Two days in California

It was a hectic weekend in the Golden State. Almost 500 kids were on hand for Scout's combines on Saturday and Sunday and Dawgman.com had an up-close and personal view of some of the top prospects in California and several who have Washington high on their list. Here's a look at some of the top performers and we'll start with a player who's already made his decision to become a Dawg…

Taft (Woodland Hills, Ca.) DL/OL Craig Noble: The big man from Taft absolutely owned the competition in the one-on-ones. He went up against Servite (Anaheim, Ca.) OL Matt Kalil, widely considered the best offensive lineman in the state, and had his way with him. Here's some video of Noble so you can see what we mean.

Craig Noble video

Noble has a very quick first step, is brute strong – he's already benching 350 – and has a big frame that can add plenty of muscle and bulk before he arrives on campus in August of 2007. He's also a boxer and has been working hard with his father on his speed and agility.

Carson (Ca.) QB Dominique Blackman: Blackman didn't make Washington's spring game, but said he plans to come to Seattle sometime this summer, most likely for the Huskies' camp in late June.

Blackman is huge. He towered over the rest of the quarterbacks and had a nice touch on the ball, but he also has above-average arm-strength. He also showed excellent leadership skills, coaching up the receivers on how to run a route better, on footwork and he also was getting the numbers of several area quarterbacks so they could work out together.

He has about eight offers right now, but Washington is one that he has his eye on. He won't make a snap decision, but the Huskies are well-positioned for him if they decide they want him.

Don Lugo (Chino, Ca.) CB/RB A.J. Pickens: He, like Blackman, was unable to find a flight that would return him from Seattle in time to work out at the camp on Sunday so he too will head to Washington in June. Pickens is being recruited by the Huskies to play corner, but he ran with the running backs on Sunday.

He has a very quick first step and ran a 4.55 forty. He's got a small frame, but the word down in L.A. is that he is like glue on receivers.

Basha (Chandler, Az.) LB Kurt Mangum II: He moved from Michigan to Arizona his sophomore year and he couldn't be happier. He loves his new home and said that Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham finally found him after losing track of him in Michigan.

According to Mangum's father, Kurt, Willingham and the two coaches who came with him from Notre Dame (Trent Miles and Mike Denbrock) knew of Mangum while he was growing up and they finally made contact recently about camping at Montlake this summer.

Mangum was rated the best linebacker after the camp finished on Sunday and he's got a nice solid frame (6-0, 225) and good speed (4.62). He's also very strong (325 bench) and he didn't give up a completion to a running back or tight end all day.

Centennial (Corona, Ca.) QB Matt Scott: He really jumped out during the three-hour workout. The ball comes out of his hands quickly and he's got excellent zip on his passes. He also runs well, posting a 4.58 forty and a 34-inch vertical.

He put several passes right on the money to his receivers and made quick decisions.

Scott just recently got an offer from California head coach Jeff Tedford and he's had things heat up a bit with the Huskies and plans to come to Washington for their summer camp.

Crespi (Encino, Ca.) QB Kevin Prince: Prince spun the ball really well. He was on target with all of his passes and threaded the needle on a couple of occasions showing a quick release and a very strong, accurate arm

Prince has the Huskies on his list of favorites and said he plans to camp at Washington this summer.

Edison (Fresno) S Brandon Leslie: The talented safety from northern California tweaked his hamstring a little during one of his 40s, but you could see his considerable talent on display as the players were warming up.

After he was pulled out of drills by his coach who didn't want him to do further damage to his gimpy leg, he could be seen on the sidelines rooting on his friend and teammate, Edison CB Robert Golden, who had a great camp, blanketing receivers all day.

In San Francisco, there wasn't a ton of talent on display that the Huskies are in on, but one that stood out was a player with a Washington offer – Riordan (San Francisco) S Daniel Cannon.

Cannon showed off his considerable coverage skills during the one-on-one sessions and the seven-on-seven drills. He was explosive and ran a 4.55 and showed an excellent hip-turn and an understanding of pass routes.

UW and Arizona are his only two offers, but California has started to pick up things as well as Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington State and Boise State.

Stay tuned for more coverage including some updates on these players over the next few days.

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