Skyview (Vancouver, Wa.) WR/DB Forrest Russell
It was rainy, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the 150 players who took part in Sunday's Barton Camp at Issaquah (Wa.) High School. There were some impressive athletes on the field and, in this article, we take a look at some of the top quarterbacks, receviers, tight ends and defensive backs that we saw on the field...
-- Kennedy (Burien, Wa.) QB Connor Richardson (2013) – The big left-hander takes over for the Jason Thompson who is headed to play quarterback at Wyoming. Richardson is a good athlete, proving that when he played receiver the past couple years, but he’s a Taylor Barton protégé who is at every Barton event and while he’s still raw as a passer, he has a nice high delivery, good mechanics and enough athleticism to be a real thorn in the side of Kennedy opponents. He should make the Lancers’ offense much more diverse than it’s been.
-- Graham-Kapowsin (Wa.) CB Kahlil Dawson (2013) – Dawson maintains just one offer, Wyoming, but he’s been hearing from other schools including Washington State, Oregon State and Portland State. Dawson is a hard-worker and while he’s very competitive, he’ll smile and help you up as soon as the play is over. He also helped out with one of the younger DBs that was taking part in drills with him. He will be taking part in other Barton Camps including the one at the University of Washington on June 30th.
-- Skyview (Vancouver, Wa.) WR Forrest Russell (2013) – If he were even just three inches taller, Russell would be one of the top-recruited wideouts in the state of Washington this year. As it is, he’s a very productive prep wideout (50 receptions for 810 yards and 7 touchdowns as a junior in 2011), but his size (5’7”, 145) will keep him from being recruited by upper-level schools. Portland State is currently the only schools showing him interest.
-- Skyline (Sammamish, Wa.) TE Isaiah Richmond (2013) – Richmond is a huge prospect and he has really “blown up” this spring with what he’s shown at camps. At 6’6, 231 pounds, Richmond is an impressive looking athlete and he’s shown good hands and better-than-expected route-running abilities. He didn’t take up football until his junior season (2011), so he’s got a lot of upside to his game. He’s currently hearing from Colorado, UCLA, Washington State and Boise State, but no offers have been put in front of him at this point.
-- Interlake (Bellevue, Wa.) WR Kamana Adriano (2013) – Adriano played quarterback last year for Interlake, but his year he’ll make the move to wideout and that’s primarily what we’ve seen him do this spring. He runs outstanding routes, he’s an explosive athlete and he’s smart. He just needs to get more reps at wideout this year in order to garner attention from bigger schools. His size will probably make some schools hesitate to offer him, but he’s worthy of at least a lower FBS school’s attention.
-- Mount Si (Snoqualmie, Wa.) S Hunter Malberg (2013) – Mahlberg is just a baller. He loves to compete and get after it and he is a big-time playmaker to boot. Mahlberg is hearing a lot from schools like Montana, Montana State and Portland State. He plans to take in the Northwest Elite Camp next month (June 8th) at Mercer Island High School. At 6’1”, 185 pounds, Mahlberg is one of the most underrated defensive prospects in the state. He had six interceptions and over 60 tackles last year while earning All-Kingco 3A First Team honors last fall.
-- Mount Si (Snoqualmie, Wa.) CB/WR/PR/KR Tyler Button (2013) – Because he’s only about 5’7”, 150 pounds, Button isn’t getting the recognition he deserves, but he’s a playmaker for the Wildcats. He’s getting looks from smaller schools like Eastern Washington and Montana and should see things pick up this summer on the camp circuit. He’ll need to find the right system, but there’s no denying he’s a dynamic player at the high school level.
-- Curtis (University Place, Wa.) DB/RB E.J. Deveaux (2013) – I like Deveaux on the defensive side of the ball, but he is also a pretty good runner. While splitting carries last year, he still managed to post over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns for Curtis and this year should see a bulk of the carries as they try and get back into the playoffs. Deveaux isn’t hearing from a lot of schools yet, but he’ll hit the camp circuit this summer (mainly the NFTC in Eugene, the NW Elite Camp at Mercer Island High School and possibly a couple of individual camps at colleges) to show coaches what he can do.
-- Jackson (Mill Creek, Wa.) RB/DB Keynan Foster (2015) – Foster is a very athletic kid and he’s only going to be a sophomore this fall. He ran well and showed good hands out of the backfield. He played some DB as well and showed the requisite speed and quick change of direction necessary to be a player to keep an eye on this fall.
