Recruiting roundup: Huskies' hefty haul
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Recruiting roundup: Huskies' hefty haul

Washington moved itself into the elite recruiting class discussion with a monstrous day Friday, adding seven commits to an already strong 2013 class and one for 2014 as well.

Watch out for the Washington Huskies.

Having already landed two four-star commitments for 2013, Washington picked up four more four-stars and a total of eight verbals on a memorable Friday.

HUSKIES' FRIDAY HAUL

Rating Pos. Player
WR Demorea Stringfellow
DT Elijah Qualls
DE Daeshon Hall
RB Lavon Coleman
DT Andrew Basham
OT Poasi Moala
LB Caleb Tucker
Also received commitment from 2014 WR Rahshead Johnson

Wide receiver Demorea Stringfellow, defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, defensive end Daeshon Hall and running back Lavon Coleman were the four-stars who added their names to the Huskies' list Friday. Their other two four-star commits -- quarterback Troy Williams and wide receiver Darrell Daniels -- committed earlier this month.

Also committing Friday were three-star offensive tackle Poasi Moala, three-star defensive tackle Andrew Basham and two-star linebacker Caleb Tucker of the 2013 class and wide receiver Rahshead Johnson of the 2014 class.

Stringfellow, from Moreno Valley, Calif., is the jewel of Friday's bunch. He's the No. 11 wide receiver in Scout.com's rankings and the No. 83 player overall. He said the presence of Williams was a major upside for Washington.

"I like a lot of the players coming in and having a quarterback like Troy Williams throwing the ball to me is another big plus," Stringfellow told Scout.com's Greg Biggins. "I like Jimmy Doughtery, the receiver coach, a lot and (Steve) Sarkisian is a great head coach with an offensive mind."

Read more of what Stringfellow had to say about his decision here.

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Qualls, who only recently began playing defensive tackle, said he has been leaning toward Washington for a long time. The No. 16 overall defensive tackle in Scout's rankings had glowing words for the program.

"I really couldn't find a single negative about the school," Qualls told Biggins. "I took a ton of unofficial visits and Washington was by far the best fit for me. It's where I felt the most comfortable and most at home."

You can see the full story on Qualls' commitment here.

The 6-foot-6 Hall was once a Texas commit, but he recently backed off that and became the first defensive end in Washington's 2013 class. Tall and lean, he's a great athlete with a big upside.

Family was a driving force for Hall, who plays his high school ball in Texas but is originally from the Washington area.

"My family is big to me and they all live out here," Hall told Biggins. "I wanted to be close to them and now I'll have that chance."

Get more info about Hall's decision here.

Coleman hails from Lompoc, Calif., which is also the home town of Napoleon Kaufman, one of the Huskies' greatest running back alums. That's an association that will certainly sit well with Husky fans.

Why'd Coleman pick Washington? It's simple, according to his coach.

"Ultimately it came down to Washington because they were the first ones to find him," Andrew Jones, Coleman's high school head coach, told our Dawgman.com.

Find out more about Coleman right here.

The players were all gathered at Washington for the school's Rising Stars Camp this week, and seven of these eight committed in a group announcement Friday. Johnson's commitment was earlier Friday.

If all these commits put their name to paper when it counts, this could be a huge boon for Sarkisian, who has waded through three mediocre seasons so far in his tenure in Seattle. The Huskies were 7-6 each of the past two seasons and he is 19-19 overall as their head coach.


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(Major commits from June 23 through 9:00 p.m. ET June 29)

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Arizona State picked up another nice commit -- three-star tight end Grant Martinez.

Gus Malzahn scored a great commitment for Arkansas State -- three-star quarterback Damion Hobbs.

Three-star tight end Mat Boesen picked Boise State.

Fantastic score for East Carolina in four-star linebacker Devaris Brunson, though he is confident more offers will come.

Christian Morgan, the nation's No. 11 tight end, opted for Florida State.

Three-star safety Solomon Warfield chose Iowa.

Another gem for the LSU defense: four-star linebacker Melvin Jones.

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Three-star safety Milan Collins is headed to Maryland.

Massachusetts picked up a verbal from three-star guard Sam Zeff.

Three-star quarterback Brayden Scott went with Memphis.

Evan Engram, a three-star tight end, picked Mississippi.

Northwestern scooped up three-star safety Kyle Queiro.

Nice week for Notre Dame. Four-star linebacker Danny Mattingly and three-star linebacker Michael Deeb are future Irish.

Ohio State stormed back onto to recruiting scene after a two-month drought. Four-star defensive tackle Michael Hill and three-star safety Darron Lee both committed this week.

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A surprisingly robust week for Penn State on the heels of the Jerry Sandusky trial. Four-star offensive tackle Dorian Johnson, four-star linebacker Zayd Issah and three-star linebacker Zach Bradshaw all gave their word to the Nittany Lions.

Pitt landed four-star quarterback TraVon Chapman.

Nice haul for Rutgers for the week, picking up four commits.

Four-star linebacker Larenz Bryant, top 10 at his position nationally, chose South Carolina.

Huge defensive pickup for Stanford, landing No. 5 overall middle linebacker Peter Kalambayi, a four-star talent.

Some offensive line help for Virginia -- three-star guard Brad Henson and three-star tackle Jack McDonald.

Wisconsin landed three-star guard Matt Miller and three-star defensive tackle Sam Raridon.