UW Junior Day: Quick Hitters

Nearly 30 underclassmen were on UW's campus this past weekend for the first Junior Day of the year. We caught up with five, including Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wa.) LB/DE Evan Weaver (pictured above) who gave us a quick glimpse at what went on, what they enjoyed the most and they gave us a quick look at where recruiting stands at this early point in their recruitment...

Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wa.) LB/DE Evan Weaver

"I felt like it went pretty well," Weaver said. "I talked to a few of the coaches, coach (Chris) Petersen, coach (Bob) Gregory and coach (Jeff) Choate.

"I've already been there a couple of times, so I already had seen some of the facilities stuff, but it was nice to see their whole academic presentation and coach Pete's 'Build For Life' speech."

Besides the interest Weaver is getting from UW, he sports offers from Boise State and Washington State and said he plans to visit a few schools during the spring if his schedule allows it.

Weaver is a two-time, First Team All-State selection who finished with 123 tackles, 36 tackles-for-loss, 14 sacks while also posting six forced fumbles, one blocked field goal, one blocked extra point and two blocked punts while helping to lead the Bulldogs to an 10-2 record, earning Consensus All-STate, GSL Defensive MVP and All-Area Defensive MVP.

Richland (Wa.) DE/LB Lakota Wills

While he doesn't have an offer, Wills, a 6'3", 230-pounder, said he's been talking to the Huskies, particularly Jeff Choate and Bob Gregory, quite a bit.

"They said that they are looking into me more to see if I fit into their scheme but the said that they like my speed and size as a linebacker," Wills said of his conversations with the Husky coaches.

Wills enjoyed his visit to UW, his first, for their Junior Day event on Saturday and said that one of the biggest things that stood out to him was Chris Petersen's presentation.

"Probably the 'Built For Life' program that coach Peterson talked about," he said when asked about a highlight of the day. "It's basically them getting us ready for life outside football."

Last season, while playing mostly outside linebacker for a Richland team that went 8-2, Wills totaled over 120 tackles to go along with 15 tackles-for-loss, six sacks and an interception while earning First Team All-League and being named the Defensive Player of the Year for his team.

Wills is hearing from several other programs including Washington State, Oregon State, Boise State, Idaho and Eastern Washington, but he has yet to receive an offer.

Davis (Yakima, Wa.) LB/ATH Eric Briscoe Jr.

Briscoe, the son of former Husky Eric Bricsoe, is an amazing athlete and very versatile. Washington is looking at him as a linebacker and he said he enjoyed his visit for Junior Day.

"Yeah I did, I always have a good time when I go up there," Briscoe said.

Echoing the sentiments of several other recruits, Briscoe said he really enjoyed what head coach Chris Petersen had to say.

"Probably coach Petersen's presentation and what it takes to be an 'OKG'," Briscoe said.

Briscoe is still waiting on an offer, but he's been getting heavy interest from Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Stanford, Montana State and Harvard.

Briscoe started at safety and tight end/wide receiver for Davis this past season, finishing the season with 29 receptions for 410 yards and four touchdowns on offense while racking up 72 tackles, two picks, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns on the defensive side of the ball. He will venture out on the camp circuit this summer in the hopes of improving his game, but also catching the eye of college coaches and scouts.

Bellarmine (Tacoma, Wa.) LB Erik Glueck

As one of the most productive linebackers in the state, Glueck is starting to draw attention from several schools including Washington, Stanford, Ohio (offer), Boise State, Washington State, Oregon, Missouri, Utah, Indiana, Yale and Harvard.

This past weekend, Glueck was on Montlake to take in Washington's Junior Day and he said he had a great time seeing the facilities and meeting with the coaches.

"The UW Junior Day went great," Glueck said. "The staff was very accommodating and were very down to earth.

"Coach (Chris) Petersen was very enthusiastic and really nice. He has high expectations for the team and high standards for the players.

"The facilities are awesome and the school is beautiful. Junior Day was a great way for me to see the whole school and learn about the integrity of their program."

Glueck is a two-way player for the Lions and he will take part in several camps this summer in the hopes of earning more offers.

Kamiakin (Kennewick, Wa.) CB Darreon Moore (2017)

Moore and his family moved from the Memphis area to the Tri Cities about three years ago, so Moore had never been up to Washington until this past weekend for Junior Day.

"I loved the visit and the coaching staff," Moore told Dawgman.com. "I like what coach (Chris) Peterson stands for. He wants his athletes to be the total person -- academics as well as athletics -- that's what really impressed me.

"The facilities were awesome and coach (Jimmy) Lake was easy to talk to and I love the fact he has coached on the NFL level so I know that playing for him will get me ready for the next level."

Washington has yet to offer the shut down corner who managed to rack up 55 tackles, 24 pass-breakups and one interception while also hauling in 15 receptions for 355 yards and score on offense. He also earned First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Area as a cornerback as well.

"They have not offered me yet," Moore said. "I feel that it could happen soon though. Coach Lake wants to work me out at camp to see me up close and then I guess they will decide. But I was the only cornerback that they invited to Junior Day so it's very promising."

Moore noted that Oregon, Washington State and Eastern Washington have all been in contact with him, but since he is only a sophomore, it's just been initial contact with recruiters.

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