An in-state look ahead: 2007 receivers

Chris Izbicki (Scout.com)

As Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham announced the 21 players who make up the 2006 recruiting class for the Huskies, many recruitniks were already clamoring to find out about the in-state prospects for the 2007 recruiting season. Here is a preliminary look at some of the players from around the "Evergreen State" who will be seniors next year. Today we look at the receivers, including tight end.

Travis Mattair (6-5, 215) from Southridge is a player who may end up at linebacker, but he plays wide receiver and free safety for the Suns. He doesn't have great track speed (4.8) but he has football speed and always seems to be around the ball. He is an excellent baseball prospect – he was rated the number-one baseball prospect in the state as a sophomore – and his coach Andy Troxel says he could play either sport at the next level. So far Mattair is getting interest from Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Idaho and Boise State.

Edmonds-Woodway wideout Eric Greenwood (6-5, 180) will remind some of a thinner Ed McCaffrey when you watch him run and catch the ball. He caught 30 passes for 470 yards and five touchdowns in a run-oriented offense as a junior. He has good hands and deceptive speed.

Kawika Emsley-Pai (6-0, 180) is Jake Gelakoska's favorite target at Jackson and he had an outstanding junior season in 2005. He caught 56 passes for 760 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for three scores and passing for one more. As a defensive back, he had 81 tackles and two interceptions. He also averaged 41.6 yards per punt and piled up 527 yards returning punts and kickoffs.

Another Seattle-area athlete that will make waves as a receiver is Evergreen speedster Randall Henderson (5-11, 180). He averaged nearly 120 all-purpose yards per game for Shaun Tarantola's team, and is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. Under Tarantola's tutelage, Henderson should flourish as a senior two-way playmaker.

On the other side of the lake, Lake Washington's Gerard Boseman (5-11,180) had a great year for former Kangs HC Tim Tramp in 2005 – 38 catches for 606 yards and four touchdowns. He excels on both sides of the ball, so Boseman will be counted on in 2006 as one of the area's top skill players.

(Olympia) Timberline WR Bobby Barnes is already receiving national interest, with contact from Wisconsin, Michigan and some other Big Ten schools as well as most of the Pac 10. He is quick, elusive and has good football speed. He was invited to the junior combine down in San Antonio that followed the Army All-American game and he performed well. His size (5-9, 155) may be the biggest reason he isn't as heavily recruited as he should be.

Anacortes is a school known more for putting out the beef (Rien and Devan Long, Jim Rains), but this year their top player is a rangy receiver that has D1 potential. Josh Freeman (6-3, 200) got kudos from at least one area coach for his abilities and his athleticism. Freeman plays both basketball and football, and could definitely be a sleeper to watch.

Closer to the Seattle area, watch for Lindbergh's John Desmarais (6-2, 180). We saw him fight hard in a 53-7 thumping at the hands of eventual 3A champ Ferndale, but Desmarais was a huge bright spot - accounting for over 200 all-purpose yards for the Eagles. He's a bigger skill athlete that has a knack for the game and plenty of confidence.

Tight end is a position that the Huskies will hit hard this summer and next fall and two players from the state are worthy of division-one consideration. Edmonds-Woodway's Casey Hamlett (6-4, 235) and Lake Washington's Chris Izbicki (6-4,240) both have soft hands and good size.

Izbicki caught 23 passes in 2005 en route to first-team All-KingCo 4A honors. He runs like a deer and has a bit of a nasty streak in him. Hamlett is a bruiser who seals the corner well and was a great outlet for his quarterback as a junior last year. Both play defensive end (Izbicki lines up at linebacker sometimes as well) and could play either side of the ball at the next level.

Cody Pollock (6-6, 250) from Fife and David Paulson (6-4, 230) from Auburn-Riverside will be two other tight ends to watch throughout the recruiting process.

Kennedy's Everett Thompson is a player who looks like the top prospect for tight ends in 2008. He blocks well, runs good routes and has soft hands.

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