State of Washington Top 20: 15 - 11

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 11 to 15 on our list…

State of Washington Top 20: 20-16


#15 - Glacier Peak (Snohomish) PK/P Spencer Pettit

Evaluation: Currently ranked as one of the top-15 kickers in the country for 2015 by kicking guru Chris Sailer, I personally saw Pettit boot a 53-yard field goal versus Jackson last fall that could have been good from 60. He also punts and kicks off for Glacier Peak, so his value is even higher due to his versatility.

Offers/Interest: Kickers are a weird sort when it comes to scholarships; it's hard to know exactly when heavy interest is going to come, especially this early in the process. That being said, Pettit has already heard from Washington State and Penn State, among others.

UW Fit: With UW just picking up a high school scholarship kicker in Tristan Vizcaino, it's hard to know if Chris Petersen will go for another specialist so soon. But if punter Korey Durkee doesn't pan out, the Huskies just might go for another kicker - and Pettit is, in our estimation, the best in the state right now.


#14 - Wenatchee LB Cy Sirmon

Evaluation: With over 110 tackles, 15 for loss, and 7.5 sacks last season, Sirmon fits the classic definition of a ball hound. At nearly 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, the son of former Idaho standout John Sirmon gets more and more physical the closer he gets to the line of scrimmage. He fits runs well and plays with an aggressive mindset. What sets him apart from most middle linebackers his age is the fact that he can also make plays in space, away from the line of scrimmage.

Offers/Interest: Sirmon has a standing offer from his Dad's alma mater, and also serious interest from UCLA, Washington, Washington State, California, Oregon, Boise State, and others. He plans on visiting UCLA unofficially in early April.

UW Fit: Washington will lose one linebacker next year (John Timu), and could lose possibly one more if Shaquille Thompson decides to turn pro. The new UW staff only picked up one linebacker for 2014 in Drew Lewis. Numbers aside, LB Coach Bob Gregory has talked about his love for hybrid linebacker/defensive ends and how valuable they are because of their athleticism and versatility. Sirmon, the nephew of former LB Coach Peter Sirmon, is growing into a hybrid athlete that could fit in nicely to what Gregory is talking about. I don't know if he's an early offer type prospect at this point, but he's got the game in his blood and he certainly likes the Huskies.


#13 - Evergreen (Vancouver) WR Justice Murphy

Evaluation: If there ever was a next Jermaine Kearse in the state of Washington, Murphy just might be that guy. I haven't really seen him run away from anyone yet on a consistent basis, so Kearse probably has him in the speed department. But everything else - from the high-level athleticism to exceptional route running and ball skills - screams out the former Lakes standout who helped Seattle win a Super Bowl. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Murphy also has something in common with Kearse; a phenomenal work ethic.

Offers/Interest: Murphy recently received his first scholarship offer, from Wyoming. According to Evergreen Head Coach Don Johnson, Idaho, Eastern Washington, and Montana have also jumped in with offers. Utah, Boise State, and Colorado are coming on strong.

UW Fit: Washington certainly is putting out feelers for bigger receivers, guys like Trent Irwin, Adam Turner, and L.J. Reed. They are going to take one to fill in for the departed Kasen Williams in 2015, but will they take more than one? DiAndre Campbell will also be gone, leaving Damore'ea Stringfellow and Brayden Lenius as the only 'big' receivers that will be on the roster by then. If they wanted to go on a player like Murphy - clearly a kid that has OKG stamped all over him - it wouldn't surprise me. But right now he hasn't been considered an early target.


#12 - Federal Way LB Jared Pulu

Evaluation: A separated shoulder early in the 2013 season blew most of the year for Pulu, younger brother of former Washington DE Andru Pulu - but he still came back and helped Federal Way get to the state 4A semifinals with three sacks and a defensed pass that was picked off against Richland. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Pulu is another hybrid style LB/DE in waiting, and if you know his brothers at all it shouldn't come as a surprise that he's still growing.

Offers/Interest: No offers yet - definitely hard to go this early on a player that only played a handful of times in 2013. Washington, Washington State, Colorado, and Boise State are some of the schools that are paying attention to him right now.

UW Fit: Pulu is a prospect that thrives on getting upfield and causing problems. Since he's growing he certainly fits the mold of a player that could become a pure defensive end in time if he continues to get bigger, faster, and stronger. With Washington signing a few defensive ends for 2014, it seems as if the only way Pulu might get a sniff with the Huskies is as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end. Also some of his recruitment will come down to how well he recovers from his shoulder/labrum injury. Those can linger.


#11 - Skyline (Sammamish) LB Cameron Saffle

Evaluation: Even though Scout has Saffle rated as a linebacker, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Spartan has grown since that initial assessment. Saffle, who missed his sophomore year due to an ACL tear, was a terror for Skyline in 2013 mostly as a defensive end. He holds an edge, doesn't get too impatient if the play isn't immediately coming his way, and also has a knack for finding the best angle for back-side pursuit. As physical as he is, Saffle is a player under control at all times and is rarely out-smarted.

Offers/Interest: The Idaho Vandals have been busy so far this spring, and they offered Saffle roughly five weeks ago. Washington, Washington State, California, Boise State and Oregon State are all schools that have shown early interest in the big defensive athlete.

UW Fit: The Huskies signed three defensive ends in the 2014 class - Jaylen Johnson, Will Dissly, and Shane Bowman, and Saffle fits the same kind of profile that Bowman does; a local kid from a top program who is a hard worker and a good athlete at the position. But will UW go for that same type of prospect two years in a row? It's honestly tough to say at this point, but with Washington losing five defensive linemen to graduation after the 2014 season it's safe to say they'll be hunting once again for quality defensive linemen. It doesn't appear at this point that Saffle is an early offer player, but if he has a senior season similar to 2013 there's a strong possibility the Skyline star could see himself in line for a UW scholarship.


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