Dawgman 2015 In-State Top 20

With their senior seasons wrapping up this weekend, here's a look at which 2015 prospects made our top 20 and where they are headed to play their college football...

1) Bellevue OL Henry RobertsRoberts is probably the safest of the prospects within the state. He’s smart, he’s a hard worker, he’s athletic and he’s a winner. A move inside to guard seems like the right fit for the 6’5”, 270-pounder once he arrives at Washington. Status: Committed to Washington

2) Marysville-Pilchuck RB/DB Austin Joyner Probably the top overall athlete in the state, Joyner just won the Gatorade Washington State Player of the year. Most of us think his ceiling is higher at running back, but he’s insistent on playing defensive back. He acquitted himself well in a loss to the best team in the state, Bellevue, last week and he recently opened up his recruiting after de-committing from Washington State earlier this week. Status: Uncommitted

3) Lakes (Lakewood) DE Benning Potoae Many think he’s a boom or bust type. Potoae has a great motor and he’s one of the most physical players to come out of the state in years, but there are quite a few people who think he might have maxed out his potential. The younger brother of former Husky Sione Potoae, many thought he was headed out of state and that was probably the case if Steve Sarkisian and his staff were still at Washington, but with Chris Petersen and his staff, the Huskies are right in the mix. Status: Uncommitted

4) Shadle Park (Spokane) QB Brett Rypien Rypien has been one of the most prolific passers to ever come out of the Evergreen State. The talented signal-caller from Spokane with over 13,000 yards passing and 100 touchdowns. Rypien was expected to choose Washington, but record-setting California QB Jake Browning beat him to the punch, so he chose to head to Boise State instead and that should be a nice soft landing for him. Status: Committed to Boise State

5) O’Dea (Seattle) RB Myles Gaskin While many think that Joyner is the more explosive runner, Gaskin takes a back seat to no one. If you want explosive, how about a little over 80 carries for nearly 1,600 yards and 30 touchdowns? Gaskin is super-tough and he uses his vision and low center-of-gravity to be almost impossible to bring down on the initial hit. Washington got Gaskin’s commitment during the spring and he’s never wavered from that decision. Status: Committed to Washington

6) Federal Way ATH Chico McClatcher Explosive, explosive, explosive. McClatcher is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. McClatcher was basically a one-man show for Federal Way this season and he’s got several schools that have made him offers, but he’s got some work to do as far as getting qualified is concerned. Arizona appears to be the leader right now, but there’s still a ways to go in his recruitment since he hasn’t taken any official visits to this point. Status: Uncommitted

7) Wenatchee OL Trey Adams If there is one player who has reshaped both his body and game since his commitment to the Huskies before his junior season, it’s Adams. The big lineman from the middle of the state lost some of his baby fat and looks like a completely different player now. He was able to handle bull-rushers as well as quick players and when he was asked to pull, generally he showed the quick feet necessary to get out and block linebackers and safeties. Status: Committed to Washington

8) Newport (Bellevue) OT Calvin Throckmorton For the longest time, I’ve felt that Throckmorton had the highest upside of any of the linemen in the state and I still feel that way. He’s only played two years of offensive line, so he’s still just starting to learn the intricacies and techniques that will serve him well at the next level. Throckmorton had offers from quite a few programs, but chose to commit to Oregon, citing his bond with the coaches down there, especially with head coach Mark Helfrich, as the biggest reason he chose to be a Duck. Status: Committed to Oregon

9) Bothell QB Ross Bowers Bowers has gone from a talented, yet seemingly petulant, player to the unquestioned leader of one of the top teams in the state of Washington this year. Bowers has a good arm and he can make all of the throws. He’s improved his placement of the ball much more over the past 12 months and he has handled adversity much better than in the past. Will he be able to bring Bothell and head coach Tom Bainter than ever-elusive state title? We’ll find out this weekend. Bowers had offers from Colorado State and California and chose to join the Golden Bears this summer. Status: Committed to Cal

10) Bellevue LB Mustafa Branch I have been a big Branch fan for a long time. He’s smart, he’s aggressive and he plays a physical brand of football for a guy that isn’t very big. Branch goes a bit overlooked due to the rest of the talent around him, but make no mistake, he’s a really, really good player. Branch had offers from several schools, but when Stanford came calling, it was only a matter of time for him to join the Cardinal. Status: Committed to Stanford

