State of Washington Top 20: 20 - 16

This year promises to be a banner year on the recruiting front in Washington. There are already five four star prospects listed by Scout.com in the state and plenty have been drawing interest and offers from programs outside the region. Dawgman.com has come up with a top 20 and today we look at the prospects we have rated from 16 to 20 on our list…

#20 – Lakeside (Seattle) OT/DL Erik Rottsolk

Evaluation: Rottsalk makes our list completely off of his potential. He plays tight end for Lakeside, but everyone who has evaluated him, including football coaches, thinks that his future will eventually be on the offensive line. He's athletic and he's got a great frame that can add size and that's what is really intriguing about him.

Offers/Interest: Montana has offered and he's hearing from several other Big Sky programs. Don't be surprised to see some FBS schools get involved with him during the summer and after the start of the season this fall once they get a look at his progress.

UW Fit: It's highly doubtful Washington gets involved this early in the process, but the Husky coaches could take a flier on him after getting a look at him during the Rising Stars camp (should he attend) and during the season to see how far he's come along. The talent is there, but he is a very raw prospect.


#19 – Bothell QB Ross Bowers

Evaluation: From the moment he took the field as a freshman three years ago (has it really been that long?), everyone thought that Bowers had the look of being one of the best quarterbacks in the region and that he would lead his team deep into the state playoffs. That hasn't materialized like many of us thought it would, but he's still a good-looking prospect with a lot to offer a school that is looking for a pocket-passer. Bowers isn't very big, he weighs about 180 pounds, but he's got decent height (6'3") and he's improved as a leader. However, his arm is only average and he's still got a ways to go as far as decision-making is concerned.

Offers: Bowers was recently offered by Colorado State and you could see schools like Idaho, Boise State, UNLV, Portland State and Montana get involved over the summer.

UW Fit: The Huskies haven't paid much attention to Bowers and have honed in on Shadle Park's Brett Rypien and Folsom's Jake Browning. I don't expect them to get involved with him even if things fall through with their top two candidates.


#18 – Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) DL Cody Baker

Evaluation: Baker has great size and strength, but he's a bit stiff, so he isn't a guy who is going to pursue all over the field. His biggest issue is that he's a ‘tweener – better suited inside, but has the body of a defensive end. Baker starts both ways at one of the top programs in the state, so the talent level is definitely there, but, as of yet, he hasn't quite lived up to where many think he should be at this point in his career.

Offers: Wyoming is the only offer at this point, but schools from the Pac 12 (mainly Cal, Colorado, Washington State and Utah) have been in contact and you can expect to see more FBS and FCS programs come into play over the summer.

UW Fit: The Huskies are definitely giving him a look. They brought him in for their Junior Day last month, but at this point, the interest has been tepid. I like him as a strongside defensive end that could possibly grow into a solid three-tech at the next level. He's not quite as explosive as you'd like, so I get the feeling he's a ways down the Husky staff's board at this point, but you could see them show more interest if he has a really good Rising Stars camp in June.


#17 – Lincoln (Tacoma) LB Jusstis Warren

Evaluation: Hands down, one of the most impressive looking athletes I've seen at various camps up here in the area over the winter. Warren is now up to 215 pounds and he's just an impressive looking kid with good instincts. He's coming off a knee injury, so it will be interesting to see how much early attention he gets from schools. Warren looks to be fully healed and is getting his conditioning back and that will help him a lot. He looks like a definite weakside linebacker at the next level, but with his pursuit and instincts, I could see him playing almost anywhere as a linebacker.

Offers: Warren has no offers at this point, but that could change shortly. Washington State is all over him and once he gets that first offer, expect to see several more to come in.

UW Fit: UW is in the market for three linebackers, most likely, in this class. They have several they are currently after, but they haven't offered very many. Warren, with a good Rising Stars camp (should he attend), could wind up garnering an offer from the Dawgs. He looks great as a WIL or possibly a SAM (strongside linebacker) in college.


#16 – Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) OL Alex Neale

Evaluation: Neale is just a grinder. He's not the most athletic guy you'll see along the offensive line, but he gets after guys and, once he locks you up, you are pretty much done for the remainder of the play. His height will dictate that he plays inside in college, but he's got good feet and he's smart. Most schools like him as a center at the next level, but he could play guard as well.

Offers: At this point in the process, no offers have been extended to Neale, but he's getting attention from schools like Portland State and Eastern Washington right now. Expect some FBS programs to come calling during the summer and for him to have several schools to choose from before it's all said and done.

UW Fit: I don't see the Huskies extending him an offer as they have targeted the three top in-staters along the line – Trey Adams, Henry Roberts and Calvin Throckmorton – and they haven't shown him much interest to this point. That being said, if they were to go after him later in the process, he'd have to get a look inside at center or guard and with Dane Crane and Siosifa Tufunga as the only two true centers (although Tufunga has been playing guard as well) they may be in the market for a center prospect in the 2015 class.


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