An in-state look ahead: 2007 QB's

As Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham announced the 21 players who make up the 2006 recruiting class for the Huskies, many recruitniks were already clamoring to find out about the in-state prospects for the 2007 recruiting season. Here is a preliminary look at some of the players from around the "Evergreen State" who will be seniors next year.

The Huskies nabbed the best quarterback on the west coast this year when Ferndale QB Jake Locker committed to them, headlining their 2006 class. Even with his commitment, the coaching staff will take at least one quarterback in 2007 and there is a possibility they will end up taking two.

Southridge (Kennewick) QB Jason Munns is the top recruit in the state of Washington next fall and he has the stats to back it up. As a junior he passed for 2,178 yards and 32 touchdowns and was the Big Nine Co-Player of the Year. He is big (6-6, 235) and can run very well for a player of his dimensions. He also has a very strong arm and is tough, able to take a beating and still lead his team to victory. Some say he is farther along than Drew Bledsoe was at this point in their careers. He already has a number of suitors, including USC, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Notre Dame among others.

The presence of Oaks Christian's (Westlake Village, Calif.) Jimmy Clausen in this class (widely considered the best player in the country) has caused Munns to not be noticed as much on the west coast, but make no mistake, he is a player that will receive 25-plus offers before it's all said and done and he'll have his choice of schools to play at.

The Big Nine is loaded this year, especially at QB. Look to Pasco's Shayne Kelly and Eisenhower's Zach Gavin (son of former Ike coach Greg Gavin) to also get plenty of D1 and I-AA attention.

QB Jake Gelakoska from Jackson (Mill Creek) HS had an excellent junior season. He passed for 1,938 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 376 yards and seven touchdowns in 2005. He has a strong arm, good feet and good size (6-4, 205). He might be a player the Huskies will look to bring in and understudy behind Locker for a few years while he learns the system and develops physically. He is definitely a player to keep an eye on.

Rainier Beach's athletically gifted Jermain Delgardo (6-5, 215) is a player that has all of the skills necessary to be successful at the next level, but he is still very raw as a passer. He led his Vikings teammates to the 3A state-semifinals and within a hair's breath of the championship game when he passed for 410 yards and three touchdowns in a 42 – 27 loss to Prosser and their own standout QB Kellen Moore. Delgardo is very strong, possesses a cannon for an arm and while he doesn't have outstanding speed, he can run when he needs to. Delgardo is definitely a player to watch as he develops over the summer and during his senior season.

Moore is a player that has put up unprecedented numbers as he led his Mustangs to a 13-1 record passing for more than 4,600 yards and a 66 TD passes (that's not a typo) against only 15 interceptions. He also had more completions (316 out of 481 attempts) in a season than anyone in the state's history. He has a slight build (6-1, 195) and doesn't possess a big-time arm. What he does bring to the table are smarts and the ability to read defenses. Coaches sons are usually excellent players to pick up and see how they develop physically and you know that he will be prepared whenever he is asked to take over the offense. He plays in a pass-happy offense, but there is no arguing with his production.

Aurburn's Kellen Kiilsgaard (6-2, 210) is a superb athlete who may be a better baseball prospect than a football prospect. The thing is, he's a damn-good football player as well. He runs very well, posting 837 yards and 14 touchdowns while also throwing for 650 yards and three touchdowns in his team's run-oriented, spread-T offense. He also stars at safety, where he has twice been named first-team all-league. In 2005 he made 45 solo tackles, had 15 assists and intercepted four passes. Kiilsgaard ran the 40-yard shuttle in 4.65 seconds at a combine in Oregon and squats nearly 400 pounds. He also holds a 4.0 grade point average. He is a top baseball prospect (left-handed pitcher) and many think that may be the direction he heads after he graduates from high school.

Evan Mozzochi (Columbia River) is a signal-caller who may not get as much recognition as the other quarterback prospects in the state, but he put up some solid stats as a junior in 2005 and he performed well at the Army All-American combine for juniors in January. He threw for 19 TDs and 1,852 yards in 2005, completing 106 of 210 attempts and led his team to 8-3 record.

Pullman's J.T. Levenseller, Nick Williams from Lakes, Max Mannix from Gonzaga Prep in Spokane and Port Angeles' Stefan Walker are four more signal-callers who will get looks from D-1 schools next fall.

In 2008, the early big names to watch include Nick Green (Ridgefield), Calvin Schmidtke from Life Christian (Tacoma), Tyler Tuiasosopo (Mariner) and Luther Leonard (Burien Evergreen).


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