Current Recruiting Rundown

So as the calendar (and clock) winds down toward National Letter of Intent day, the action has gotten fast, furious, and downright crazy on the message boards of Dawgman.com. Is there any other place to hang out?

I didn't think so. It's been a fun place for sure, and a big thanks to you tens of thousands of Husky fans (and others) for making it that way.

So how has Washington's recruiting gone so far? Not as well as expected, I will give the naysayers that. Losing top in-state talent is always difficult to absorb, so with that statement out of the way, let's take a look at who the Huskies actually WILL (likely) welcome onto campus later in 2012. I wanted to look at things by position while looking at the current depth chart, so as to make this more objective than it otherwise could be.

DAWGMAN'S PROJECTED STARTERS ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE:
WT Micah Hatchie 6-5 293 Sophomore
WG Colin Porter 6-4 320 Junior
C Drew Schaefer 6-4 300 Senior
SG Erik Kohler 6-5 300 Junior
ST Ben Riva 6-6 300 Sophomore


IN THE MIX:
OG James Atoe 6-6 330 Sophomore
OT Dexter Charles 6-4 295 RS-Freshman
OG Michael Criste 6-5 300 Sophomore
C Siofisa Tufunga 6-2 311 RS-Freshman
SG Colin Tanigawa 6-3 297 Sophomore


INCOMING (3 to date plus one walk-on):
OT Nathan Dean 6-5 280
OG Jake Eldrenkamp 6-4 295
C Corey English 6-4 285
OL Michael Kneip 6-4 290 (Preferred Walk-on)

Prognosis: Still need two more. Zach Banner would be the cream of the crop. Not knowing how quickly Tanigawa will recover, it would be nice to get Shane Brostek as well.

QUARTERBACK:
QB Keith Price 6-0 190 Junior
QB Derrick Brown 6-3 240 RS-Freshman

INCOMING: (1)
QB Jeff Lindquist 6-3 225

Prognosis: If Cyler Miles sticks with an earlier verbal to UW, which looks like it will happen, this will be a banner year.

RUNNING BACK
TB Jesse Callier 5-10 205 Junior
TB Bishop Sankey 5-10 198 Sophomore
FB Tim Tucker 6-1 240 Junior
FB Jonathan Amosa 5-11 230 Senior

IN THE MIX:
TB Deontae Cooper 6-0 199 Sophomore
RB Dezden Petty 5-11 220 Freshman

INCOMING (2):
TB Erich Wilson 6-1 185
FB Psalm Wooching 6-3 205

Prognosis: Wooching may wind up on defense. If Deontae Cooper fully recovers, there wasn't really a need here. That being said, Keivarae Russell would've looked good.

PROJECTED STARTING RECEIVERS:
SE James Johnson 6-1 200 Senior
FL Kasen Williams 6-2 215 Sophomore
WR Kevin Smith 6-1 200 Junior
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins 6-7 265 Sophomore

IN THE MIX:
WR Cody Bruns 5-11 175 Senior
WR DiAndre Campbell 6-1 195 Sophomore
WR Jamaal Jones 6-1 180 RS-Freshman
WR Josh Perkins 6-3 190 RS-Freshman
TE Michael Hartvigson 6-6 260 Sophomore
TE Evan Hudson 6-6 260 Sophomore

INCOMING (3) :
WR Marvin Hall 5-10 175
WR Dwayne Washington 6-2 210
WR Kendyl Taylor 6-0 175

Prognosis: Dwayne W is a blur, I can't wait to see him on campus. And Bellarmine's Michael Rector may also wind up a Husky, but right now it looks like he could bolt to Stanford. Cedric Dozier, come on down! Even though the Huskies like the Lakes athlete on defense, new OC Eric Kiesau is committed to giving Dozier his chance to make a difference on offense first. Hall is a bounce back from last year who will be looked at as a serious kick return guy. Washington will likely get one more before LOI, and maybe two if Jordan Payton makes the switch from California to Washington. He had an unbelievable time on his official visit to Seattle, and coach Sark and company will be in-home with him this weekend. If they can seal the switch, it would be big news for UW fans. Kenny Walker is another Cal commit that is looking hard at UW; he has an in-home with the UW coaches Thursday and is expected to official visit this final weekend. The receiver position could see a few moves before it's all said and done!

