Blue chip, best of the west, golden nugget, 4 stars. There are dozens of adjectives and superlatives given to high school football players. Realistically, you probably won’t know how good they are until the third or fourth year in college.
Another National Letter of Intent day is in the books, and the two major university football programs in the state of Washington appear to be filling obvious needs.
Despite losing the Apple Cup and Las Vegas Bowl, according to most so-called experts, the Washington Huskies have put together a top 20 recruiting class. While All American quarterback Max Browne of Skyline High School commited to the University of Southern California, UW coach Steve Sarkisian was able to convince a few other in-state stars to play for the Huskies.
Bellevue High School middle linebacker Sean Constantine comes from a championship prep program. Placekicker Cameron Van Winkle of Mount Si set numerous state field goal records. Lynwood’s Andrew Basham is a 6-4/305 pound tackle who could eventually help improve Washington’s defense.
Sarkisian’s staff took advantage of a Husky pipeline in Southern California to land two key recruits. Keishawn Bierria is a speedy outside linebacker who will grow into his 6-1/210 pound frame. Lavon Coleman is a talented running back from Lompoc High School, a program which gave the Huskies a guy named Napoleon Kauffman in the early 1990′s.
Mike Leach’s second Washington State University recruiting class is said to be one of the best the Cougs have seen in years. The “Palouse Pirate” signed Tyler Bruggman, a 6-1 quarterback from the state of Arizona.
WSU might look at Newport High School’s Isaac Doston as a quarterback, but will likely use his athletic ability at another position. Skyline High’s Peyton Pelluer hopes to play linebacker for the Cougs like his dad Scott did.
If you’re looking for big blockers in crimson and grey, look no further than 6-8, 340 pound Cody O’Connell of Wenatchee. And if you’re looking for a guy who might improve Wassu’s defense, pay attention to Paulo Lepua from Harbor City, California.