It's been stated over and over that the state of Washington is loaded with talented football…
Huskies host big Junior Day event
1) Kentwood RB Demitrius Bronson – He received one of the first offers within the state from the Huskies and he's definitely a player that is going to draw lots of attention from across the country. He's not a speedster, but he has incredible vision and he's got some nice "shake" to make people miss. Washington is currently his only offer, but he's hearing from Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, California, Penn State (where his brother played), Colorado, and Nebraska among others.
2) Lakes DE/TE Kavario Middleton – Widely regarded as the top prospect in the state, Middleton already has offers from Washington and USC and, should he wait to make his decision, he'll have 40 offers to choose. Middleton's head coach, Dave Miller, has said that Middleton is on par athletically with former Lancers and Husky WR Reggie Williams. That's saying a lot.
3) Bethel QB Oliver Henry – Possibly the top signal-caller in the state, Henry threw for almost 2,500 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior in 2006 and he's very athletic for a young man his size (6-6, 210). His head coach mentioned that Washington State was the first school to show the most interest, but now Washington, USC, Oregon, Cal and Boise State are looking at the gun-slinger from the southend. No offers to speak of yet, but that will change soon.
4) Bethel WR Ikaiko Gleason – Diminutive wideout who teams with Henry to form one of the best trios (along with fellow senior-to-be WR Robert Akeo-Orr) in the state. Gleason is only 5-9 right now, but he's got the genes to get bigger and he runs a legit 4.4 40-yard dash. All of the schools interested in Henry have also expressed interest in Gleason. He was named first-team all-league as a punt and kickoff returner as a junior in 2006.
5) Eastlake OL/DL Drew Schaefer – Voted a second-team All-Kingco as a sophomore along the offensive line, Schaefer was a first-teamer on both sides of the ball as a junior. Schaefer has a big frame, gets after it and has an excellent motor. He's also putting the time in the weight room and the expectation is he could play his senior year at 290 and in college at 305 or 310. No offers yet, but that could change very soon. He's seeing interest from most of the Pac 10, but Washington is the school showing him the most interest.
6) Eastlake RB/WR Taylor Lappano – Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano's son and one of Schaefer's closest friends, Lappano is a stud in his own right. His head coach Gene Dales mentioned that he expects Taylor, a part-time starter in 2006, to be a huge contributor in 2007. Taylor put up solid numbers from his wing-back position for the Wolves rushing for 371 yards and two touchdowns, catching three passes for 76 yards and another touchdown and putting up 212 yards and a touchdown on returns.
7) Kentridge OL LeRoi Edwards – Solid line prospect that impressed the coaches and scouts on hand at the Competitive Edge Combine last summer. Has a big body and good frame and is getting interest from Washington State, Washington, Oregon State and Notre Dame among others.
8) Kentridge WR Brandon Turner – One of the best athletes in the state, Turner may not make the junior day due to a scheduling conflict should his basketball team make it to the latter stages of the state tournament in Tacoma. Turner has excellent speed and body control and, while he'll play quarterback this fall for the Chargers, he's probably the top wide receiver prospect in the state. Washington and Washington State are showing him the most interest at this point.
9) Lakes S/WR Jermaine Kearse – Already has an offer from Washington State and more are expected to come flowing in as he hits the camp and combine circuit. Kearse is an excellent athlete, posting a 49-foot triple-jump, and the pedigree to be as good as he wants to be. Kearse and Middleton's high school basketball team is playing in the state tournament, but the expectation is they will be in attendance.
10) Redmond OL/DL Trevor Guyton – The Mustangs featured a very good running game this year and Guyton was a big reason for their success as he helped pave the way for WSU-bound RB Logwone Mitz. Guyton is a nasty competitor and he's got incredible feet and athleticism. WSU was the first to offer and more offers are on the horizon.
11) Evergreen OL/DL Senio Kelemete – Really burst on the scene this past fall with his strength and instincts. Kelemete is the weak-tackle and the strongside defensive end for Sean Tarantola's Wolverine squad. He's also a very good student and he's an accomplished wrestler to boot. Kelemete is one of the top OL in the state and the Huskies are showing him a ton of interest right now.
12) Evergreen QB Luther Leonard – When he gets loose with his mechanics he can be very inconsistent, but Leonard has the size and strength you're looking for in a D-1 quarterback. He's also got the speed and mobility to hurt defenses as a runner. In 2006, Leonard completed 52% of his passes for 1,535 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Washington has been on him for a while, but he's also hearing from Oregon, Miami, Nebraska and Colorado.
