Dawgman.com Washington Top 20

That state of Washington is once again loaded with some very highly sought-after prospects. Today, we update our Dawgman.com Washington Top 20 and let you know where things stand with each on the recruiting front and what it is that makes each one of them so special...

1) Skyline (Sammamish) QB Max Browne (USC) – Led the Spartans to their second-straight 4A State title by completing an amazing 73.5% of his passes for over 4,500 yards and 49 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Committed to USC and enrolled there to start preparing to challenge for playing time this fall.

2) Bellevue LB Myles Jack (UCLA) - One of the top athletes on the West Coast, Jack really improved as a player from his junior to his senior season. He helped lead the Wolverines to their fifth-straight state title and was a real force on the defensive side of the ball, making several spectacular plays and bone-jarring, highlight-reel hits. Jack plans to visit UCLA, Washington and Oregon later this month and will make his final decision on where he will sign after those trips are completed.

3) Mead (Spokane) TE/LB Danny Mattingly (Oregon) – After a poor summer of workouts, his star dimmed a bit, but that didn't keep coaches from coming after him. He committed to Notre Dame in late spring and appeared to be set with joining the Irish, but the two parties went their separate ways and he picked things up, first with Arizona State and then Oregon, where he committed a couple of weeks ago. Washington still appears to be a possible option for him, but at this point, he's very much set on signing with Oregon.

4) Lynnwood DL/OL Andrew Basham (Washington) - If it weren't for some academic questions, Basham would likely be much more heavily recruited. He has offers from Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington and chose to commit to the Huskies during the summer. He's big, he's physical and he's very athletic for a young man his size. The Husky coaches have laid out the program for him to get his academics in order, so at this point, he controls his own destiny.

5) Bellevue LB Sean Constantine (Washington) - On consistency alone, Constantine is the poster boy for the ideal recruit. All he does is go out and take care of business. He chose Washington very early in the process and has not wavered on his decision.

6) Shelton TE David Ajamu (Washington) - At this point, Ajamu is a bit of a one-dimensional player, but oh boy, is he very good at that one aspect right now -- hauling in nearly 170 receptions for almost 2,500 yards and 26 touchdowns combined in 2011 and 2012. He knows he needs to work on his strength and blocking, but there's no question he is one of the top athletes in the state and one of the most productive as well.

7) Kennedy (Burien) OT Cole Madison (Washington State) - The tight end/defensive end enjoyed a solid prep career and committed to Washington State during the summer. He'll likely move to offensive line once he arrives in Pullman this summer. He's got a lot of upside, but he'll need a few years to acclimate to the new position.

8) Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) QB Sefo Liufau (Colorado) - Liufau, a three-year starter for the Lions, led his team to the state championship game this year before falling to a very good Skyline team. He didn't put up big stats, but he still had a solid senior season – 68.9% for over 2,500 yards passing with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 291 yards and eight more touchdowns. He's athletic and he's big, so he has the tools necessary to be successful at the next level. Now he just needs the Buffaloes to add some talent around him so he can realize it.

9) Mt. Si (Snoqualmie) K Cameron Van Winkle (Washington)- Washington got lucky and had one of the top kickers in the country right in their back yard. Van Winkle holds the state record for career field goals made and with his big leg and accuracy, he could take over the kicking duties right away. He will enroll at Washington in late March and he will take part in spring football to get a jump-start on his college career.

10) Lakes (Lakewood) WR Sammie Long (Washington) - Long's status is based purely off of potential. This past season, the Lancers struggled with some iffy quarterback play and thus Long didn't have the season many expected. At 6'4 and nearly 200 pounds, Long has a lot of potential. He had been committed to Washington until very recently, but we got word last week that he will not sign with the Huskies and is mulling over his other options.

11) Skyline (Sammamish) LB Peyton Pelluer (Washington State) - Pelluer didn't have the same type of season he was accustomed to during his first three years as a starter for the Spartans, but he still managed to post 52 tackles and two sacks while missing a few games with an injury. His father, Scott, played for Washington State and when the Cougars offered over the summer, it was a fait accompli that he would commit to them.

