2004 top in-state prospects - offense

It seems like the 2003 class has barely been wrapped up, but it's never too early to take a look at who is going to be the creme de la creme when it comes to next year's high schools studs. This class looks to be deeper and more talented at almost every position across the board, compared to last year. Quality on the line, quarterback and the skill positions is there, and there's no question plenty of the players listed will be Husky targets.

The players with comments are the ones we expect to get the most recruiting attention from the Huskies, while the 'Others to watch' list is comprised of those players we feel should be ones to keep in the back of your mind as the fall rolls around. There's no question one or more of those 'others to watch' just might become Husky signees in 2004. On to the players!

Matt Tuiasosopo 6-2, 205 Woodinville, Washington - Matt is a player that obviously has all the tools to succeed at the Division-1 level, but that's just the question - does he want to play football, or is baseball going to be his true calling? One thing is clear in watching him come back last year from injury; he can play through pain and has that trademark Tuiasosopo toughness that has become legendary in UW circles. He can run well and is a bigger than Marques at the same stage in their development. No question he has the intangibles to play the game and showed at as a ball boy at last summer's elite 11 camp.

Gary Rogers 6-4, 200 Mukilteo (Wash.) Kamiak - Gary hails from the same school as current teammate Bobby Dockter and current Husky signee Derrick Bradley. Of the current crop of in-state QB's, Gary just might have the most potential out of all of them. He's got a lot of skill, but last year was his first year as a starter, so he need more experience and more real-time action before his raw talent becomes honed. He's the kind of QB that may not get a lot of west coast hype before the season starts but could work his way up and be a highly coveted kid before it's all said and done. The major hurdle for his is that all his skill guys and lineman are gone except for Dockter. So if Gary is to have a productive season, he's going to have to show a lot of leadership to get it done.

Other quarterbacks to watch:
Kyle Carson 6-5, 200 Longview Mark Morris - transfer from Castle Rock
Roby Clyde 6-4, 210 Pasco - transfer from Connell
Cole Morgan 6-2, 185 Seattle Ballard
James Wright 6-5, 190 Spanaway Bethel
Josh Fullington 6-6, 210 Port Orchard South Kitsap
Alex Smart 6-3, 200 Snoqualmie Mount Si
TJ Conley 6-2, 190 Walla Walla Desales
Brian Ellersick 6-2, 185 Mountlake Terrace

Running Backs:
J.T. Diederichs 6-2, 205 Seattle Ballard - A big back, definitely in the mold of a Corey Dillon, but has a ways to go before he's considered in that league. Ran for 1168 yards last year and should get his chunks of yardage running behind Tyler Ashby and Jim Magee. Only problem for J.T. is whether or not he'll get enough looks with talented ATH Keauntea Bankhead also looking for touches. It's a great problem to have for Ballard QB Cole Morgan.

Other running backs to watch:
Jevon Butler 6-1, 180 Everett Archbishop Murphy
Alefsio Hefa 5-11, 185 Seattle Cleveland
Will Thompson 5-5, 155 Kent Kentwood
Kevin Lawson 5-9, 175 Issaquah
Jordyn Jackson 5-11, 160 Vancouver Columbia River
Tyler Mattair 5-8, 175 Kennewick Southridge
Seth Setterberg 6-1, 200 Shoreline Shorewood
Glenn Gallagher 5-9, 160 Edmonds Edmonds-Woodway
Johnie Kirton (FB ) 6-3, 240 Mill Creek Jackson

Chancellor Young 6-2, 200 Seattle O'Dea - Young, the son of former USC All-American tight end Charle Young, Chancellor will have a lot of pressure to become the next man of Troy. His brother Charles, played football for Stanford, while sisters Candace, Chanel and Cerenity all do track for USC. When you see Chancellor play, you can see his father's influence, especially when catching the ball. He's got plenty of speed and is always looking to break one. His big-play mentality is evident. Kind of like Michael Irvin, he's of the 'I'm just better than you', school of thought. There are a lot of high school players that talk it, but Young backs it up. As a sophomore, Young was fifth in the 100 meters at the class 3A state championships, running nearly four-tenths faster than a certain junior running the same race - Craig Chambers. The winner that day? Reggie Williams. Anybody in that company can compete at the D1 level, and Young's recruiting will be a lot of fun to watch.

Michael Willis 6-3, 190 Tacoma Lincoln - Much like current Husky signee Corey Williams, Willis is a quick, big receiver that's 'en vogue' these days. Also a basketball player for the Abes. The one thing that's going to hurt Willis' numbers this coming fall is the fact that Ben Shelton, arguably the best QB to come out of Lincoln in some time, is gone. He'll have to show he can go up and get the ball and also make the big play without much of a supporting cast.

Other receivers to watch:
Jason Gran 6-1, 190 Buckley White River
Jeff Schwab 6-1, 175 Puyallup
Jake Davis 6-2, 175 Kennewick Southridge
Shane Hoffman 6-1, 180 Shoreline Shorecrest
Erik Woldseth 6-2, 180 Issaquah

Offensive Line:
Bobby Dockter 6-5, 280 Mukilteo Kamiak - Dockter is the best offensive lineman in the northwest and a definite high D1 prospect. He's been playing the tough left tackle spot since he was a sophomore and just runs exceptionally well for a guy his size. He's progressed really well in the past two years and perhaps the best thing about Bobby's game is that he's got the attitude you like to see in a lineman that's part of a group formerly known as 'The 'Dozers'. In short, he's got a lot of nasty.

Aaron Klovas 6-6, 290 Spanaway Lake Bethel - A raw prospect with a ton of upside, Klovas is another tackle prospect that runs very well for a player his size. Aaron plays for a great team in Bethel, where he's being taught how to drive block and pass block with equal effectiveness. Braves coach Eric Kurle runs a balanced attack, so it's important that his linemen are competent in all phases of their game, and while Aaron is still technically raw his learning curve will be quicker simply because of who he's playing for and what will be expected of him.

Tyler Ashby 6-4, 290 Seattle Ballard - Both Dockter and Klovas are outside guys, so Ashby has the potential to be the best interior lineman in the northwest. He's big, tough, nasty and could be just the type of road-grader new Husky OL coach Dan Cozzetto is looking for to re-establish Washington's anemic run attack.

Other offensive linemen to watch:
Casey Bulyca 6-7, 285 Woodinville
Ryan Bush 6-4, 285 Puyallup Rogers
Eddie Vickers 6-4, 290 Vancouver Columbia River
Dryden Long 6-5, 270 Vancouver Columbia River
Phil Hayes 6-5, 275 Seattle O'Dea
Bryan Smith 6-4, 260 Enumclaw
Brett Pearce 6-3, 260 Kent Kentridge
Jonathan Luatua 6-2, 280 Everett
Jess Tate 6-4, 275 Everett Mariner

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