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 are numbers 1 through 25 (again, in alphabetical order):
OL/DL Malik Agbo, Beamer, 6-5, 295, jr. (4A)
Already a top-250 recruit nationally for 2022, this two-way all-4A NPSL Mountain lineman has 13 FBS offers, including Alabama, LSU and Oregon.
LB Shane Aleaga, Kennedy Catholic, 6-1, 210, sr. (4A)
The buck stops with him. The son of former UW and NFL linebacker Ink Aleaga was the team’s only all-4A NPSL Mountain first-team defender.
DB/RB Kendin Alexander, Seattle Prep, 5-11, 170, sr. (3A)
A lockdown cornerback for an up-and-coming team, Alexander was one of two Panthers on the Metro League’s first-team defense in 2019.
DB/RB Turner Allen, Tumwater, 5-9, 170, sr. (2A)
Yes, the Thunderbirds have talented contributors away from the trenches, too. Already a top secondary threat, Allen will now have big rushing role.
WR Junior Alexander, Kennedy Catholic, 6-3, 195, sr. (4A)
All he did a season ago was catch 24 touchdown passes, and establish himself as a preeminent outside receiver in Washington. Bona fide star.
RB/DB Tuna Altahir, Kamiakin, 6-0, 190, sr. (3A)
He is no ordinary fish in the sea of football. In fact, after rushing for 1,406 yards and 20 TDs, this bullish rusher was the Mid-Columbia offensive MVP.
RB/DB Jacques Badolato-Birdsell, Camas, 5-11, 195, sr. (4A)
A true workhorse? Badolato-Birdsell rushed for 207 yards and three TDs to lead Camas past Bothell in the Class 4A title game. Similar output is coming.
DL/LB Jack Beresford, Woodinville, 6-3, 235, sr. (4A)
Much like his bigger older brother, Cade (WSU lineman), Beresford is well-equipped to dominate the line of scrimmage. Know this familiar name.
QB Jake Blair, Camas, 6-2, 180, sr. (4A)
Everyone knows Sam Huard and Clay Millen, but if this Southwest Washington standout stays healthy, he could be an all-state candidate, too.
WR Chance Bogan, Lincoln (Tacoma), 6-4, 205, jr. (3A)
A new team means Bogan could reach bigger heights in production. Talent isn’t a question, and he has an offer from dad’s (Curtis) alma mater – UW.
WR Denzel Boston, Emerald Ridge, 6-4, 180, jr. (4A)
Looking for a pass-catching blow-up candidate? This lanky speedster who has a knack of making tough catches over defenders could be your choice.
WR Jake Bowen, Union, 6-3, 205, sr. (4A)
The Vancouver area has had a recent run of go-get-it physical outside receivers – and Bowen is the latest ready to bust out for the talented Titans.
LB/QB Colton Bower, North Kitsap, 6-2, 170, jr. (2A)
What more can he do? He was an all-state linebacker as a ninth grader, then flourished in his first season as the Vikings’ dual-threat quarterback.
LB/RB Cameron Breier, Chiawana, 6-2, 190, sr. (4A)
It all fits. Breier is the hard-nosed leader of the feisty Riverhawks’ defense. And he is already prepared to play at Air Force – he is an FAA certified pilot.
RB Isaiah Carlson, Ferndale, 6-2, 215, so. (3A)
Whoa, Nelly! Anybody who watched this downhill-running menace last season can see the resemblance: Teenage version of Jonathan Stewart.
RB/LB Dylan Carson, Marysville-Pilchuck, 5-11, 175, jr. (3A)
The coach’s son was the 1,400-yard rushing inside hammer in the Tomahawks’ slot-T rushing attack as a sophomore. He is much bigger now.
DB/WR Drew Carter, Lake Stevens, 6-2, 185, jr. (4A)
If the 4A Wesco winner is going to make another push, guys such as Carter – a ninth-grade starter in the 2018 4A title game – will need to lead the way.
DB/WR Teagin Child, Auburn Mountainview, 5-11, 190, sr. (4A)
He complements hard-running Berkley Alfrey as an all-purpose threat on the perimeter – and is arguably the best free safety in the 4A NPSL.
QB Caleb Christensen, Royal, 6-3, 205, sr. (1A)
There aren’t many quarterbacks in the state, at any classification, who can let it rip and be as accurate as this reigning 1A state player of the year.
WR/DB Cooper Christensen, Royal, 6-1,190, sr. (1A)
Also part of the Knights’ embarrassment of riches is this two-way, all-state playmaker who hauled in 22 TD catches, and had eight interceptions in 2019.
DB/WR Jalin Church, Kentwood, 6-1, 195, sr. (4A)
The Conks’ handy man, he will play wide receiver, running back and some quarterback as a senior. But he is as reliable as they come in the secondary.
DB Kieran Collins, Kennedy Catholic, 6-2, 185, jr. (4A)
He is humdrum. And for a take-away-top-receiver cornerback, that is a good thing because nobody ever tests his side. Think a young Richard Sherman.
OL/DL Josh Conerly Jr., Rainier Beach, 6-5, 275, jr. (3A)
Big men, especially his age, aren’t supposed to move that powerfully and fluidly. Guess that is why he is a top class-of-2022 lineman prospect.
LB/DB Tristan Dunn, Sumner, 6-3, 185, jr. (4A)
Dunn can play deep, wide – anywhere – at free safety because of his elite closing speed and vicious nose for the football. Ready to shine big-time.
WR Woodley Downard, Kamiakin, 6-2, 195, sr. (3A)
A playmaker in the open field with speed and size, he put defenses on notice in 2019. The Eastern Washington commit is only poised to get better.