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The 2017 NW Stars Camp is just under two weeks away. Signups for the February 18th event have been open for a few weeks, and I wanted to get a jump start on the previews for this event.
Colleges from across the country will be visiting the northwest looking to land last minute signees to round out their current recruiting class, as well as get an early look at the future with underclassmen. Many of these schools already have a good idea of what their 2017 class looks like, but still need to add a few prospects to finish strong.
There is a common misconception in the recruiting world that National Letter of Intent Day is the day everyone signs to play college football, and that simply isn’t the case. LOI Day is simply the first day an athlete is able to sign. Many schools will continue to sign athlete for a few months, which makes the NW Stars Camp so valuable to graduating seniors, as they no longer feel the need to sign right away.
Below is a list of pre-registered athletes for the NW Stars Camp. This is not a complete list, just the athletes I feel comfortable giving my thoughts on. At the end of the day, credibility means a lot, and I will not talk about an athlete I have not done my homework on. If you would like to watch film of a specific athlete, simply click their name.
Teryn Berry – 6’2″ 180 – 2018 QB Redmond (WA.) – Berry is one of the fastest rising prospects in the 2018 recruiting class from Washington. He has good size, a nice arm and is deceptively athletic. Berry has only been playing football for a few years, but is one of the bright spots on a team that hasn’t had a ton of success the last few years.
Keegan Stich – 5’10” 190 – 2018 ATH Snohomish (WA.) – Stich is one of the state’s top returning athletes, regardless of classification. Could be a RB or DB, and is very good in the return game, reminds me a lot of former Bothell standout Sam McPherson. When all is said and done, Stich has the look of being a D1 prospect.
Alphonzo Tuputala – 6’2″ 220 – 2019 LB Federal Way (WA.) – Tuputala is flying completely under-the-radar, but could very well be the Northwest’s top 2019 LB. He shows speed, instincts and is one of the toughest hitters I saw all last season. Time will tell with Tuputala, but he has the makings of being a big time prospect.
Giovonni White – 6’2″ 280 – 2019 OL/DL Lincoln (WA.) – White is one of the State’s top interior linemen in the 2019 recruiting class and has started since his freshman season. He is a regular on the camp circuit and is always one of the top performers. White has power, a nice first step and always comes to work with a great attitude. The Lincoln coaches should be very proud of the work they have put into this young man.
Alika Sarono – 6’0″ 195 – 2017 DB Central Kitsap (WA.) – Sarono really burst onto the scene at the 2016 NW Stars Camp. He displayed speed, instincts and nice ball skill, on way to being one of the more impressive athletes on the day. He parlayed that into a nice senior season, but has yet to find a home after college. Someone should be picking up a nice prospect following this event.
Jake Baillie – 6’0″ 215 – 2018 LB Woodinville (WA.) – Baillie plays mean and fast at all times. He is a multi-sport athlete and also excels as a lacrosse player. Baillie plays DE for the Falcons, but probably projects best as a LB at the next level.
Logan Mayer – 6’2″ 260 – 2018 DL Sumner (WA.) – Mayer is the type of player you love to have on your team, but hate to play against. He has a nasty demeanor and plays with great intensity. Mayer is a versatile lineman that did his damage from a two-point stance this year, but probably projects more inside at the next level.
Lincoln Victor – 5’10” 165 – 2019 QB Union (WA.) – Victor is a true dual-threat QB, with deadly athleticism and the ability to sling the ball around. He is a bit undersized, but more than makes up for it with his desire to be great and leadership. Victor will likely be one of the top at his position during the camp.
Chase Chandler – 6’2″ 225 – 2018 LB Bellarmine Prep (WA.) – Chandler played some DL last year, but projects as a LB at the next level. He does a great job diagnosing the play and attacking the ball. Chandler comes from a football family and it shows both on and off the field.
Colton Daniels – 6’1″ 185 – 2017 QB Salem Academy (OR.) – Daniels didn’t start until his senior season, then he went off. Finished with nearly 3,500 yards and 55 touchdowns. He is still raw, but has nice mechanics, good feet and is a 4.0 student. Daniels is one of the few QB’s left in the 2017 class and could be a real steal.
Justice Powell – 6’2″ 185 – 2017 RB/DB Ferndale (WA.) – Powell has nice size and shows athleticism. He is very capable of playing either side of the ball, although I see him more as a DB, eventually growing into a LB. With a 3.4 GPA and an 1120 on the SAT, Powell should see plenty of interest from this event.
Jacob Dimond – 6’6″ 260 – 2019 OL Yelm (WA.) – Dimond has the size to be a big time talent, and having just finished his sophomore season, he has plenty of time to round his game into being one of the top lineman in his class.
Dylan Peterson – 5’11” 220 – 2018 DL/OL Sedro Woolley (WA.) – Peterson is undersized, but plays much bigger than he stands. He is a 4.0 student on and off the field, using his smarts to read the offensive line and make plays in the backfield. Peterson has a great attitude towards the game and is a true leader.
Ayden Hector – 6’0″ 180 – 2020 CB Eastside Catholic (WA.) – There is a lot of buzz around the 2020 class at Eastside Catholic, and Hector is one of the main reasons. It is pretty rare that we will talk about a freshman on this site, but Hector is deserving. He has speed, instincts and great ball skills. The sky is the limit.
Geirean Hatchett – 6’4″ 245 – 2020 DL/OL Ferndale (WA.) – Another athlete who just finished up his freshman season, Hatchett also has big time potential. Usually when watching line play of freshman you don’t see athletes play as fast and physical, which is clearly not the case with Hatchett. Early looks has him projecting to the defensive side of the ball, but with three years left, anything could happen.