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Senior season big for Whalen

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Sawyer Whalen had a strong performance at the Seattle NIKE Camp, he was one of the best defensive ends there, but the Woodinville, Wash., prospect hasn't seen his recruitment take off yet.
That might happen early in his senior season as Whalen, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect, said he's excited to get things started to show college coaches just how much he's improved this off-season.
"I'm stoked," Whalen said. "I've been working hard all summer, working out, and we have a great team. We have a lot of returning starters. I'm really excited to see not only how our team does but I'm excited to show these colleges I can play.
"I'm definitely wide open to a lot of schools right now. I'm waiting to see who says what and who makes an offer and who's interested after the season starts. I'm pretty open right now."
Washington and Washington State are the two main contenders for Whalen, who is currently sitting with an offer from Portland State. Idaho and Oregon State have also been in more contact but the in-state Pac-12 programs have kept in touch more.
"Right now we start two-a-days on Wednesday but recruiting-wise I'm waiting to see how the first four games go to show Washington and Washington State," Whalen said. "I think they're waiting to see how I do during the season."
No official visits have been planned yet since Whalen wants to gauge which college programs get involved early in his senior season.
He said at this point there is a good chance he will definitely take trips to both Washington and Washington State and he could make his way to Oregon State and Idaho as well.
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