Washington football recruiting update: 7on7s

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At the first-ever Washington 7on7 state championship, I was able to get an up close and personal look at a lot of Husky targets (and a special Husky commit)

Tracy Ford and Ford Sports Performance put on an incredible show that the first ever Washington 7on7 high school football state championship, and there were some top Washington football targets in attendance. Now, I realize that some of you in the area and those that keep up with recruiting might think I’m stating the obvious with some of the things I point out here, but this was the first opportunity I got to see any of these players in person, and they didn’t disappoint.

So without further ado… here are some of my notes on the players that I got to see:

Sam Huard

We can start with the superstar quarterback Sam Huard, currently rated as the number one QB in the country, and 8th overall prospect in the class of 2021. I got an up close and personal view as he led Kennedy Catholic to an overtime victory over Eastside Catholic during the tournament’s pool play. This kid is going into his junior year of high school, and his arm talent is already mind-blowing. He fits balls into tight windows that you can barely see, including the game winner. He’s all business, and although his team exited the tournament early, Huard is arguably already the best high school quarterback in the country, regardless of class.

Emeka Egbuka

Another big-time target for the class of 2021, the number one athlete in the country was the biggest reason his Steilacoom team made it all the way to the finals. He made play after play on both sides of the ball, and is an obvious five-star at both receiver and corner. His footwork is probably the smoothest I’ve seen at the high school level, and watching him break off routes is a sight to see. He definitely projects better at wide receiver with his great feet, smooth hands, and elite speed.

Eastside Catholic

The talent on this team is so abundant that I have to bunch them all into one portion of the article because you can write another article about each player on this list. Let’s start with the class of 2020, Sam Adams II is a must-have prospect. He’s gained a lot of national notoriety in the last few months, but after watching him move in person, it’s shocking that he isn’t ranked higher than he is. He looked like Le’Veon Bell when he was running routes, making cuts, and catching passes, and while he’s listed at 6’2, 200 pounds, his frame looks like it can support another 10-15 pounds while retaining his athleticism, which is a scary thought.

Ayden Hector is another exciting player to watch in the class of 2020, and the highly touted DB didn’t disappoint on the field either. He’s exceptionally strong in press coverage, has great feet, and excellent ball skills, and he’d be an amazing addition to the Husky DB room.

We can also talk about the big guy. J.T. Tuimoloau is already a freak of nature, weighing in at 6’4, 285, and the scary thing is he doesn’t even look that big. He showed off his skills in coverage as an off-ball linebacker, his crazy athleticism and good hands as a tight end, and the terrifying sight of him rushing the passer on an occasional blitz. He has the ability to play on both sides of the ball, but personally, I think he would work best as an inside pass rusher. He has the frame to support more weight, and with his refined pass-rush arsenal and sheer power, he would wreak Aaron Donald level havoc.

The name to know

Keep an eye on Graham-Kapowsin’s Malaki Roberson, who currently holds four D1 offers, and none from any Power 5 schools. Roberson was named MVP of the tournament by Brandon Huffman, and I couldn’t agree more. The wide receiver was all over the field, making tons of plays en route to leading his team to the championship. If he can keep making plays like that this season, expect him to be a huge riser and get a bunch of offers.