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.
We released part 1 (1-25) of our Top 100 on Monday. Here is part 2, numbers 26 through 50:
DL/TE Andrew Edson, Mount Si, 6-3, 250, sr. (4A)
A key part of this talented senior class – and the 4A KingCo favorite – Edson will catch passes from Clay Millen, but he’s going to WSU as a pass rusher.
WR/DB Emeka Egbuka, Steilacoom, 6-1, 190, sr. (2A)
Arguably the top wide receiver prospect in the 2021 class, Egbuka is a generational talent for the Sentinels who makes tough catches look easy.
QB/DB Jackson Esary, Kalama, 6-2, 205, jr. (2B)
After coming into high school as a wide receiver, Esary is now Class 2B’s most dangerous skill-position player as a dual-threat signal caller.
TE/DL Nowlin Ewaliko, Ballard, 6-4, 230, sr. (3A)
Much like his dad, Mike (UW defensive end), Ewaliko is a big athlete who can run – and was a matchup problem for Metro League defenses.
OL/DL Koli Faaiu, North Creek, 6-4, 315, sr. (4A)
He is the fourth-year program’s first NCAA Division I commit (Utah), and what makes him special is his ability to play all spots on the offensive line.
LB/RB Oge Feo, Bethel, 6-1, 230, sr. (4A)
Uh-oh! This 3A PCL first-team middle linebacker has bulked up in the offseason, and will surely add more juice to his sure-tackling reputation.
WR/DB Ben Fewel, Richland, 6-0, 175, sr. (4A)
He is the last guy in the Mid-Columbia Conference you want to see flashing in the middle. Catches everything in sight (1,298 yards, 13 TDs in 2019).
LB/RB D.J. Fryar, Steilacoom, 6-3, 225, sr. (2A)
This Arizona commit is on the verge of becoming another big name from this star-studded team. Rangy at linebacker, he will rush more, too, in 2020.
WR/DB Jaelin Green, Rainier Beach, 6-5, 180, jr. (3A)
Look who is back at Beach – one of the most dynamic outside-receiving threats in the state. Few can collect passes higher at the apex than him.
WR/DB Jaedon Hall, Lakes, 6-2, 195, sr. (3A)
Don’t let this all-3A PCL first teamer get a clean look – either at strong-side linebacker or a deep threat at wide receiver. Also a standout wrestler.
WR Haden Hicks, Prosser, 6-2, 180, sr. (2A)
After a second major injury, Hicks “retired” as a quarterback last fall – but has since rejoined the Mustangs as a pass catcher. Elite, impactful athlete.
DL/OL Curtis Hill, Graham-Kapowsin, 6-3, 280, jr. (4A)
Yes, Hill is a twin (brother Hunter on right) – and both create a heap of havoc along the Eagles’ defensive line. That is their winning territory.
QB Milton Hopkins, O’Dea, 6-5, 220, sr. (3A)
He burst on the scene as a first-year starting quarterback in 2019, but his future is on defense. He’s gained muscle, and should be a two-way terror.
QB Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic, 6-2, 180, sr. (4A)
In three seasons, the UW commit has passed for a mind-blowing 11,741 yards. The smooth-throwing signal caller is ready to set all the records.
OL/DL Olaivavega “Vega” Ioane, Graham-Kapowsin, 6-5, 295, sr. (4A)
Graham-Kapowsin seems to have a knack of producing fast-twitching offensive tackles – first Foster Sarell (Stanford), and now this big man.
OL/DL David Iuli, Puyallup, 6-5, 320, jr. (4A)
Even though he missed his sophomore season (knee), Iuli is still a coveted lineman prospect. He is leaner, faster and driven to move people in 2020.
DL/OL Judah Jackson, Steilacoom, 6-3, 250, jr. (2A)
So how did he become the 2A SPSL defensive MVP as a sophomore? He is so technical and twitchy at defensive end, he just buried rival ball carriers.
RB/DB Kyson Jackson, Friday Harbor, 5-10, 185, sr. (2B)
A lot was on his plate in 2019 – and the tailback responded with a 2,000-yard rushing season, including the school’s single-game mark (381 yards).
DB/RB Leroy Jackson, Eastlake, 5-9, 155, sr. (4A)
Don’t underestimate him based on his bantamweight frame. Jackson shut down all top wide receivers, and was an all-4A KingCo Crest cornerback.
QB Tanner Jellison, Lake Stevens, 6-5, 175, sr. (4A)
Exceeding expectations as a first-year starter in 2019 (3,208 yards, 38 TDs, 142.8 QB rating), this 4A Wesco first-teamer will continue to sling it around.
DB/WR J.J. Jelsing, Wenatchee, 6-0, 195, sr. (4A)
If you thought you were seeing double last season, you weren’t – Jelsing, an Air Force commit, played everywhere on both sides of the ball. Electric.
DL/OL Gabe Johnson, Bothell, 6-4, 230, sr. (4A)
Nobody had a quicker first step off the snap than Johnson, who racked up sacks – and a 4A KingCo Crown first-team defensive end nod for Bothell.
LB/TE Caden Jumper, Eatonville, 6-3, 245, sr. (2A)
Trying to tackle him is like trying to stop a Hummer H1. And for the Cruisers, this UW commit played all over, including quarterback in 2019.
LB/RB Ryan Kershaw, La Salle, 6-2, 220, sr. (1A)
There was no better two-way player in Class 1A than this bruiser, who received all-state honors on both sides. He committed to WSU in the spring.
RB/LB Kaden Krouse, Chewelah, 5-10, 170, sr. (2B)
Another two-way beast, Krouse was an all-state linebacker for the best Class 2B team in Eastern Washington. Also a three-time state wrestling champion.