Friday Night Lights - Prospect analysis

Washington's coaching staff was on the road this past Friday night and word is that seven coaches were out at games in the Golden State the night before their tough loss to UCLA. However, there was a good game up on the plateau that needed to be seen that included two Pac 10 commits facing off against each other.

Redmond at Eastlake

There were a few rain showers during the game and it was a close matchup between the two rivals who located only about seven miles from each other.

Even though Eastlake eventually won the game 21-7, this was a closely played game and there were several talented players on both squads that showcased their talents.

Eastlake OL Drew Schaefer (2008) – Schaeffer has already committed to the Dawgs and he showed well against some tough competition. He dominated at left tackle, getting into his sets quickly and never really allowing a defensive end to get around him. On one play he took a false step inside and the player blew past him on the outside, but other than that it was a mismatch in favor of Schaeffer. On defense he was solid, holding tough against the run and showing his athleticism getting after the quarterback from his end position, but it's pretty obvious his future lies along the offensive line.

Eastlake QB Ryan Robertson (2008) – He had a good night, but made a couple of bad decisions early on. He put the ball on the money a couple of times and players dropped sure passes, but for the most part he had good reads. He did make a big mistake in the redzone when he threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by the middle linebacker, but he came right back and hit WR Cory McKay with a beautiful rainbow on the next play to put Eastlake up 14-7 at the end of the third quarter.

Eastlake WR Cory McKay (2008) – He's a big, physical receiver, but I thought he looked better with the ball in his hands than he did catching the ball. He dropped on pass that would have been for a first down and he dropped a touchdown pass that was placed perfectly by Robertson over the outstretched hands of the defender. I also thought he could have fought for a couple of passes that ended up being "jump balls". With his size, he should never be out-muscled for a pass, but he was on two occasions. He still had a nice night receiving and caught the go-ahead touchdown.

Eastlake RB Taylor Lappano (2008) – He had a couple of nice runs – inside runs where he had to put his head down and get tough yards. He also caught a short pass from Robertson and ran it in from 30 yards out for the first score of the evening. It's too bad he's not bigger because he's got good instincts and quickness.

Redmond OL/DL Trevor Guyton (2008) – He's an impressive looking athlete and he played well on the defensive side of the ball, but on offense he was average. For someone his size, he really needed to be blowing guys off the ball, but I just didn't see that. He did make a lot of plays on defense though and he really battled and caused some problems for Eastlake up front.

Redmond QB David Gilbertson (2009) – Keith Gilbertson's son has good size (6-2, 190) and a strong, accurate arm. He made a couple of throws that were really impressive and he read the defense of Eastlake very well. He ran a lot of no-huddle and made most of the calls on the field and moved Redmond pretty well. Even when he had to be mobile he did well throwing on the run and he showed good leadership. He's one to keep an eye on next year.

Redmond WR/S Matt Kimmel (2010) – He didn't play much, but he runs really well and already has good size (6-1, 190) and very, very soft hands. He is a natural receiver and played on all the special teams units. He and Gilbertson will combine next year to be a potent tandem if Redmond can gel along the offensive line.


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