Rising Stars Camp Preview: Defense

Here's a quick look at some of the top defensive prospects who will be on hand at Washington's Rising Stars camp this Saturday...



Weaver has had an eventful winter and spring, with offers coming in from all over. Washington offered the talented pass-rusher back in April and his most recent offer came in from Arizona in the past week. Weaver is a two-time 4A All-State performer after totaling 35 sacks the past two seasons, so he can get to the quarterback, but many people are still unsure of where he will play once he gets to college. The Huskies originally projected Weaver at the 'BUCK' linebacker spot, but Weaver has added a lot of size to his frame and he may wind up growing into a defensive end.



We've been talking about Dublanko for three years. He really impressed as a freshman, but you just haven't seen the dominant performances that you'd expect from a kid with his size at the 2A level. Originally, Dublanko was projected at linebacker, and that's been the position he's played, however, most scouts think he'll wind up at defensive end or even defensive tackle, should he keep growing, so we'll need to see what happens with him and his recruitment.



The Huskies were one of the first schools to offer Tuipulotu, one of the top 2017 prospects in the state of Oregon. He's currently holding offers from UW as well as BYU and Oregon State and he's hearing from lots of other Pac 12 programs giving him a look as well. At 6'2" and 270 pounnds, Tuipulotu is a three-tech at the next level, but if he keeps growing he could wind up as a nose tackle.



Thirdgill is a big-time 'BUCK' prospect in the 2017 class. He's got great size already at 6'4" and 220 pounds. He's still waiting for an offer, so this month will be huge for him as he plans to hit several camps including he Rising Stars camp.



The super-athletic prospect from Federal Way is getting looks from several schools and he recently hauled in his second offer when Washington State joined Montana in offering the talented two-way player. Washington is looking at Jones as an athlete, able to play either corner or wide receiver, so this camp could definitely help his cause in getting an offer from the Dawgs.



We've made no secret of our high regard for Hughes-Murray. He's added quite a bit of size since the end of his junior season and he could be growing himself into a 'BUCK' linebacker although most still have him projected as an outside linebacker once he gets to college. Hughes-Murray has offers from Air Force, Eastern Washington, Montana, UNLV and Utah State, but many feels his recruitment could blow up this summer with good camp performances and that all starts this weekend at Montlake.



Williams has really climbed the charts this spring with several good performances at local camps and in 7v7 competitions. He's still waiting for an offer, but he's got plenty of schools interested in what he can do. At 6'1" and right at 190 pounds, he's big and physical and he has a chance to wow the Husky coaches today when he's up on campus.



Moore is one of the top cover corners in the state and he should see lots of offers start to roll in as a junior this fall. Kamiakin plays in a pass-happy league, so Moore will be tested weekly. The Memphis native moved with his father last year to the Tri Cities and he really impressed as a sophomore, shutting down one side of the field. He's a little under 5'10" at this point, but he's still got time to grow and add some size to his frame and if he does that, he should be a highly-coveted prospect down the road.


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