Husky Commits: Week 10

High school football teams are wrapping up their regular seasons and several of Washington's 22 commits have led their teams to the state playoffs. Here's a quick update on how they've done so far this season as well as some other Husky targets who are also having big seasons...

1) Jesuit (Portland) ATH Keanon Lowe Jesuit's "Mr. Everything", Lowe has posted 512 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, while hauling in 27 receptions for 405 yards and six touchdowns and has posted 35 tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery from his defensive back position. Lowe and his Crusader teammates are 8-1 and take on McKay High School this weekend to finish out their regular season.

2) Colton (Ca.) K Alejandro Maldonado - He continues to show why Washington and Nevada were on him so early. He's only made three of five field goal attempts for the Yellowjackets, but of his 51 kickoffs, 45 have been touchbacks and almost all of them have been out of the back of the endzone. Maldonado has also shown the ability to punt hitting 18 of his 20 inside the opponents' 20 yard-line with a long of 65. "I have a strong leg and I could do either punting or kicking when I get to Washington, but right now they've told me they like me as a kicker," were the words of Maldonado when I spoke to him recently.

3) Lakes (Lakewood, Wa.) DT Sione Potoae - The second-ranked Lancers haven't been tested this year, holding teams to just 6.3 points per game and less than 125 yards per game. Their 10-0 record will be put to the test in the playoffs, but with players like Potoae holding down the interior of the line they should continue to be very stout. For the season Potoae has 26 tackles and three sacks from his defensive tackle position and he also helps lead the way from up front for the Lakes running attack that averages 307 yards per game while RB Willis Wilson has amassed 1,254 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing. This week Lakes takes on North Thurston in the second-round of the 3A state playoffs.

4) Lakes LB/DE Darius Waters - He's one of the most explosive pass-rushers in the state, but Waters has only put up modest numbers this fall since teams never try to throw on the Lancers. He's posted 19.5 tackles and four sacks this year, but during most games Waters was on the sidelines during the second half while the second teamers got valuable playing time.

5) Lakes WR/S Jamaal Kearse - Lakes' passing game isn't very good this year with a young athlete in Cedric Dozier still learning the position. Kearse's offensive stats have taken a dive this season only nabbing 16 receptions for 225 yards and two touchdowns while on defense he's managed to post 20 tackles and one interception that he returned for a touchdown from his safety position. Rarely does a running back make it past the front-seven of the Lancers' defense, so Kearse has had limited chances at making tackles.

6) Loyola OL Colin Tanigawa - Washington got a commitment from Tanigawa shortly after he visited last month and he's a player who has helped lead the way for the Cubs' offensive attack. Tanigawa has played all over the line, but has been a fixture at right tackle for Loyola this fall. Loyola, normally a stalwart program, is 3-6 right now and will finish up their regular season this coming Friday when they take on Crespi at East Los Angeles College.

7) Redlands (Ca.) East Valley DE Andrew Hudson - Hudson's pressure off the edge has helped lead the Wildcats to a 9-0 record with his team-leading nine sacks to go along with his 49 tackles. This week East Valley takes on cross-town rival Redlands before they head to the playoffs.

8) Bothell (Wa) TE/DE Michael Hartvigson - Bothell has had a great season and won the Kingco 4A title when the downed Skyline at home two weeks ago and Hartvigson has been a huge contributor, both on offense – 16 receptions for 213 yards and six touchdowns – as well as on defense where he has 13 tackles as a defensive end. Last weekend Bothell defeated Stanwood 61-0 and the big tight end had an eight yard touchdown reception in the win. Tomorrow Hartvigson and his teammates take on Rogers (Puyallup) in the second round of the playoffs.

9) Bothell OL Colin Porter - While he plays both ways, Porter's future lies on the offensive line and in their game against Skyline, the big o-lineman was dominant. He's got great feet and plenty of room to add to his 285-pound frame. Look for him to continue to lead the way for Bothell's potent ground-game that has led RB Luke Proulx to almost 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

10) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Ca.) QB Nick Montana - When he committed to Washington, it quickly took the sting away from losing out on Skyline QB Jake Heaps. So far this season, Montana has done nothing to disprove why he was so highly thought of heading into the season. This season he's put up solid, if unspectacular numbers, due to the Lions' (9-0) manhandling of most of their opponents on a weekly basis. So far this season he's completed 96 of 158 attempts for 1,566 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions. Tomorrow night he and the rest of his teammates will take on Nordhoff on the road to end their regular season.

