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Top 25 high school football players in the South Sound

High school football season is underway in Washington, and there are plenty of South Sound players to watch, from 6-foot-6 offensive tackle Malik Agbo to 5-foot-9 wideout Malaki Roberson. Here are 25 players worth a look, in alphabetical order:

Malik Agbo, Todd Beamer, soph: The 6-foot-6 offensive tackle is already making waves, with big-time offers from Tennessee and Washington. Considered a four-star recruit by 247sports.com.

Junior Alexander, Kennedy Catholic, jr: The 6-foot-2 wide receiver is considered a three-star recruit and is one of several weapons in quarterback Sam Huard’s arsenal for the Lancers. Has offers from Utah, California, Nevada and Utah State.

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Kennedy Catholic’s Justin Baker (5) returns a kick off for a touchdown in the first quarter. Kennedy Catholic played Bethel in a high school football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Joshua Bessex joshua.bessex@gateline.com

Justin Baker, Kennedy Catholic, sr: Sure-handed Cal commit plays slot receiver and is electric in the return game for the Lancers. Tallied 1,034 receiving yards on 55 catches as a junior.

Lamar Campbell, Sumner, sr: The River Ridge transfer is a 6-foot-1 corner, and considered a three-star recruit. Has offers from Oregon and Utah State.

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Lincoln defensive backs Donovan Clark (left) and Jaylen Clark are expected to help anchor the Abes defense. They are shown during football practice at Lincoln High School in Tacoma on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Tony Overman toverman@theolympian.com

Donovan Clark, Lincoln, sr: Boise State commit transferred to Abes’ program from Sumner. Considered a three-star recruit, Clark turned down several Pac-12 offers for the blue turf, including Oregon and Colorado. Lauded by Lincoln coach Masaki Matsumoto for his work ethic and intensity.

Jaylen Clark, Lincoln, sr: No relation to Donovan, Jaylen Clark is a 6-foot-3 corner and receiver and is considered a three-star recruit. Has a Pac-12 offer from Colorado.

Eython Daugherty, Graham-Kapowsin, sr: The 6-foot-2, 215-pound tight end is considered a three-star recruit and is one of the top playmakers in Graham-Kapowsin’s offense.

Isaiah Devane, Steilacoom, sr: Transferred into an already loaded program from Harker Heights, Texas for his senior year. Considered a three-star recruit as an athlete. Caught 11 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown in Steilacoom’s Week 1 win over Lake Washington.

Emeka Egbuka, Steilacoom, jr: Five-star wide receiver is considered the nation’s top athlete in his class, has offers from just about every big-time program in the country, including Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and the hometown Huskies, and is planning to release his top eight schools later this month. Hauled in 10 receptions for a whopping 270 yards and five touchdowns in Steilacoom’s Week 1 rout of Lake Washington.

Javon Forward, Auburn Riverside, sr: The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety is considered a three-star recruit. Holds offers from Nevada, Air Force and others.

Taliese Fuaga, Mount Tahoma, sr: While team success has eluded the T-Birds in the recent past, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive tackle is considered a three-star recruit and has offers from USC, Oregon State and Oregon.

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Kennedy Catholic’s Sam Huard (7) throws a pass during the first quarter. Kennedy Catholic played Bethel in a high school football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Joshua Bessex joshua.bessex@gateline.com

Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic, jr: To no one’s surprise, the 6-foot-2, five-star quarterback is already verbally committed to Washington, where his father Damon and uncle Brock played. Considered the top passer in the country in the 2021 class. Led the state in passing in back-to-back seasons as a freshman and sophomore, throwing for 7,597 yards and 76 touchdowns .

Dave Iuli, Puyallup, soph: The 6-foot-5, 330-pound guard is considered a four-star recruit. Has offers from Washington, Tennessee, Texas A&M and others.

Caleb Kwalalon, Curtis, jr: The 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back returns to the Vikings backfield after an early injury derailed his promising sophomore season. He is considered a three-star recruit and has an offer from Washington State.

Peter Latu, Bethel, sr: The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive back and wide receiver is an Oregon commit. Was the 3A PCL defensive back of the year in 2018, scoring nine total touchdowns — rushing, receiving, kick return and punt return.

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Bethel’s Will Latu (11) stiff arms Kennedy Catholic’s Shane Aleaga. Kennedy Catholic played Bethel in a high school football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Joshua Bessex joshua.bessex@gateline.com

Will Latu, Bethel, jr: Younger brother of Peter is considered a four-star recruit at safety at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. Also a bruising running back for the Braves, scoring four rushing touchdowns in Bethel’s season opener against Kennedy Catholic.

Devon Nofoa-Masoe, Lakes, soph: The 6-foot running back and linebacker rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in Lakes’ season opener. Played primarily on defense last season, but is poised for a bigger role and a breakout sophomore campaign.

Alphonse Oywak, Kentwood, sr: The 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner is considered a three-star recruit and is committed to Arizona.

Samuel Peacock, Gig Harbor, sr: The 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive tackle recently committed to Oregon State. Considered a three-star recruit, he also won the 3A state shot put title last spring.

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Graham Kapowsin receiver Malaki Roberson sprints down field during drills at football practice at Art Crate Field in Spanaway on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Tony Overman toverman@theolympian.com

Malaki Roberson, Graham-Kapowsin, sr: The 5-foot-9, 170-pound wideout was a 4A SPSL first-team selection in 2018, hauling in 74 catches for 1,197 yards and 11 touchdowns during the Eagles’ run to the state quarterfinals.

Jacob Schuster, Tumwater, jr: The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive lineman is a run-stuffer for the 2A state title contenders. Was named the 2A EvCo defensive player of the year as a sophomore.

Julien Simon, Lincoln, jr: The most highly-touted recruit on the loaded Abes roster, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound nickel and wide receiver is considered a four-star recruit. Was the 3A PCL defensive player of the year in 2018, finishing with a team-leading five interceptions and 13 touchdowns, including four defensive scores.

Sav’ell Smalls, Kennedy Catholic, sr: The 6-foot-3, 230 pound defensive end is a five-star recruit and one of the top college targets in the country. Transferred back to Kennedy Catholic for his senior year after playing at two seasons at Garfield. Has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, Washington and others.

Jabez Tinae, Kennedy Catholic, jr: The 6-foot-1 wide receiver is considered a four-star recruit. Racked up 68 catches for 1,281 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore. Has offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, USC, Utah and Washington State.

Danny Uluilakepa, Puyallup, sr: The 6-foot, 215-pounder was one of the state’s most dominant middle linebackers last season and finished with 182 total tackles. Considered a three-star recruit, he holds offers from Utah State, Eastern Washington, Georgetown and others.

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