State Previews: SPSL South

Rahmel Dockery

ESP takes a tour around the state of Washington looking at impact players, top games, and conference favorites…

The SPSL South has been one of the most competitive conferences in the state over the past two seasons. This season should be more of the same as talent is spread throughout the league. See who ESP thinks will come out on top at the end of the season…

Players to Watch

WR Rahmel Dockery, Sr. Curtis
Rahmel is not only the most explosive playmaker in this conference, but possibly the entire state. Dockery causes problems on offense and on special teams. Last year he amassed some staggering statistics: 36 receptions for 1,077 yards and 14 touchdowns. 21 Rushes for 211 yards and 2 TDs. 11 Punt returns for 211 yards and 1 TD. 10 Kickoff returns for 385 yards and 2 TDs.

WR Jamaal Jones, Sr. Graham-Kapowsin
The university of Washington commit will miss the entire 2010 season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum. This is a big blow to a Graham-Kapowsin team that looked ready to take the next step. Last year Jones hauled in 40 receptions for 600 yards and 13 touchdowns.

OL Josh Garnett, Jr. Puyallup
Josh is an absolute animal, earned 1st team all-league honors as just a sophomore last year. He probably has the best college potential of any prospect in the league right now. Garnett will likely be rated one of the top lineman on the west coast in his senior season.

OL Albert Naputi, Sr. Bethel
Albert earned 1st team all-league honors on a team that finished second in the league last season. Naputi will definitely be looked at as a leader on a team that lost some great senior playmakers in Happy Iona and Anthony Meray.

OL/DL Thomas Gomez, Sr. Graham-Kapowsin
Thomas is one of two players returning that were named to both the 1st team all-league offense and defense. Gomez currently holds offers from Eastern Washington and Nevada. He could see his offer list increase with a great senior season.

OL/DL Cornelius Edison, Sr. Curtis
Cornelius is the other returning player that earned all-league honors on both sides of the ball last season. He will anchor the lines for a Curtis team that is expected to make a deep playoff run.

LB Nikki Fualaau, Sr. Beamer
A bright spot for a Beamer team that was much improved last season over previous years. Fualaau will be a key if Beamer hopes to take another step forward.

LB Jason Walker, Sr. Curtis
Last season's conference "Linebacker of the Year" returns for his senior campaign. Jason is another talented piece on a loaded Curtis roster.

DB Jordan Copeland, Sr. Curtis
I tried to be selective with the number of players I put on from each team, but Curtis just has this many returning all-league performers. I saw Copeland this summer at a passing league where he looked fit and ready for his senior season.

DB Dalton Dorosky, Sr., Graham-Kapowsin
Dalton is a returning all-league performer at defensive back. He will need to play big against passing attacks like Curtis if GK wants to win a league title.

QB Tyler Jamison, Sr. Curtis
One of the better QB's in the state, Jamison is a great athlete who is receiving some attention from colleges as a safety. Should provide Curtis with some stable leadership under center.

QB Drew Austin, Jr. Graham-Kapowsin
Rated by many scouts as the top in state QB for 2012. Austin will look to continue to impress as he moves into his junior season. Much more of the responsibility for carrying the offense will fall on his shoulders with Sr. wideout Jamaal Jones out for the year.

LB Sadat Sulley, Sr. Spanaway Lake
Sulley was granted a 5th year and looks like a man on a mission. I saw him at a few combines this summer and he looked more than ready for the football season.

LB Max Hersey, Sr. Curtis
The Cougar commit is another key piece in the Curtis machine. You don't run into many kids in high school with his combination of size and strength.

QB Nick Tanielu, Jr., Federal Way
Tanielu will lead his Eagles into a new conference this year where I think that they will find the competition much tougher. The Eagles were solid last season and should be on the brink of making the playoffs this year.

Top Games

9/3, Graham-Kapowsin @ Federal Way
9/9, Graham-Kapowsin @ Gig Harbor (Non-League)
9/24, Graham-Kapowsin @ Curtis
10/8, Auburn @ Curtis (Non-League)

Conference Prediction

SPSL South Champ: Curtis

As talented as the South was last year, they were still very young. The conference returns over half of their 1st team all-league players on offense and defense. With the talent they have returning, I think that Curtis will repeat as conference champions. Graham-Kapowsin was the other team that I considered as being a possibility to unseat the Vikings. But, with the injury to Jamaal Jones and the brutal schedule GK has to start the year I just don't see it happening. Kapowsin starts the year against new South team Federal Way, followed by Gig Harbor, Puyallup, and then Curtis. Curtis brings back talent all over the field, on both sides of the ball, and at quarterback. The South does have one of the most talented pools of gunslingers in the state and that could lead to some upsets. In the end, I see Curtis running the table again in conference this season.

As always, there are many more that could have made the list. Visit our forums to let me know who else you think should have made the list.

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