Coaches from California, Eastern Washington, Montana, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Boise State, Montana State, Idaho, Idaho State, Portland State, Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran, Lewis and Clark, Western Washington and Central Washington University will be on hand to check out the region's top talent. Among the top talent expected to be on hand for the class of 2007:
WR Bobby Barnes - Lacey (Wash.) Timberline WR Gerard Boseman - Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington RB Ryan Carpenter - Moses Lake (Wash.) TE Casey Hamlett - Edmonds (Wash.) Edmonds-Woodway WR Quincy Hurst - Coquitlam (B.C.) Centennial DB Phillip Jennings - Yakima (Wash.) West Valley RB John Roberts - Colville (Wash.) LB Matt Valenta - Olympia (Wash.) WR Sherman Vercher - Vancouver (Wash.) Hudson's Bay LB Brandon Williams - Federal Way (Wash.) RB Brandon Yakaboski - Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount SiThe class of 2008 will also be well-represented. Arguably the top prospect coming into the event is TE/DE Kavario Middleton from Tacoma (Wash.) Lakes. At 6-foot-4.5 and 240 pounds, Middleton is the kind of athlete that comes around once every 5 or so years in the northwest. QB Tyler Tuiasosopo from Everett (Wash.) Mariner and DB Brandon Jimenez from Tacoma (Wash.) Mount Tahoma are also names to keep in the back of your mind when thinking about impact recruits from the Evergreen State down the road. Here are some other 2008 prospects of note expected to attend the combine:
OL Nicholas Cody - Vancouver (Wash.) Hockinson QB Robbie Elliott - Adna (Wash.) QB Kyle Warner - Gresham (Ore.) Centennial LB Isaiah Vercher - Vancouver (Wash.) Hudson's Bay WR Eric Lane - Port Angeles (Wash.) RB Juston Leverette - Seattle (Wash.) Cleveland DL Lepon Mamea - Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln LB Justin Mann - Woodinville (Wash.) DB Evan Hopkins - Olympia (Wash.) CapitalDuring the combine, coaches will evaluate each athlete based on the athlete's performance in a variety of skill and agility drills. Athletes will participate in position-specific drills and the following tests:
Bench press Vertical jump 20/40-yard dash (hand-timed with at least two clocks) I test (20-yard pro shuttle)With added stations for the 40 and I test, expect the testing phase to go quickly, allowing for more time after lunch to do one-on-ones. After the testing phase, the linemen will go for roughly an hour with mirror, non-contact drills, as college coaches watch their footwork and hip movement. The skill athletes will go for roughly 90 minutes with mostly one-on-one activity.
Look for a wrap of the combine and results later Saturday night or Sunday.