Huge Recruiting Weekend On Tap For UW

As we head down the home stretch to Signing Day, this weekend marks the first real official visits of the Chris Petersen era as Washington's head coach (QB Jalen Green visited in December). Ten prospects, including three players already committed to the Dawgs, will be on campus for 48 hours and this could wind up being a very important and positive weekend for the new Husky coaching staff...

Here are the players who will be on campus this weekend and where things stand as far as their recruiting is concerned...

Rocky Mountain (Meridian, Id.) S Khalil Oliver - Oliver had been committed to Boise State since March, but opened things up when Petersen left. Since then, he's told that he is open to three schools -- Washington, Oregon and Boise State -- and has visits to Seattle and Eugene (January 24th) already scheduled. You would have to expect that Boise State gets the last visit and will be tough to beat if the new staff there can work some magic. Washington wants Oliver at a safety spot, a position that is wide open for competition with the loss of Sean Parker and Will Shamburger to graduation.

Status: Uncomitted

Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose, Ca.) QB K.J. Carta-Samuels - Everyone expected Carta-Samuels to wind up playing at Vanderbilt where his brother, Austyn, just finished up his college career and if James Franklin had remained as the head coach there (he took the open Penn State gig) that would have been the case. However, with the Commodores still looking for their new head coach, things are a bit up in the air. Franklin is trying to get Carta-Samuels to visit College Park and he's also giving Boise State a look. Last night, Carta-Samuels and his family hosted new offensive coordinator Mike Sanford so the Broncos could wind up getting a visit very soon.

Status: Uncommitted

Kapolei (Hi.) DT Kalani Vakameilalo - Vakameilalo is currently a verbal to Oregon State, but with Keith Bhonapha's ties to Hawaii, it appears the Huskies may have a chance to sway him. Helping UW's cause is the fact that they have a large Polynesian community to support players from the Islands and that could go a long way in helping flip him from the Beavers. He's a perfect two-gap player with the athleticism to play the three-technique spot along the defensive line. Vakameilalo still hasn't visited Corvalis, so it will be interesting to see if he decides he needs to take a trip there before Signing Day (February 5th).

Status: Soft Verbal to Oregon State

Centennial (Corona, Ca.) DE Jaylen Johnson - When he committed to Boise State, Johnson was as solid as they come, but that all changed when Petersen and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski headed to Seattle. Since then, the Huskies have become the favorite to garner his services, although he still remains a soft verbal to Boise State. Johnson looks like an ideal strongside defensive end once he adds some more bulk to his frame.

Status: Soft Verbal to Boise State
La Habra (Ca.) DT Greg Gaines - Gaines is another former Boise State commit who now appears to be a heavy Washington lean. He visited Boise State back in October and could be one of the players that flips this weekend if things go as planned. At 6'2" and 295 pounds, he still possesses the athleticism and quickness to play some running back, which he did as a junior and a senior for the Highlanders. He looks like a perfect fit as a nose tackle at the collegiate level and would fit into the rotation nicely after redshirting this fall behind Danny Shelton and Elijah Qualls.

Status: Uncommitted

Junipero Serra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Ca.) WR Dante Pettis - Pettis appears to be the top receiver on Washington's board right now. He's angular and athletic and he's got the athleticism to be a game-breaker down the road after adding some size to his 6'0, 170-pound frame. Right now the Huskies appear to be in the lead for his services, but don't count out Boise State as the new staff there has already been in his home for a visit and they will also get his last visit (January 24th).

Status: Uncommitted

American Canyon (Ca.) RB Jomon Dotson - Dotson is a blazer who the old Husky staff liked as a defensive back. However, the new staff, under Petersen, likes him in the offensive backfield and see him as a prospect that adds a different dimension to what the Dawgs already have on their roster -- speed. He remains a soft verbal to Colorado, but, with his mom in tow this weekend, he could wind up being a player that flips if things go well.

Status: Soft Verbal to Colorado

McClymonds (Oakland, Ca.) S Lavon Washington - One of the holdovers that had committed to the old staff, Washington is a player who could play several positions, but appears ready-made as a replacement for Parker. He's roughly the same size and loves to hit. He's also got great hands and is a playmaker when the ball is in the air.

Status: Committed to Washington

Newport (Bellevue, Wa.) TE Drew Sample - Sample has it all. He might not be elite athletically, but he's got enough athleticism to make plays down the seam and he's one of those lunchpail types that just works his butt off to get it done. He's improved immensely as a blocker and will be counted on early in his career to be a real force on the edge in the capacity. He was committed to Petersen at Boise State, but once the new Husky head man made the move west and offered, it was only a matter of time for Sample to add his name to the commit list.

Status: Committed to Washington

Cabrillo (Long Beach, Ca.) DB Darren Gardenhire - While he'll most likely play safety at the next level, Gardenhire is athletic enough to play corner if the need arises. He was committed to Washington State for a while, but once the Huskies came calling, like Sample, it was only a matter of time for him to commit to the Dawgs.

Status: Committed to Washington

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