UW Rising Stars Review

On Friday, Washington hosted their second Rising Stars camp of the summer and on hand were several top prospects with Washington offers as well as nearly all of the Huskies' 2017 class commits. Here's a look at some of the prospects who stood out during the three hour event...


Analysis: Wedington caught the ball well and flashed his athleticism throughout the evening. He's also one of the most gregarious young men you will see out there and he loved the competition with Salvon Ahmed who got reps at both corner and tailback.


Analysis: Bynum is a fluid athlete with great hands and the ability to get in and out of his breaks nearly at full speed. Bynum faced off against another Washington commit, CB Keith Taylor, and the two friends and former teammates had some good battles.


Analysis: Ngata is a physical specimen. He really looked the part of a top-end recruit on the field. Now, this camp did not feature his best attributes which is getting after the quarterback, but he didn't look lost in coverage, something he is rarely asked to do at Folsom, and he showed a physicality when challenging tight ends and backs at the line of scrimmage.


Analysis: Haener slung the ball around really well. He made good reads and got the ball out quickly. He does have a little bit of a hitch in his delivery, but it doesn't hurt his ability to get the ball out. One thing that is definitely true -- he's not very big at all. He's shorter than 6'0" for sure and probably closer to 5'10" or 5'11". From a frame standpoint, Haener also is pretty slight in his build. None of that means he can't throw the ball well, but I was a little surprised at how small he actually was.


Analysis: Jones looked outstanding running routes. He went up strong and caught several passes at their highest point. He also showed a good release off the line vs. press coverage, something that he'll need to be good at with the way defenses like to jam outside receivers.


Analysis: Bryant is so smooth as an athlete. It really looks effortless when he's out on the field competing. Another thing that really impresses is his competitive nature. He worked out at both Rising Stars Camps, something not a lot of top-ranked kids do. He's a special, special talent and Washington is very lucky to get a player with his abilities into their system.


Analysis: Cook has a big frame and a great catch radius. He also showed the ability to use his frame to shield defenders from the ball. 


Analysis: Taylor is a big corner. So big, he looks like he could plays some safety if he keeps growing. Taylor stepped up and took on almost all of the committed offensive players and he held his own. He's almost impossible to throw against because of his long arms, but he had some struggles coming out of his backpedal smoothly. That's definitely something you'd like to see improve in the next year before he sets foot on campus.


Analysis: This kid came out of nowhere and it's players like him that make our job so much fun. On Friday night, Pili was a 6'4", 310-pound tight end who caught everything thrown his way. He showed soft hands and very nimble feet for a young man his size. Then, on Saturday, he worked as both an offensive linemen and a defensive linemen at the Dirt Dawgs Camp. He's an impressive looking athlete with a lot of small schools offering, but Eastern Michigan, Oregon and now Washington have all been expressing interest once they got a closer look at what he could do.


Analysis: Sirmon threw me off because he shaved his head. After watching him for a while, I saw a young man who had really improved as both a decision maker and as a leader. He encouraged fellow quarterbacks and receivers and he put the ball in the right spots. 


Analysis: Ahmed showed his speed during the "fastest man" competition and he had flashes of brilliance during camp. The great thing about Ahmed is his versatility and willingness to play almost anywhere. He's a plug-and-play player and somebody the Huskies definitely want to get in the fold.


Analysis: Because Franklin Pierce play 2A ball, not a lot of people may know about Starling yet, but they will soon enough. He's a big-time wideout and will be one of the top wide receivers in the region over the next two years. Starling is long and angular. His catch radius is ridiculous and he's got decent speed.


Analysis: Allen is another player with a huge catch radius (a 77" wingspan) and he told Dawgman he loved his visit to Montlake. He runs good routes and no one outbattles him for a ball in the air. 


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