Washington Rising Stars: Who Stood Out?

It was a gorgeous day Saturday at Husky Stadium, the kind coaches brag about when recruiting their program to young athletes trying their best to show off to them. It was the first Washington Rising Stars camp of the season, and over 230 players from all over the west came to display their skills and be coached up by the Huskies. Who stood out?

First, there were no opportunities to view first-hand the linemen, who were confined to the east field and the Dempsey Indoor, so there wasn’t a chance to scout them. But there were dozens and dozens of top skill players that were featured in Husky Stadium, and here were a dozen that really stood out from the crowd (in alphabetical order):

Andrew Boston 6-2, 180 2017 WR Puyallup (WA) Emerald Ridge (Hudl Highlights) - Boston is currently a rising junior, so his recruiting process is just getting started. But at his size and ability, scholarship offers will be coming. His technique and route running is raw, but Boston makes up for it with his athleticism, speed, and determination. During 1-1’s he made sure to get plenty of passes thrown his way and made the most of his opportunities.

Christian Brandt-Sims 6-4, 210 WR Wenatchee, WA (Hudl Highlights) - Christian is known right now for being the younger brother of Stanford’s Isaiah Brandt-Sims, but things are changing. At 6-foot-4, he dwarfs older brother - and while he’ll never be the out and out blazer Isaiah is, Christian has plenty of speed for his size. The only question now is whether or not he’ll continue to grow into a tight end role or if he’ll stay outside as a bigger receiver.

Emmanuel Daigbe 6-0, 180 2016 WR Kent (WA) Kent-Meridian (Hudl Highlights) - What else is there to say about Daigbe? He’s become one of the elite in-state players for the 2016 recruiting class, and offers would be coming by the truckload if the classroom wasn’t holding him back. If he can get his academics sorted out before it’s too late, a top team is going to get an absolute gem in Daigbe, because he can play at the highest levels. He’s powerfully built and possesses great hands and feel for the receiver position.

Parker Dumas 6-5, 201 2016 WR Snoqualmie (WA) Mount Si (Hudl Highlights) - Like Brandt-Sims, Dumas is a real handful out wide as a bigger possession receiver. But will he get bigger and become that hybrid-style tight end that we’ve become more accustomed to seeing? Or will the Wildcat stay at 200 and haunt defenses outside? He, along with Eastside Cathlic’s Matt Laris, are the two big-time wideouts on the east side people need to pay attention to for 2016.

Hunter Eckstrom 5-11, 185 2016 WR Lake Stevens, WA (Hudl Highlights) - Jacob Eason gets all the pub in Lake Stevens (and why not!), but all those stats have to land in the hands of someone, and Eckstrom is one of the main recipients. The 5-11 rising junior showed off his versatility by even stepping in and playing some corner when needed. He’s already a veteran in high school, showing high-level route running and ability to create separation.

Andrzej Hughes-Murray 6-3, 230 2016 LB Federal Way, WA (Hudl Highlights) - Another 2016 local player we’ve talked about a bunch, it’s becoming harder to find superlatives to due AHM’s game justice. Powerfully-built, he could either be a sideline-to-sideline MIK or a BUCK who likes to kill quarterbacks. His potential is unlimited at this point, and I suspect once the first high major scholarship offer comes, the rest will flood in. At this stage in his recruitment, it feels like the big boys are playing Mexican Standoff. Who will be the first to blink? It could be UW, based on his camp performance.

Camron Humphrey 6-1, 174 2016 QB Issaquah, WA (Hudl Highlights) - Humphrey is an intriguing option for 2016. Not getting a wealth of early recruiting attention, the 6-foot-1 Humphrey showed a nice touch during the 1-1’s and just had a general poise and swagger about him that was hard to deny. Depending on how his senior season goes, could he be a player the Huskies could entice with a preferred walk-on opportunity? Time will tell, but he showed up and had some real glimpses of something on Saturday.

Mushawn Knowles 6-0, 205 2016 DB Tacoma (WA) Lincoln (Hudl Highlights) - Another player from a school that seems to have produced a ton of talent of late - yet Knowles was a new name to me. But he was right at the front of Jimmy Lake’s line all day long, competing with the top DB’s and winning. He also had a strong Northwest Elite Football camp the night before in Lynnwood, so could this be the beginning of a nice stretch for Knowles? We’ll see, but there’s no doubt he put himself on the map this weekend with his physicality and his play.

Tyler Lytle 6-4, 190 2017 QB Anaheim (CA) Servite (Hudl Highlights) - A name to tuck away for 2017, Lytle has the kind of frame that would remind Washington fans of Cyler Miles, but he’s probably more of a passer first than Miles was at this stage in their relative developments. He hasn’t done anything yet at the varsity level because of last year’s senior, Oregon-bound Travis Waller, but expect his name to explode onto the scene this fall.

J.P. Shohfi 6-1, 185 2016 WR San Marino, CA (Under The Radar Highlights) - Shohfi was extremely impressive Saturday, showing off speed and skills time and again. It would seem weird that a player from southern California who caught over 1800 yards’ worth of passes and is part of the vaunted B2G program would still be without a notable scholarship offer, but that’s the situation Shohfi finds himself. But if he continues to impress coaches this summer as he surely must have at UW, that situation will change, and change quickly.

Jacob Sirmon 6-4, 209 2018 QB Bothell, WA (Hudl Highlights) - Another quarterback name to tuck away for down the road, it seems like we’ve been talking about Sirmon for years now. With Ross Bowers now at Cal, this fall will be Sirmon’s to shine. At 6-foot-4, he has the gunslinger’s frame. Typically wearing a backward Bothell visor, Sirmon was hard to miss Saturday, and he showed off his big arm and quarterbacking brain. With college recruiting happening faster and faster, especially in regard to QB’s, don’t be surprised to hear Sirmon has picked up some big offers at some point during the season. All the top schools are waiting for those first three games to see if Sirmon can unleash all that potential with the bullets flying. Our oddsmakers are saying he can, and will.

Keith Taylor 6-2.5, 180 2016 DB Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco (Hudl Highlights) - The surprise of the camp, Taylor is another one of those rising juniors that has been held back due to big-time seniors playing in front of him - but there’s no stopping him now. At nearly 6-foot-3, Taylor possesses a Kevin King-like body, and he put all that length to good use Saturday. There wasn’t a receiver that really beat him all day, and Lake was glued to his hip. Much like Sirmon, Lytle, and others on this list, Taylor is one of those kids that will devastate with his early senior film and the offers will come flying like daggers. Scout.com already rates him a four-star and he’s barely played varsity ball; now we now why.

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