Washington Top 50 Juniors

1) Skyline (Sammamish) QB Max Browne (6’5, 210) – Widely regarded as one of the top junior signal-callers in the country. Has multiple BCS offers already. In two years as the starter for the Spartans, Browne has completed nearly 68% of his passes for over 6,500 yards with 75 touchdowns and only 20 interception while leading his team to two-straight state championship games and one state championship.

2) Bellevue LB Sean Constantine (6’3, 225) – Could be a stud on either side of the ball, but projects better on defense. When he “pulls the trigger” he gets to the ball in a hurry and he’s a physical presence inside. He uses his hands well and is a suer-tackler. He has great instincts, but because he’s nearly 6’3” tall, he could easily grow into a very good defensive end prospect. Totaled over 75 tackles this season.

3) Mead (Spokane) DE Danny Mattingly (6’4, 210) – Named Defensive Player of the Year in the Greater Spokane League as a junior after totaling 65 tackles and 10 sacks for the Panthers this past season. Older brother, Andy, played linebacker/defensive end at Washington State. Talented kid with a great motor. Needs to get stronger and put on some more size, but the instincts and talent are there.

4) Lakes (Lakewood) WR Sammie Long (6’4, 190) – Because there are so many talented prospects at Lakes, Long didn’t get the chance to put up big numbers, but he had a solid junior season in 2011, hauling in 20 receptions for 266 yards and five touchdowns and should be one of the top wideout prospects in the state next year. He already has an offer from Washington and is getting attention from several other Pac 12 programs.

5) Lynnwood OL/DL Andrew Basham (6’5, 295) – From a size and athleticism standpoint, Basham has exactly what you are looking for in a prospect, on either side of the line. He can run a sub-5.0 forty, he’s athletic enough to play linebacker at his size and he’s got a good motor. The only question mark will be his technique and how he improves in the coming months. Basham is already hearing form several Pac 12 schools including Washington and Washington State.

6) Tumwater (Lacey) OL/DL Jamie Bryant (6’6. 285) – Bryant is an outstanding athlete and very intriguing. He didn’t have a great junior season, so his value will have to be assessed this offseason as college coaches come in and get a good look at him. Bryant has a great motor and his work-ethic is reportedly good, but he needs to get stronger and add more muscle to his frame.

7) Capital (Olympia) RB Kai Vansickle (6’0, 190) – Vansickle was a warrior for Capital this season and rushed for nearly 2,000 yards even though every defense he faced keyed on him. Vansickle rarely goes down at first contact and he has a nose for the endzone, evidenced by his 21 scores this season. He is also a stud on the defensive side of the ball and could end up being a very good safety at the next level as well.

8) Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) QB Sefo Liufau (6’4, 210) – From a productivity standpoint, Liufau has done it all and this past summer he worked very hard on his mechanics which showed this season. Liufau isn’t a big-time athlete, but he’s got enough skill to move around in the pocket and his arm-strength has improved enough so that he can hit plays deep on almost anyone. Schools from up and down the west coast have been in contact with the talented junior.

9) Skyline (Sammamish) LB Peyton Pelluer (6’1, 235) – Pelluer is an old-school, run-stuffing middle linebacker, able to take on blockers and use his hands to shed and then make the tackle. Pelluer also improved his flexibility this past summer so he was much better in pass-coverage as well. As a two-year starter, Pelluer has notched nearly 300 tackles and has been named a First-Team All-League player.

10) Inglemoor (Kenmore) OL/DL Titus Makasini (6’5, 275) – Talented two-way lineman that earned Lineman of the Year honors in the Kingco 4A League which is one of the top leagues in the state. Probably projects better along the offensive line, but he could be successful on either side of the ball.

11) O’Dea (Seattle) RB Tatum Taylor (5’10, 160) – Needs to put on weight and get stronger, but there is no doubting Taylor has the speed and elusiveness to a be a good one at the next level. Taylor is also a skilled DB and could wind up on the side of the ball as well.

12) Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) RB Isaiah Flynn (6’0, 200) – As a sophomore, Flynn rushed for over 1,000 yards and as a junior he eclipsed that total even though he only played in eight games for the Lions. Flynn is a very good inside runner, but he’s got just enough burst to get outside and be trouble on the edge for defenses.

13) Newport (Bellevue) ATH Isaac Dotson (6’2, 205) – Reminds me a lot of former Kennedy QB/S Jason Thompson. Athletic and plays with intensity. Doesn’t have a lot of help around him so his numbers aren’t big, but he’s definitely a talented player.

14) Mt. Vernon QB Bennett Gibson (6’2, 210) – Gibson really burst onto the scene this season by throwing for nearly 2,500 yards and 27 touchdowns while leading his team to the district playoffs.

15) Eisenhower (Yakima) Kolney Cassel (6’4, 205) – Cassel put up huge numbers in the CBBN this past season completing over 65% of his passes for 2, 664 yards, 27 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Cassel is a pure pocket passer, but he does have enough athleticism to move around and make plays with his legs as well.

16) Graham-Kapowsin DB Kahlil Dawson (5’9, 170) – A speedster with great quickness and a nose for the ball. Dawson earned All-SPSL honors this season and has good enough hands to be a threat on the offensive side of the ball as well.

17) Mount Si (Snoqualmie) K/P Cameron Vanwinkle (5’11, 180) – Likely to be one of the top kickers on the west coast in 2012, Vanwinkle has a leg that can hit from as nearly 60 yards out and he’s got outstanding accuracy as well. Vanwinkle is already getting attention from Washington as well as Oregon State and some Big 12 and SEC schools.

