Crystal Ball: UW's 2011 Recruiting Class

Washington's coaching staff is taking a much needed break before they get back to working on the 2012 recruiting class. However, it's time we at take a look at the immediate future of the 2011 recruiting class and how it will impact the roster as well as which players are most likely to see the field this fall as the Huskies try to go to a bowl game for the second-straight season...

The 2011 class has 23 names on it, two junior college players and 21 high schoolers, and with the depth formed at some positions, it's hard to imagine a vast majority of the signees for this class seeing the field. However, Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian admitted it will be hard to keep some of them off the field.

Here is a look at where each player stacks up an what sort of playing time he is likely to see this fall...

WR Kasen Williams - By far the biggest playmaker in the group, Williams was named the Parade Magazine Player of the Year. The talented wideout from Sammamish had an outstanding career for the Spartans and likely will be in the receiver rotation once the Huskies kick off their season against Eastern Washington the first Saturday of September. However, with Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar pretty well set as the two starters, he will need to battle James Johnson and Kevin Smith for reps.

Prediction: Lots of playing time

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins - Could have started for the Huskies in 2010 had he not been playing for the Tides. Seferian-Jenkins combines size and athleticism to be a mis-match for almost any defender a team puts on him. Michael Hartvigson, as long as he recovers fully from his shoulder injury, is the only player currently on the roster that can even come close to matching Seferian-Jenkins' skills, but even he is a not below on the athleticism scale. How quickly Seferian-Jenkins learns the Husky offensive system and shows he can hold up on the edge as a blocker will determine how quickly he finds his way into the lineup. It shouldn't take long.

Prediction: Lots of playing time/Probable starter at some point

DT Danny Shelton - Big and very strong, Shelton has the size and strength to play this year, however, with Washington's depth at defensive tackle - Alameda Ta'amu, Semisi Tokolahi, Sione Potoae, Chris Robinson, Lawrence Lagafuaina -- he may not be needed. If Washington has the option, the bet is that Shelton will redshirt, however, if Tokolahi's injury isn't healed up enough to allow him to play, then Shelton could find himself in the rotation.

Prediction: Could play/could redshirt

RB Bishop Sankey - Much has been made about Washington's depth at running back and with Chris Polk entrenched as the starter and the "heavy lifter" as far as carries are concerned, there might not be enough balls to go around. That said, no one knows how Deontae Cooper's knee will react to full contact this fall and Jesse Callier, who had a great freshman campaign in 2010 might not be the answer as the ever-down back should Polk go down for any length of time. The "smart money" says that Sankey redshirts this season and sees carries as a redshirt freshman in 2012, but with running backs, you just never know.

Prediction: Likely redshirt

DT Taniela Tupou - Physical and quick, Tupou is a perfect fit at the three-technique or as a defensive end when Washington runs a 3-4. Tupou needs time to get used to the speed and strength of the players at the Pac 12 level, but he's got all the tools to be special in a year or two. Like Shelton, Tupou will probably have a hard time cracking the rotation with the amount of bodies already inside along the Husky defensive line. Will he take his mission? His family says yes, but don't be so sure it will happen, at least at this early stage.

Prediction: Likely redshirt

DE Connor Cree - Has the long arms and frame to be good one down the road, but he needs to get stronger and add more bulk. He will likely backup Hauoli Jamora at one of the defensive end positions and it's probably a good assumption that if the Husky coaches had their druthers, he would redshirt this fall.

Prediction: Likely redshirt

WR Jamaal Jones - Some think that Jones is a possible greyshirt candidate, but he's dead-set on enrolling at Washington this summer. That doesn't mean plans can't change, but at this point he'll be wearing purple and gold this fall. Jones is an explosive athlete and has outstanding leaping ability, but he won't have played a football game in nearly two years when he arrives at Montlake.

Prediction: Likely redshirt

WR Marvin Hall - With his explosiveness and speed, Hall is the perfect candidate to take over as either the punt returner or the kick returner for the Huskies this fall. Hall has a 40-inch vertical and can dunk a basketball in his bare feet. He also runs a legitimate 4.4 forty and that would help the Huskies' anemic return game immensely this fall.

Prediction: Probably won't play much receiver this year, but will be a heavy contributor on special teams.

OL Siosifa Tufunga - Slated to play one of the three interior positions, Tufunga will redshirt as the Huskies have a lot of young talent ahead of him on the roster. Tufunga will get a chance to learn both guard and center while gaining strength and getting used to the speed of the game this fall. Don't expect to see him too much early on, but in three years he could be a mainstay for the Dawgs inside.

Prediction: Likely redshirt.

