Husky targets shine at combine

Last year, because of the upheaval surrounding the Washington program, it was tough to find top-shelf players from out of state who were interested in the Dawgs early in the recruiting season. That isn't the case in 2007, as several top prospects from California and Washington made the trip to Citrus College in Los Angeles for the Scout All-American Combine.

Here's a run-down of the players who are being recruited by the Huskies who made their presence felt in southern California:

Rainier Beach (Seattle) DL Emeka Iweka (6-6, 297): Iweka, Washington's lone commit thus far, is raw and it showed during some of the one-on-one drills as he played a little too high allowing the outstanding offensive lineman from California (Hayworth Hicks and Mitchell Schwartz) and Arizona (Kris O'Dowd) to stymie him pretty easily. He then worked on using his hands more, something he said he will continue to improve on, and was able to get to the quarterback with more consistency. Iweka will be entering only his second year of playing football and many scouts feel his potential is unlimited at this point.

Palmdale (Calif.) OT Hayworth Hicks (6-4, 290): Looked solid in individual drills and posted solid speed numbers as well. Had a fire in his belly and stepped up in one-on-one reps and took on the top defensive lineman prospects and more than held his own. Hicks was named to the All-Combine first team. Hicks has mentioned that Washington and Ole Miss are the two schools he plans to visit and he's been offered by both of them.

Junipero Serra (Glendale, Calif.) WR Anthony Boyles (6-3, 190): "The best wide receiver I've seen in the country," was the quote from Scout wide receivers coach Tim Glanton. Boyles caught everything in site, ran well (4.57) and basically carried himself like the best player on the field. He and Rainier Beach DB Vonzell McDowell squared off several times and it would have to be determined a draw between the two. Boyles likes to talk, but he also backs it up. He favors Washington right now and says he and wide receivers coach Eric Yarber have a great relationship and he's confident Yarber can get him to the NFL. He plans on making a decision sometime in the summer and at this point, the Huskies would have to be considered the favorite for the playmaker from southern California.

Rainier Beach CB Vonzell McDowell (5-9, 175): Posted solid speed numbers (4.56) while also showing the gifted California wideouts what kind of defender it takes to win the Metro League Defensive Player of the Year award. As noted above, he and Boyles had a good-natured competition going throughout the day, with neither gaining the advantage on the other.

Rainier Beach LB Gary Kilcup (6-1, 238): Kilcup appears to have the body of a player that could end up as an edge-rusher in college. He runs well, makes plays and brings a winning attitude to the football field. Kilcup didn't run that well, but did show good football speed, technique and instincts while working in space. Was named to the All-Combine first team for his efforts.

Norco (Calif.) LB Jordan Campbell (6-0, 226): There wasn't a more chiseled player on the field than Campbell. He was absolutely ripped and pretty disappointed that he wouldn't be tested in the bench press (where he claims to have put up 185 pounds 42 times). Campbell struggled some in coverage, but showed good speed in the open field and had a good hip turn. Campbell said he expects Washington to offer him after next weekend's Nike Combine at Stanford with a good performance.

Colony (Ontario, Calif.) WR/RB Omar Bolden (5-10, 180): Bolden and another player posted the best 40 yard dash times at the camp with a blistering 4.35 effort. Bolden looked good catching the ball and also looked smooth in his routes and breaks. He was recently offered by the Huskies and said they are one of the schools he is seriously considering.

Highline (Renton, Wash.) DB Anthony Watkins (6-0, 185): Watkins was solid in coverage and, even though he posted a 4.6 in the 40, he was able to run with the arguably one of the best wideouts in the country – Markques Simas from Mira Mesa (Ca.).

Monrovia (Calf.) QB David Potts (6-2, 190): Showed solid athleticism and good arm strength during passing drills. Also ran a solid 4.7 in the 40 and had a 32-inch vertical. Claims that Washington, Arizona and Oregon State head up his list of schools right now. He also likes Colorado and Ole Miss.

Moses Lake (Wash.) DT B.J. Guerra (6-4, 296): Guerra certainly looks the part possessing big arms, a good frame and a broad chest. He struggled some in one-on-one drills, but held his own at other times. Ran well for a big man and showed good quickness in the shuttles.

Mead (Spokane, Wash.) OL Mike Magee (6-5, 300): Ran well for a big man and looks like he could fill out nicely over the next year or two. It appeared he was a little reluctant to get into the one-on-one drills, but sometimes that's just a matter of players with stronger personalities taking reps when others don't step in right away.

Mead OL Emilio Sulpizio: Looked a little soft, but showed well in individual drills and has a good frame to add muscle and bulk.

Rainier Beach QB Jermain Delgardo: Appeared a bit soft and needs to work on his upper body a bit more, but showed a strong arm and quick release. He struggled with his fundamentals at times and is a very raw prospect, but also an intriguing one. Nickname his teammates use is "Tubby".

Edmonds-Woodway (Wash.) WR Eric Greenwood (6-6, 190): Very impressive athlete who showed excellent quickness when setting up the defensive back in one-on-one drills. Very strong and goes up and attacks ball in the air. Had two touchdowns and several receptions. Visiting UNLV this week and will be spending a lot of time at Montlake over the next month at some different football camps.

Kennedy (Burien, Wash.) RB Nate Williams: Williams looked smooth while running and had a nice catch in one-on-one drills, however he didn't get as many reps as you would like to see. Still a top candidate in the state of Washington.

Auburn-Riverside (Wash.) TE David Paulson (6-5, 235): Raised quite a few eyebrows when he ran a 4.69 in the 40. Also had several coaches, players and parents around the field gasping as he caught pass after pass. Showed good hands and solid route-running skills. Expect his status to rise in the coming months.

Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) WR Maxwell Lacy (6-2, 190): Ran very well and showed good burst off the line in individual drills. Also had very good hands and was athletic when battling for the ball with the defensive back. Washington just started recruiting Lacy and he and his father are very fond of Husky head man Tyrone Willingham.

Sehome (Bellingham, Wash.) Steve Ayers (6-5, 285): Showed up in great shape and then didn't disappoint in drills. Won several battles in one-on-ones and was a very nice surprise to several of those in attendance. Just received his first offer on Friday (5/5) and will be a busy young man in June as he attends three individual camps (Washington,

Also in attendance were several players who we were unable to view during drills. They include:

Kennedy OL Kevin Freitag; Redmond RB Logwone Mitz; Highline DB Brian Watkins; Rainier Beach DB/RB Kevin Sampson; Evergreen LB Tobias Togi.

There were several other players that Washington is recruiting that we were unable to get in touch with so expect more to come out in the coming weeks as offers are extended and sleepers come to life.


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