UW Already Hard At Work on '15 Class (Part 1)

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. Here's a look at who they've already offered including a trio of in-state studs who are already very highly thought of...

With the spate of early offers going out this week, we thought it prudent to look at who some of the early offers have gone out to and who some of the competition will be for them down the road. Here is a look at the top offensive prospects from the 2015 class are who have early offers from the Huskies and some other names to keep an eye on over the next few weeks and months...

Quarterback

La Mirada (Ca.) QB Kevin Dillman - Widely considered to be one of the top quarterbacks on the West Coast, Dillman already has offers from most of the Pac 12 as well as schools like Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Tennessee and Mississippi among others. He's big, he's strong and he's a very good athlete. Washington has yet to offer a quarterback from the 2014 class, but they decided Dillman was too good not to offer this early in the 2015 recruiting process.

**Other's to watch: Locally, Bothell's Ross Bowers is a very good signal-caller at one of the top programs in the state while, east of the mountains, Spokane (Wa.) Shadle Park's Brett Rypien already has offers from Washington State and Idaho and is poised to break nearly every state record for yards and completions before he graduates. St. Boneventure (Ventura, Ca.) QB Ricky Town is another big-time prospect from Southern California who has the Huskies on his list of schools and Sandy (Ut.) Jordan's Austin Kafentzis is a big-time athlete who fits the mold of a mobile quarterback.


Running Back

Marysville (Wa.) Pilchuck RB Austin Joyner - Right now, Joyner is the top runner on Washington's list. He's one of two with an offer (see below) and he has the ability to be one of the top runners on the entire West Coast in as a junior and senior. The Huskies were the first to offer the talented runner and Washington State and Portland State followed shortly thereafter. Expect many more to come after him in the coming weeks and months.

Federal Way (Wa.) RB/Slot Chico McClatcher - McClatcher is the other 2015 runner to receive an early offer. Once again, the Huskies were the first to offer and he's received offers from the likes of Arizona State, Boise State, Portland State, UCLA and Utah and over the weekend Washington State became the latest school to extend a full ride. McClatcher is super-quick and he can play out of the slot or out of the backfield.

**Others to watch: Keep in mind, a lot depends on how the Huskies do in the 2014 class seeing as they have very realistic shots at two of the top runners in California -- Joe Mixon and Demario Richard -- but that still won't keep the Dawgs from giving Seattle (Wa.) O'Dea's Myles Gaskin a long look. Newbury Park's (Ca.) Matthew Matlock also has Washington on his list of favorites.


Wide Receiver

Diamond Bar (Ca.) WR Cordell Broadus - Snoop Dog's son has been making his own name and he's considered one of the top receivers on the West Coast. Washington was one of the first schools to offer Broadus and he's also got offers from UCLA, USC and LSU among others.

Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills, Ca.) WR Desean Holmes - Holmes isn't very big, but he's electric with the ball in his hands. He's gotten early offers from the Dawgs as well as UCLA, USC, Utah, Nebraska and Houston and Florida and Florida State have also been showing a lot of interest.

Saguaro (Scottsdale, Az.) WR Christian Kirk - Kirk is another wideout that isn't very big, measuring in at just 5'9" and weighing in at just 175 pounds, but make no mistake, he's a big-play waiting to happen and he's got plenty of offers to his name including Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Notre Dame among others. Washington got in early on him and like him as a slot guy and return man.

**Others to watch: The Huskies have done very well recruiting the receiver position the past few years and that will likely be the case in 2015. Besides the three they've offered, keep an eye on Lavan Alston from St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Ca.), Blake Fisher from Rancho Cucamonga (Ca.), Trent Irwin from Hart (Newhall, Ca.) and Equanimeous St. Brown from Servit (Anaheim, Ca.) who are all dynamic wideouts.


Tight End

Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) TE Tyrone Wheatley - The Huskies are definitely in the market to continue adding talent to the tight end position. So far Wheatley is the only one with an offer from Washington for the 2015 and he also has full rides from Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State and Syracuse as well. Wheatley could wind up being the top tight end in the country with his blend of size (6'6", 240) and athleticism.

**Others to watch: Washington already has a commitment from Chase Blakley for the upcoming class (2014) and they are in the market for possibly one more if the right prospect decides to jump on board. If they get two in the 2014 class, they may not end up signing one in 2015, so, obviously, a lot depends on what happens over the next eight months, but in-state Inglemoor's Jackson Gardner and Lakeside's Erik Rottsolk are both players with lots of upside that could wind up on the Huskies' radar before it's all said and done. There is a report out there that Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nv.) TE Alize Jones also has an offer and he's another athletic kid with a lot of upside and room to grow and add some bulk.


Offensive Line

Newbury Park (Ca.) OT Zach Okun - As one of the elite 2015 lineman in the state of California, Okun will have offers to go almost anywhere and the Huskies, along with Arizona, Cal, Kansas State and UCLA have all offered already. He projects at tackle and has outstanding feet and athleticism.

Bellevue (Wa.) OT Henry Roberts - The top in-state offensive lineman, Roberts got an offer from the Dawgs very early and Arizona State also jumped into the fray with an offer. Roberts grew up a UW fan, but he maintains he's wide open and will take his time with the recruiting process.

Chaparral (Scottsdale, Az.) OT Keenan Walker - Walker doesn't have a lot of bulk yet, but he's got elite athleticism and he's expected to grow into a big-time prospect. He's thought of highly enough that Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA and Nebraska have offered in addition to UW.

Chaminade College Prep (West Hills, Ca.) Bar Milo - Another big-time kid from the Golden State, the Huskies and Cal are the first two programs to offer Milo and more will likely come in over the next few weeks after coaches return and watch some tape on him. He's got the ideal size and athleticism to be a big-time recruit at the position over the next year and a half.

**Others to watch: Calvin Throckmorton from Newport High School in Bellevue is a rising star who coaches will need to get a long look at this fall as he moves from tight end to left tackle, but if early returns are any indication he should be an elite prospect in the 2015 class. He's got the size and the athleticm and as he gets more experience and works on his technique his ceiling appears to be limitless. Eastside Catholic's Alex Neale is a center prospect to keep an eye on as well. More names will definitely continue to work their way onto Washington's radar along the offensive line and you can expect more offers to go out after camps take place this summer.


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