Friday Night Lights - Two Nights, Three Games

Last week, Dawgman.com's Marshall Cherrington, Chris Fetters and Scott Eklund headed out on the road to take in four games where they could see several top prospects in action. Here's an update on who they saw as well as who stood out in the contests...

Thursday - Federal Way at Graham-Kapowsin
Scott Eklund

Graham-Kapowsin got off to an early 19-0 lead and then held on for a 39-21 win over their chief rival in the SPSL this year. Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian and running backs coach Johnny Nansen were at the game to take a look at some of the top prospects that were on hand.

Top Prospects
Graham-Kapowsin

RB Teague James (2014) - James runs hard and has sneaky speed. He carried the ball 25 times for 121 yards and four touchdowns in the win. I like his quickness and burst and he's a physical runner for a guy who is just 5'10 and 185 pounds. I know that several Mountain West and WAC programs have made inquiries into his interest level and I could easily see him playing at a school at that level.

QB Trevor Asbjornsen (2015) - The junior signal-caller really lived up to the hype he's been getting as an up-and-coming quarterback prospect. He showed great touch on the ball and really seemed to be dialed in on his throws. He didn't display cannon for an arm, but he has a quick release and I liked how he stood in and made plays with his arm against some good pressure from the Federal Way defensive line. To me, he's right up there with Ross Bowers from Bothell and should be pretty heavily recruited due to his touch and his ability to move around in the pocket and make plays with his legs when called upon.

OT Foster Sarell (2017) - Get used to this name. I had been hearing about Sarell and his exploits over the first couple weeks of the season, so I wanted to get a good look at him when I tripped down to Graham and I wasn't disappointed. He appears to be a legit 6'6" although I am not sure about the 300 pounds he's listed at. No matter, he's a talented kid and faced the best that Federal Way had to offer and held his own. He's got long arms, quick feet and he's aggressive. It's way too early to be speculating on how good he will be three years from now, but, with his outstanding physical tools, if he improves like we think he can, he should be one of the top linemen on the West Coast when he gets rated by the scouts/talent evaluators.

Federal Way

RB/Slot Chico McClatcher (2015) - McClatcher was bottled up most of the night, but he found an opening a couple of times and in one instance, late in the second quarter, he made GK pay as he took a handoff off right tackle and sprinted for an easy 32-yard touchdown. One thing about McClatcher is, he's not a guy who will just fly by you. He's got good speed, but not elite speed. However, what sets him apart is his ability to hit top speed within one or two steps. He was even with guys and then he just took off and ran away from them. He appeared to dance just a little too much, trying to make something happen, but when he hits the hole, he's a dangerous weapon for the Eagles.

DB Keenan Curran (2014) - Because of a lack of candidates, Curran is playing quarterback for Federal Way, but he is not a guy I see as having any sort of a future at the position. However, when he gets loose and used his legs, he was pretty special. He's also outstanding in coverage and many think that will ultimately be where he winds up in college. He's got a long frame, long arms and he's pretty physical with receivers. He's already got several offers from non-BCS programs, but things could be changing as more Pac 12 programs are starting to take notice of what he can do on the football field.


Friday - Glacier Peak at Jackson
Chris Fetters

Glacier Peak scored 28 unanswered points in the third quarter come away with a 49-35 win over Jackson at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Top Prospects
Jackson

QB Alex Cheesman (2015) - Cheesman started off the game great, showing great poise and a feel for the game for only being a junior. He's got decent size and a strong enough arm to play Division-1 ball. For the most part he showed good accuracy on the night, but as Glacier Peak upped the pressure he didn't have a response with his feet. He's going to have to work on his athleticism and escapability to garner Pac-12 attention, but he's got a chance.

WR Keynan Foster (2015) - Foster has the reputation of being an electric performer, and while he was only able to get into open space a couple times, it showed when he was able to get a head of steam behind him. GP did a good job of not allowing him to be a factor in the return game. He's a great athlete, but not very polished as a wide receiver at this stage of his development.

