The Evergreen State of Washington is an underrated when it comes to football prospects. One thing that is for sure, D-I schools know all about all the quarterback talent that has come out of the state and its linemen on both sides of the ball.
One player who is moving up the charts is defensive end Jason Brace (6-5, 245, 4.8) from Spanaway (Wash.) Spanaway Lake.
Brace plays both ways besides standing out as a defensive end, he is a jack-of-all-trades on the offensive line.
"I was playing offensive tackle," Brace said. "But we suffered an injury at guard so I have been playing there this week in practice."
Though Brace plays on both sides of the ball, he projects as a defensive lineman on the next level.
Brice was selected all-league, all-area and all-state (HM) as a defensive end for his performance as a junior.
The scouting report on Brace is he's a very intense football player who gives his all on every single down. He plays hard and aggressive. He's another type of player who will see his best days on the gridiron ahead of him.
Brace has outstanding strength with his 350-pound bench. His squat is 500-pounds and he cleans a very impressive 315. He has also recorded a 32-inch vertical.
This talented player has offers from UCLA, Eastern Washington, Portland State and Idaho.
Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State are also keeping in touch with Brace and with a solid senior season he will see his offers climb.
Brace is keeping everything in its proper perspective. He's not letting all this recruiting attention go to his head and he's keeping his eyes focused on the season ahead.
"I won't think about taking visits until after my season," Brace said. "I want to concentrate on my senior season."
What is Brace looking for in a school?
"I can't say anything specific," Brace said. "I just need to go take my visits and see how everything feels."
Brace and his Spanaway Lake teammates will hook up in their opener this Friday Night against a traditionally powerhouse team, Puyallup.
Brace is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 38 strong side defensive end prospect for the class of 2006. He also made the Rivals.com preseason Washington Top 25 team and landed as the Evergreen State's No. 12 prospect at any position.
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