Top Football Players In Washington: 2013

by Dirk Knudsen | Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012




Today we begin the process of revamping our 2013 prospect watch lists as we are into the post season.  It will take a few days to complete all the analysis and do it the right way which means careful considerations have to be made as to the athletes size, accomplishments, stats, and athletic ability to project to the next level.

We bagen with QB's and have added some additional guys based on overwhelming response from our readers.  Thanks to those of you that did respond.   Today we release the Wide Receivers.  This is a terrific group loaded with collegiate prospects at all levels.

There is a rough order to this.  We do not believe kids can be reduced to a Number.  Who is to say who is #1 and who is #100.  Not us.  After all these are High School Kids and we realize after thes emany years they evolve daily.  So do not assume placement on the list is meant to rate the kids in any particular order.

Name and Info Film and Comments
Top Quarterbacks Here are the top performers from last year who we have watched film of and seen play.  They have the size, the speed, and the proven track record to move on to the next level.  This is by no means a final list.  We will update this monthly and welcom your submissions if we overlooked anyone.  This is only partly about the stats…please keep that in mind as we view this through the eyes of our trained recruiting staff in terms of how these athletes project; the same method collegiate coaches use.
Max Browne; Skyline 6'5", 210 Pounds, Pro Style QB

The main question is where will Max go?  That may not be resolved for some time.  He is sitting at about 10 offers and that does not appear to be stopping anytime soon.  Top QB on the West Coast!  4.034 yards and 45 TDs in 2011 do not lie.  The kid is a major talent and was rated a 5 Star and #8 in the Top 100 released 2/8/12

Kolney Cassell, Eisenhower, 6'2", 205 Pounds;

Kolney had a HUGE 2011 season and is ever bit the athlete Brown is.  2700 yards and 28 Td's in a great year where he played only 8 games.  He led the State with 300 yards passing per game he played!  He plays east of the Mountains which is a decided disadvantage but is a rising recruit being watched by several majors.  A 3 star and Honorable Mention at the AA Combine.  Top Notch D-1 Kid!

Isaac Dotson, Newport, 6'3", 210 pounds, Dual Threat Quartervback

800 tards rushing with 12 TD's and 1300 passing with 12 more.  The kid is a star.  He is an excellent option style or spread Qb as he is a threat to run anytime.  The most athletic QB is a top rated bunch.  He also won Honarable Mention at the Arrmy AA Combine.  D-1 Kid all the way.

Sefo Liufau, Bellermine Prep, 6'4", 220 Pounds, 3.7 GPA Dueal Threat

A blend of all of the above.  Sefo had a Huge season going 11-1 ; 23 TD's Through the air and 8 on the ground.  A kid this size rarely can move like this.  He also won honorable mention at the QB spot.  Also A D-1 Caliber athlete who is a difference maker.

Billy Green, Kings, 6'2", 188 Pounds,

Billy put up 2300 yards and 38 Tds last season for Kings and he can run around as well.  He may be a small school kid but he has big time talent no doubt.  We like this kids arm strength and Football IQ too!

Matt Stewart, Lindbergh, 6'5", 235 Pounds, Pro Style Matt is the biggest QB in the Region and he has the skill set to be very good.  In fact because he is not playing on a loaded team he is having to work harder then most guys.  He has an absolute Cannon for an Arm.  We like him as a QB and he no doubt can play elsewhere on the field if he wants to.
Domenic Rockey, Auburn Mountainview, 6'2", 195 Pounds,

Rockey is a very good athlete and put up 2200 yards and 16 TD's too.  He is set to have a good Senior year and is working hard in the off season.  A solid QB.

Josh Kraght, Lynden, 5'10", 180 Pounds

Kraght is a multi-position kid and while his future may be as a DB or Slot/WR he was one of the best in the State at the QB position and could certainly play into college. He had 2300 yards, 26 TD's and only 5 picks and a QB rating of 130.  That is efficient enough to get our attention.  He alos ran for 600 yards and aother 16 Td's and he won another State Title.  So this kid is big time.

Chris Brown, Bonney Lake HS, 5'11.5", 160 pounds

Ok Chris may not be the biggest guy but he is a Gamer.  We love that about him.  He put up 2912 yards, threw 34 TD's, and had 8 picks.  His completion rate can be improved but he is defintiely a guy to watch out for and we feel he can play collegiate ball in a year where the top guys are crowding the discussion.

Bennett Gibson, Mount Vernon, 6'2", 210 Pounds Bennett Had a terrific year throwing for almost 3,000 yards.  He had 14 TD's and 11 picks but overall did a tremendous job of leading his team to a successful season.  He has room to improve but seems to be tracking well into 2012.
Justin Peterson, QB, 6'1", 180 Pounds

1200 yards and 12 TD's through the air and 700 + yards and 18 Td's on the ground.  A nice seaosn leading Lakewood into the play offs.  Good skill set moving into 2012

Ryan Fassler, Prosser,

2500 yards passing, 28 TD's, and led his team to the Semi Finals.  Could be another Kellen Moore?  Hmmmm.  Gotta watch that Prosser program!

Rhys Gervais, Puyallup,  6'3", 195 Pounds

Rhys is a solid prospect.  A smart kid who is on the rise and a coaches kid.  Gervais is a great name to have in football around Washington!  We like his chances.

