We are now just a few days away from the Rough Diamonds Athletic Foundation College Showcase. This is part two of the previews, part one of the RDAF Previews went up a few days ago, to read that article follow This Link.
There is no order to this list, these are athletes I have seen and evaluated in person. If I have not seen an athlete in person, I will not be giving my personal opinion, as this list will be read by college coaches, and credibility is important.
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Nate Shubert (Kamiak, ’16 TE) – Shubert’s stock has been steadily rising after a tremendous junior season. At 6-foot-4 and about 210 pounds, he has the frame to be a nice receiving target at the next level. Shubert has good hands and a knack for coming up with the big play. Will be exciting to see him work this weekend.
Justin Guffey (Glacier Peak, ’16 WR/DB) – Guffey is signed up to participate as a WR, but he really is an outstanding two-way athlete. He also projects highly as a safety, and depending on what you are looking for, could play there as well. He runs nice routes, has good hands and appears to like the blocking side of being a wide out.
Avyion Fisher (Bethel, ’16 DL) – Fisher is a two-way lineman, but does his best work defensively. He has a mean streak to him, that becomes hit first and ask questions later on occasions. At 6-foot-2 and about 250, he still has plenty of room to grown, but would make someone very happy on the interior of their defensive line.
Nicholas Blair (Everett, ’16 OL) – Blair is a large man at 6-foot-7 and 345 pounds, but he moves surprisingly well for his size. He has improved his all-around game this offseason, and is starting to look like one of the better 2016 offensive lineman in 2016.
Ki’Jan Weisinger (Auburn Mountainview, ’16 WR) – Weisinger is a prototypical slot receiver, that can burn you with speed or use his technique and understanding to get himself open. This will be the second week in a row for Weisinger, as he attender the Empire Showcase in California last weekend, and did a very nice job against some top notch DB’s.
Christopher Mitchell (Mountain View (WA), ’16 OL) – Mitchell is a tremendous student in the classroom, with Ivy League numbers. He also might be the state’s best center. Mitchell has a good punch, nice feet and is a tireless worker. Someone is going to be very happy when they pick him up.
Ali Gaye (Edmonds-Woodway, ’16 DL) – Sometimes you can just look at a kid and know he has big things ahead of him… That is Ali Gaye. He has a tremendous frame that he is still adding to, great all-around athleticism, and one of the best attitudes I have been around. Gaye is one you will want to keep an eye on during lineman one on one.
Tyrus Tuiasosopo (Issaquah, ’16 WR) – Tyrus has his best days ahead of him. He is already a great athlete, but there is a TON of room for him to grow, both physically and as a player. Standing 6-foot-3 and about 175 pounds, Tyrus has a great frame that will fill out. I’ve seen him in games, in camps and it seems like he improves every time I see him.
Cedric Brooks (Parkrose (OR), ’16 QB) – Brooks is a tremendous all-around athlete that could project high at a number of positions, but make no mistake, he can sling it. Cedric has nice arm strength and does a great job extending the play with his feet, while keeping his eyes down field.
Jacob Sirmon (Bothell, ’18 QB) – Sirmon is making a name for himself and could end up as a national recruit. He has tremendous arm strength and a great understand of the game. Potential is the name of the game for a young athlete, and Jacob has a ton of it.
Ryan Thol (Evergreen, ’16 QB) – Thol is a lot like Brooks in that he could project at a variety of positions. At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, he has a nice frame and I think would project highest at a SS/LB. He reminds me a lot of Anthony Watkins, who played at Highline (Burien, Wa.) and Oregon State University.
Naoki Harmer (Interlake, ’17 WR) – Harmer is undersized, but the kid can flat out play. He has good speed, nice hands and has that quiet leadership to him. Naoki has a good understanding of his position and does a great job at finding the hole. Harmer is one of those guys that becomes a QB’s best friend.
Samori Toure (Westview (OR), ’16 WR) – Toure is a big play receiver. He has good speed, great length and is the type of WR that will not allow DB to come away with the ball. Toure has had a tremendous offseason and could come away with an offer or two this weekend.
Benaiah Ellington (Bellevue, ’16 DB) – Speed is the name of the game for Ellington, as he is one of the fastest athletes in the state. Ellington has really started to come on during this offseason, and is showing the makings of a big time defensive back. While attending the National 7on7 Tournament, Ellington showed lockdown ability and came away with multiple INT’s.
Rowan Parmenter (Wenatchee, ’17 QB) – Parmenter has put on some good weight in the last year, and really has the look of a college QB. He has done a great job putting himself in a position to get recruited, so this weekend could be a bit of a coming out party. He has great all-around athleticism, good arm strength and is a tremendous student, both on and off the field.