5 for '15: Washington in-state targets

SEATTLE -- Over the past few years, the state of Washington has produced prospects that have gone to power programs across the country.

From KeiVarae Russell playing as a true freshman at Notre Dame to Max Browne enrolling early at USC to compete for a starting job right away, the state has been fertile recruiting ground.

The hometown Huskies have experienced their share of hits and misses while recruiting the top in-state talent recently and are working to get to the point where the program is the preferred destination for the top local talent.

Here is a look at five of Washington 2015 in-state targets:

Benning Potoa’e

Defensive end

6-foot-3, 221 pounds

(Lakewood, Wash./Lakes)

Even before the start of Potoa’e’s sophomore season, Lakes coach Dave Miller said the defensive end was among the best players he has coached. That’s high praise. Potoa’e’s brother, Sione, is currently a defensive tackle at Washington and the Huskies would like to add a second member of the family.

Henry Roberts

Offensive line

6-5, 240

(Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue)

From Stephen Schilling to David DeCastro, Bellevue has produced high-profile Division I linemen. Washington currently has two Wolverines on the offensive line -- redshirt freshmen Jake Eldrenkamp and Michael Kneip -- and Roberts looks to be well on his way to becoming a blue-chip recruit. He already has an offer from the Huskies and will continue to get plenty of attention other programs.

Chico McClatcher

Running back

5-7, 165

(Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way)

Already one of the most explosive high school football players in Washington, McClatcher is a recruit the Huskies offered early. While he has been frequently spotted wearing a Washington hat, McClatcher will eventually have to wade through a long list of offers before eventually making his final decision.

Austin Joyner

Running back/defensive back

5-11, 186

(Marysville, Wash./Marysville-Pilchuck)

After rushing for more than 2,000 yards as a sophomore, Joyner caught the attention of Washington’s staff and received a scholarship offer in November. The Huskies offered Joyner as an athlete and see him as a prospect capable of playing both running back and safety.

Brett Rypien


6-2, 175

(Spokane, Wash./Shadle Park)

The nephew of former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, Brett put together a huge sophomore season throwing for almost 3,600 yards over 10 games. He took an unofficial visit to Washington in November and returned for the program’s junior day last month. The Huskies have shown plenty of interest so far.