Fife (Wa.) OL/DL Kaleb McGary - Aside from Budda Baker, there isn't a kid in-state that was a higher priority than McGary. Washington has been working hard on McGary and this is the new staff's chance to show the athletic big-man how they plan to use him and sell him on the big city school. Washington's biggest competition for McGary's services appears to be Oregon State which made a huge impression on McGary when he visited at the end of November. Washington State has also made a play for him, but appears to be third in the race for his services.
Coeur d'Alene (Id.) TE Chase Blakley - Blakley has been committed to Washington for quite some time and reaffirmed his commitment to Washington shortly after he talked to Petersen once he was hired. Blakley is a very talented receiver and has shown the ability to be a good blocker as well. He will combine with Drew Sample to form the future of the Husky tight end corps.
Status: Committed to Washington
Centennial (Corona, Ca.) RB Tre Watson - Watson is one of the top running backs left on Washington's board and he's a good one. He rushed for over 3,700 yards and 50 touchdowns for the Huskies last season and, while he remains a soft verbal commit to California, he appears very willing to look at other schools and will visit the Huskies this weekend and UCLA next weekend. Expect the Huskies to make a strong push on him this weekend and work their hardest to get him to commit before he visits Westwood next weekend.
Status: Soft Verbal to California
Falcon (Co.) RB Kalen Ballage - One of the fastest risers among recruits out west since the start of the season. Ballage is big, he's athletic and he appears to be a real playmaker. I like him better as a linebacker, but he could have success on either side of the ball. Ballage committed to Arizona State back in December and recently visited Tempe. However, he remains soft in his commitment and Washington and UCLA will yet again get the final two visits. Can they turn him? Only time will tell.
Status: Soft Verbal to Arizona State
Eastlake (Sammamish, Wa.) LB Drew Lewis - The old staff loved Lewis so much that they brought him in for a visit to USC last weekend and, while they did not extend an offer, they told him he could get one in the near future if things work out. Washington has maintained an offer for Lewis from the beginning and the new staff has made it clear they want him. He fits in as a strongside (SAM) linebacker once he gets to college. He's a great athlete and he's got great instincts. Lewis needs to add some size and strength, but after a couple of years in the system, he could wind up being a 220 pound menace to Husky opponents.
Status: Soft Verbal to Washington
Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Ca.) CB Brandon Lewis - Lewis was one of the players that Petersen convinced to switch from his commitment to Boise State and join Washington. He committed shortly after the start of the year and is the only true cornerback committed to the Huskies who are in desperate need of bodies at the position. He's super-quick and had a solid senior season. He'd better be ready to go once he arrives at UW this summer because he has a great chance of seeing plenty of playing time in the fall.
Status: Committed to Washington
Orange (Ca.) Lutheran LB Aisea Tongilava - This is a recruit that has sort of come out of nowhere for the Dawgs over the past couple of weeks. Tongilava has great instincts and he runs really well. Like Lewis, he's probably a better fit outside, but in the new scheme, I could see him as a nickel linebacker or even as a WIL (weak inside linebacker). His recruitment will come down to Cal, which he visited last weekend, and UW and I have to believe that if the Husky staff really wants him, they should get him.
Coeur d'Alene (Id.) OT Matt James - James is one of our favorite commitments. He's strong, he's physical and he's mean. He has been steadfast in his commitment to the Dawgs, even with the coaching change, and he appears to be a great fit into the Husky depth. He could play inside or outside, but appears to be a lock at one of the tackle spots once he arrives this summer.
Status: Committed to Washington
West Covina (Ca.) CB Sidney Jones - Jones has a long, lean frame and has been committed to Utah for a while now. However, the Husky staff has put in some serious work to get him to visit and it looks like they may have a chance to flip him to their side. As we noted earlier, the Huskies are desperate for help at corner and Jones appears to fill the need perfectly. He doesn't have an offer yet, but there is a very good chance he will before he leaves this weekend.
Status: Soft Verbal to Utah
Highland (Palmdale, Ca.) WR Jamire Jordan - He appears to have an offer, but it remains to be seen if it's a committable one or not. He's got a long frame, but his film doesn't wow you when you watch it. He was committed to San Jose State back in the summer, but opted to open things up and appears to be favoring Washington and San Diego State now although he has yet to set up a visit to meet with the Aztecs yet.
Bozeman (Mt.) DE Will Dissly - Dissley is one of those long, athletic kids you like to get into your system and coach him up into the player you want him to be. He's got the size and athleticism to be really good, but it's hard to project kids that come out of the Montana prep ranks since their level of play isn't as high as those in other states. He's a very talented kid though and it appears the staff likes him enough to try and pry him away from Boise State where he remains a soft verbal.
Status: Soft Verbal to Boise State
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