Rising Stars Camp Preview: Defense

Here's a look at some of the top anticipated offensive participants, including 2016 Saguaro (Scottsdale, Az.) CB Byron Murphy (pictured) at this weekend's Rising Stars Camp at Montlake...

Probably the top 2016 prospect to show up, Murphy has offers from pretty much every major program in the country. He's the top cover-corner in the West and he's very high on Washington. This will be the Husky coaches' best chance to show him the benefits of becoming a Dawg. This visit could go a long way in determining whether he picks the Huskies or not when he finally decides on a school.

Gilchrist is the top corner in the Pacific Northwest and he's proven it all offseason long with outstanding performances on the 7v7 circuit. Gilchrist has offers from most of the Pac 12 and many think he's a lean the Huskies, but he's made it pretty clear he doesn't plan to make an early decision. Due to a leg injury he suffered in a scrimmage on Thursday, Gilchrist said he may not take part in drills, but the coaches have seen enough of him to know what he can do.

Graham is one of the top 2017 corners on the West Coast. He's already hauled in offers from close to a dozen programs, including Washington, and he'll be competing all day with some of the top receivers from the region.

Like Graham, Lenoir is another top 2017 corner prospect. He's got offers from schools up and down the West Coast as well as nationally known programs like Oklahoma and Miami. Washington has yet to offer, but that could happen after a solid afternoon at camp tomorrow.

Other Top Defensive Backs Expected include...

Sehome (Bellingham, Wa.) S Taylor Rapp (2016 - Not Participating)
Salesian (Los Angeles, Ca.) DB Nick Pickett (2017)
Kamiakin (Kennewick, Wa.) S Gavin Crow (2016)
Juanita (Kirkland, Wa.) S Makiah Gilmer (2016)
Cleveland (Seattle, Wa.) CB Zach Brown (2016)

Briscoe is one of the top 2016 athletes east of the mountains. He could play safety or linebacker at the next leve, but the Huskies are looking at him as a SAM 'backer. Briscoe has great Husky bloodlines, his father was a great safety for the Dawgs, and he's got offers from some mid-level programs -- Air Force, Colorado State, Syracuse - and he's getting a lot of attention from Pac 12 programs as well.

Piper has yet to haul in an offer, but he's got a lot of programs intrigued with his combination of size and athleticism. Piper is also pretty versatile, able to play almost every defensive line spot.

With his size, Clevland has schools drooling with his ability to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. The South Sound prospect has hauled in offers from the likes of Boise State, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon State, Utah State and Washington State among others and he's been talking with Husky defensive line coach Jeff Choate quite a bit this spring.

Other Top Defensive Linemen Expected include...

Tahoma (Maple Valley, Wa.) BUCK Amandre Williams (2016 - Not Participating)
Helena (Mt.) DE Chase Benson
Archbishop Murphy (Everett, Wa.) DE Jackson Yost

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