It’s never too early to start looking at players who will only be junior this fall and one that could emerge as a prospect that college coaches will be after when the 2017 recruiting cycle truly gets under way is Edmonds Woodway (Wa.) DE/TE Ali Gaye…
At 6’5” and weighing close to 230 pounds, Gaye already has a solid frame to build off of and this spring he’s been hard at work, adding size and strength while working on his overall game.
“This offseason, I have been working on my hand work, how I use my hands and also my footwork and my ‘get off’,” Gaye told Northwest Elite Index recently.
As a sophomore last season, while working into the EW defensive line, Gaye totaled nearly 30 tackles and 12 sacks from his defensive tackle spot.
“I think I am good at pressuring the quarterback when it’s a passing situation and because of my height advantage it’s hard for me to be blocked,” Gaye noted.
Recruiting still hasn’t really begun for Gaye yet, but he hopes to hit a couple of camps this spring although the only one he’s planning to hit at this time is the Central Washington team camp which takes place shortly after the end of the school year.
With his long frame and athleticism, Gaye really sticks out on the football field. He has long arms, big hands and the frame to easily add another 40 pounds before he graduates.
The soon-to-be junior has only played football for a couple of years, so he’s still pretty raw, but with his natural athleticism and length, he’s definitely a prospect that could garner a lot of attention from college coaches once they get a look at him this fall.