-- Skyline (Sammamish, Wa.) WR Nic Sblendorio (2013) – Everytime I see this kid I wonder what he’s been up to because he always seems to look bigger than the last time I saw him. He is a cut 6’1”, 197 pounds and he looks to have the frame to add another 10 to 15 pounds pretty easily. One thing about Sblendorio, he’s as hard a worker as there is on the field. He never quits, he’s always hustling from one drill to the next and he’s always talking with other players about what they saw, what he did and what he could have done. I like Nic better as a hard-hitting, ball-hawking safety prospect, but he sees himself as a wide out and it’s hard to argue. He’s so strong in the air when going up for the ball and he runs the crispest routes I’ve seen from a high school wideout. Someone who takes a chance on him will be really happy with what they end up with, regardless of which side of the ball he ends up on, but at this point he’s just getting mild interest from Eastern Washington, Portland State, Idaho and Wyoming at this point.
-- Auburn (Wa.) Mountainview QB Domenic Rockey (2013) – Rockey is a long, lean prospect who has plenty of room to grow. He’s 6’2”, 195 pounds, but should be able to put on 10 to 15 pounds pretty easily. He spins the ball well and he’s started to put some impressive camps together, showing better mechanics (thanks to both the Barton workouts and the Steve Gervais camps). He has seen tepid recruiting from both Eastern Washington and Washington State and will need to really show what he can do on the camp circuit this summer.
-- Bothell (Wa.) RB/DB Reshon Watson (2013) – I love the way this kid plays the game. Danny Wilson gets most of the carries on offense, but Watson also gets some looks there too. However, he appears to be a much better corner prospect after watching him yesterday. He never backs down from competition and loves to get after it. He also is very hard on himself, expecting himself to make every play which you love to see. He’s quick out of his breaks and he reads things really well.
-- Wilsonville (Or.) WR Tanner Shipley (2013) – Widely regarded as the top wideout in Oregon next year, Shipley is a smooth athlete and runs very good routes as well. He also has great concentration when the ball is in the air, catching two passes that were tipped shortly before he snatched them out of the air. He doesn’t have an offer yet, but said he is hearing one could be coming this week at some point. We’ll see who it is, but apparently he’s been hearing the most from Wyoming, UNLV, Nevada and Oregon State.
-- Bothell (Wa.) QB Ross Bowers (2015) – All I can say is…wow. He looks a lot like Jake Heaps when he was a freshman except he’s about two inches taller. At 6’2”, Bowers already has good height and he can really gun the ball in. He needs to get stronger and that will only help his already above-average arm. He’s only a freshman right now (he will be sophomore this fall), but he already shows a great command of the “huddle” and he picks things up quickly. It will be a lot of fun watching him develop over the next couple years.
-- Union (Vancouver, Wa.) QB Nolan Henry (2014) – Henry is Kellen Clemens’ cousin and, like his elder relative, Henry has a lot of the same features – strong arm, good mobility and feet and solid leadership skills. All he needs now is experience and this fall the junior-to-be will get that and then some. Henry showed good mechanics and spun the ball well in the wet conditions. While he’s getting better as a passer, 7 on 7’s isn’t where his game will really show well at this point because I believe he’s going to be a run/pass threat as a starter this fall. He needs to get out on the edge of the defense on boots and roll outs so he can really show what he can do.
-- Lincoln (Portland, Or.) TE P.J. Smith (2013) – Smith is an outstanding athlete for someone already tipping the scales at 265 pounds and measuring in at 6’2”. He’s probably destined for somewhere along the defensive or offensive line eventually, but there is no denying he has great hands and enough athleticism to be a threat as a tight end in the right scheme. He showed soft hands and the ability to get open although he didn’t get a lot of separation on guys. When the ball was in the air, no one was able to keep him from going up and getting the ball.
-- O’Dea (Seattle, Wa.) QB Pierre Le Dorze (2014) – LaDorze is a great looking athlete who is getting better every week at throwing the ball. His mechanics are solid and he’s getting used to throwing the ball down the field, something you could see more this year for the Irish. He’s also a solid baseball prospect, so it will be interesting to see how far he can go in both sports. One think I like about LaDorze is his already impressive size and he has yet to really even add that much extra to his frame. He’s 6’2”, 215 pounds now and should be able to put on at least 10 to 15 pounds more pretty easily. He has a chance to be a three-year starter at O’Dea which is almost unheard of for a team loaded with talent like O’Dea.
-- Bellevue (Wa.) DB Reuben Mwehla - A big, physical DB, Mwehla appears like a kid who will likely end up at safety in college. He's 5'9", 195 pounds already and he's got a muscular frame. He's quick and he loves to compete. "Loves to compete" isn't even a strong enough phrase for what his attitude is when he steps on the field. He just loves to get after it any chance he gets. He looks like an FCS SAM linebacker or possibly a strong safety at a smaller FBS program, but his leadership skills are something that will benefit the program he ends up at. He also told me that "Bellevue put the defense in me", admitting that he was more of an offensive player before he got in the program there. Now, he's all about defense, although he is a contributor for the Wolverines on offense as well.