12) Newport (Bellevue) QB Isaac Dotson (Nevada) - One of the most impressive athletes in the state, Dotson had a very good senior season passing for nearly 1,000 yards while throwing 11 touchdowns and running for another 1,100 yards and 17 more scores. He had offers from several Pac 12 schools to come in as an athlete, including Washington State, but he stayed true to himself and his desire to play quarterback and has remained committed to Nevada since the summer.

13) Lynden OL Matt Meyer (Washington State) - Came out of the woodwork this summer after a solid camp season and impressed Washington State enough to receive an offer. Shortly after that he decided to commit to the Cougars and he couldn't be happier. He will likely slide inside after playing mostly tackle for the Lions.

14) O'Dea (Seattle) ATH Tatum Taylor - The fastest player in the state and one of the fastest in the region, Taylor is being looked at by several schools as a wideout or even at corner. Oregon State, Arizona State and Washington State are Taylor's final three and he hopes to make his decision by sometime next week.

15) Seattle Prep ATH Tere' Calloway - Calloway struggled most of the season with injuries, but there's no mistaking he's got the skills to get it done at the next level. He's a very good running back, but he's probably a better fit on the defensive side of the ball as a corner or a safety. He finished with 951 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing on offense to go along with 60 tackles, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups from his safety spot on defense. Calloway has visited Nevada and Southern Mississippi and he announced recently that he plans to decide on January 18th at the Seattle Rotary Boys and Girls club between SMU, Southern Miss and Nevada.

16) Tumwater OL/DL Jaimie Bryant (Washington) - Some have wondered why Washington went after a player like Bryant with so many other talented prospects on their board. The fact is, you just don't find a lot of young men his size that can run like he can. Washington likes him on defense, but he has the frame to get up to about 300 pounds and could easily be moved to the offensive line if the need arises. He has never wavered from his decision to commit to Washington in the spring.

17) King's (Seattle) OL Mason Friedline (Yale) - Friedline is a very good athlete and might be an even better student. He chose Yale in the summer, over offers from over half of the Pac 12 including the two in-state schools and has never looked back. He's a real leader on the field and he's got the ability to be an All-Conference type player once he hit's Yale's campus.

18) King's (Seattle) QB Billy Green (BYU) - It's rare that a small school like King's would have two big-time recruits on its roster, but that's the embarrassment of riches that the Knights found themselves with as Friedline and Green led the way to an 11-1 season. Green committed to BYU after getting early interest from schools across the west. He is not LDS, but that didn't deter the Cougars from pursuing him hard and letting him know he was exactly what they were looking for in a signal-caller. He's poised and he's got an accurate arm. He completed 64.5% of his passes for 2,997 yards, 46 touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 432 yards and six more scores to finish his prep career.

19) Shelton RB Ralph Kinne - Kinne put up huge numbers this season – 2,389 yards and 29 touchdowns – and has offers from some smaller schools and a walk-on offer from Washington. He is considering what he wants to do, but it sounds like there is a great chance that he will sign as a preferred walk-on with the Dawgs.

20) Bothell FB Darrin Laufasa - Laufasa is the third in a long line of Laufasa brothers that have turned into D-1 recruits, but he's probably the best athlete of the trio. He's big and physical, but also very athletic. The only concern with him has been a nagging foot injury, but that didn't cause him problems this season after he transferred from Juanita (Totem Lake) to Bothell. Laufasa committed to BYU during the summer, but things have fallen through and now it appears he could be headed to UTEP, but we won't know for sure for a little while.

Best of the rest (other players deserving recognition) - Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) DB Markell Sanders (Washington State); Hazen (Renton) Cody Moorehead; Bellevue DL Darien Freeman; Eisenhower (Yakima) QB Kolney Cassell (SMU); Graham-Kapowsin CB Kahlil Dawson (Portland State); Wenatchee OL Cody O'Connell (Washington State); Cle Elum-Roslyn RB/LB Jake Gall (Portland State); Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) LB/WR Calvin Chandler; Bellevue DB Reuben Mwehla (Idaho); Kennedy (Burien) OL Desmound Thompson (Portland State); Skyline (Sammamish) WR/S Nic Sblendorio; Mt. Si (Snoqualmie) S Hunter Malberg; Federal Way WR Mike Tate; Lynden DE Caleb Newman.

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