11) Oaks Christian OT Erik Kohler - Kohler has helped lead the charge of the Lions' offensive attack this fall while keeping Montana upright much of the season. Kohler and his linemates also have helped RB Malcolm Jones, a UCLA commit, to a 1,400 yard, 22-touchdown season so far. Kohler is slated for tackle once he arrives at Washington and could be in the two-deeps very early in his college career.

12) Citrus Hill (Perris, Ca.) Deontae Cooper - Cooper continues to put up huge numbers this season, averaging 273 yards per game. His season total of 2,463 yards on 274 rushes for 29 touchdowns leads the state. Amazingly, in three games Cooper actually carried the ball 58, 44 and 53 times. Just to give you a bit of perspective, most high school teams don't run more than 60 plays in an entire game. Cooper and the Hawks, now 9-0, finish off the regular season with a game on the road against Tahquitz before they head into the playoffs.

13) O'Dea (Seattle) FB Zach Fogerson - The Irish's only loss this season came when they took a step up and played against Bothell in a 4A/3A cross-over game. Fogerson has been dealing with some injuries this fall, but has still managed 317 yards rushing and eight touchdowns while being utilized mainly as a lead-blocker for outstanding junior RB Keenan Forch. O'Dea faces a tough test this weekend when they take on Liberty in the second round of the state playoffs at Memorial Field in Seattle.

14) O'Dea OL Ben Riva - Riva is a really good athlete who has been in the Washington boat for quite some time. Riva is a player who could play almost anywhere along the offensive line once he arrives at Montlake, but it appears he's going to start out as a tackle. This season the Irish are averaging 234 yards per game on the ground and Riva is a big reason for their success on the ground.

15) Auburn (Wa.) S/RB Chris Young - Word came out almost two weeks ago that Young had been suspended from the football team for a "code of conduct" violation. Even so, Young has been one of the top players on the entire west coast this season and was well on his way to 4A Player of the Year honors before the disciplinary action was taken. He posted 1,108 yards rushing on 77 carries for a 14.4 yards per carry average to go along with 20 touchdowns. He also set a school-record with a 13-carry, 284-yard, six-touchdown effort against Auburn Riverside back on October 30th. Defensively, where Young is headed once he arrives at Washington, he posted 48 tackles and two interceptions while eliciting "oohs and aahs" every time he laid the lumber on an opposing wideout that ventured into his area.

16) Jordan (Long Beach, Ca.) QB/S John Timu - Was lost in week three to a blown knee.

17) Jordan LB Princeton Fuimaono - The talented linebacker has been the leader on a team that lost its best playmaker, Timu, to an injury. Fuimaono has posted 62 tackles and four sacks to go along with an interception while posting 250 yards and two touchdowns rushing this season.

18) Oakland Tech WR DiAndre Campbell - Last weekend Campbell had four catches for 102 yards including a 44-yard touchdown in the Bulldogs' 26-20 win over Castlemont. Campbell has posted solid numbers this fall, hauling in 25 receptions for over 400 yards and nine touchdowns. This weekend Campbell and his teammates will take on McClymonds and if they win they will win the Oakland Athletic League title.

19) Narbonne (Harbor City, Ca.) RB Melvin Davis - This season the big back has played with a heavy heart due to the loss of a friend of his last spring to a drive-by shooting. However, he's been a man among boys, posting 894 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground while hauling in 13 receptions for 153 yards and one more touchdown as a receiver out of the backfield. Tomorrow night the Gauchos finish out the regular season with a game against Banning High School at home.

20) Taft (Woodland Hills, Ca.) DE/LB Brent Williams - Williams has had a solid season for the Toreadors, posting over 30 tackles and seven sacks while helping lead them to a 5-4 record. He's a hybrid player who could play defensive end or outside linebacker once he arrives at Montlake.

