record while hauling in 31 receptions for 613 yards and eight touchdowns and posting 30 tackles and three interceptions from his cornerback position. Rector committed to Washington over the summer, but has had Stanford continuing to pursue him and he may take a visit to Palo Alto before Signing Day.

Status: Committed to Washington


7) Bothell WR Trent Sewell - It's hard to believe, but Sewell has yet to garner much interest from college coaches as his only offer, at least at this point, has come from Wyoming. Sewell has good speed and has shown more consistency this season, making the tough grabs while also getting open down the field. Unfortunately, his senior season ended when Bothell didn't qualify for the state playoffs, so he doesn't necessarily have the ability to boost his stock. It will be interesting to see where he ends up seeing as Washington showed some early interest, but went another direction and Washington State pulled his offer after they received commitments from some other players.

Status: Uncommitted


8) Tacoma Baptist OL Walker Williams - Williams plays against inferior competition, so it's really tough to gauge how good he is or how much better he will get, however, there's no denying his size and athleticism. Williams committed to Wisconsin back in the summer and hasn't wavered from that commitment since making his decision.

Status: Committed to Wisconsin


9) Juanita (Kirkland) OL Nathan Dean - Dean is a raw prospect who is just now starting to realize his full-potential on the football field. Up until this year, Dean had played basketball during the offseason, however he recently told Dawgman.com he doesn't plan to play round ball this winter instead opting to lift weights and get ready for his upcoming college career.

Status: Committed to Washington


10) Auburn OL Cory English - English played center all season for the Trojans who are missing the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. When Dawgman.com headed down to an Auburn game this fall, English showed his nastiness and grit as well as some leadership skills and that is why schools from across the region have been pursuing him hard. English recently visited Oregon State and will take visits to Washington and Washington State in the next couple weeks before he sits down with his family and makes his decision.

Status: Uncommitted


11) Kennedy (Burien) ATH Jason Thompson - Thompson is the unquestioned leader for Kennedy, on both sides of the ball, going 43 of 78 passing for 608 yards with 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions while rushing for 257 yards and three more scores and has racked up 63 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interception and two defensive scores on defense. While pretty much everyone agrees his best position in college is at safety, he has made it known he'd love the opportunity to play quarterback and may opt to drop down a level in order to do that. He committed to Washington back in the summer and said that's where he plans to sign, but if a lower-level school like Portland State allows him to play quarterback, that might be where he decides to go.

Status: Committed to Washington


12) Bellevue OL Jake Eldrenkamp - Playing for one of the top programs in the west, much less the state, Eldrenkamp has gotten a lot of attention from schools and this past week he was offered by Purdue. Washington and Washington State have both been showing quite a bit of interest and both could be close to extending offers, however at this point neither one has thrown their hat into the ring. There are concerns that Eldrenkamp, like other top Bellevue offensive linemen, will have to learn pass-blocking and that might be why the local schools have held off while continuing to evaluate him.

Status: Uncommitted


13) Federal Way DT Uso Olive - Olive is a leader on one of the top defenses in the state that has had the Eagles ranked in the top 10 all season. Olive is quick and strong, but a lack of ideal size as well as grades has kept schools from extending him offers. He committed to Portland State and has remained committed to the Pilots.

Status: Committed to Portland State


14) Kentridge TE Caleb Smith - Smith committed to Oregon State back in August, but recently he has wavered and said he'd like to take some visits before Signing Day. Washington was a school recruiting him hard until he decided to become a Beaver, but since then things have tailed off and he appears unlikely to visit them opting to give Washington State and UCLA the chance to sway him.

Status: Committed to Oregon State


15) Lakes (Lakewood) S Ma'ne Manaea - Manaea isn't impressive physically, only measuring in at 5'11", 175 pounds, but he's a flat-out football player who has great instincts and hits like a ton of bricks when he arrives at the ball. Manaea committed to Colorado back in September and plans to sign with the Buffs in February.

Status: Committed to Colorado


Others receiving consideration: Lakewood TE Dustin Stanton (committed to OSU); O'Dea (Seattle) OL Sam Flor (committed to WSU); Lakes (Lakewood) DL/OL Zaheer Webb; Gig Harbor K/P Korey Durkee (committed to UW); Connell S Matt Hadley (committed to BYU); Eastlake (Sammamish) RB Ryan Lewis; Eastlake (Sammamish) OL/DL Gino Bresolin; Mt. Si (Snoqualmie) OL/DL Josh Mitchell (committed to OSU); Bellevue ATH Tyler Hasty; O'Dea (Seattle) CB Jayshawn Jordan; Federal Way LB Jordan Pulu (committed to WSU); Bethell (Spanaway) ATH David Fontenette.

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