UW Already Hard At Work on '15 Class (Part 2)

Even though we're still right in the middle of the 2014 recruiting cycle, the Husky coaching staff has gotten an early start on the 2015 class by sending offers out to several prospects who will only be juniors this fall. In part two we take a look at some of the top defensive prospects that Washington has offered...

Yesterday, we looked at the offensive prospects from the 2015 class that have received offers from the Dawgs so today we will look at the top defensive prospects, including those who have early offers from the Huskies and some other names to keep an eye on over the next few weeks and months...

Defensive Tackle

Clovis North (Fresno, Ca.) DT Jacob Daniel - Right now, Daniel is the only defensive tackle with an offer from the Huskies. He's huge and very athletic and he's already attracted offers from California, Colorado, Fresno State, Hawaii, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Eastern Washington and Southern Utah and you can expect a lot more to roll in over the next few weeks.

**Others to watch: Locally, Thomas Toki appears to be the one in-state interior defensive lineman that is worthy of a long look. He already has offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State. It isn't like the Huskies don't know about him. His biggest issue will be his height, most people put him below 6-feet tall, but there's no questioning his ability to hold strong at the point of attack and with his strong lower-body he is very tough to move off the ball. He could earn an offer this summer from Washington if he makes it to their camp, but until then, it appears the Huskies may be in "wait-and-see" mode. A couple of other names to remember are a pair of Milpitas (Ca.) D-tackles -- Uate Mataele and Vita Musika. Both are just mammoth and make things very difficult on their opponents. Crespi (Encino, Ca.) DT Vaimoe Sekona is another big-body who will attract a lot of attention from Pac 12 schools and Sammy Taueli from Mesa (Az.) has the ability and size to turn some heads this summer as well.


Defensive End

Lakes (Lakewood, Wa.) DE Benning Potoae - Potoae is rumored to have offers from schools all across the country, but since he isn't one for talking to the media much, we haven't been able to confirm which schools those are. Washington was one of the first to offer however and he's got the size, speed, agility and strength to really be a force off the edge.

Punahou (Honolulu, Hi.) DE Canton Kaumatule - When you talk about big, athletic defensive lineman, Kaumatule is a guy that should be at the top of your list to discuss. He's huge (6'6" and nearly 270 pounds) and he's very athletic. His older brother, Luke, plays at Stanford and they are the early leader, but Washington is right behind the Cardinal and would make a huge splash if they wound up with him.

Junipero Serra (Gardena, Ca.) DE Rasheem Green - Green is another long, athletic defensive end prospect that the Huskies liked enough to offer early. He's got offers from across the country including California, Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Utah as well as the Dawgs.

Orange (Ca.) Lutheran DE Keisean Lucier-South - Lucier-South is a freakishly athletic prospect who fits into the mold of that "rush end" type the Huskies like to use in their system. He's strong at the point and he can pursue plays all over the field. Washington offered him very early in the proceedings and he also has offers from Boise State, Colorado, Miami, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee and UCLA.

**Others to watch: Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) DE Cody Baker is another local kid with a huge upside and he'll garner a lot of attention from schools before the summer is completed. He's strong, he's athletic and he's got a great frame, so he can add more size and move inside, depending on which school he winds up playing for. Centennial (Peoria, Az.) DE Brian Calhoun is a long athlete that fits perfectly into what Washington is looking for at defensive end. Breiden Fehoko from Farrington (Honolulu, Hi.) is another name to keep in the back of your mind. He's the youngest, but possibly the most talented, of the Fehoko brothers and he can play tackle or end at the next level. A name starting to emerge is Milpitas (Ca.) DE Jason Scrempos. He posted 83 tackles and 10 sacks as a sophomore last fall and with his size (6'6", 220) he's got a lot of versatility.


Linebacker

Brighton (Salt Lake City, Ut.) OLB Osa Masina - Right now, Masina is the only linebacker with an offer, but you can expect that to change over the next few months. Masina is an outstanding prospect with a long frame and a lot of room to grow. Because of his immense upside, he's already hauled in offers from BYU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin as well as the Dawgs.

**Others to watch: Salesian (Los Angeles, Ca.) OLB Kyahva Tezino is athletic as all get-out and he's gotten offers from several schools including Arizona, California, Colorado State, Houston, Miami, SMU, UCLA and Washington State. In the state of Washington, Bellevue's Mustafa Branch has the ability to be a big-time guy if he continues to develop. Granite Bay (Ca.) MLB Cameron Smith is a huge prospect who already has offers from UCLA and San Diego State. He may grow himself into a defensive lineman by the time he signs with a school, but right now, he's projected as a linebacker. Punahou (Honolulu, Hi.) OLB Ronley Lakalaka is another name that is beginning to emerge from the Islands. Long Beach (Ca.) Poly OLB Omari Lyles has the size and ability to become one of the top linebackers in the Golden State before it's all said and done. Los Alamitos (Ca.) MLB Matt Locher is a real run-stuffer for the Griffins and should start to see recruiting interest start to pick up over the summer.


Safeties

St. Augustine (San Diego, Ca.) S Frank Buncom - Washington is the first of what promises to be several schools to offer Buncom who totaled 50 tackles and 14 passes defensed from his safety spot last fall. He's got the ability to play corner, but he's probably a better fit at safety.

Crespi (Encino, Ca.) S Marvell Tell - Tell is one of the more recent offers from the Huskies and he already had offers from California, Miami, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington State and he promises to be one of the top safety prospects on the West Coast before it's all said and done. He's probably a better fit as a strong safety where he can use his strong tackling skills (52 tackles as a sophomore) in the running game.

**Others to watch: Stansbury (Tooele, Ut.) S Zayne Anderson has great athleticism and speed (4.4). He doesn't have an offer yet, but that should change this summer. Bellevue's Ross Connors is an in-state kid who loves to hit, but his size may be detrimental to his prospects. O'Dea (Seattle, Wa.) S Justus Ross is a physical player who could wind up being one of the top prospects in the state if he continues to develop. Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hi.) S Dylan Kane has good size and athleticism. Liberty (Bakersfield, Ca.) S Anthony Mariscal plays with an attitude and has solid coverage skills. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Ca.) S Sedric Thomas isn't the biggest guy on the field, but he loves to hit and he's also got enough coverage skills to be a solid corner prospect as well.


Diamond Bar (Ca.) CB Kanya Bell - Bell has great athleticism and speed. He's super-quick and the Huskies are all over him. Their recent offer joined full rides from Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska and UCLA and more could be on the way very soon.

Long Beach (Ca.) Poly CB Iman Marshall - The Jackrabbits always seem to have some very good defensive backs and Marshall is the next one in line. In addition to his offer from the Dawgs, Marshall also has full rides from California, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington State and he'll likely be the top corner in the state before it's all said and done.

**Others to watch: Narbonne (Harbor City, Ca.) CB Trevon Bierria is the younger brother of 2013 UW signee Keishawn Bierria, so the Huskies definitely have an inside track. Speaking of brothers to Washington players, Jeremy Kelly from Salesian (Los Angeles, Ca.) is another one (his brother is Jermaine Kelly) and he too is very high on the Dawgs. Mission Hills (San Marcos, Ca.) CB Dechaun Holiday is another big corner prospect that fits the mold the Huskies are looking for. Culver City (Ca.) CB Stanley Norman has offers from Marshall, San Jose State, UCLA and Washington State and he's got great ballskills that have schools intrigued.


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