Recruiting Part IV: DBs and Athletes

Washington had their two biggest recruiting weekends of the year back-to-back. The results appear to be extremely favorable. They picked up important verbal commitments from offensive linemen Albert Toeaina and Clay Walker to go with Francisco Tipoti, who is a bounce back from last year.

Washington also appears to be right in the hunt for Bakersfield's finest, Nathan Rhodes, whom many feel is one of the top offensive lineman in the country. Rhodes is expected to choose from either Tennessee or Washington, and our feeling has been that he'll be a Dawg. No reason to change that now.

Washington is also still in the hunt for Stanley Daniels, a 6-4 305-pound lineman from San Diego. He has verballed to both Washington and Nebraska but the Huskies moved into better position for him when they secured a verbal from Scott White, a linebacker/fullback stud that is good friends with Stan. White picked the Huskies over Oklahoma and will now actively recruit Daniels to follow him. It's definitely going to be fun to follow. We like Washington's chances in this race, especially after talking with White.

Another linebacker, Dash Crutchley from Chaparral HS in California, also committed to the Huskies. He is a 6-6 215-pound athlete that will need to learn the position but he's a great athlete that has only played two years of football so the upside is large if the patience is there.

The Huskies made very significant progress with Hawaiian defensive linemen J. T. Mapu and Donny Mateaki. Mapu loved his visit to Seattle and seems to be leaning heavily to the Huskies while Mateaki had Colorado as an early leader but has since supplanted them with Washington. We feel that the Huskies could very well get both of them. We are pretty confident that the muscular Mateaki will wind up at defensive end, as a Husky. He had a great time on his visit and the Dawgs will close hard on him.

Perhaps the biggest news came from St. Bonaventure tailback Lorenzo Booker, who is now calling the Huskies his leader to anyone who calls his home. Washington appears to have hit a home run on his visit and now must hold off USC, who will undoubtedly make a hard charge at the tape. Booker is very close to his family and a ‘family atmosphere' is what he loved about the Huskies. Is it enough to have him leave California for Seattle? We'll see, but the early returns are certainly good news for Husky fans.

Dos Palos running back Kenny James loved his visit as well, but didn't commit despite saying before his visit that if he was offered he would think about taking it. He appears to be a bit more open now, and part of that could be related to academics.

South Kitsap star Ryan Cole is still open but the Huskies look like they're willing to wait for the talented tailback to think things over. He's just a shade under 6-0, weighs nearly 210 pounds, ran back-to-back 4.4s in the 40, and tests incredibly well in the weight room. Off the field he's a gem of a kid. He's the type of young man and athlete you want in your program. Unless he changes his mind, it looks like late January is the timeline for his choice.

With the needs in the trenches being addressed well and the need for a tailback that can hit it out of the park being worked, now we turn to the need at defensive back. Here are the guys the Huskies are looking at and a prediction for fun as to how it might all work out.
CORNERBACK - need = 2

Quinton McCoy 5-10 170 4.4 Chandler, AZ – After visiting Michigan, McCoy is calling the Wolverines his favorite. Running backs coach Tony Alford was able to make an impression during his in-home with Quinton enough so that he set up a visit to Seattle in January. His parents will make the trip with him, which is always a good sign. He suffered an ACL injury this year but that hasn't stopped any school from going hard after him.

Dominic Dixon 5-10 175 O'Dea HS, Seattle – He was named first team All Metro 3A (Mountain Division) and 1st team All-State 3A by the Associated Press. Dixon has offers from Idaho, Portland State, and Idaho State so far. Dixon had a fine year on offense but defense may be his future if he winds up a Husky.

Quentin Rogers 6-2 170 Nogales HS, CA – Rogers had a great year offensively but is being recruited to play defensive back. Rogers said back in November that he would commit to either ASU or Washington, "whichever school offers first." Are the Huskies still pursuing Rogers with their ‘A-game?' It doesn't look like it.

