Rising Stars Notebook: Day Three

Day three of Washington's Rising Stars Camp saw several top end defensive backs come out and show their stuff while at least three other players made commitments and a few others received offers. Here's a look at what we saw and who stood out during the two sessions from today's workout...

The Standouts:

Bellevue (Wa.) S Budda Baker - What else can you say about Baker? I mean, the guy has offers from schools across the country, has been to Washington many times, including a trip there earlier this week with his mom, and really has nothing left to prove. Well, all he did was go out and shut down every person he faced on the day, not allowing a completion until the very end of the day to a younger teammate from Bellevue. Baker just oozes athleticism and he's got such a knack for being around the ball, it's just amazing to watch him in person.

Poway (Ca.) RB Lance Mudd - Washington has already honed in on Joe Mixon and Demario Richards, but Mudd looked like the real deal during both sessions Saturday making great catches, showing good vision and burst and the coaches really seemed to like what they saw. It's hard to imagine Washington offering another running back if they feel they are in great shape with Mixon and Richards, but he's another guy to remember down the road should things go a bit sideways with the first two.

Napa (Ca.) WR/TE Austin Aaron (2015) - Aaron is an excellent looking junior-to-be and I really like what he brings to the table. He is a bit stiff running his routes, so I would imagine he'll need to move inside to play tight end at the next level and if he does he will be a handful for safeties and linebackers to cover since he has very good speed and strong hands.

Clovis North (Fresno, Ca.) DT Jacob Daniel (2015) - One of the more impressive looking line prospects on campus, the top 2015 defensive line proved how good he was by dominating almost every one-on-one opportunity he faced in the three days he was on campus. On Saturday, he worked hard on technique while spending a lot of time with Tosh Lupoi.

Junipero Serra (San Mateo, Ca.) DL Matt Dickerson - Dickerson continued to dominate things during the morning session and was just an animal. He got after it and showed a great burst off the ball. The great thing about Dickerson is he could wind up playing almost anywhere along the line, although right now I'd say he projects best as a 3-4 defensive end.

Timberline (Boise, Id.) DE/LB Don Hill - On the hoof, there probably wasn't a more impressive looking athlete than Hill at the camp and that's saying a lot. Getting past how he looks walking in the door, when you see how he plays, you become even more impressed. He's got long arms, he's tall, long and athletic and the coaches raved about his "bend" when he got the edge on the tackle facing him in one-on-ones. He rarely was shut down and he easily was one of the best athletes on the field.

Skyline (Sammamish, Wa.) DE/LB Cameron Saffle (2015) - All Saffle did was go out and just outperform everyone at his position. He showed great instincts and athleticism. He's back pretty much at 100% after tearing his ACL prior to last season and he's got a chance to see his stock really rise over the next few months and during the fall. Oh by the way, he earned MVP honors for his efforts on the field on Saturday.

Bellevue (Wa.) OL Morgan Richey - Richie looked outstanding today and he has put himself into a position to possibly receive an offer down the road. He wont OL MVP honors with his efforts on Saturday and appeared to be one of the best out there in one-on-ones during the morning session.

Bellevue (Wa.) OL Henry Roberts (2015) - Like his teammate, Roberts had a very solid morning and afternoon with the Dawgs despite his right arm being in a cast due to a broken thumb. Roberts has great knee-bend and runs really well for a young man his size. He's the top in-state lineman for 2015 and could be one of the best on the West Coast in that class.
The Commitments

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Ca.) CB Jonathan Lockett - He, along with the other three commits, all deserve to be on "The Standouts" list, but I had to separate them up somehow. Lockett was incredible in one-on-ones. No one completed a pass on him and he showed great ball skills, grabbing two picks on the day. He and his parents seemed to really enjoy there time in Seattle and, like he told Greg Biggins before he showed up on the Emerald City, he expected to commit to Oregon at The Opening next week, but was "blown away" on his visit to Montlake and said it "felt like home".

Long Beach (Ca.) Poly DE Joseph Wicker (2015) - Wicker has the look of an absolute stud defensive end. He said Washington weighed him in at 255 pounds and he measured in at just over 6'3" tall. He's strong, he's got long arms and he knows how to get to the quarterback. Expect the Huskies to have their work cut out for them in keeping him in the fold over the next 19 months, but he said he loves the school, the coaches and the weather, so that's definitely got them in the driver's seat this early in his recruiting process.

Eastlake (Sammamish, Wa.) LB Drew Lewis - Lewis became the sixth in-state recruit to haul in an offer and the first one to commit for the 2014 recruiting class. He's athletic and he's got a nice long, lean frame that can add 20 pounds pretty easily. He admitted he still wants to take visits, but also said he is very happy to be committed to the Huskies.

McClymonds (Oakland, Ca.) S Lavon Washington - Washington got an offer from the Dawgs early on in camp and he just continued to impress as the sessions went along. He can play corner or safety, but his coach thinks he could wind up being an outstanding strong safety considering his physicality and sure-tackling style.


The Offers

Rancho Cucamonga (Ca.) CB Kameron Powell (2015) - Powell is an impressive looking prospect and he showed well at times. He's a smooth athlete and that's what seems to intrigue the coaches and he's pretty good when the ball is in the air.

Napa (Ca.) ATH Quin May - May had a decent camp, showing good speed and athleticism, but the coaches were doing what they could to try him out on the defensive side of the ball. I never saw him make his way over there, but no matter, he still looked solid in both sessions on Saturday. Word is he too earned an offer from the Dawgs.

Newport (Bellevue, Wa.) OT Calvin Throckmorton - This offseason has been the first time that Throckmorton has played the tackle spot and while he's got a ton of potential, he's still very raw with his technique. However, he showed himself to be very coachable and Dan Cozzetto liked his upside enough to offer.


Others in attendance, but not participating: Fife's Kaleb McGary showed up and watched drills in the morning and spent time with the coaches; Marysville (Wa.) Pilchuck RB Austin Joyner is the top runner in the state. Some think he's a better corner than tailback, which is saying a lot. He spent the morning talking with the coaches and watching drills; Coeur D'Alene (Id.) TE Chase Blakley looks the part and played well on Friday, but took Saturday off, deciding to spend it with his family that came over with him.


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