Where did the summer go? I feel like it was only a few days ago I was covering the state track and field meeting counting down the hours until I’d be free to take some time off.
Those two months flew by and here we are, two days from the start of football practice and week away from the other fall sports beginning. We’ve already started work on our high school football special section — the 12-page section will run in newspapers on Thursday, Sept. 3, but I’ll be posting updates here on the blog throughout camp.
Here are some observations to get us started:
There’s definitely more top-end talent in the South Sound this season than last. Lakes again is loaded with nearly a dozen D-I prospects, led by defensive lineman Sione Potoae, who has garnered offers from Southern Cal, UW, WSU, Cal, Arizona, ASU and others. Linebacker Darius Waters and defensive back Jamaal Kearse, two UW commits, give the Lancers a D-I athlete at every level on defense. It’s no surprise that most Class 3A coaches I’ve spoken to here regard Lakes as one of the top teams in the state. In fact, one quite succesful coach called these Lancers the most talented high school team he’s ever seen.
While Lakes has the most prospects, Gig Harbor junior Austin Seferian-Jenkins might be the prize most coveted by college coaches. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound tight end has more than a dozen offers, including from Florida and Oklahoma. Seferian-Jenkins and Skyline receiver Kasen Williams, also a junior, could be among the nation’s top 25 recruits for the Class of 2011.
Finally, here are Washington selections from a youth all-American football team.
I’m usually leery about posting these kind of things. These lists are highly subjective and the players are picked from a relatively small pool. In this case, to be chosen they must have attended an Offense-Defense Summer Football Camp. Nevertheless, to be selected out of the group of 5,000 athletes is a tribute to their athletic ability. And who knows, maybe we’ll see these kids excelling in the Narrows League or SPSL sometime soon?
Greyson Bettencourt, 11, RB/LB, Wenatchee
Brogan Cornish, 10, RB/LB, Vancouver
Khalil Dawson, 14, RB/DB, Spanaway
Xavier Erickson, 13, RB/LB, Kent
Benjamin Martin, 13, RB/LB, University Place
Tyler McCauley, 13, RB/LB, Neah Bay
Matt Palmer, 11, RB/LB, Tacoma
Mahliek Roberts, 14, RB/LB, Wenatchee
Kaleb Thome, 10, OL/LB, Bellevue