FNL - Eastside Catholic vs. Bishop Alemany

The first night of prep football in the state of Washington featured a marquee matchup -- Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) vs. Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills, Ca.). The final score wound up being 31-14 in favor of Alemany, but it was one of the most hard-hitting games we have seen in an opener and we saw some big plays and standout performances from some of the top prospects on the field...

Eastside Catholic RB/LB Brandon Wellington (2016) - On a field loaded with talent, Wellington might have been the most impressive player we saw step between the lines. He's big, he's fast and he's got outstanding instincts. The Crusaders don't use him a lot as a tailback, but he did get some carries out of the backfield. He made his biggest impact as a return man, cracking off a 70-yarder that nearly went the distance and he took another one back 60-plus yards, but it was called back due to a block in the back. On defense, Wellington plays at full speed and had trouble corralling the Alemany runners, but he got in some nice licks as well. Wellington committed to Washington about a month ago and he's definitely a cornerstone type of a recruit.

Eastside Catholic DE Cody Baker (2015) - Of all of the prospects we saw, I thought Baker had the best game. He was all over the place, pressuring the Alemany quarterback into some errant throws and laying the lumber several times on running plays. He's currently committed to Montana, but don't be surprised if he starts to see some Mountain West offers start to roll is as more schools get his film from the start of his senior season.

Eastside Catholic QB Harley Kirsch (2016) - Kirsch has been groomed since a young age to be a signal-caller and while he's shown some flashes, he really looked overwhelmed on Friday against a relentless Alemany pass-rush. Kirsh hit on 23 of his 38 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. He also was picked once. What really killed some of the Crusaders' drives was his lack of pocket awareness as he was sacked several times and lost two fumbles. Some think that Kirsch could wind up being a big-time quarterback prospect in the 2016 class, but I still haven't seen anything that makes him special in the five games I've watched him play.

Eastside Catholic WR/DB Devon Arbis-Jackson (2016) - I was real excited to see Arbis-Jackson go against some athletic corner prospects and while he had a solid night, it wasn't what I was hoping to see. He hauled in just six receptions for 56 yards and he did have the Crusaders' first touchdown on the night. He looked really good at corner and that might ultimately need to be where he winds up because he doesn't have good speed, he's not very flexible running routes and he's not explosive.


Alemany WR/DB Desean Holmes - Big Time speed. Wow. He just blew by his man to haul in a 58 yard touchdown reception to put the Warriors on the board. The USC-commit just looked like he was on a different level, as far as speed and quickness were concerned, from the Crusaders. When he got the ball in open space he was tough to catch, but with the success they had running the ball, he didn't get as many opportunities as you would have expected.

Alemany RB/DB Dominic Davis - Davis rushed for a career high 183 yards and three touchdowns (1, 23, 3) on 25 carries. He's a special player with the ball in his hands. He's super-quick and he explodes through holes. He's committed to Washington State right now, but he told Dawgman.com he plans to visit three other schools -- Washington, USC and UCLA -- before Signing Day. Every school recruiting him has let him know they like him as a slot receiver who can see some action at tailback in certain sets.


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