OL Dexter Charles - You have to love getting a guy with Charles' athleticism and quickness. He needs to get stronger and refine his technique, but he has a chance to be a starter at one of the two tackle positions as a redshirt freshman in 2012.

Prediction: Likely redshirt.

QB Derrick Brown - If he could have shown up in the spring, it wouldn't be a stretch to think he could have pushed Nick Montana and Keith Price for the starting spot. However, since he can't make it in until the summer, look for Brown to be a valuable scout team player this fall, make all the trips and then get a chance to show what he can do next spring.

Prediction: Likely redshirt.

LB Thomas Tutogi - He's already on campus, taking classes and working out with the team, so the thought is he will, at the very minimum, play an integral role on special teams. However, with only Cort Dennison returning as a starter, Tutogi has a chance to earn a starting spot at one of the outside positions. He's physical at the point of attack, athletic and he loves to play the game of football. A very, very nice addition to the roster as well as the recruiting class.

Prediction: Likely starter.

FB Dezden Petty - With his 6'0", 215 pound frame, Petty is physically ready to play college football, however he'll be learning a new position as he makes the move to fullback. However, Washington has also told him he could see some carries as a big-back in their system, so don't count him out just yet. He could also end up being a monster on special teams as a blocker or on the coverage teams.

Prediction: Slight lean to him redshirting this season.

CB Antavius Sims - As long as he qualifies, as that's been an issue with Washington and JUCO players for as long as anyone can remember, Sims could very well be one of the top three corners on the roster this fall. Greg Ducre had surgery and won't do much this spring and Adam Long's inconsistency makes him untrustworthy at this point should one of the two starters -- Desmond Trufant and Quinton Richardson -- go down. Sims is an outstanding athlete and his coaches at Ventura think he could be special anywhere he lines up.

Prediction: Lots of playing time.

S/LB Travis Feeney - With the amount of bodies at the positions he's being looked at, it's hard to picture Feeney seeing much in the way of playing time on defense. However, on special teams, his talent and hitting ability could make him someone the Husky coaches can't keep off the field.

Prediction: Special Teams work.

CB Marcus Peters - Like Sims, Peters could end up taking playing time away from either Long or Ducre if he shows the moxie and guts necessary to play corner in the pass-happy Pac 12. He's a physical player and has outstanding ball skills. Don't be surprised to see him play this fall, both on defense as well as on special teams.

Prediction: Will likely play.

S James Sample - It feels like Sample has been a Dawg for ages, but that's just because he was a heavy UW lean for so long. The talented, hard-hitting safety has the ability to play right away and be successful, but with Taz Stevenson, Sean Parker, Nate Fellner, Justin Glenn and Will Shamburger already on the roster, it might be difficult for him to see much in the way of playing time.

Prediction: Will likely redshirt.

LB Corey Waller - Will need to learn to play in reverse for the first time, so he is likely to redshirt. With his quickness and explosiveness off the edge, he could be a valuable blitzer down the road. The only way he sees the field this year is as a special teamer, but that hopefully will not need to happen.

Prediction: Will likely redshirt.

DE/LB Jarrett Finau - Has a great attitude and a nose for the ball. Wants to take his LDS mission following his freshman season this fall, but, as with Tupou, you never know what can happen when the "rubber meets the road" and a decision needs to be made. Finau will need a year in the weight room as well as on the field in order to really get himself ready for the rigors of Pac 12 football, but there's no question he has what it takes to play either end or linebacker with the Dawgs down the road.

Prediction: Will likely redshirt.

LB Scott Lawyer - Sarkisian and the rest of the staff loved Lawyer's speed and quickness as well as his Football I.Q. and that could lead him to see playing time this fall, although he's more likely to redshirt. With his skill-set, Lawyer could be a valuable special teams player this season, so I wouldn't completely rule out him playing.

Prediction: Will likely redshirt.

WR Josh Perkins - Due to the depth at the wideout position, Perkins probably won't crack the rotation, but that's fine. He will be a big-time player before he finishes his work at Montlake.

Prediction: Will likely redshirt.

LB Matthew Lyons - Because he needs to get bigger, Lyons will likely need to take a year to redshirt before he can be counted on to be much of a factor. However, he is enrolling early and could figure into the coverage units on special teams this fall. A lot depends on how he fills out over the next seven months as he only weighs about 195 pounds at this point in time.

Prediction: Will likely redshirt.

S Evan Zeger - Because of his hitting ability and his physical nature, Zeger would seem like the perfect special teams player for the Huskies as a freshman this fall. He could be a gunner on the punt team as well as play some at one of the safety spots on defense. He's probably going to be swimming once he arrives this summer, but with his smarts and abilities, he should be able to overcome that rather quickly.

Prediction: Special Teams work. Top Stories