and local product Jake Heaps checks in at #2. Some other noteable locals after the jump.
As usual Southern California owns the lions share of the hottest recruits this side of the Rockies. However, more noticeable this year is the larger presence of some talent grown right in our own backyard. The most notable names include:
Rank Name Pos School Ht/Wt/40 Commit
2 Jake Heaps QB Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline 6-2/195
28 Sione Potoae DT Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes 6-3/285/4.90 Washington
35 Jamaal Kearse WR Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes 6-2/200/4.59
41 Chris Young OLB Auburn (Wash.) Auburn 6-1/215 Washington
56 Aaron Dunn TE Spokane (Wash.) Mead 6-6.5/235/4.79 Washington State
64 Christian Wesley WR Silverdale (Wash.) Central Kitsap 6-4/206
69 Julious Moore DT Bellevue (Wash.) 6-0/255
79 Happy Iona DE Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel 6-2/245
93 Darius Waters OLB Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes 6-2/215 Washington
94 Mitch Saylor WR Camas (Wash.) Union 6-6/205
114 Colin Porter OG Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline 6-4/280
115 Larry Dixon RB Silverdale (Wash.) Olympic 5-10/210
122 Maxx Forde DE Woodinville (Wash.) 6-4/230
126 Jase Butorac OT Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline 6-3.5/280
127 Mike Marboe OC Wenatchee (Wash.) 6-3/280
128 John Fullington OT Belfair (Wash.) North Mason Options 6-6/270 Washington State
137 Ben Riva OT Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea 6-6/285
145 Connor Hamlett TE Lynwood (Wash.) Meadowdale 6-7/240
146 Michael Hartvigson TE Bothell (Wash.) 6-6/235
From what I can gather with 19 players on the list -- although very early -- Washington has a fine crop of young talent to harvest. The Coogs have managed to pick up two fairly complete prospects in TE Aaron Dunn and OT John Fullington. Both of these kids are from east of the mountains and commited very early.
Washington on the other hand has managed to lock up 3 of the top 100 in Potoae, Young and Waters. All three of these kids are getting serious looks from the Pac-10 schools and could shift higher in the rankings by the time their respective Senior seasons end. At number 35, Jamaal Kearse (who's brother Jermane plays for UW) is getting looks from as far away as Vanderbilt. I would expect the family and locale ties to be enough to lure him in as a fairly early commit.
My only real complaint about the list is the non-inclusion of FB Zach Fogerson from O'Dea HS in Seattle. He easily projects to be one of the top 10 FB prospects in the country. It could just be a minor oversight, or perhaps purposeful, due to the lack of importance of the position (with the rise of the spread offense). They did not include one -- I repeat, not one -- Fullback in the list. Surely Zach Fogerson is a better prospect than Mario Brown (the #15 RB prospect on the list, checking in at #150 overall).
Another thing that did shock me was the gap between Heaps at number 2 and Potoae at number 28. It signifies four things to me.
1. Heaps is by far one of the highest rated recruits to ever come from the state of Washington.
2. The In-State talent in the class of 2010 seems to be very balanced and/or
3. The In-State kids are being overlooked and/or
4. The In-State kids while strong, are overshadowed by equally strong classes from other States.
Does this mean that the Washington kids have not gotten enough looks, or does it really mean that once again Washington is playing second fiddle to California. Please give me your thoughts in the poll.
Why is the gap between the two top Washington prospects so large?
Jake Heaps is just that damn good. (58 votes)
California has a very strong class as well. (31 votes)
Washington/South Alaska is being overlooked again. (29 votes)
There has not been enough time to evaluate the WA kids. (33 votes)
Other (Please share in the comments). (5 votes)
156 total votes