Trestin George 5-9 180 4.36 Oakland, CA – "Washington is my leader," George told Chris Fetters last week. "I love playing in the rain." The business school and an Aunt that graduated from the UW also interests him. He will visit Seattle in January, probably on the 4th. He'll then trip to Oregon and Oregon State if necessary.

Eric Shyne 5-10 170 4.5 Pomona, CA – Shyne is a UW verbal that will enter school in January. He spent this fall earning a passing grade on his SAT, and is now ready to go. He's dropped some weight since he hasn't been working out but he's expected to add that back and be in playing shape by spring ball.

Matt Fountaine 5-10 170 4.5 Oakland, CA – Fountaine is a UW verbal that firmed up his decision on his visit last weekend. He had a monster year as a tailback this year, 1630 yards and 26 touchdowns. I expect that his first stop at Washington will be at corner though.

PREDICTION: Washington had a need for two and already has Shyne and Fountaine in the fold. Will they go for George as well, given his speed? He's not big, but he's strong for his size so if George can run that 4.36 on field turf and has a good vert, Washington will take him.
SAFETIES - need = 2

Jarrad Page 6-0 185 4.5 San Leandro HS, CA – Page has three favorites right now in Illinois, UCLA, and Washington. He has only visited Illinois thus far so the Huskies are sitting well with him. Page is an "athlete" that could play either safety or corner. He is also very skilled at returning kicks. He'll visit Seattle in January.

Trevor Hooper 6-2 190 4.4 Mountain View, CA – Hooper appears to have it down to two schools now, Washington and Stanford. He's already taken care of the entrance requirements and has been accepted to Stanford, but won't visit there until January 18th. Will the Huskies hold a spot that long for Hooper? It probably depends on what Darnell Bing does. Hooper would be a nice get at a position the Huskies absolutely MUST address. He won team and league MVP honors this season.

Darnell Bing 6-2 215 4.4 Poly HS, CA – Bing has been considered the finest high school safety in the land by many recruiting services since the end of his junior season. He did nothing to diminish that, and Washington is a team that could put him in their lineup very early. He'll visit Oregon on January 4th but he enjoyed his Husky trip.

Dashon Goldson 6-2 180 4.5 Narbonne HS, CA – Goldson had a great trip with teammates Alex Potasi and Marcus O'Keith, but the Huskies have not offered yet. If they do he would likely come, but academics may enter into the picture and could be the reason why the Huskies have not offered this talented safety just yet.

Mike Nixon 6-2 195 4.49 Tucson, AZ - Nixon will visit Washington in January. He's a big safety in the Greg Carothers mold. Washington has offered him and he is still wide open. His recruitment has been pretty quiet so far, but that doesn't mean a thing.

PREDICTION: Washington will get Hooper. One other safety is a definite certainty for this class, maybe two more. If they could get Page they'll have done fantastic. I don't think the Huskies will get Bing, call it an educated hunch. The Dawgs thought they had a great shot at Gibril Wilson from CCSF but he has verballed to Tennessee. Dawg fans, there could be a real surprise in store in January. Keep your eyes open.
ATHLETES

Jordan Slye 6-5 190 4.6 Franklin HS, Seattle – Slye is listed as a quarterback but with his physical skills and size, a move to either wide receiver, tight end, or even linebacker is not out of the question. He's a great athlete, and he's local. Nice to keep these kids home. Look for Slye to make an impact in two to three years.

Will Haas 6-4 200 4.47 Juanita HS, Kirkland – Haas is projected as an outside linebacker by some but he could really play either safety or receiver with his speed. He leaped 34 inches in the vertical jump test, showing his explosiveness. If Washington closes hard, they'll get him. If not, Oregon and Oregon State are probably going to go get him. He is a fantastic athlete.
Click here for a list of current UW verbal commitments

For the first three parts of this article, click below:
Part I: The Skill Positions
Part II: The Big Men
Part III: Linebackers and Fullbacks

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