Tom Lemming still puts a lot of emphasis on the eye test.
When the CBS Sports Network recruiting expert was asked what it means to see the nation’s top talent in person he said, “Everything. That’s what the NFL does.”
Lemming was in town earlier this week to match faces to film and meet some of the top football talent in Washing and Oregon to gather information for the Lemming Report, the only national weekly high school football recruiting show.
During a lunch at the Ram Restaurant and Brewery in the University Village, Lemming, whose tour will take him through 49 states to meet about 2,000 players in person, shared his thoughts on the talent in the Pacific Northwest.
“There’s always a lot of talent,’ Lemming said. “I thought last year there were bigger names, when you talk about the two offensive linemen (Joshua Garnett and Zach Banner) who were all everything. And then you’ve got (KeiVarae) Russell, but you also had Nathan Dean, (Walker) Williams. Then you had (Jeff) Lindquist. But this year there might be more depth, when you talk about overall players.
“I would say there are at least eight or nine that Washington has to look at from the state and then it looks like it’s going to be a very good 2014 class as well. Overall it’s an underrated area, the Pacific Northwest, and I think Washington and Oregon want to keep it that way.”
Lemming also shared his thoughts on some of the individual stars Washington:
Danny Mattingly, Mead
“He’s kind of a raw-boned, big kid. Athletic. He can really run. He’s a guy that everybody is going to be coming in on.”
Sammie Long, Lakes
“I liked him a lot. He’s a tall, raw-boned receiver. He’s got very good potential. He runs OK. He’s not a super runner, but he’s still a good all-around athlete. I was impressed with him. He’s got really good hands and catches everything within reach.”
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Tere’ Calloway, Seattle Prep
Running back/Defensive back
“He’s a good ballplayer. He can run and he’s athletic on both sides of the ball as a running back and a DB. He’s got some offers, Colorado, Purdue. He’s a good athlete that I think schools have got to keep an eye one. Seattle Prep doesn’t develop that many guys, but they’ve got a good one with him.”
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Myles Jack, Bellevue
“Myles Jack looks like a Division I player. He’s big time. Running back-wise, linebacker-wise, he can play it all.”
Sean Constantine, Bellevue
“Sean Constantine is a major catch. He’s a potential All-American as a linebacker. He’s very good and a solid inside backer. He’s going to be 6-2, 250 when he plays at Washington.”
Click here for my story on Constantine after committed to Washington at the Huskies Spring Game.
Mason Friedline, King’s
“He’s a very good player, an offensive lineman with good feet and good growth potential. He’ll be over 300 pounds by the time he gets to college.”
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Max Browne, Skyline
“He is my No. 2 player in the country. He tells me he weighs 214. He looks thin still. He’s got a great frame on him and, obviously, he’s going to be the heir-apparent to Matt Barkley, which makes him like a superstar-in-waiting, really.”
Browne committed to USC in April. Click here for my story.
Peyton Pelluer, Skyline
“He’s a very talented inside linebacker. He makes a lot of plays. I saw him last year, too. This kid makes a lot of plays.”
Tatum Taylor, O’Dea
Slot receiver, running back
“He looks like one of the fastest guys in the country. He’s got a baby face, but he’s the next great one at O’Dea. Washington hasn’t offered him yet, but WSU, Purdue, Utah, all those schools offered him. He’s a guy I think Washington has to go after. With that kind of speed, you cannot turn that kind of speed down. He may look like he’s 15, but he plays like he’s 20.”
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