UW 2016 Targets: Running Backs

In the first installment of our series on Washington's targets at different positions, we take a look at the tailbacks which is a position the Huskies are putting a high-priority on in the 2016 recruiting cycle. Here's a look at some of the prospects that have early offers and where things stand with them currently...

Needs

The feeling is that the Huskies need to take at least two tailbacks in the 2016 recruiting class.

Dwayne Washington and Deontae Cooper will both be juniors this fall while Lavon Coleman will be a third-year sophomore. Those are the only three players with carries that will take the field this fall.

Jomon Dotson looked impressive from a speed and explosiveness standpoint at the Husky Combine, but with his slight frame, it's hard to see how he fits into Washington's future plans.

Incoming freshman Myles Gaskin isn't very big either (5'9, 195), but he's one of those tailbacks who seems to get better with the more carries he gets.


Targets/Where UW Stands

St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Ca.) RB Sean McGrew - McGrew came out earlier this month and said the Huskies were one of his leaders. UCLA is making a heavy push on McGrew and may offer soon while California, Arizona State and Arizona all are schools that McGrew is considering as well.

Paraclete (Lancaster, Ca.) RB Melquise Stovall - Two offers from the local schools - UCLA and USC - are definitely game-changers for Stovall who is one of the top tailbacks in the state of California. Stovall does plan to visit Washington for their Junior Day on April 18th, so the Huskies are still very much in this one, but it could wind up being very tough to pull Stovall away from either the Bruins or Trojans.

San Bernardino (Ca.) RB Alexander Mattison - Mattison hasn't spoken much with the media, so there isn't a lot of news on him right now, but the Huskies and San Jose State are his offers at this point. More schools have stood up and taken notice of him since his outstanding performance at the The Opening L.A. Combine a couple of weeks ago. Mattison rushed for over 2,000 yards and 26 scores as a junior last season and he's got that prototypical size (6'0, 200) you're looking for in a big-back.

Chandler (Az.) ATH Chase Lucas - Most schools, including Washington, are recruiting Lucas as an athlete, able to play receiver or defensive back, but since he's listed as a tailback here on Scout, we'll include him in this list. Right now, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, USC and UCLA all seem to be leading the way, but he's made it very clear that he's open to being recruited by any school.

Southlake (Tx.) Carroll ATH Lil'Jordan Humphrey - Humphrey is a tailback in high school, but at 6'5" and over 200 pounds, you have to believe a position switch is in his future. Most schools seem to see him at receiver or making the move to defense, likely at linebacker, but since he's rated as a tailback, we'll include him here. Washington has three coaches recruiting Humphrey (Bob Gregory, Brent Pease and Chris Petersen) and he had hoped to make UW's Junior Day next month, but he told Dawgman.com he doesn't think he will be able to fit it into his schedule.

Tulare (Ca.) Union RB Romello Harris - The Huskies made it known early on that they coveted Harris and he returned the interest and named them as one of his favorites. Things are still wide open for Harris and he's been making his way to several Junior Days including Fresno State's this past weekend. Harris is super-explosive and he rushed for over 2,500 yards and 31 touchdowns last season. He's hoping to make it up to Seattle for UW's Junior Day on April 18th and that could go a long way in putting the Huskies right in the mix for an official visit this fall.

Mililani (Hi.) RB Vavae Malepeai - Michigan and Stanford appear to have the early edge with Malepeai, but the Huskies are right there in it as well. He's hoping to make some trips this spring/summer and Washington is a school he's hoping to visit.

Jesuit (Carmichael, Ca.) RB/ATH Beau Bisharat - Bisharat is very high on the in-state schools, especially USC and UCLA, so the Huskies have a lot of work to do to get his signature, however, if they can get him up to Seattle for a visit this spring or summer, there's still a chance they could wind up getting an official visit out of him this fall.

Great Oak (Temecula, Ca.) ATH Demetric Felton - Felton is getting a look at receiver and tailback with Washington and he told Dawgman.com very recently that he was planning to visit Seattle next month. Things picked up for Felton the past couple of weeks and now he plans to make his decision public today (along with three other friends/teammates). Many think that UCLA will be the choice, but the Huskies still may have a chance to sway him if they can get him to come up to Seattle for a visit.

Plano (Tx.) RB Brandon Stephens - Stephens has plenty of offers to choose from and Washington is one school that offered very early in the process. The Huskies like Stephens at receiver or on defense, but he's also getting a look at tailback as well. Stephens has a great relationship with Keith Bhonapha and Brent Pease and said he's hoping to visit Washington sometime this spring or summer, but is unsure of when that will happen.

Wylie (Tx.) East ATH Aubrey White - Washington is giving White a look at both tailback and receiver. White is currently committed to Kansas, but he's said he's open to other opportunities and Washington may be on his visit itinerary this spring or summer.
Other Targets

Players who have yet to receive offers, but who have shown interest in the Huskies include Zion Echols, Isaiah Floyd, Leo Lambert, Edward Vander, Dylan Thigpen, Rey Green, Rashaad Boddie and Damarea Crockett.

There are definitely other players who will be targeted during the spring and summer and even some that might get a long look during the fall after the coaches head out on the road to check out players.

Ideally, the Huskies could find an explosive speed back who can get the edge and run away from defenders as well as one big-back type who can pound away at a defense and wear them down when necessary.




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