Barton camp well attended at UW

Some of the top skill-position talent was on hand this weekend at the Dempsey Indoor training facility at the University of Washington and we were there to witness the two-hour long workout. Former Husky quarterback Taylor Barton and his counselors, including former Husky WR Paul Arnold, Evergreen head coach Shaun Tarantola and Arlington head coach Tim Tramp ran the players through their paces.

There was little in the way of "down time" for the players as they focused early on running routes, using their hands and mechanics.

Barton took the top quarterbacks under his wing early and those included Skyline QB Jake Heaps (class of 2010), Central Catholic (Portland) QB Nick Green (2008), Evergreen QB Luther Leonard (2008) and Lakes QB Calvin Schmidtke and worked on their footwork and attention to detail.

Heaps needs to put on weight, he's only 175 pounds right now, but he's got everything you could want in a signal-caller. He's a total gym-rat, runs well and he's got an above average arm. From speaking to his father, the plan is for him to get into the weight-room after basketball season ends to get the young passer from Skyline up to about 190 pounds before the season starts.

Heaps will challenge junior QB Eric Beige to see who will end up under center for the Spartans.

Leonard is exactly what you look for athletically in a D-1 quarterback. He's cut, has a big-time arm and he's got excellent mobility. Where he runs into problems is in his mechanics. If he loses his focus, he tends to release the ball too high and that leads to innacurate throws. Early on he's receiving lots of attention from Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and California.

Schmidtke is an interesting player. He doesn't have the physical attributes of a D-1 quarterback -- he's only 5-11 -- but he's got a good arm and he's solid mechanically. His transfer to Lakes adds a dimension missing from the Lancers roster the past couple of years -- a leader under center.

Green is most likely the top quarterback prospect in the state of Oregon next year, but he's recovering from a torn ACL that caused him to miss most of last season. He looked like he's regained his mobility and his mechanics are still very sound.

Some of the top receivers and tight ends from the state were also in attendance.

Evergreen's Vincente Cordova is an absolute physical specimen. He's about 6-4, 180 pounds of all muscle and he's a very smooth athlete. He struggles with his concentration at times, but he's got it all physically. Cordova is a high hurdler who has legit 4.6 speed and he can jump out of the gym.

Right now Cordova is hearing mostly from Oregon, Washington, Stanford and some Ivy League schools. He sports a 4.0 GPA and will take the SAT this spring.

Eastlake was well-represented today.

Wolves head coach Gene Dales brought several players, but the most impressive were QB Ryan Robertson and WR Cory Mackay who are both going to be seniors this fall.

Robertson doesn't have great mobility, but he's got a great release and he's got a strong arm.

Mackay is a solid 6-5, 215 and will likely end up at tight end at the next level. He's getting some questionaires and letters from the local schools (UW, WSU, Oregon, OSU) but with good performances at the combines, expect his stock to rise in the months ahead.

Eastside Catholic ATH Vince Taylor looked excellent in running his routes and showed good quickness out of his breaks. He's also got very sticky hands. He's a player to keep an eye on. Right now he's hearing from Oregon, Cal, Washington State, Washington and Arizona State.

Arguably the best wideout in the state will be playing quarterback next year for Kentridge. Brandon Turner, who is a physical specimen, ran really well and has soft hands. He's also a good leader, showing some of the younger players in his group how to run some routes and set up the defensive backs. He's mainly hearing from Washington and Washington State and plans to camp at both this summer.

Another of the state's top prospects, Kennedy TE Everette Thompson, looked good catching the ball. He's a fluid athlete who loves to play the game. I spoke with him briefly after the workout and he said Washington, Washington State and Oregon are still his only offers and that he will be heading to South Bend next month for Notre Dame's junior day.

Thompson said Oregon and WSU are recruiting him as a defensive end and that Washington is looking at him to play tight end or defensive end.

Thompson is hearing from schools across the country and will be one of the top players recruited in Washington this coming fall.

Three of Thompson's teammates also were in attendance and all three are playmaking juniors-to-be.

Tre Watson and Nolan Washington both play corner and started for the Lancers as sophomores, while D'Mario Carter, also a sophomore, started at outside linebacker. All three are super-quick and have good speed and athleticism.

Franklin Pierce out of Tacoma had two big-time athletes in attendance.

DE/OL Nathan Holloway (2009) is already 6-3, 294 and runs really well for a young man his size. His father played D-3 ball in college and he is a very large man. Holloway said he runs a 4.8 forty and he already sports a 295 pound bench and a 400 pound squat. He'll probably be one of the top juniors in the state this next fall.

TE Austin Olson also looked really good. He's not very big right now, but he's got great hands and a good frame. I expect him to be in the 225 pound range this fall.

One other player that looked really good is an OL/DL out of Lakes. His name is Sione Potoae and he's only a freshman, but he started both ways for the Lancers last year. He already benches 300 pounds and is super-quick. He ran with the tight ends and showed relatively soft hands and excellent agility for a player his dimensions. He could be one of the top players in the state for the 2010 season.

The Bartons will have another camp at the University of Washington next week (February 25th) before taking a week off and then returning on March 4th and 25th. To find out more information, please go to their website -- Air-Attack Football. Top Stories