An in-state look ahead: 2007 linemen

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. Today it's the big guys, the trench dawgs that spell the difference between winning and losing.

Along the lines, the state has a lot of quality players but the two headliners right now are DL Emeka Iweka from Rainier Beach and DE Hank Vincent from Pasco.

Iweka (6-6, 290) committed to Oregon State to play basketball when he was a sophomore, but he seems to be opening things back up and many feel his future is going to be on the gridiron. He is physical and very athletic. He has quick feet and projects as a defensive end or an offensive tackle at the next level. Iweka is already receiving tons of interest from the entire Pac 10 and will be recruited nationally. You just don't find many prospects his size that can run the way he does. Definitely a player in the mold of Washington's Jordan White-Frisbee.

Vincent (6-2, 230) is a hitter. He was one of only two juniors on the 4A All-State team named by the Seattle Times and he has the stats to back up the accolades. He was the Big 9's Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2005. Vincent was also named 2005 All-Area by the Tri-City Herald and was a first-team all-league pick as a sophomore in 2004. Reportedly has a motor that never stops. Washington and Oregon are already recruiting Vincent and UCLA and Nebraska have made inquiries. Look for his stock to climb this summer after he hits the camp and combine circuit. It's doubtful he has the frame to be a defensive tackle in college, but could end up as a rush end or even as a middle linebacker.

Moses Lake's B.J. Guerra (6-3, 295) is a defensive tackle that will be a dominant force in the Big 9 this fall. He has quick feet, good strength and an attitude. He had 8 sacks as a junior in 2005 from his interior position and he has a devastating rip and swim move. He is already hearing from Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State.

Another defensive lineman getting high marks in the Big-9 is Southridge DE Jeremy Salinas (6-1, 230). Salinas was league co-defensive MVP with Vincent. He's explosive with an unbelievable motor, he gets under people's pads and has room to grow. Southridge Head Coach Andy Troxel thinks Salinas has the ability to move to 260 or 270 pound by the time a college would need him.

A player with similar attributes in the Seattle area is Franklin LB/DE Andre Davis (6-2, 235). Davis, who holds close to a 4.0 GPA, is a player with Pac-10 potential. Right now he is playing middle linebacker for Quakers Head Coach Mario Bailey (former UW great), and Bailey considers him the glue to their defense. Give Davis a couple of years in a D1 weight room and proper nutrition and Bailey believes Davis could easily bulk up another 50 pounds.

And last, but certainly not least, is a member of Ferndale's 3A championship squad, DE Mitch Johnson (6-2, 220). Johnson had a monster game against Prosser, creating havoc all along their front line. Again, he's not that hulking, big, freakish D1 defensive end that all the top schools will be drooling on during the May combines, but he's just a solid football player with a frame that can add some pounds and a real hunger for the game.

On the offensive side of the ball, OT/DT Mike Magee from Mead is a player that is already receiving some national attention. He's strong and he plays with an attitude. He was first-team 2005 All-GSL offensive lineman. He's also an accomplished wrestler winning state if freestyle this past year and placed in state as a sophomore as well. Ohio State, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, TCU and Idaho have all made contact with the big man from Spokane, and just recently the Texas Longhorns gave the big man a holler.

Magee has a teammate in All-GSL OL Emilio Sulpizio (6-3, 285), and Washington is checking him out too. The Huskies have already requested film on the Mead duo and expect both to be invited to their junior day later in the month.

From up north, Sehome's Steven Ayers (6-4, 285) sounds like an absolute beast, earning high praise from one regional coach for his D1 potential. Bellingham's Curt Gudde (6-3, 335) is an absolute load but needs to shed some poundage. If he can do that, he's got Pac-10 ability.

Closer to UW, Ingraham's Oliver Klobas (6-2, 290) is another Ram that will most certainly get recruited by D1 schools. He has a chance to be a four-time all-Metro league pick if he has the senior season he's expected to.

Redmond's Devon Cole (6-3,260) played center last year for the Mustangs and he was dominant in the pivot. In one game versus Inglemoor, he blasted a pass-rushing defensive tackle and then for good measure hit a blitzing linebacker…on the same play. He is already receiving interest from a plethora of schools including Miami, California and all of the northwest schools.

Kevin Freitag (6-4,285) is an athletic lineman for Kennedy and he plays both ways. He runs relatively well and has a nasty attitude when he's drive blocking for the Lancer running backs, like Nate Williams.

OL/DL Matt Cleveland from Kentwood and OL/DL Kevin Davis from O'Dea round out the class along the lines. Cleveland (6-4,295) was an honorable mention All-SPSL player last year and Davis (6-4,284) was a first-team All-Metro Mountain Division tackle in 2005. Both are athletically gifted and both play angry.

This is just a preliminary list of players to keep an eye on. As any experienced follower of recruiting knows, there are lots of players that come out of the woodwork during the summer and fall that didn't make this list.

Looking to the future, 2008 has the potential to be another great in-state line class. Some players to also watch for that will be juniors in 2006 are Kennedy's TE/DE Everett Thompson and OL/DL Mike Vigil, Rainier Beach OL Alameda Ta'amu, Lincoln's DL/OL Lepon Mamea, Southridge DE Josh Antonson and Lakes DL/OL Kavario Middleton. Top Stories