Here's a look at some of the top performers at today's camp...
West Salem (Or.) QB Brett Smith:
Smith really spun the ball well today. He placed the ball nicely in the seven-on-seven drills while also showing good mechanics. He's got an above-average arm and seemed to make good reads while also putting the ball where only his receiver could catch it. I like Smith's size and poise and he could be a QB to watch as we get closer to the Huskies extending more quarterback offers.
St. Louis (Honolulu, Hi.) QB Marcus Mariota:
commit, at this point at least, is a much better athlete than he his a passer. He showed a good arm, but still seemed to have a long way to go in the passing phase of the game. That doesn't mean he won't garner some attention by Washington
down the road (he has to tools to be a solid quarterback down the road), but at this point, it seems as if the Husky coaches are looking for someone who is a bit more polished as a quarterback.
Taft (Woodland Hills, Ca.) QB Michael Bercovici:
If it weren't for his lack of height, from what I saw Sunday at the Dempsey Indoor facility, Bercovici would be one of the top passers on the west coast. He showed a live arm and put the ball on the money several times during the seven-on-sevens. He's got an ultra-quick release and really snaps the ball in and really used the "look off" maneuver where he moved the the safety to one side and then hit his receiver on the other for a touchdown. Of the group of passers I saw today, Bercovici was the best.
Carson (Ca.) QB Justin Alo:
It was a surprise to me when I saw Alo was there and was even more shocked when he wowed me with the way he threw the ball. Like Bercovici, he really slung the ball well. He hit one receiver for a touchdown by splitting the two safeties on the play. He put the ball into spots only his receiver could catch it and didn't make silly mistakes. In my opinion, he was right there with Bercovici at the top of the list.
Taft (Woodland Hills, Ca.) WR Michael Thomas:
Probably the top wideout at the camp, Thomas and Bercovici teamed up most of the day to show the Husky coaches what they can do. Thomas ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds, but seemed to be tight much and probably didn't run his fastest. Once he got into the drills, Thomas ran smooth routes and showed sure hands. I really liked the look of him, although he needs to add about 15 to 20 pounds to take the pounding of a D-1 football season.
Guthrie (Ok.) WR/LB Kentrell Brothers:
Brothers is a very good looking athlete. He's strong and muscled his way through drills. He's very explosive and made plays on both sides of the ball today.
Wood (Vacaville, Ca.) DB Brian Clay:
Clay is a very good athlete and showed a bit of a swagger. While most schools are looking at him as a safety prospect, Washington seems to like him as a corner. He's got a good frame and appears to be heavier than his listed weight of 155 pounds. In one-on-ones, Clay came up and challenged the receivers right from the get-go. He talked a little trash after making a play, but for the most part, just went about his business. He doesn't have a Washington offer yet (he does have them from Utah State
) and could see his official offer from Oregon State
come in this week after camping there on Saturday.
Grant (Sacramento, Ca.) S James Sample:
Sample was everything he's been advertised to be. He is very strong, has great instincts and seemed to be even better against the pass than some scouts I've talked to had thought he would be. Sample possesses good size and is quick to make a play on the ball when it's in the air. Sample rode on a bus for 11 hours in order to attend camp and appears to be very close to making his decision.
Kentridge (Kent, Wa.) RB Cameron McKernan:
Expected to be one of the top in-state running backs this coming fall, McKernan will need to show what he can do early, as he's coming off of an injury. As a junior, his unofficial stats were 400 yards and four touchdowns for a team that went 6-4. He's got good speed and he showed good hands. He's got a thick frame, so he could end up being someone who may get a late offer with a good senior season - ala Cooper Pelluer
Juanita (Kirkland, Wa.) TE Jarett Finau:
A big physical presence with outstanding athleticism, he was the best looking of the tight ends today, by far. He showed soft hands and ran well. Washington State
just offered, joining BYU
State, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Huskies move forward with an offer in the near future as well.
Northwood (Irvine, Ca.) TE/DE/LB Tyler Perkins:
Perkins was an intriguing prospect to get an eye on. He's got a great frame, going 6'4" and 225 pounds, but he's also got above-average athleticism, posting a solid 4.7 forty time. He's not a player I see Washington offering early, but he's a very good athlete, who is big and he can run really well and you can never have enough of those types on your team.
Washington hosted over 100 players at Sunday's Husky Skills Camp and there were several that seemed to catch the coaches' eyes. One player is already committed to another Pac 10 school, while several others were up auditioning for the chance at getting an offer from the staff...