RB Nick White (2014) - The heart of the Timberwolves, White is the guy they go to when it comes to key yards or to make a play on defense. He won't wow you with a ton of athleticism for his size but he is fast and he's a slippery running back. He's solid between the tackles on offense and a smart, tough performer on defense. He had an interception for the Timberwolves resulting in a touchback. Unfortunately he's just another guy out there when it comes to body type, so I find it hard to believe he's going to be on a lot of FBS radars, but could be an impact guy at the Big Sky level.

Glacier Peak

ATH Austin Hines (2014) - The Grizzlies' Nick White, Hines was the back that had the moves and speed to get yards when GP quarterback Branson Corwin handed the ball off in the second quarter during their dramatic comeback. Hines is also very adept at shedding tackles. But like White, Hines just doesn't have the body or athleticism to draw top-level coaches to GP, but he's an excellent high school football player and deserves some looks by the lower levels.

PK Spencer Pettit (2015) - The star of the night, when looking at pure D1 prospects go - Pettit showed his leg off from the start with touchbacks all night long. Add to that a 53-yard field goal that could have probably been good from 60 (albeit it was with the wind, but he was even getting touchbacks against the wind), and Pettit told me after the game his long in practice is 62. Add to that a handful of rugby punts that went 50-60 yards and it was hard not to be super-impressed with Pettit's all-around kicking game. Being only a junior, expect a lot of schools to be all over Pettit, especially since he apparently also works with Chris Sailer, so recruiting exposure won't be an issue.

DB Justin Guffey (2016) - One to keep in the future files, Guffey is one of those rising sophomores that just has a good feel for the game. He's already starting for the Grizzlies' defense and showed smarts right away when it came to fitting runs and staying in his zone in pass defense. He also played wide receiver and had a couple of catches. With his size, Guffey should only get bigger, faster, stronger in the next two years - most likely resulting in him moving closer to the line of scrimmage.


Friday - O'Dea at Issaquah
Marshall Cherrington

O'Dea used a big night by RB Myles Gaskin, who rushed for 175 yards and five touchdowns, to run away with a 51-26 win over Issaquah.

Top Prospects
O'Dea

ATH Myles Gaskin (2015) - This kid was impressive. Probably one of the most impressive backs I've seen for as long as I've been watching high school football, which hasn't been that long, but still. His speed is off the charts and he's such a strong runner as well. There were multiple times where he was dragging defenders on his back for a first down or eventually shedding them and running into the end zone. All the holes that existed were found by Gaskin and that resulted in five rushing touchdowns on the night. He had well over 175 yards rushing and he could have gone for more if the backups didn't replace the starters in the fourth quarter. Gaskin was also a force on the defensive side of the ball and laid some big hits from his safety position. Although we was a force on the defensive side of the ball, I definitely think his calling comes on offense. I would not be surprised if some offers started to roll in for Gaskin in the near future.

DT Jarius McDade (2014) - This O'Dea lineman is a big boy. He could be found in Issaquah's backfield all night long and recorded a couple of sacks. Along with applying pressure on the quarterback, McDade was a force in stopping the running game as well. Issaquah was forced to run the ball outside because McDade was blowing up every play inside. Issaquah's line was small so that could have been a factor in McDade's play, but there was some skill involved as well. I don't see McDade projecting as a major Division I player, but I can definitely see him at a mid-major school. He already holds various offers from schools at that level.

ATH Jack Flor (2014) - This all-around athlete doesn't wow you with his size or speed, but he does with his toughness and strength. If Flor was an inch taller and about 15 pounds heavier, he would be one of the top recruits in Washington. Although he doesn't have that blazing speed like I mentioned above, he makes up for it with his brain. He shows great pursuit to the ball when he is on defense and always finds the right guy to block when he's on offense and at the fullback position. Along with his run stuffing abilities on defense, Flor has the ability to drop back into coverage. He broke up multiple passes on Friday night and looked great in zone coverage. On the offensive side of the ball, Flor ran the ball with brute strength. There were multiple times where I thought he had gone down in a pile of Issaquah defenders, but then you saw him shoot out the other end dragging three defenders along with him. I'm surprised that Flor doesn't have offers at this point and I think he'd be a perfect fit at a school like Eastern Washington or Portland State.


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