PROJECTED DEFENSIVE LINE STARTERS (Assuming 3-4 alignment):
DE Hauoli Jamora 6-3 247 Sophomore
DT Danny Shelton 6-1 334 Sophomore
DE Josh Shirley 6-3 239 Sophomore

IN THE MIX:
DT Semisi Tokolahi 6-2 334 Senior
DT Lawrence Lagafuaina 6-0 330 Sophomore
DT Sione Potoa'e 6-2 275 Junior
DE Andrew Hudson 6-3 225 Sophomore
DE Connor Cree 6-4 231 RS-Freshman
DE Jarret Finau 6-2 255 RS-Freshman
DE Talia Crichton 6-3 255 Senior

INCOMING: (5)
DT Josh Banks 6-3 285 (JC)
DT Malcolm Jackson 6-1 260
DE Kalei Auelua 6-1 240
DE Damion Turpin 6-3 255
DE Cory Littleton 6-4 220

Prognosis: A lot of big bodies coming in. Banks could play right away. Jackson could be an end or beef up into a NG. Littleton could move to OLB. The Huskies are still in on some big time talent on the DL. If either Luke Kaumatule or Dylan Cozens come to the UW, this will be a solid position for years. Current USC commit Pio Vatuvei is also one to watch here; he just might be a last-second switch in the Huskies' direction come Signing Day.

PROJECTED LINEBACKERS IN 3-4:
OLB Princeton Fuimaono 6-1 220 Junior
MLB Thomas Tutogi 6-1 244 Junior
MLB John Timu 6-1 225 Sophomore
OLB Jamaal Kearse 6-2 230 Sophomore

IN THE MIX:
OLB Scott Lawyer 6-1 205 RS-Freshman
ILB Garret Gilliland 6-1 229 Junior
OLB Cooper Pelluer 6-3 225 Junior
OLB Corey Waller 6-0 221 RS-Freshman
OLB Mathew Lyons 6-2 200 RS-Freshman

INCOMING: (2)
MLB Ryan McDaniel 6-1 220
MLB Blake Rodgers 6-2 220

Prognosis: Wooching may wind up here at OLB, and I could easily see one of the big safeties currently on the roster moving to OLB. Zeger is huge as is Feeney. McDaniel and Rodgers are both ready made middle linebacker types.

SECONDARY STARTERS:
SS Sean Parker 5-10 200 Junior
FS James Sample 6-2 200 RS-Freshman
CB Desmond Trufant 6-0 200 Senior
CB Greg Ducre 5-10 175 Junior

IN THE MIX:
S Justin Glenn 5-11 205 Senior
S Nate Fellner 6-1 201 Senior
S Travis Feeney 6-4 210 RS-Freshman
CB Marcus Peters 5-11 185 RS-Freshman
S Will Shamburger 6-0 190 Junior
S Taz Stevenson 6-1 203 Junior
S Evan Zeger 6-1 210 RS-Freshman
CB Adam Long 5-10 173 Junior
CB Anthony Gobern 5-11 180 Senior DB Antavius Sims 6-0 200 Junior

INCOMING: (2)
CB Darien Washington 5-11 175
S Jason Thompson 6-2 205

Prognosis: The Huskies need corners and they need to beef up a couple of safeties to move them to linebacker. Particularly if they can land Shaq Thompson, the top safety in the country. But expect the enigmatic Brandon Beaver, who has toyed with UW fans' emotions all recruiting year long, to cap off a solid Signing Day with a commit to the Huskies on TV.

INCOMING SPECIALIST (1): Korey Durkee 6-4 195. Durkee was given a scholarship to punt for the Huskies for the next four years. He may also place kick but it appears the Huskies may rely on a walk-on for that duty, as Lynden's Santiago Lopez has given Sark a verbal pledge to do so.

Finish line: With 19 verbals (not including two soft ones), Washington will take anywhere from six to eight more kids. The biggest names, the ones that could help this program the most (and the ones that they still have a shot at) include OT Zach Banner, OG Shane Brostek, S Shaq Thompson, WR Jordan Payton, WR Michael Rector, QB Cyler Miles, CB Brandon Beaver, and DE Luke Kaumatule.

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