Special teams coach and northwest area recruiter Eric Mele continues to make in-roads in the Evergreen state with 3 solid additions to the 2017 class. The group is headlined by Abraham Lucas, the offensive lineman from Archbishop Murphy high school in Everett. 247sports.com bumped Lucas up to the No.3 spot in the state in their final rankings. This places him ahead of such bigger names such as Henry Bainvalu (UW), Connor Wedington (Stanford), and Hunter Bryant (UW). He was bumped up to four stars and ranked as the 18th best offensive tackle in the country and No.139 overall. WSU survived a late run from Cal and former Eastern coach and now Golden Bear offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin.
WSU also snagged a couple more top ten in-state guys in Dontae Powell and Caleb Perry. Powell still has not sent in his NLI and there is online speculation that WSU may be waiting for some academic progress. Powell was rated 7th in the state and checked in as the 42nd best offensive tackle in the country while Perry was 9th and the 13th best all-purpose back in the country. The fourth member of WSU’s in-state class is Kelle Sanders who ranked 16th in the state and was the 77th ranked defensive end in the country. All in-staters were a least 3 star recruits. It could have been a bigger bumper crop but No.12 Joe Tryon defected to UW and No.14 Quazzel White de-committed and signed with TCU. Regardless, every year WSU seems to recruit better and better under Leach in-state. Can’t wait to see what they do next year!
Here are where the top-ranked players in the state per 247sports.com ended up:
1.Foster Sarell OT Graham (Stanford)
2.Salvon Ahmed ATH Kirkland (UW)
3.Abraham Lucas OT Everett (WSU)
4.Henry Bainvalu OT Seattle (UW)
5.Connor Wedington ATH Sumner (Stanford)
6.Hunter Bryant TE Bellevue (UW)
7.Dontae Powell OT Richland (WSU commit)
8.Cade Otton TE Olympia (UW)
9.Caleb Perry ATH (WSU)
10.Ali Gaye DE Edmonds (UW)
11.Brock Wellsfry OT Richland (Oregon St)
12.Joe Tryon DE Renton (UW)
13.Cody Kanouse OT Gig Harbor (Air Force)
14.Quazzel White OG Tacoma (TCU)
15.Ben Moos TE Pullman (Cal)
16.Kelle Sanders DE Olympia (WSU)
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