WR Kasen Williams, Sr., Skyline
Williams (6-foot-2, 195-pounds) is one of the most highly recruited wide receivers in the nation. A state high-jump champion, with deceptive speed, he has proven the last three years he will catch anything thrown in his vicinity. This will be his first season without star quarterback Jake Heaps, however. Will he be able to match his 1,200 yard, 20 TD junior season?
DE/OL Patrick Taiwo, Sr., Newport
He’s big, he’s strong, he’s fast and he’s a little bit nasty. Taiwo is the kid Newport players say they would least face in game action. One teammate said he’s “dangerous.” Ranked by several scouting services after a summer making the camp rounds, Taiwo is expected to make a big impact this season.
RB Luke Proulx, Sr., Bothell
An All-KingCo First Team running back, Proulx will need to power the Bothell engine this year after big loses – the Cougars sent tackle Colin Porter, and tight ends Michael Hartvigson and Evan Hudson on to the University of Washington. With the departure of Mitchell Muller at quarterback as well, Proulx will need to have another big year to get Bothell back to the playoffs.
QB Max Browne, Soph., Skyline
Browne followed head coach Mat Taylor and current BYU quarterback Jake Heaps around all last season. Now it’s the sophomore’s turn to show what he has. A lanky 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, Browne is described as being able to throw the ball 55-60 yards and throw an out 15 yards to the opposite sideline. If he can overcome the nerves, big things could be on the horizon.
TE/DE Connor Cree, Sr., Skyline
Cree will make an impact on both sides of the ball for the Spartans. At 6-5, 220-pounds, he provides a giant target as a tight end. But Cree was recruited to play defensive end at the University of Washington, and that’s likely where his combination of speed and size will cause the most havoc for opponents.
WR Evan Peterson, Sr., Issaquah
Peterson (6-2, 175-pounds) has started for the Eagles the last two seasons, rewriting the school record books at receiver. He will have this third quarterback in the last three years. But with the ability to run precise routes and haul in the most difficult of catches, big numbers are in the future.
QB Isaac Dotson, Soph., Newport
The Knights will boost a triple option offense this season – and the reason is Dotson’s athleticism. He’s ready for the pressure, as his first start last season came in Newport’s mini-playoff against Redmond and Eastlake. He’s got great size (6-foot-2, 200-pounds) and speed and should make an impact at safety as well.
LB Nik Lanndeck, Sr., Issaquah
The hard-hitting Landdeck has punished opponents the last three years, and don’t expect the senior to let up in his final season. The 6-1, 210-pound linebacker/fullback has drawn significant Division I interest for his aggressive play and ball-hawking ability, and will again be the anchor of the Issaquah defense.
QB Brett Arrivey, Jr., Woodinville
Arrivey passed for 183 yards and three touchdowns in his first varsity game last season. He kept building on that momentum through the season, finishing with 1,402 yards and 16 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. At 6-foot-1, he’s got the size to muscle defenders off and the speed to make plays with his feet.
OT/DT Jay Deines
Jay Deines keeps the tradition of large linemen alive at Issaquah. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder is one of two returning starters on the line, and will play a crucial role in protecting new quarterback Ethan Kalin and opening holes for running back Taylor Wyman.
RB Alex Schwend, Jr., Woodinville
Schwend was Woodinville’s other super sophomore will look to break out this season. He ended last year strong, rushing for 289 yards in the team’s final three games. Look for him to pick up where he left off this season as Woodinville looks to take the next step after coming up just short last year.
KR/PR Wendell Galvan, Sr., Bothell
Galvan showed his playmaking ability last season, racking up 480 yards worth of returns over the season. Galvan is the type of player you have to watch for on special teams.
WR/S Kevin Martin, Sr., Newport
Martin should benefit from the new offense and get a chance to showcase his talent. Newport’s leading receiver a year ago, Martin is also a talented safety. Expect him to make plays on both sides of the ball.