In-state football recruiting targets - 2003

Well, it's only February, but since the Washington coaches are already hot on the trail looking for the best players the state can offer for next year's class, we felt it was appropriate to give you a rough sketch of those players who should figure prominently on the Washington recruiting radar during May's evaluation period

Bethel's Johnny DuRocher (QB 6-4, 205), teammate David Lewis (DB 5-11, 175) and Jackson's Craig Chambers (WR 6-5, 185) appear to be the top of this coming class, but there are a ton of very good players right below them.

Lakes High School has at least four legitimate D1 guys in Viliamu Kuaea (OL 6-4, 300), Akeem Anthony (RB 5-6, 165), Anthony Russo (RB/DB 5-11, 185) and Derek Coxson (LB 6-1, 225) and possibly more. Head Coach Dave Miller always does a good job of producing talent for the Lakewood-based school, and this year looks to be no different. Anthony and 'Big V' look to be the most promising D1 candidates. Akeem could be a devastating return guy and could also have success as a 3rd-down specialist. Vili has some academics to take care of, but if he gets his house in order expect him to be right up there with Skyline's Brett Thielke (OL 6-5, 285) as the two most-coveted linemen in the state of Washington next fall.

Another south-sound school, Curtis is loaded with a number of great prospects. Walter Nickel (TE/DL 6-4, 210), O.J. Washington (RB/DB 5-9, 175), Derek Shockman (LB 6-1, 210), Marcus Reed (RB 5-9, 185), JT Zink (QB 6-2, 185) and Nels Asplund (LB 6-2, 230) are all players to watch this fall. Shockman especially, as he racked up an incredible 124 tackles last year.

Down in SE Washington, Mountain View has a couple of good-looking skill guys in Josh Baird (ATH 5-10, 175) and James Day (RB 6-0, 190). Battle Ground's James Seifert (TE/DL 6-5, 230) and Skyview's Josh Tschirgi (OL/DL 6-3, 275) should also figure prominently when it comes to searching for talent in the greater-Vancouver area.

North of Seattle, Chambers and teammates Richy Mulcahy and CJ Marsh (son of former UW great Curt Marsh) look to bolster Jackson's chances of a league title this fall. Kamiak's Derrick Bradley (RB 5-10, 175) is a true burner who won the fastest man competition at last summer's Big Kahuna 7-on-7 passing challenge in Burnaby, BC. He played well enough as a junior last year to push Justin Washington, a quality player in his own right. Edmonds-Woodway's Kyle Trew (LB 6-2, 210) and Casey Tyler (TE 6-5, 250) are going to be two other players to watch out for.

Here's a quick position-by-position breakdown with notes:

Johnny DuRocher
Ben Shelton 6-5, 200 pounds Tacoma (Lincoln)
Brian Foreman 6-3, 185 pounds Issaquah (Skyline)

Notes: DuRocher is the premier signal caller in the state. Shelton is a tough player that is also in the drop-back mode. Foreman is a player whose stock could really rise if he can build on a solid junior campaign. He's not D1 yet but could be by the end of the year.

Others to watch:
J. T. Zink 6-2, 185 pounds Tacoma (Curtis)
Jeff Wells 6-3, 205 pounds Lakewood (Lakes)

Running Back
Akeem Anthony
Derrick Bradley
Josh Bousman 6-2, 205 pounds Tacoma (Tacoma Baptist)
Todd Basler 6-2, 210 pounds Elma

Notes: With his lack of size, Akeem is a liability as a blocker, but could be a dynamic player if put in the right situations. He's fast enough and has enough moves to make it to D1 if given an opportunity. Bradley smokes. Bousman is going to surprise a lot of people this year with his play. He has a ton of untapped potential. The only negative is the competition, and Josh hasn't had a lot of it. Basler is the younger brother of current WSU punter Kyle and he's another potential D1 prospect that is hamstrung a little by the lack of competition. What he does have going for him is that he's a whale of a player and already has his name out there. He attended last year's Husky camp, so the coaches are familiar with what he can do.