18) Auburn LB/DE Kevin Shelton (6’3, 230) – Shelton’s older brother, Danny, started as a freshman for the Washington Huskies this past season, so Kevin comes from great bloodlines. Shelton has a nose for the ball and has great instincts. Like his brother, Shelton doesn’t seem to go hard on every down, but some of that could be that teams ran away from him most of the time.

19) Skyview (Vancouver) WR Rieley Henderson (5’10, 180) – Plays much bigger than his size would indicate. Henderson was the best receiver on an explosive offense that led the Storm to the state championship game. As a junior, Henderson posted 57 receptions for 901 yards and nine touchdowns and also had over 40 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

20) Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) WR/S Calvin Chandler (6’2, 195) – Chandler is a two-way star for the Lions and could see his stock rise this spring and summer with good performances on the camp circuit. Chandler’s father Jeff played football for Washington back in the 80s and he’s got the instincts and abilities to a playmaker at the next level.

21) Timberline (Lacey) DE Sebastian Mikaele (6’4, 240) – Talented line prospect who has a chance to move up on recruiting boards in the coming months.

22) Ferris (Spokane) TE Damon Unland (6’1, 230) – Unland can block and has soft hands. Received First Team All-GSL honors as a junior.

23) Edmonds-Woodway RB Desmond Young (5’11, 190) – Young had a great season for EW in 2011, racking up over 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns while earning First Team All-Wesco honors.

24) Skyview (Vancouver) WR Forrest Russell (5’7, 145) – Outstanding hands and plays bigger than his size. Next year will be telling for Russell as he will have a new quarterback throwing the ball his way.

25) Bothell OL Chase Madsen (6’4, 257) – Talented interior offensive line prospect who could play center or guard. Smart and uses leverage well.

26) Federal Way LB Roderick Jones (6’1, 215) – Plays outside for Federal Way and has very good speed. Needs to get bigger and stronger.

27) Curtis OL Zach Budnick (6’3, 260) – Great technique and plays with a chip on his shoulder.

28) Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) RB Griffin Hare (6’0, 180) – Very quick and runs well inside or outside.

29) Federal Way DB D’Londo Tucker (5’11, 185) – Impressive looking athlete with the talent to play at the next level.

30) Bellevue LB/FB Myles Jack (6’2, 215) – Jack is just a straight-up athlete. He can play on either side of ball and he’s got great instincts. A player who should really climb up this list in the coming months.

31) Auburn DE/LB Demontra McNealy (6’2, 215) – Great athlete who uses his hands well and makes plays in the backfield. Needs to hit the camp circuit this summer to show schools what he can do.

32) Wenatchee OL Cody O’Connell (6’8, 300) – Runs well and has good agility for a young man his size.

33) Juanita (Kirkland) LB/FB Darrin Laufasa (6’2, 225) – Laufasa comes from a great football family and he’s got great size and athleticism. He needs to stay healthy so he can show what he can really do.

34) Inglemoor (Kenmore) DL Michael Tupou (6’3, 225) – Has the size and athleticism to be a prospect on either side of the ball.

35) Kennedy (Burien) OL/DL Desmound Thompson (6’5, 285) – Thompson has all of the size and athleticism necessary to be a prospect that D-1 schools are after. However, he is very raw and will need to show his potential this offseason.

36) Lakes (Lakewood) WR Marquin Russell (6’1, 175) – Russell has the speed to get deep, but needs to get stronger this offseason. He has the skill to play D-1 football.

37) Oak Harbor OL Dayne Herron (6’5, 275) – Has long arms and good feet. Needs to work on technique, but has what you are looking for in an offensive lineman at the next level.

38) Bremerton LB Andrew Shadle (6’0, 200) – Shadle has been a star on both sides of the ball for the Knights the past two seasons and there’s no reason to think he won’t be yet again as a senior. Shadle needs to dedicate himself to football in order to maximize his potential, but he has the size, speed, athleticism and instincts to be a great player at the collegiate level.

39) Rainier Beach (Seattle) OL Leo Pili-Vaka (6’7, 360) – Huge prospect who needs to lose some weight, but he improved a ton from his sophomore season and it will be interesting to see how he develops over the next few months.

40) Mt. Tahoma (Tacoma) LB Snydrek D’Sia (6’0, 225) – D’Sia has a nose for the ball and is very athletic.

41) Mead (Spokane) RB Davian Barlow (6’0, 175) – Strong runner for the Panthers who makes most of his plays in-between the tackles.

42) Auburn Mountainview QB Domenic Rockey (6’1, 180) – Accurate QB prospect who put up some amazing stats this year — 187 of 332 (56.3%) for 2,163 yards, 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

43) Bellevue OL Nathan Santa (6’3, 240) – Plays for one of the top programs in the state. Shows good blocking technique and is able to drive his man off the ball.

44) Issaquah OL Kevin Ahrens (6’4, 250) – Issaquah always produces big offensive linemen and Ahrens is the next in a long line of them. Upside is high for this player.

45) Hazen (Renton) DL Cody Moorhead (6’4, 235) – Strong at the point of attack. Has a chance to make a name for himself this spring and summer.

46) Capital DB Derek Chase (6’1, 190) – Earned First Team All-Narrows honors with a big junior season. Has athleticism and range.

47) O’Dea DB Jack Oman (6’0, 200) – Oman led the Irish in tackles this season and is physical at the point of attack.

48) Curtis (Tacoma) OL Chris Coffin (6’3, 265) – Great drive-blocker who has good feet.

49) Edmonds-Woodway DB Matt Cuzzetto (5’9, 165) – Breaks on the ball well and is surprisingly physical in run-support.

50) Meadowdale (Lynnwood) ATH Giavani Shepard (5’8, 175) – Projects well on either side of the ball, but plays a very physical brand of defense and loves contact.