Washington runner is high on the Dawgs

A player that has flown under the radar in the state of Washington is Mt. Si (Snoqualmie, Wa.) RB Brandon Yakaboski, but just because fans haven't heard his name mentioned much, doesn't mean that college coaches don't know about the playmaker from the Cascade foothills.

"I was busy in May and June," Yakaboski said with a chuckle. "I went to Oregon State's combine, the Nike Combine in Eugene, the Oregon camp, the Competitive Edge combine in Sumner and then U-Dub's camp at the end of June."

Yakaboski did well at the Competitive Edge combine clocking the third-best time in the 40 (4.58) and sporting the best vertical (38 inches) of the 300-plus participants.

He especially enjoyed his time on Montlake with the Husky coaching staff during the Tyrone Willingham individual camp and said he's hoping his hard work will pay off in an offer from his favorite school.

"I think I did pretty well there," Yakaboski said. "Coach Willingham hates it when I say this, but I think I have a defensive mentality when I'm running the ball. By that I mean that I want to be aggressive and really hit guys hard and let them know that it's going to be a tough day for them when they're playing my team. I can run outside if I need to, but I'd rather take it right at the defense.

"The reason coach Willingham doesn't like the ‘defensive mentality' phrase is because he says it's just a ‘football mentality'. Football is a tough-man's game and he expects it to be played that way. I see where he's coming from on that and I really like him a lot and I felt like I learned a lot while I was at the camp."

Yakaboski doesn't have any offers yet, but said that Montana, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington have all shown him plenty of attention so far in the still young recruiting season.

"Washington would have to be on top right now with Oregon State right behind them," Yakaboski said. "Montana is there because they've been sending me a ton of mail and Oregon has sent quite a bit as well."

Last year as a full-time running back who carried the load for the 7-3 Wildcats, Yakaboski ran for 1,556 yards and 19 touchdowns. For his efforts he was named the Kingco 3A Offensive Player of the Year and was named 1st team All-Kingco and 2nd team All-State.

"I don't play a lot of defense because my team needs me to get 35 carries a game, but I play in some situations when we need it," Yakaboski said. "We haven't voted on the captains yet, but I should be one and we are really focusing on working hard this summer and my teammates look to me to lead them on the field an off it.

"We want to beat the Bellevue's and the Skyline's and the Issaquah's every year and that's our goal this fall. We want to go to state and see what we can do there and I think we have the team to do it."

Yakaboski plans to take the SAT in October.

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