Our look at some of the top players at last Friday's Northwest Elite Camp

Here's a look at some of the top prospects we saw at Friday's Northwest Elite Camp that was held at the Starfire Athletic Complex in Tukwila, Washington...


Our Take: The Kahuku running back definitely showed he belonged at the Northwest Elite camp with his blend of size, speed and shiftiness. For a bigger back he showed a nice deft touch with his hands catching passes out of the backfield. Kahuku kids are tough by nature and even though the camp is one without pads he showed a physicality that bodes well for him in the recruiting process.


Our Take: The younger brother of former Newport star Conner Baumann, Charlie certainly took the height away from Conner. The 2018 Knight lineman has to be around 6'5" and he showed a physicality and toughness during the one-on-ones that makes him a prospect to watch going forward. Probably not as pure of an athlete as former Newport lineman Calvin Throckmorton, but he’s in that league. He needs to be able to turn on his nasty streak 100 percent of the time he’s on the field. If he can do that, he’s got Pac-12 potential. 


Our Take: The River Ridge defensive back was as dominant as any of the secondary players I saw at the camp Friday. He picked on weaker receivers, pushing them around and showing his physicality as a lock-down corner. If he is six feet tall, as he’s listed, then he will certainly attract late interest from bigger schools. Not sure if he’s borderline Pac-12, but definitely Big Sky at the least. 


Our Take: Boston was the best bigger receiver at the camp, putting his 6'3" frame to good use. We'd like to see him be more physical at the line to gain separation, but that will come when he gets to college and really starts grinding in the weight room. Boston isn’t going to torch defensive backs with his speed, but he can use his size and great hands to go up and bring down whatever is thrown his way. He has a chance to be an athletic force at whatever school he ends up at.


Our Take: The 2018 Bellarmine linebacker has a strong pedigree - his dad Jeff played at Washington and his older brother Calvin currently plays at Stanford. Already listed at 6'2" and 220 pounds, Chandler is an inside linebacker in the making and if he has a strong year with the Lions this fall his recruitment should skyrocket. Pac-12 caliber? Only time will tell. 


Our Take: There’s no doubt the 2019 Graham-Kapowsin quarterback will be able to write his own ticket down the road to wherever he wants to go. Expect Pac-12 schools to offer him either during the season or shortly thereafter, depending on how he progresses. He was the best quarterback in the camp hands-down and as long as he continues on the road he’s currently on he’ll be an Elite 11 candidate. Morris is arguably the best quarterback in the state of Washington right now, regardless of class. 


Our Take: We loved what the Squalicum receiver did at the Elite camp Friday. He got into the Gold Camp, where he had a chance to vie for MVP honors, but a couple passes got away from him and that was all she wrote. Physically he’s never going to wow people at 5'10" and 170 pounds, but all he does is get separation in the box and find a way to make plays. As a slot, he compares favorably to Lake Stevens players like Riley Krenz and Hunter Eckstrom. 


Our Take: Tryon was the best-looking athlete at the camp from what we saw. Listed at 6'6 and 225 pounds, the 2017 Hazen prospect already had an EWU offer and he received an offer from Washington State on Saturday after the Cougs got a look at him at their own camp, and why not? Tryon simply oozes potential. He worked out as a rush end and was hardly blocked all day. If a Pac-12 school had enough offers available to take a flyer on an athletic freak, Tryon’s your man.  


Our Take: Another talented youngster, White is a 2019 line prospect from Tacoma Lincoln who has a chance to be a really good player in time. The only thing hampering him now is height. He’s charitably 6'2", but probably closer to 6'1" right now. But at 280 pounds White is a load and he showed it working out with a relatively poor offensive line group at the camp. He’s a tenacious blocker and dogged in the trenches. If he doesn’t add an inch or three before his Abes career is done, he may end up working his way over to the other side of the ball - and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. His skill set could translate very well on defense.


Our Take: On the hoof, Haun is an impressive looking prospect at just over 6'4" and 225 pounds. He showed outstanding instincts and coachability, but camps like this, where there's no hitting, aren't going to showcase Haun's true number one attribute -- physicality. 


Our Take: Because he plays in Spokane, Talafili may not be on many radars just yet, but the worm began to turn this spring as lots of schools came by to get a look at him. At 6'3" and 290 pounds, Talafili has the size to be a dominant force inside, but what really sets him apart is his quickness off the ball. He was rarely held in check by the offensive linemen on hand at the camp and he received MVP honors as well. Remember his name, he will be heavily recruited.


Our Take: Barrington was one of the best offensive linemen at the camp and several of the college coaches took the time to talk to him. He's long and very athletic for a kid his size (6'6, 280). The junior-to-be did a good job of moving his feet and his long arms allowed him to keep pass-rushers at bay during the camp. Barrington is LDS and has an offer from BYU. His older brother attends school there, so the Cougars definitely are in a strong position to grab him, but Washington, Washington State and Eastern Washington all talked him quite a bit after the camp.


Our Take: Because he plays at a small school east of the mountains, a lot of people don't know much about Jenks, but he's arguably the top 2017 quarterback in the state and he's in the conversation, along with Jacob Sirmon and Morris, as one of the top quarterbacks in the state regardless of position. Jenks looked good in position-specific drills and he put the ball on the money on several one-on-one situations. He's big and he's strong and he can spin the ball with the best of them, but he'll need to hit the camp circuit this summer to garner more attention.


Our Take: Johnson isn't very big, but he looked outstanding catching the ball out of the backfield. Johnson plays tailback at tiny Hoquiam High School, but he showed the agility and speed, as well as hands, necessary to be a fit as a slot receiver at the next level.


Our Take: Lovelace worked with the defensive line, but he has the size of an outside linebacker. The 2017 prospect showed outstanding quickness and a burst off the edge that had the linemen he faced on their heels. He'll be a factor for the Abes this fall as an edge pass-rusher, but at the next level he'll need to learn how to play in space and be an outside linebacker who can rush the quarterback at times.


Our Take: Kim is more of an "in the box" safety, but he held his own in coverage at the camp, earning MVP honors. Kim is a heady player who plays a physical brand of football and with an offer from Navy, the school where his father played rugby, he could be destined for the Middies, but don't write his name on their commit list just yet. Several local schools have started to stand up and take notice.


Our Take: Wilson is likely to be a highly recruited player in the 2018 class and he showed why so many schools are already giving him a long look at the camp. Wilson showed great instincts in coverage and never backed down from anyone. The soon-to-be junior is at his best running down plays from sideline-to-sideline and stopping the run, aspects that aren't usually displayed in camps like this, but you can still see the potential and Wilson will likely be one of the top in-state prospects when his time rolls around.


Our Take: We've liked Matheney for a while and he did nothing but bolster our opinion that he'll be a great one or two-gap player once he gets to college. He's got a strong lower-body, so he holds up well against the run, but on Friday night, Matheney showed the ability to get penetration and collapse the pocket as well.

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