Editor’s note: SBLive Washington’s preseason Top 100 was compiled by reporters Todd Milles and Andy Buhler.
The 2020 Washington high school football season is somewhere on the horizon, which means it’s time to start looking at the top returning players in the state.
SBLive’s preseason Top 100 is not an all-star recruiting list, but combines performance and pedigree. The list spans all classifications and is in alphabetical order. After the season, we will rank the 100 most impactful players.
Here is part 4 of our Top 100, numbers 76 through 100 (again, in alphabetical order):
TE/DL Ryan Otton, Tumwater, 6-6, 225, jr. (2A)
A standout on the defensive line, where the younger brother of UW’s Cade Otton has established himself as a standout pass-rusher, as well as a tight end.
OL Owen Prentice, O’Dea, 6-3, 295, sr. (3A)
He may be one of the best run-blockers this state has seen in some time. Prentice, a recent University of Washington commit, commands the line for defending 3A state runners-up O’Dea.
QB Jackson Proctor, Kentwood, 6-2, 185, sr. (4A)
After transferring from Eastlake, Proctor was a run-pass-option threat, accounting for 21 total touchdowns (seven on his feet). Now, under new offensive coordinator Brandon Gibson, a former WSU receiver, he’ll lead more of a pro-style offense.
OL Will Reed, Eastside Catholic, 6-5, 260, sr. (3A)
He’s physical, he has quick feet, long arms and is “great at all the leverage points,” said EC coach Dom Daste, a former Pac-10 lineman himself. The recent Cal commit will lead a big offense line vying to clear the way for a third consecutive 3A state title.
CB Nic Saunders, Central Valley, 5-9, 162, jr. (4A)
With his slight frame, Saunders established himself as a quick, physical playmaker in the Bears’ secondary as a sophomore. Coaches gave him all-Greater Spokane League honorable mention honors.
OL Brody Schlaefli, Prairie, 6-6, 280, sr. (3A)
He’s big, strong and versatile across several positions on the line, and helped clear the way for a dynamic quarterback as a junior. Coaches love Schaefli for never taking a snap off.
RB Ben Schlenbaker, Squalicum, 6-1, 210, jr. (2A)
Coaches — both his own and those who have faced him — rave about the shifty Schlenbaker, who could be the top skill position player in his league. Was named a first-team all-3A Wesco running back and second team linebacker as a sophomore.
QB/DB Ryan Schmidt, Shadle Park, 6-3, 185, sr. (2A)
Schmidt is a big athletic receiver/safety who has and will play quarterback for the Highlanders, who are moving down to 2A. He was an honorable mention all-league selection at defensive back last season.
DL Jacob Schuster, Tumwater, 6-2, 300, sr. (2A)
A monstrous force on a dominant defensive line that won the 2A state championship in 2019, Schuster has brought in a grip of Pac-12 offers.
FB/TE/DL Jakobus Seth, Lakewood, 6-2, 215, jr. (2A)
Opposing coaches rave about the aggressive defensive end who also excels as a fullback/tight end. He was a first team all-league selection as a sophomore.
RB/DB Caleb Shawen, Mead, 6-0, 205, sr. (3A)
He isn’t just Mead’s most versatile player. Shawen, a linebacker/running back is a three-year starter who has great field speed, is a smart runner and will play safety as a senior, per Mead coach Benji Sonnichsen.
DL Robert Silva, Camas, 6-0, 265, sr. (4A)
Silva boasts a low pad level, great strength and a high football IQ. He started his junior season as a backup in the rotation on one of the state’s most imposing defensive lines. By the end of the season, coaches couldn’t keep him off the field.
WR/LB Julien Simon, Lincoln (Tacoma), 6-2, 221 (3A)
Simon has been a big play waiting to happen ever since he stepped foot on Lincoln’s campus as a freshman. The versatile USC commit can do it all, and has one last shot to lead talent-laden Lincoln on another deep playoff run.
QB Andrew Sirmon, Bothell, 6-0, 190, sr. (4A)
He’s heady, shows an innate ability to make plays and can make defenses pay on his feet. Sirmon may not have the prototypical quarterback build his brother — UW’s Jacob Sirmon — does, but Bothell’s first team all-KingCo signal-caller has all the game sense in the world.
LB Styles Siva-Tu’u, O’Dea, 6-0, 205, sr. (3A)
O’Dea’s coaches see Siva-Tu’u as the team’s most impactful defensive player. And he’ll return as a leader on a defense that is littered with power five-level players.
LB/RB Sean Skladany, Peninsula, 6-2, 212, sr. (3A)
The reigning 3A SSC MVP likes to play physical. He overcame a broken leg to serve as a disruptive outside linebacker, leading the league in sacks and tackles while being one of the league’s top running backs.
OL/DL Tuaoa Tauiliili, Lincoln (Tacoma), 6-3, 245, jr. (3A)
He’s one of Lincoln’s best-kept secrets among a star-studded roster. A first team all-league D-lineman, Tauliili is a big, athletic strong-side defensive end with feet so good the Abes’ basketball program vied to get him to play.
DL John Taumoepeau, Eastside Catholic, 6-2, 290, sr. (3A)
Everybody knows who Crusaders DL J.T. Tuimoloau is, but in their defensive system, Taumoepeau might be more important. As a junior, he logged 55 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
TE/DL Austin Terry, Tumwater, 6-5, 230, jr. (2A)
A second-team 2A all-state selection and first team all-Evergreen Conference tight end, Terry is a terrific blocker and big-gain playmaker in a wing-T system that typically produces incremental gains. One of 2A powerhouse Tumwater’s many standouts, Terry has already gained significant power five interest.
WR Jabez Tinae, Kennedy Catholic, 6-1, 187, sr. (4A)
He’s a walking touchdown and enters his fourth year as a varsity starter after taking the state by storm three seasons ago. Tinae, who committed to Washington last weekend, caught for nearly 1,000 yards last season and more than 1,200 as a sophomore.
DL J.T. Tuimoloau, Eastside Catholic, 6-4, 280, sr. (3A)
He’s enormous, light on his feet and leads by example — and few have set quite the on-field example he has. Tuimoloau is the nation’s No. 1 recruit for the class of 2021. He played a large part in the Crusaders’ repeat 3A state championships in 2018 and 2019 accounting for 134 tackles and 18 sacks.
WR/DE Jayden Wayne, Lincoln (Tacoma), 6-5, 225, so. (4A)
It didn’t take long for Wayne, one of the state’s top-tier recruits of tomorrow, to make an impact. As a freshman, he logged two sacks, 27 tackles and has the ability to be a threat on offense, too. Wayne already holds offers from Oregon, Tennessee and USC, among others.
LB/DB Jaraye Williams, Kennedy Catholic, 6-3, 197, sr. (4A)
Has the athleticism of a defensive back with enough size to play linebacker, too. Williams, a Louisville commit, started at free safety in a breakout season as a junior and will be a key piece of a much-improved defense from a year ago.
WR Kobe Young, Chiawana, 6-4, 195, sr. (4A)
Young is hands down one of the best athletes in the Tri-Cities. His long frame and solid hands make him a favorite of QB JP Zamora. And this year, the multi-sport standout will look to rebound from a junior season cut short by a foot injury.
QB JP Zamora, Chiawana, 6-4, 185, jr. (4A)
He’s a dual threat quarterback with great size, an innate ability to take off and long strides that make him dangerous in the open field. The state’s top class of 2022 quarterback helped lead Chiawana to a Mid-Columbia Conference title last season. And he’ll lead the offense under first-year head coach Scott Bond, who previously served as offensive coordinator.