2004 top in-state prospects - defense

While there are some great-looking offensive prospects in the state of Washington, things look even better on the defensive side of the ball. Excluding cornerback, there are 'can't miss' prospects at every other position. With this in mind, Jeff 'SweetLou' Carr and I broke down each of the top D1 targets, with plenty of 'Others to watch' listed as well. On to the players!

Defensive line:
Jordan White-Frisbee 6-7, 265 Kenmore Inglemoor - While raw technically, you simply can't ignore Jordan's athleticism. It just leaps out at you. Watch him play hoops, and you'll understand. He plays alongside Marvin Williams during the summers, and if he can keep up with Marvin you know he's a special athlete who is just scratching the surface when it comes to his potential. His development mirrors another top in-state athlete who hadn't played a ton of high school football but went on to do some pretty nice things at the Division-1 level. His name? Rien Long. And there's nothing to say Jordan couldn't play offense either. It's that kind of versatility that makes him a coveted player.

Mike Mayer 6-4, 295 Snohomish - Mike has the proto-typical build for a great defensive tackle. Not too short, but not so tall that he loses leverage if he gets his pads up at all. He also has nice long arms and great size overall, a tough player who also plays in a very rough and tumble league (WesCo 4A North). Earning all-area honors as a junior is a nice feat for a prepster, but as a defensive lineman is not easy.

Mitch Reffett 6-1, 255 Moses Lake - The younger brother of current Washington defensive tackle Jordan Reffett, Mitch has something under his belt as a junior that his older brother never achieved - winning defensive player of the year honors in the Big-9 as a junior. That's pretty heady stuff. And while Mitch doesn't have the height you would like to see in an end prospect, he could certainly get taller. Jordan is 6-5, so it's in the genes. In short, the Reffett's are clearly cut from the same cloth. Mitch is one tough hombre.

Nate Johnson 6-4, 240 Lakewood Lakes - A lot like Jordan Reffett his senior year, Johnson is a player that could also be a tight end in college. Nate has a rangy fame a lot like Kai Ellis, complete with big legs and a thick lower torso. Nate has a real nose for the ball and plays in a very solid program, so he's getting some actual coaching. Guys with Nate's frame and feel for the game aren't easy to find, so if he continues to develop as expected he'll be a top in-state prospect this fall.

Others to watch:
Antonio Lindsey 6-2, 275 Federal Way
Michael Nahl 6-3, 315 West Seattle
Tyler Carter 6-3, 230 Walla Walla
Craig Mettler 6-4, 240 Walla Walla
Tony O'Dell 6-2, 265 Everett Mariner
Geoff Robinson 6-1, 265 Seattle O'Dea

Linebackers:
Trenton Tuiasosopo 6-2, 220 Everett Mariner - The cousin of Matt Tuiasosopo, Trenton went down to last year's Oregon NIKE camp and really impressed running with the ball. But his future is on defense. He's also a wrestler, and his tenaciousness is easy to see when you watch him play. Combine that with the family bloodlines and you have a player lined up for success at the next level. Another side benefit of Trenton wrestling is that he's developed great feet and balance and his hand-fighting technique allows him to shed blockers easier than most. He's tough, strong and has all the intangibles to be an elite-level player.

Patrick McKillop 6-3, 230 Tacoma Bellarmine Prep - Here's a player who Hugh Millen would term a 'slobberknocker'. McKillop is the first true elite MIKE prospect in-state in years, arguably since Ty Gregorak. He's already close to 240, so if he continues to grow he may end up even playing with his hand down in college. The big question will be if he can keep his 4.67 speed over the duration at his playing weight. All indications are that he can, and if he can he will be a sure-fire D1 prospect. He's coached by former UW linebacker Mike Baldassin, so that should bode well for the Huskies.

Others to watch:
Mike Welch 6-1, 200 Pasco
Jason Belford 6-2, 220 Tacoma Lincoln
Junior Lei 6-2, 235 Puyallup Rogers
Nick Genatone 6-0, 195 Kennewick Kamiakin
Tyson Kafentzis 6-1, 215 Richland

Safeties:
Keauntea Bankhead 6-0, 200 Seattle Ballard - Arguably the top in-state prospect this year, along with Bobby Dockter and the Tuiasosopos. Bankhead is a 'do it all'-type athlete, who we have listed as a safety but is deadly as a receiver too. There's no question he's the best pure athlete in the state and is just dynamic when he steps on the field. Comparisons to Lawyer Milloy aren't far-fetched in the least, he has that kind of ability and presence on the field. He'll have his choice of where to go to in college.

Bryan Baird 6-3, 215 Vancouver Columbia River - Baird is the type of player in the mold of UW safety Greg Carothers, but is a little bit taller. One thing is beyond dispute - Bryan definitely brings the lumber. He's a big hitter that could grow and end up being an outside linebacker in college. Played against Bellevue in the title game, and even though CR came out on the losing end he came out looking like a true D1 prospect who can play in space and has a real nose for the ball.

John Coombs 6-1, 175 Bellevue - While Bryan Baird is more of the type of safety that plays a lot more active closer to the line, Coombs is your typical ballhawking centerfielder, snagging ten picks for the state champs last year. Playing defense under James Hasty, you have to be a baller and John is just that. The only thing he needs to do is hit the weight room and work on getting bigger and stronger. If he can do that over the off-season, his presence, vision and playmaking ability in the deep-third can't be ignored. His D1 potential is directly in relation to how much bigger he can get while maintaining his speed.

Others to watch:
Steve Davis 5-11, 180 Kennewick Kamiakin
Andre Geraghty 6-2, 190 Seattle O'Dea
Anthony Rosso 6-0, 175 Walla Walla


Defensive Backs:
Darin Harris 5-11, 190 Federal Way Decatur - Darin plays quarterback and cornerback for Decatur head coach Rik Haines, and he's the kind of player, like a Justin Phinissee that a coach like Mike Bellotti loves to bring into his program because of his playmaking abilities and his leadership skills. Harris won't be a QB at the high D1 level, but he's clearly the best athlete on a team that is usually loaded with solid football players. He's got great overall quickness and moves really well when changing direction. One thing Harris should do in order to boost his D1 stock is to hit the college camps this summer to show people that he's got the athleticism that can translate into success at a position other than quarterback.

Others to watch:
Anthony Stewart 5-7, 170 Seattle Rainier Beach
Justin Terry 5-10, 180 Puyallup
Tristan Eastburn 6-1, 180 Seattle Roosevelt
Luke Anderson 5-10, 170 Yakima Eisenhower



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