11) Lincoln (Tacoma) LB/DE Jusstis Warren Warren is a physical specimen. He’s been an outstanding player for the Abes this season after recovering from his torn ACL that forced him to miss his junior season. Washington State has been the leader for a while, but with Washington offering recently, there is a great chance he becomes a Husky after he visits Montlake this weekend. Status: Uncommitted

12) Evergreen (Vancouver) WR Justice Murphy The state of Washington has a killer crop of talented wideouts this year, but Murphy is the most talented. He’s got ideal size and very strong hands. He’s a very good route-runner as well. His only drawback is a lack of top-end speed. He’ll kill opponents with his intermediate route running and his toughness will make him tough to bring down when the ball is in his hands. Status: Committed to Utah

13) Central Kitsap (Silverdale) TE Brion Anduze Anduze blew up this spring and caught the eye of Arizona who liked his speed, size and athleticism. They offered in the spring and he committed shortly thereafter. Because Anduze plays his football out on the Kitsap Peninsula, he’s a bit underrated and under-appreciated, but he’ll fill a nice role with the Wildcats when he arrives in Tucson this summer. Status: Committed to Arizona

14) Lincoln (Tacoma) WR Jayson Williams We’ve been talking about it for a while. It’s absolutely mind-boggling that schools from the Pac 12 or even the Mountain West haven’t offered Williams who, it could be argued, is the best overall receiver in the state. He’s quick, athletic and he’s got good speed. He’s really helped open up the Abes’ offense this season and he’ll destroy things at the FCS level where most of his attention is centered. Status: Uncommitted

15) Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) OL Alex Neale From a technical standpoint, there isn’t a better offensive lineman in the state than Neale. He’s got a strong lower-body and he’s much more athletic than people give him credit for. His biggest drawback has been his height and that is why he’ll be playing at the FCS level instead of at a Mountain West type school. Watch for Neale to go on and have an outstanding career with the Grizzlies. Status: Committed to Montana

16) Wenatchee LB Cy Sirmon Sirmon has a great pedigree – his father and both uncles and grandfather all played football at the FCS or FBS level. Sirmon is a great “between the tackles” linebacker, able to fill gaps physically and shed blockers. His struggles come when he’s asked to play in space as he’s a bit on the stiff side. He’s worked tremendously to turn that weakness into a strength and it paid off this season, but he’s a great fit at Montana and he’ll have a solid career there. Status: Committed to Montana

17) Cascade Christian (Puyallup) LB Mason Tobeck Tobeck’s father played for Washington State and had a long career with the Seattle Sehawks, so he definitely has the bloodlines to be a good one. Tobeck plays at a 1A program, so it will be interesting to see how he fares in college, but he’s got the Football I.Q., size, speed and talent to be a big contributor at Utah State. Status: Committed to Utah State

18) West Valley (Yakima) OL Shane Lemieux Everyone already knew about Roberts, Adams and Throckmorton, but when Lemieux came along and started to see offers roll in from schools in the Pac 12, Big Ten and SEC, that made this one of the best in-state offensive line classes in recent memory. Lemieux is all about potential. When you watch him, he’s got good size, but he’s very raw and his feet are a little heavy. Oregon saw enough in him to go after him heavily this summer and he wound up joining Throckmorton in the Ducks’ 2015 class. Status: Committed to Oregon

19) Skyline (Sammamish) DE Cameron Saffle If it weren’t for a knee injury suffered as a junior, Saffle would have been one of the more highly recruited players in the state. Saffle is a really good pass-rusher, posing problems on multiple levels. Most thought his football career was over when he suffered a second knee injury toward the end of his senior season, but the surgery went so well, word is he’s going to give it another go and with offers from Idaho and California, he could be making a decision relatively soon. Status: Uncommitted

20) Meadowdale (Lynnwood) ATH Malik Braxton Versatile playmaker who is a threat as a runner and a receiver. Air Force is the only school that has offered, but he’s getting interest from some Big Sky schools as well. Status: Uncommitted

Just missed the cut: Bothell RB Sam McPherson; Bothell WR Jackson Keimig; Skyline (Sammamish) WR Derek Loville; Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) DL Cody Baker; Lincoln (Tacoma) ATH Dehonta Hayes; Lakeside (Seattle) TE/OL Erik Rottsolk; Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) LB Anthony Masaniai; Peninsula (Gig Harbor) QB Robert Kvinsland; Bothell WR Dayzell Wilson; O’Dea (Seattle) OL/DL Majid Firoozi


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