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Marysville-Pilchuck ATH Austin Joyner (2015) - Joyner is as advertised. He’s tough, he’s fast, and he’s a playmaker on both sides of the ball. Recruited by Washington State to play defense, Joyner had some nice stops, including a fourth-down stop to help Marysville-Pilchuck defeat Lake Stevens 40-28 - but his real worth, at least at the high school level, is on offense. On the second play from scrimmage, Joyner took a handoff, sprinted around right end, and went untouched 79 yards for six. It was the first of four touchdowns, including another 30-yard romp around right end to seal the victory for the Tomahawks. What’s even more impressive is that he helped close out the win despite being a lot less than 100 percent. He suffered what appeared to be a hip pointer in the first half and struggled to get loose in the second half, but when the game was on the line Joyner stepped up and was counted on for tough yards. Even at less than his best he still had more than enough to run past defenders.
Lake Stevens QB Jacob Eason (2016) - The junior quarterback from Lake Stevens is considered the top quarterback in the state of Washington regardless of class and for good reason. Very reminiscent of Drew Bledsoe and Derrick Anderson in terms of athleticism, big arm and stature, Eason threw for nearly 380 yards and a couple of touchdowns in a losing effort. At times he was a one-man band trying to keep things afloat offensively for the Vikings despite little support in the run game. His passes to the sideline showed a lot of zip and he was able to complete a lot of them, even on the back foot. He’s matured in his game outside the pocket, at one time running for 37 yards and showing nice speed eluding defenders. He may want to try and push more upfield with that aspect of his game instead of trying to laterally extend plays, because he nearly got a couple of passes picked off throwing back into the defense.
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Mount Si WR Parker Dumas (2016) - This guy was the surprise of the night for me. He caught six passes on the night for 92 yards and a touchdown even though he drew multiple defenders on every play. Dumas stands at about 6-foot-5 or so and has got long arms so his catch radius is huge. He got pressed throughout the night and he showed the ability to get off the tight coverage consistently. He has very soft hands and literally caught everything thrown his way. He kind of reminds me of a Brayden Lenius type player. Dumas showed good speed for his size and he was quick after the catch as well. The one downside to Dumas is that he’s on the skinny side. Not incredibly skinny, but he definitely needs to add some weight. The upside? Well he certainly does have the frame to put on more size and with an offseason of hitting camps, the weights and unofficially visiting schools, I think Dumas will draw plenty of interest. He definitely has FBS potential though. I know he’s been in contact with Boise State and Eastern Washington, and that list should grow as more schools get a look at what he can do.
Mount Si OT Chris Schlichting (2015) - The big Montana commit set the tone in the trenches on Friday night. Redmond doesn’t have a very good defensive line, but they’re pretty big so they presented a nice challenge for the senior. Schlichting looks like a perfect offensive tackle for the next level and has a pretty good frame to work with once he gets to campus. He showed good run-blocking and excellent pass-blocking skills. Eastern is still pushing hard on him, but he says he is solidly committed to the Grizzlies. If his strong start to the season keeps up, I could see a Pac-12 school coming in late and offering him.
Lakeside TE Erik Rottsolk (2015) - The big tight end lined up in the slot throughout the night and I think that’s a good spot for him in the Lakeside offense. However, at the next level, I see him being a true tight end and lining up next to either tackle. It was really interesting to watch Rottsolk play because if Lakeside wanted, they could have just thrown up the ball to him every play and he probably would have made the catch. Lakeside wasn’t finding him early in the game, but eventually they threw one up for him in the end zone and he came down with the catch. Rottsolk displayed some strong hands, but he definitely lacks in the arena speed and agility. He goes down easy at times, but I think this will improve at the next level. The 6-foot-6 tight end was only playing in his 21st football game so he’s got lots of room to improve. High ceiling for this kid. He’s currently committed to Fordham and I expect that commitment to stick, unless a MWC or Pac-12 team comes in late. Rottsolk finished with 2 catches for 27-yards and a touchdown Friday night.
Wenatchee OT Trey Adams (2015) - What is amazing about watching Adams is how his body has changed since he committed to the Huskies back in the summer of 2013. The senior looks in excellent shape and he is an impressive looking player on the hoof when you see him. Adams always seemed to get in that extra push or shot on the guy across from him (all done legally before the whistle blew) and he has good enough feet to get to the second level when the team decides to run tunnel and jail-break screens to their wideouts. The one miscue I saw of Adams was when he was asked to pull on a trap play. He spotted the outside linebacker he was supposed to block and dropped down to cut-block him. However, his footwork was bad and he completely missed the linebacker who just side-stepped him and went on to get in on the tackle. Overall, he looked much better in pass-protection than I had seen previously and he appears to only be on the upward climb with his skills. He looks like he's about 265 or 270 now, so once he arrives at Washington next summer, Husky strength coach Tim Socha will get to work with him and probably will have him in the 300-pound range by the time he's ready to see the field in 2016.
Chiawana DE/TE Christian Penny (2015) - Penny looks like a solid prospect, but I am not sure if he's a Pac 12 level type or if he would be a better fit at a Mountain West school. He's got really good size and I loved his motor. He pursued plays to the opposite side of the field and he did not shy away from contact. With his body-type (6'5, 255), I could see him winding up as a three-tech at the next level. From watching him take on Adams on a regular basis, Penny didn't have enough quickness to get around the Husky commit and he rarely tried to bull-rush him, something that I think Adams may be vulnerable to due to his height. Instead, Penny tried to put moves on him and Adams stymied him pretty much every time. With more technique work and better use of his hands, Penny could be a really tough defensive lineman at the next level. He's naturally strong and he plays with intensity.
Wenatchee LB Cy Sirmon (2015) - Sirmon is the defensive leader for the Panthers and that's what is so baffling about how the coaching staff is using him. Instead of attacking the line of scrimmage, Sirmon is being asked to focus on the cut-back and making sure that that doesn't happen. Sirmon also appeared to not be at 100% on the night as he looked to be a step or two slow to make plays. He still finished with, unofficially, seven tackles, but Chiawana had their way with Wenatchee on the ground, rushing for over 250 yards and five scores (senior tailback Austin Urlacher had 223 yards and four touchdowns). There were a few tackles where he was unable to wrap a guy up, allowing the runner to get an extra couple of yards and you could hear his frustration when he missed on making a play. Sirmon is a classic "between the tackles" linebacker who has great instincts and impressive size and he appears to be a guy that schools from the Mountain West would take in a heartbeat.
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