2016 In-State Class: Top Defensive Prospects

Now that the 2015 recruiting class has been put to bed, it's time to turn our attention to the 2016 prospects within the state of Washington. Yesterday we looked at some of the top offensive prospects and today, we take a look at the the top defensive targets as well as some other players to keep an eye on this spring and summer...

Early Recruiting:

Wellington is an outstanding prospect who could be effective on either side of the ball. Yesterday, we included wellington in our 2016 offensive prospects article and now we’re including him here. Wellington is a physical presence at linebacker and he runs really well. Several scouts think he’s a better fit on defense and one of the top prospects in the state regardless of position. Wellington committed to Washington back in the summer and while more schools continue to come after him, he seems to be completely sold on being a Husky and doesn’t seem likely to waver.


Early Recruiting:

Gilchrist may be the fastest player in the state and he’s a real gamebreaker on both sides of the ball, however, he’s destined to play corner at the next level and that’s where pretty much everyone that has offered sees his future. Gilchrist currently holds offers from California, USC, Washington and Washington State and he’ll likely have more this spring, even if he decides to commit to a school sooner rather than later.


Early Recruiting:

Rapp plays both ways for Sehome and he’s a playmaker on both sides of the ball. While he plays safety in high school, most think, with his frame, that he will grow into a linebacker at the next level. Rapp currently holds offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Montana State, Northwestern, Oregon, Washington and Washington State and he’s got plenty more schools that are showing him interest as well.


Early Recruiting:

We’ve been talking about Dublanko for years after seeing him as a freshman at several camps. Because he plays for a small school, Dublanko has had to get out and take part in camps so scouts can get a look at him against some other top athletes. Dublanko currently holds offers from several schools including Washington State, Mississippi State and Tennessee among others, but he hasn’t been as dominant as many expected he’d be at this point in his career. That may have something to do with him play linebacker when he’s actually a better fit along the defensive line where he seems destined to play once he gets to college.


Early Recruiting:

Garcia is a very athletic prospect who had a great summer and earned several offers before he even began his junior season. Garcia played both ways for the Wolverines this past season and projects along the defensive line once he gets to college. Garcia committed to USC shortly after receiving an offer from the Trojans and is completely sold on his choice. He was only so-so this past season, but some think that had to do with some injuries he dealt with during the season. A big senior season could make a huge difference-maker for the Wolverines this coming fall and Garcia has the talent to be a force on both sides of the ball.


Early Recruiting:

Williams had a great junior season for Tahoma. He led the Bears to a 6-4 record by throwing for over 2,500 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for three more and on defense 60 tackles whith 7.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles-for-loss. The feeling among scouts and coaches is universal that Williams, who is a great athlete, will realize his full-potential on defense and his skills intrigued Washington so much that the Husky coaches offered him shortly after the season was complete. So far the only other offer for Williams is from Montana State, but quite a few schools are expected to drop by during the spring and he could see many more suitors throw their hats in the ring.


Early Recruiting:

Weaver had a huge sophomore season, earning First Team All-State honors with over 20 sacks and he followed that up with a solid junior season as well. Weaver looks like a great fit as a pass-rushing, 3-4 linebacker. Weaver currently holds offers from Boise State and Washington State and he’s getting interest from most of the rest of the Pac 12 as well.


Early Recruiting:

Briscoe Jr., the son of the former Husky, is a two-way star for Davis, but most feel he will grow into a linebacker and that’s where he fits best in college. Briscoe Jr. has a big frame and he ran run really well. He’s still waiting on some offers, but schools dropped by during December and January and have told him they will be by during the spring as well.


Early Recruiting:

Finau, the younger brother of current Husky defensive lineman Jarett Finau, is big and very athletic. His biggest problem is he’s had trouble staying healthy. He currently holds and offer from BYU and several other schools are looking at him, but have yet to offer.


Other Players To Keep An Eye On

Garfield (Seattle) S Antoine Patton
Stanwood LB Jett Whitcher
Evergreen (Vancouver) DE J.R. Matea
Lakes (Lakewood) DT JoBentley Keilani
Juanita (Kirkland) DB Makiah Gilmer


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