Mountain View trio garner recruiting attention

Southwest Washington powerhouse Mt. View High has won two area championships the last three years while reaching the class 4A semifinals last year. Stanford bound lineman David Beall will graduate but three key members of last year's team will be a big reason why they are considered favorites to challenge for a state title next year.

James Day is a 6'1'' 195lb safety prospect who arrives at Mt. View's weight room at 5:00am each morning.

"I lift for about two and a half hours with coach Butterfield, then it's off to class. I play baseball after school but still find time to workout after practice. I usually get home around 7 or 8 in time to finish my homework," said Day.

James' work ethic has paid dividends on the field. He recorded 133 tackles last year after being moved from safety, to linebacker then to defensive end due to team need. He picked off two balls in two games at safety and was eventually named all-area defensive end. James will be the featured back in a run and shoot offense next fall. Last year he spelled an injured Josh Baird against Inglemoore in the state playoffs and ran for 227 yards on 22 carries while scoring three touchdowns.

He has the measurables, too. James is benching 325 lbs. and ran an electronically timed 4.43 forty last summer. He is being heavily recruited by Washington State, but attention is also being received by most of the Pac-ten as well Penn State. He recently attended and had a great time at Washington's Junior day. "I got to talk to coach Nueheisel for almost thirty minutes. He just told me to keep working hard on the field and in the classroom. I am pretty sure I will qualify scholastically". James carries a 3.4 gpa and plans on taking the SAT this spring.

His early favorites include Washington and UCLA but will team camp at Oregon State and travel to an individual camp at Penn State. "I wanted to go to husky camp but Oregon State's team camp is the same week". Coach Mike Woodward's comments about Day are effusive in their praise. "Absolutely no one will outwork James Day. He drips discipline. I can put him at any position on the field and he is a weapon."

Quarterback Ben Huebschman was named Southwest Washington's offensive player of the year in 2001. He is 6'3'' and weighs 210lbs. He was AP's "Dream Team" quarterback for Clark County last year.

"My number one goal is to win a state championship," Huebschman told Dawgman.com. "I also want to be the all-state quarterback next year".

He will attend the NIKE camp in Eugene with James Day and cornerback Josh Baird. He hopes to learn some techniques to help him next year and to make him quicker. QB Guru Bob Johnson helps out with the Nike camps, so the benefits that Ben will gain there could be great.

"I ran an electronically timed 4.9 forty last summer but I think I am faster now." Ben is has played varsity football, basketball and baseball since his sophomore year. "I was invited to the Penn State camp and will be going with James". Coach Mike Woodward has a total faith in his quarterback. "He is a flat-out leader. I am very much looking forward to opening up the offense next year and he is a big reason why. Watch-out for his kid. He will blow-up next year."

The playmaker of the mighty thunder is Josh Baird. Josh is 5'10 and weighs 170lbs. He timed an electronic time of 4.5 forty but his lateral quickness is his biggest asset. He was 1st team All-League tailback last year as a junior. His cat-like quickness enabled him to win all-star corner honors last summer against some of the state's best at Canada's annual passing tourney. "I will move to wingback in our offense next year. I want to concentrate on corner too," said Baird. Both Arizona schools are recruiting Josh but he is open at this stage of the game. Coach Woodward says of Baird, "Someone is going to get a game-breaker. We are going to get him in open space on offense and assign him to the best receiver on defense."

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