UW Wide Receiver Recruiting: Where We Stand

The Huskies are definitely in the market for wide receivers in the 2016 recruiting. If you look at the offer list, the Washington have made offers to at least 18 prospects at the position and they have plenty more they are still evaluating. Here's a look at where things stand currently and what prospects have emerged as top targets for the Dawgs...

Position Overview: The numbers at receiver were scant heading into spring. There were only four scholarship receivers on the roster -- seniors Jaydon Mickens and Marvin Hall and sophomores Dante Pettis and Brayden Lenius -- so the influx of five incoming freshman who are possible additions to the position will be a huge boost.

Top candidates to play early among the group are Isaiah Renfro, Nik Little and Chic McClatcher, but the other two -- Andre Baccellia and Quinten Pounds -- will be given every chance to show they are ready to play as well.

How Many Will They Take? The number that the staff appears to be set on, at least at this point in the process, is three. Typically, the coaches want to replace the players leaving with the exact same numbers in the incoming class, however, with the dearth of proven explosive playmakers and size at the position, the Huskies will likely take three and move someone to another position if they want to even out the numbers.

The Target List

The Huskies have made offers to at least 18 prospects, but several of them have eliminated them from contention. Here's a look at the prospects that are still giving them a look...

The top wideout on the West Coast and the second-rated overall in the country, Vaughns is a special player with the ability to go up and get the ball down the field. Washington offered early and they've been in the mix with him for a while. Vaughns appears to be a heavy lean to USC, but the Huskies could be in line for a visit this fall.

The four-star wideout put Washington in his top five at The Opening and the Huskies will likely get a visit out of him this fall. Crawford has emerged as a real playmaker this summer and set himself apart from the pack with his ball skills.

Alloway is on the small side, but he's super quick and he's got the ability to be a big-time weapon out of the slot. Washington is still a school Alloway is interested in, but right now, the Huskies appear to be longshots at best with him.

McKnight, a four-star, named the Huskies as his leader during the spring, but slowly, he started to move away from that proclamation and now the Huskies have some ground to make up on schools like UCLA, Arizona State, Nebraska and USC. If Oregon offers, the Ducks would almost immediately occupy McKnight's top spot.

Fehoko is a multi-talented prospect with the ability to be a star at wide receiver or in the secondary. That being said, most consider him a better fit at wideout. Washington and Stanford have occupied the top spot for Fehoko for a while and that hasn't changed. Most feel that the Cardinal are the clear leader, but the Huskies are definitely in the hunt. Official visits will go a long way in helping him make his decision.

The big wideout from the Lonestar State might be one of those hidden gems that will make whatever school winds up with him very happy. Sure, he's rated a four-star, but a lot of scouts feel he's underrated. Washington currently holds a spot on Omotosho's top 10, but they will have a fight on their hands to get an official visit with schools like UCLA, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State also in the mix.

Taylor-Yamanoha, currently committed to Louisville, is a huge fan of Washington and on a recent unofficial visit he received an offer from the Dawgs. He's maintained that he's still committed to the Cardinals, but most feel he'll switch things up and wind up with the Huskies before it's all said and done.

Vaughn had a great junior season and he's displayed the speed and hands a lot of coaches want to see in a wideout. So why does he only have four offers? Most think he's not quite as fluid as some of the other top receivers out there and, while his straight-line speed is special, he definitely needs to work on his quickness and getting in and out of his breaks which would allow him to get separation from defenders. Washington currently holds to the top spot for Vaughn and it could just be a matter of time before he adds his name to the Huskies' commit list.

The Texan has Washington in his top two, but they are battling with Texas Tech to get him in the boat. In most head-to-head battles with the Red Raiders, the Huskies should win out pretty easily, however, Farrar is from the state and he's formed a really good relationship with the Tech coaching staff. At nearly 6'4" and 208 pounds, he'd be the second-biggest receiver in the depth and with his speed, he could be a down-field threat as well. Again, official visits will play a huge role in where this prospect winds up.

Other Prospects

While the players listed above are the prospects Washington is recruiting at the receiver position, there are several more than need to mentioned as possibilities even though there isn't a defined position for them at this point in time.

One of those players is Bishop Amat (La Puenta, Ca.) ATH Trevon Sidney who is a commit to USC. Washington has still been talking to Sidney are the door may be opened to him visiting this fall.

ATH Chase Lucas from Chandler (Az.) High School really liked Washington and has the Huskies as a school he'd like to take an official visit to during the season.

Loyola (Los Angeles, Ca.) ATH David Long is listed as a corner by Scout.com and most feel that's where he'd play if he wound up signing with Washington, however, he's also been told he could wind up on offense and that, even if he plays corner, he'd get some looks at receiver as well.

There are also several in-state receivers who have yet to receive offers, but that are very much on Washington's radar.

Squalicum (Bellingham) WR Josiah Westbrook committed to Washington State back in June, but don't be surprised if he opens things up should the Huskies come in with an offer.

Parker Dumas from Mount Si High School out in Snoqualmie is a huge target, measuring in at a legit 6'5", but he is more of a possession receiver, something Washington knows they have plenty of at this point.

Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) WR Matt Laris, currently committed to Cal, is a big-time possession receiver too, but he's faster than Dumas and he has a knack for getting open against zone coverage.

The last in-stater on our list, but probably the most intriguing, is Bellevue's Tyson Penn. At nearly 6'4" and 195 pounds, Penn has the size you love at receiver, but he's also got the explosive athleticism the Husky coaches are looking to add to the mix.

Penn, who recently committed to Oregon State, had a great spring and really seems to have improved as a receiver and the Huskies will definitely be watching him this fall.

The Bottom Line

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