FNL: First Round of the Playoffs

Dawgman.com's Scott Eklund, along with Jeff Carr, attended two games over the weekend – Eastside Catholic at Bellevue and Bethel at Woodinville – and got to see some intriguing prospects. Read on to find out about some of the top players they saw as well as some youngsters to keep an eye on over the next few years…

Bellevue 42-0 over Eastlake

Bellevue

QB/DB Tyler Hasty (2012) – I like Hasty a lot as a football player. He didn't "wow" me with anything he did, but he has good football knowledge and made good decisions during the game. He's a "quick-twitch" athlete who has outstanding quickness and he's explosive. Some wonder why he isn't getting more in the way of recruiting attention and I have to assume it is because there are some off-the-field issues we don't know about (grades, family, etc.) or the coaches don't see the same thing that I am. Do I think he's a Pac 12 recruit? He's borderline, but I would think a school like Washington State or even somewhere like Utah would have at least shown him more interest. So far, only Colorado has offered and that might not be a valid offer any more.

OL Jake Eldrenkamp (2012) – I really had my eye on Eldrenkamp, just to see what I could gauge from his play. I have heard he has suffered from a leg injury over the past few weeks, causing him to miss a couple of games, and that could be a reason he didn't look very good, but he was slow-footed and he struggled to get to the second level as well as when he was asked to get into space. Now, as I said, this could all be due to the injury, but I just didn't see anything that would make me think he is worth UW offering at this point.

OL Nick Santa (2013) – While I wasn't that impressed with Eldrenkamp, the opposite was true of Santa who showed good leg drive and explosiveness and the feet and agility to get to the next level, springing one of Bellevue's long touchdown runs. At only 225 pounds, Santa has a long way to go in getting enough size on him to be a Pac 12 prospect, but he's an intriguing player to watch the next few weeks and into the offseason when coaches are heavily evaluating juniors and sophomores.

ATH Myles Jack (2013) – Jack is a great athlete. He's got tremendous size (6'2", 215) and showed a great burst along with the toughness to run inside when called upon. More often than not, Jack lined up in the backfield and was used as a lead-blocker on plays.

LB Sean Constantine (2013) – Constantine got offered by Washington earlier this season and has plenty of schools eyeing his talents. While he's a very good athlete, he didn't "wow" me with his play at linebacker. You can see he's got the flexibility and instincts to be very good wherever he ends up playing and when he "pulled the trigger" he really caused problems for the opposition trying to block him. However, I saw him drop back much more than I expected and he struggled at times getting off blocks. On offense, the junior played tight end most of the night and was a really strong blocker. At 6'3", 220 pounds, he has the frame to add some more size and even grow into a tight end or a defensive end. We'll see what happens, but he's definitely a guy you want to get into your system and then decide where to play him later.

Eastside Catholic

RB Chevelle Walker (2012) – I thought we'd see more of Walker early on, but instead, EC decided to pass the ball hoping to move the ball on the Wolverines. When he did have the ball, Walker looked good, showing quickness and a quick burst, but he isn't fast enough to get outside against speedy teams and I didn't see the toughness necessary to be an inside runner.

DE Elisha Paaga (2014) – I loved the look of this sophomore when he was on the field, but because he only stands 5'9" and weighs 240 pounds, he's got some growing to do in order to garner attention from FBS programs. He was able to holds strong at the point of attack and he "set the edge" well against the run. Rarely did Bellevue gain yardage when they ran to his side.

DT/NT Deion Fetui – As a freshman, Fetui looks the part of a possible Pac 12 recruit if he keeps growing and stays in shape. He's listed at 5'11", 290 pounds and I'd say that's probably pretty accurate. He was very strong at the point-of-attack and rarely got moved off the line, even when facing double-teams. Definitely an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on.


Woodinville 37-7 over Bethel

Woodinville

DE/OL Sawyer Whalen (2012) – Whalen is an impressive looking athlete when you see him walk on the field and he rarely comes out of the game. He's got a long frame and long arms and I think Portland State got a very good prospect when he committed to them. Now, could he see things pick up late and possibly get a Pac 12 or even a WAC offer? That'll be interesting to keep an eye on in the coming months. I don't think he's quite athletic enough to play DE at the Pac 12 level, but certainly could wind up succeeding at the WAC program.

RB Alec Schwend (2012) – Because he's only 5'9", 170 pounds, Schwend isn't a Pac 12 caliber kid at the running back position, but he'll find a home at a small school and will tear things up. Schwend isn't super-faster and isn't overly physical, but he rarely goes down with the first hit and always seems to find the crease in the defense that allows him to keep the chains moving.

Bethel

ATH David Fontenette Great looking athlete who isn't slow-footed at all even though he's a legitimate 6'2", 220 pounds. He's got soft hands, has great quickness and even showed some nice explosiveness when running the ball. It will be interesting to see where he ultimately ends up. He could be an athlete UW offers later in the process as they continue to evaluate local kids. Fontenette doesn't play defense, but Jeff and I agreed he could be a great LB or DE if he was put on that side of the ball.

QB Justin Hordyk (2012) – Hordyk is a good athlete and showed surprising arm-strength getting the ball down the field a couple of times in a driving rainstorm, but he forced a ball that was eventually picked off near the end of the first half and he and his receivers just couldn't put together a sustained drive. Their only points went up when Hordyk floated a perfect pass to 5'7", 145-pound running back Jordan Ramirez who then rumbled nearly 70 yards for the score, breaking four tackles along the way. He looks like a Big Sky player or even a D-2 guy who can be ultra-successful at that level.


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