Others to watch:
O.J. Washington 5-9, 175 pounds Tacoma (Curtis)
James Day 6-0, 190 pounds Vancouver (Mountain View)

Wide Receiver
Craig Chambers
Jesse Clark 6-1, 175 pounds Spokane (Mt. Spokane)

Notes: Not much needs to be said about Chambers, the brother of former Husky Richie Chambers. He'll be this year's Reggie Williams. Clark is a Northwest Nuggets guy who can go both ways.

Others to watch:
Brandon Burmeister 6-5, 195 pounds Mercer Island
Steve Manning 6-3, 190 pounds Puyallup (Emerald Ridge)

Tight End
Casey Tyler
James Seifert

Notes: Tyler and Seifert look to be the main tight ends in the state this year that has D1 potential.

Others to watch:
Walter Nickel
Joey Henley 6-5, 220 pounds Kent (Kentridge)
John Marcus-Pinard 6-5 225 pounds Bellevue

Offensive Line
Brett Thielke
Vili Kuaea
Notes: Thielke and Kuaea are the cream of the crop when it comes to offensive linemen in the state of Washington. Brett is a pass-rush specialist, while 'Big V' is a road-grader of the highest order.

Others to watch:
Josh Tschirgi
Josh Schmidt 6-4, 300 pounds Bremerton

Defensive Line
Jeff Dicks 6-3, 240 pounds Bellevue
Richy Mulcahy 6-4 270 pounds Mill Creek (Jackson)
Chris Carlsen 6-3 235 pounds Poulsbo (North Kitsap)

Notes: Dicks and Mulcahey appear to be the best of the best so far when it comes to the interior, while Carlson heads up a sparse list of quality defensive ends in-state. Jeff is the younger brother of current Husky offensive lineman Dan Dicks, and Carlsen is the younger brother of former Washington pitcher Jeff Carlsen and current Idaho football player Clarey, so the bloodlines are strong in this group.

Others to watch:
Matt Hermanson 6-3, 295 pounds Tacoma (Lincoln)
Nick Owens 6-3, 270 pounds Shelton
Aaron Gilbert 6-3, 285 pounds Auburn (Jefferson)
Chris Bush 6-2, 225 pounds Kennewick (Southridge)
Jacob Brandonberry 6-4, 220 pounds Cashmere

Kyle Trew
Adam Hunter 6-2, 210 pounds Fife
Keandre Magee 6-0, 220 pounds Seattle (O'Dea)
Andrew Sund 6-2, 215 pounds Port Orchard (South Kitsap)

Notes: This year appears to be especially deep in linebackers, a nice change from years' past. All four of these players are D1 material, highlighted by Trew.

Others to watch:
Derek Shockman
Derek Coxson
Mike Afalaua 6-3 220 pounds Silverdale (Central Kitsap)
Lee Driftmier 6-2, 220 pounds Bellevue
Tahj Bomar 6-2, 210 pounds Kent (Kentwood)
Matt Nelson 6-4, 215 pounds Aberdeen

David Lewis
A.J. Porter 6-2, 205 pounds Seattle (Kennedy)
Jordan Carey 6-0, 190 pounds Olympia (Capital)

Notes: Lewis is the class of the secondary prospects in-state this year. With 11 picks to his credit this past season, this Brave was the only other junior besides Chambers to be named to the Seattle Times all-state first team. Porter looks to be in the mold of past Kennedy athletes Joey Thomas and Cory Jones. Jordan Carey is an exceptional two-way athlete who has definite D1 potential.

Others to watch:
Anthony Russo
C.J. Marsh 6-1, 180 pounds Mill Creek (Jackson)
Frankie Gross 6-2, 170 pounds Tacoma (Wilson)
Anthony Dotson 5-10, 180 pounds Federal Way Top Stories