May Madness Notebook

Nearly 100 of the top prep football players from across the state of Washington gathered on a field in Bellevue to take part in May Madness, an event organized by Tracy Ford and his company, Ford Sports Performance. Here's a look at some of the players who stood out during the three-hour workout...



Analysis: Sarell is a freak-of-nature athletically. At nearly 6'7" and weighing over 300 pounds, he just shouldn't be able to move the way he does. One scout I talked to on the sidelines of the event said as much as he loved former Puyallup (Wa.) and current Stanford OL Josh Garnett, he'd take Sarell in a heart-beat over the former five-star. The top prospect in the Pacific Northwest and second-ranked prospect out West in the 2017 class is super-athletic with a great work ethic. His basketball exploits have really helped his footwork and he showed excellent coachability during position drills and one-on-one sessions. I didn't see Sarell get beaten once and more often than not, he just engulfed the defensive player across from him.



Analysis: In my honest opinion, Hughes-Murray is one of the most underrated players in the state. Sure he's got offers from UNLV and Air Force, but he's a Pac 12 level talent. During one-on-one and position drills, you could see his athleticism and competitive nature come out. Hughes-Murray has great length and long arms that will definitely come in handy when trying to fend off blockers at the next level. Expect to see his recruitment really start to pick up steam this month and during the summer when he hits the camp circuit.



Analysis: Daigbe is another player who is flying under-the-radar. Coming from a perennially bad program, although KM has made a nice turnaround under the guidance of head coach Brett Allen, definitely has hurt Daigbe as far as getting noticed. He's big, muscular and he's great when the ball is in the air. Helping matters as well are his huge hands, something that is becoming a huge key when viewing the success of a receiver at the next level. Daigbe will need to hit the camp circuit hard this summer in order for schools to start to stand up and take notice, but make no mistake, he could wind up being a real steal for a school that gives him an opportunity.



Analysis: Bainivalu had a great sophomore season and, where it not for the presence of Sarell, he would likely be the top line prospect in the state for 2017. He's got great size and he's very flexible. His feet are a bit heavy, but some of that is the need to continue to grow into his body/frame. Bainivalu, while he will play tackle his final two years with Skyline, is a great guard prospect at the collegiate level. He will hit camps this spring and summer and should see recruiting pick up with good performances.



Analysis: Eason is the top 2016 prospect in the state of Washington. He's got a huge arm and he throws a nice, tight spiral. On Sunday, Eason was a bit off, sailing a couple passes when he got lazy with his footwork, but there's no denying his talents as a prospect.



Analysis: Eason's top target, Eckstrom is a very good intermediate receiver with the ability to find holes in defenses. He's got sure hands and the ability to get separation with his outstanding route-running abilities.



Analysis: I've been a huge fan of Sirmon for a while and that hasn't changed. The hype for the talented signal-caller should only grow as he steps on the field as the starter for the defending 4A State Champions. Sirmon already has really good size and he's got a great arm. He still needs to work on his consistency, but you can see all of the talent is there, he just needs to continue to progress and put it all together on the field.



Analysis: Ahmed is so talented, he could be a force on either side of the ball. He's got outstanding athleticism and a high Football I.Q. Ahmed worked out mainly at receiver, but you can see his talents may well transfer better at the collegiate level in the secondary. With three offers to his name, Ahmed is already a known quantity, but you can expect more schools to jump into the mix this spring and summer once they get a look at him on the camp circuit.



Analysis: We've been talking about Goldwire for seemingly a decade, but it's only been three years. There's never been a question about Goldwire's talent -- he's long, athletic and he moves really well for a young man his size. The problem comes when you watch him work. He quit on a couple of one-on-ones, didn't seem to be very coachable and there are rumors his heart just isn't into putting the work in to become the player he could be. That being said, he was out at the camp working on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, so maybe he's gotten his head and heart where it needs to be in order to realize his immense talent.



Analysis: Boddie has a college-ready body. He's muscular, he has big hands and he shows great quickness. The issue that seems to be holding him back from blowing up on the recruiting trail seems to be his toughness as a runner. Boddie, who is a legit 225 pounds, is more of a finesse runner instead of powering through tackles and making defenses pay by running behind his pads. Boddie is a hard worker and he was seen showing some of the younger backs how to run a drill when they weren't using the proper technique.



Analysis: This was the first time I had seen Tialavea in person and he was impressive to watch. Only time will tell if he can become a true Pac 12 type of a player, but with his size (6'3", 360) he moved really well. We'll see how things progress in the coming weeks and months, but he's a player to keep an eye on this fall.


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