21) Warren (Downey, Ca.) RB/CB Jesse Callier - If it weren't for the presence of Cooper already on Washington's commit list, Callier would be the top rusher in this class. His 2,063 yards and 229 yards per game are second only to Cooper in the state of California and his 29 touchdowns are tied for the most in the state with Cooper. Last week in a 49-24 win over Paramount, Callier posted 279 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. In addition to his outstanding productivity as a running back, Callier is also a standout corner posting 36 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. Tomorrow night, Warren, now 8-1, takes on cross-town rival Downey at home before they head into the playoffs.

22) Mililani (Hi.) S/WR Taz Stevenson - Stevenson's offensive numbers are down a bit - he has 400 rushing yards, 400 receiving yards and eight touchdowns overall - but that's because they are using him more on defense than they ever have. That, and he's also missed two-and-a-half games due to injury. But despite all that, Taz has racked up 45 tackles from his spot in the defensive backfield. Mililani finished the season 7-3 and lost last week to Kahuku in the semi-finals of the state playoffs, so Stevenson's season is now completed.


Other Husky Targets...

1) Colton S/RB Derrick Malone - Malone has had a big season for the Yellowjackets this year, posting 1,161 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on the ground while posting 38 tackles, 13 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries from his safety position.

2) Farrington LB V.J. Fehoko - Fehoko came back on Washington's radar recently and has been solid for the Governors, posting 68 tackles, five sacks and four fumble recoveries while leading them to an 8-2 record. This weekend he and his teammates will take on Honoka'a in the state semi-finals.

3) Brighton (Salt Lake City) DT Ricky Heimuli - One of the top defensive tackles in the country, Heimuli had a solid senior season for the Bengals posting 63 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles while helping lead them to a 6-4 record.

4) Cathedral (Los Angeles) WR Anthony Jefferson - The talented wideout has had one of the biggest seasons in southern California for a wideout. So far this season, Jefferson has posted 41 receptions for 942 yards and 11 touchdowns while posting 28 tackles, one sack, one interception, seven passes defensed and two blocked field goals. This weekend Jefferson and his Phantom teammates take on Serra's potent offensive attack in what should be a great matchup.

5) Eureka (Ca.) FB/LB Soma Vainuku - The Loggers got off to a rough start, going 1-2 in their first three games, but have won six in a row and a lot of that can be attributed to the leadership on offense and defense of Vainuku. As a bruising fullback, Vainuku has rushed for 960 yards and 18 touchdowns and has posted 15 tackles and two sacks from his linebacker position. This weekend Eureka ends their regular season with a tilt against Fortuna.

6) St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Ca.) CB Troy Hill - Hill has been solid for the Seraphs on both sides of the ball, but it's on defense where he's expected to contribute in college. As a shut-down corner for St. Bonaventure, Hill has posted 45 tackles and two picks while missing several second halfs due to the score of the game being so lopsided. The Seraphs take on Dos Pueblos to end their regular season on Friday night.

7) Servite (Anaheim, Ca.) DT Kirifi Taula - One of the fastest risers up recruiting boards this fall, Taula is a key cog on one of the best defenses in the Golden State. This season Taula has posted 36 tackles and five sacks while helping lead the Friars to an 8-1 record. This weekend Taula will lead Servite against JSerra Catholic High School to finish out the regular season.

8) Curtis (River Ridge, La.) CB Jonathan McKnight - The talented corner was just offered by the Huskies and could take a visit to Washington in January. He's posted 21 tackles, one interception and 15 passes defensed so far this season for a team that is now 9-0 and finishes their regular season this weekend against Mangham.

9) La Habra (Ca.) RB/LB Joshua Quezada - The compact player makes plays on both offense and defense. Quezada has rushed for 1,440 yards and 19 touchdowns this season while posting 55 tackles on defense. On Friday night, the 8-1 Highlanders will take on Fullerton to finish out the regular season.

10) Culver City (Ca.) LB Victor Burnett - Burnett has been an absolute beast for the Centaurs this season. While leading the team to a stellar 8-1 record, Burnett has posted 105 tackles, four sacks and one interception that he returned for a touchdown. Friday night Culver City take son Beverly Hills High School to finish up their regular season.


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