An in-state look ahead: 2007 LB'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. Today, we look at the linebackers.

There isn't an Anthony Felder or an E.J. Savannah that just leaps out in this class. But this class also has the potential to be one of the deepest in recent memory.

Adam Robinett (6-1, 225) from Orting is a player that isn't that well known right now, but he will be very, very soon. He led his team to an 11-1 record in 2005 and had 135 tackles (96 primary), including 23 in one game. He was named first-team Class 2A All-State by the Associated Press and Defensive MVP of the Nisqually League Cascade Division. He hits hard and has great instincts.

Rainier Beach's Gary Kilcup (6-1, 210) is another defender who seems ready to break out with a big senior season. Kilcup runs like a safety but hits like a linebacker and many feel that is where he will end up at the next level. When watching him in action, you couldn't help but feel sorry for the ball-carrier who he put a hat on. He is very physical.

Lincoln's Faaifia Leaupepe (6-0, 225) is an excellent linebacker prospect who could end up with his hand on the ground as a defensive end if he adds weight once he gets to college. He is tough and hits like a ton of bricks. He, along with Roman Pula, led the Abes defense and at this point he is hearing from most of the northwest schools.

Chris Olson (6-1, 205) from Southridge High School in Kennewick, had 115 total tackles in nine games, earning all-Big-9 honors. There are a lot of talented players coming back for Southridge, and he just might have as much potential as any of them.

Ingraham is starting to stockpile talent. They had two players last year earn D1-AA scholarships (Myron Beck and Jeffrey Solomon), and there could be more on the way. Two Ram linebackers to watch out for are Will Gable (6-1, 210), an all-Metro performer, and Omari Guidry (6-1, 200).

Evergreen's Tobias Togi (6-0, 225), is a two-way terror for Head Coach Shaun Tarantola, and could be great MIK prospect in college. He would love to play offense at the next level, preferably fullback - where he can lay his hat on somebody. Togi is a hard worker and gives maximum effort on every play.

Isaac Bond (6-2, 226) out of Vancouver (Skyview) and Brandon Williams (6-0, 225) from Federal Way are two more players that fans will become acquainted with next football season. Two more linebackers from up north are certainly ones to watch - Bellingham's Brian Dundas (6-0, 210) and Pete Galbraith (6-2, 220). Galbraith, in the eyes of one area high school coach, reminds him of another small school star that went on to the Pac-10: former Forks RB/LB Pat Bennett.

And last, but certainly not least - Henry Hippely (6-0, 205) from Woodinville - a 4A finalist, and Chris Jones (5-11, 195) from Mead, are two difference-makers for big-time programs that could have big futures in college.


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