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February 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Tuesday links and notes — Rivals.com names two state players to early Top 250, more

One early assessment of the in-state recruiting class for 2014 came today when Rivals.com released its initial Top 250 list (and here’s the story with the list).

Two Washington players are on the list — Bellevue cornerback Budda Baker at No. 68 and Mountlake Terrace athlete Devante Downs at No. 186.

Rivals.com has been listing its top 250 recruits in order since 2008. Here are where state players ranked on the final lists in that time, along with where they signed in parentheses:

2013

QB Max Browne, Skyline, 7th (USC)

LB Myles Jack, Bellevue, 199th (UCLA)

2012

OL Zach Banner, Lakes, 16th (USC)

OL Josh Garnett, Puyallup, 33rd (Stanford)

DB KeiVarae Russell, Mariner, 124th (Notre Dame)

WR Cedric Dozier, Lakes, 152nd (Cal)

QB Jeff Lindquist, Mercer Island, 250th (Washington)

2011

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Gig Harbor, 39th (Washington)

WR Kasen Williams, Skyline, 98th (Washington)

DL Danny Shelton, Auburn, 120th (Washington)

TE Charlie Hopkins, Gonzaga Prep, 200th (Stanford)

RB Bishop Sankey, Gonzaga Prep, 235th (Washington)

2010

QB Jake Heaps, Skyline, 63rd (BYU)

DL Sione Potoa’e, Lakes, 92nd (Washington)

2009

DL Deandre Coleman, Garfield, 106th (Cal)

2008

TE Kavario Middleton, Lakes, 57th (Washington)

DL Everrette Thompson, Kennedy, 176th (Washington)

OL Nick Cody, Hockinson, 223rd (Oregon)

That’s 18 previous in-state players rated, eight of whom ended up signing with Washington (six of 14 during the Steve Sarkisian era).

If there’s a couple of in-state players who really stand out as ones in that time who in retrospect should have been included, it would be David DeCastro of Bellevue in 2008 — he was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com rated the No. 6 center in the nation but not on their top 250; and Desmond Trufant in 2009 — also rated three stars.

The early Rivals.com list seems to reiterate what has been the general early take on the Washington in-state class for 2014 in that it will be similar in depth and top-line talent to 2013, and not quite to the level of 2012.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Speaking of Trufant, here’s an advance scouting report from the ESPN Patriots blog.

Phil Steele with some numbers breaking down the top conferences in 2012.

— Here are some links around the conference from the ESPN Pac-12 blog.

— An interesting read on the tight ends available for the 2013 NFL Draft.

— Good stuff from ESPN.com debating whether schools should tell committed recruits they can’t take other visits.

— Athlon’s with another overview of the Pac-12′s recruiting efforts in 2013.

— This is a few days old, but here’s some stuff on the cost of recruiting.

— Rivals.com also ponders who USC should hire as its next offensive coordinator.

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