Commentary

Heaps leads deep class in Washington

Originally Published: November 12, 2009
By Billy Tucker | Scouts Inc.

This is one of the better classes the state of Washington has produced in recent years. Including BYU-bound quarterback Jake Heaps (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline), the Evergreen State boasts six prospects rated in the top 25 at their respective positions nationally. The much-heralded Heaps claims the top overall spot in the state rankings, but defensive tackles Julious Moore (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) and Sione Potoa'e (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) are also four-star prospects with national recruitment outside the Pacific Northwest. Receiver Jamaal Kearse (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) is the state's No. 2-rated player and its fourth four-star recruit in 2010.

While offensive stars Heaps and Kearse may head this impressive class, the bulk of the top-end talent lies on the defensive line, particularly on the interior. Moore and Potoa'e are the No. 15 and No. 16 defensive tackles nationally; both are high-motored and disruptive in the trenches. Don't be fooled by his name: Happy Iona (Spanaway, Wash./Bethel) is another stout and explosive defensive tackle who adds to the quality interior depth with his three-star status.

The entire defensive line unit in the state of Washington is impressive in 2010. Under-the-radar defensive end Darius Waters (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) is the fifth-best prospect in the state and the top-rated edge player. Waters plays for Lakes High School, which dominates the top 10 with three prospects representing the prep power.

On offense, tight end is another position that's loaded with quality depth. Setting the stage for next year's Washington's class, Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Gig Harbor, Wash.) should be one of the best at his position nationally in 2011.

Billy Tucker

Scouts, Football Recruiting
• Recruiting coordinator for ESPN RecruitingNation.
• Nearly a decade of college coaching experience.
• Was recruiting coordinator at nationally-ranked Division II colleges.