Wide Receivers Here are the top performers from last year who we have watched film of and seen play.  They have the size, the speed, and the proven track record to move on to the next level.  This is by no means a final list.  We will update this monthly and welcom your submissions if we overlooked anyone.  This is only partly about the stats…please keep that in mind as we view this through the eyes of our trained recruiting staff in terms of how these athletes project; the same method collegiate coaches use.
Sammie Long, Lakes High School. 6'4", 195 Pounds

A big mobile agile target who has good hands and excellent speed.  He has an offer from U of W who love this big target!  He has a bright future at the WR slot.

Calvin Chandler, Bellermine Prep, 6'2", 210 Pounds

Chandler is a two way star.  705 yards and 18TD's on Offense and 130 tackles on defense.  Calvin has great size and speed and we have him going to the D-1 Level.

Marquin Russell, Lakes HS, 6'0", 185 pounds

Russell is so fast.  One of the fastest in the region and he is long too.  Lakes is not a pass happy offense but he managed to make the most of things catching a majoritty of the balls thrown to him and averaging 32 yards per catch which included an average of 15.5 Yards After catch.

Victor Gamboa, 5'11", 185 Pounds, Washington HS

Victor was an Offensive League MVP and is a oure athlete.  Great speed andhands.  He had 12 TD's, 1100 yards, and 20 yard per catch average.  He could really be something special.

Zach Vis, Lynden, 6'3", 180 pounds

Zach had 1445 yards receiving and 14 td's.  His size and obvious skill appears to be a compelete package.  His film upon careful review confrims a solid prospect.  Led the Ragion.

Michael Tate, Federal Way, 6'1", 180 Pounds

Tate showed out last season and in the camp circuit. The kid is a major talent and can get open as he creates seperation. Had a great performance at the Army Combine and should be a guy who can attract collegiate talent.

Reiley Henderson, Shyview, 5'10 ", 175 Pounds

900 yards and 9 Td's to lead Skyview to the final game.  Very fast and decpetive with terrific hands!

Trey Handy, Nooksack Valley, 5'10", 165 Pounds

Led the State for Juniors in Yards with 1,180 yards; had 12 TD's and averaged 19.37 yards per catch.  Trey may be a small school guy but his talent is Big Time.

Nic Sblendorio, 6'0", 190 Pounds

A 4.55 40 time and 3.94 20 yard shuttle; a 2 way starter for 2 years in a row. 10 picks on D.  The kid is a player.

Trevor Barney, Skyline, 5'9", 168 Pounds

A big part of the success last year at Skyline;   10 Td's on the season.  He had 55 Catches on a great year.  Good speed.  Great route running.

Forrest Russell, Skyview, 5'7", 150 pounds

Forrest had 800 yards and 7 Tds and is a spectacuklar route runner.  He understands space and finds seams and holes in the zones.  Tough kid.

Danny Raap, Prosser, 6'2", 185 Pounds

800 yards, 13 Tds, a big fast kid with great hands and the ability to deliver after the catch!

Kaleb Zahnow, Bonney Lake, 6'0", 185 pounds

Kaleb caught 83 passes for 900 yards, and 11 TD's.  He has a great Qb and is happy to catch all he is thrown.

Matt Sinatro, Skyline, 5'10", 160 pounds

Work Horse kid who got open and caught 39 oasses for 550 yards.  A role player who proved against the best he can get open.

Caleb Taylor, Kings, 6'1", 180 Pounds

961 yards, 19 TD's, and 15.5 yards per catch.  If his speed is established he can go far!

Karson Kuehner, Life Christian, 6'3", 180 Pounds

BIg target.  Small school.  We have seen him in action and he is a good kid with top caliber skills.  He will be a quality player for someone.

Brandon Stott, Lakewood, 5'10", 180 Pounds

Brandon is a talent.  He is now closing in on 2,000 career receiving yards and runs thr ball as well.  Runs from the backfield too.  He is a collegiate talent at some level.

Devin Bryant,Auburn Mountain View 5'9", 165 pounds

Nice speed and the potential is there.  He has good hands and this could be his year!

Reuben Mwehla, Bellevue, 5'11", 180 Pounds Reuben is a guy who plays both ways and can run from the backfiueld, slot, or as a WR.  He is someone to watch this season at Bellevue where he stands out as a pure athlete.
Aaron Wilks, Bothell, 6'2", 200 pounds

Big target with big hands that will land somewhere.  2012 should be his shot to show waht he can do after Trent Sewell moves on.

Jared Barry, Bothell, 6'2", 190 Pounds

A big target who is smooth in his routes and makes catching the ball look easy.  A big 2013 could make all the difference for him.



As always our staff is hard pressed to find the best talent in the region but we really try.  We ask that you all join us by sending to us the best candidates you know of and if you feel they can play at the collegiate level an explanation of why.  

Who Did We Miss?  Please send that correspondence to our editor Dirk Knudsen at and he will review film and information on your athlete for additional considerations.

Now we take these lists and at NO COST to the kids or parents we send them to 1300 Head Coaches.  That is every level of college and University that exists.  This is done to help the kids of the Pacific Northwest but equally important it is an attempt to keep parents from feeling the pressure to higher a recruiting service.  Something our staff and those around us remain adamantly opposed to after seeing the pitfalls of all of that in these past several years.

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Dirk is a lifelong resident of the Pacific NW; athlete and Merit scholar. He runs camps, clinics, and has been a sports writer and analyst for nearly a decade now; mostly with as the editor of OregonPreps and Dirk is the founder of NWPR &; a charity for injured athletes suffering from Brain Trauma / Concussion. He is a father of three and married.

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