13) Rainier Beach OL/DL Alameda Ta'amu – He recently made it known that USC is his top school, but Washington and Oregon are right behind the Trojans and they are more likely to offer sooner rather than later. Ta'amu is a ferocious lineman on both sides of the ball, but most project him as an offensive guard at the next level – although he prefers defense. Look for him to receive quite a few offers before it's all said and done.
14) Kent-Meridian LB Johnny Wilson – Wilson is a fast-riser and quite a few schools have called his coach to get film – including Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida State and Colorado. He's an excellent athlete and he runs well. He's a hard-hitting linebacker that could play inside or outside, but he's probably destined to be a strongside linebacker.
15) Eastside Catholic S/WR Vince Taylor – When you see him walk into a room, you come away impressed with his physique and demeanor. Taylor is all business and he's one of the best athletes on the eastside this year. Taylor caught 35 passes for 707 yards and eight touchdowns last year and led the Crusader defense with 60 tackles and four interceptions as well. He's a playmaker on either side of the ball and someone the Huskies are keenly aware of.
16) Graham-Kapowsin S/WR Rashad Peniston – Outstanding athlete that runs well and plays with a chip on his shoulder. Peniston is a player that could make his mark on either side of the ball, but he's probably destined to play strong safety at the next level.
17) Kamiak CB Justin Glenn – Defensive backs coach J.D. Williams has had Glenn in his cross-hairs for a while and the young man from Mukilteo has done nothing but impress. He's a good running back, but his future is at corner where Glenn's football instincts can take over. He isn't very big, but he's incredibly quick and he's got above-average speed. Washington and Washington State have shown Glenn the most attention early on, most of the Pac 10 and Big 12 have sent letters and requested film.
18) Kamiak TE/DE Skylar Stormo – In Kamiak's wing-T system, no receiver gets many touches, but Stormo still led the Knights with 15 catches for 257 yards and three touchdowns in 2006. He's got a good frame and he's an above-average blocker. Stormo has soft hands as well.
19) Mt. Tahoma S/QB Brandon Jimenez – His former head coach Leon Hatch couldn't stop gushing about Jimenez's skills and said he's one of the best kids he's ever coached. Jimenez was voted a first-team All-Narrows Conference safety as a junior and the expectation is he'll be a player to keep an eye on this fall.
20) Mt. Tahoma OL Donald Gaddy – At 6-3, 300 pounds, Gaddy is a player that has popped up on radars around the northwest and he's hearing from Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State. He's got great feet and he's a very good athlete. He has work to do in the classroom, but there's no denying he's one of the best in the state. Voted first team All-Narrows at guard in 2006.
21) Lakes QB Calvin Schmidtke – One of the top passers in the state, Schmidtke's transfer to a talented team like Lakes makes the Lancers one of the favorites to win state in 2007. Schmidtke's only drawback is his lack of ideal height, but he's smart and he's mechanically sound. He's also a very tough competitor. He's hearing from a plethora of schools including Washington, Oregon State, Idaho and Boise State among others.
**Note: Kennedy TE/DE Everette Thompson will be at Notre Dame this weekend to take in their Junior Day and will not be in attendance for the Washington/UCLA game.
Other possible attendees who we were unable to confirm:
Curtis QB Gerald Hill; Edmonds-Woodway QB Kyle McCartney; White River TE Josh Kelly; RB Mt. Tahoma DE Immanual Satterwhite; Lakes DL Tupou Manea; Bellevue OL David DeCastro; Mariner QB/S Tyler Tuiasosopo; Renton QB Justin Gunn; Eastlake QB Ryan Robertson; Arlington LB Travis Doggett; Evergreen WR Vincente Cordova; Tahoma OL/DL Elijah Ruhl; O'Dea DL Dan Kanczugowski; O'Dea DB Johri Fogerson; O'Dea DL Ed Pelzer; O'Dea LB Carlos Roston; Bellevue DB Danny Razore; Ferris WR Jared Karstetter; Ferris ATH Shawn Stockton; R.A. Long OL Keoki Mawae; Evergreen LB Corey Laufasa; Woodinville LB Justin Mann; Lewis and Clark LB Alex Shaw.
Check back on Sunday and during the week to get reports on these playes and their thoughts on their day at Montlake.
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