UW Offensive Recruiting – RB

The Huskies are always in the market for an excellent runner and they have their eyes on some good ones right now. With only one senior in the 2005 class (Chris Singleton), Washington is probably only in the market for one tailback. At fullback, the Dawgs have two seniors (Ty Eriks and James Sims) and one RS freshman in Luke Kravitz. They are certainly going to be looking for a solid candidate as a lead blocker who can catch the ball out of the backfield.

Running Back (1 TB and 1 FB): The number one RB prospect on the Huskies' list is Rancho Cordova's James Montgomery (5-10, 195). Montgomery is an excellent runner with outstanding speed (4.4) and a low center of gravity. He reminds people a lot of a young Napoleon Kaufman. Last year as a junior, he led the Lancers in rushing with 1,915 yards and 33 TDs. He plays bigger than his body would suggest, as he is able to either run over you or around you. His top three are Arizona, UCLA and Washington. Washington has had a slight lead over the other two and he has already visited Montlake once during the basketball season when new head coach Tyrone Willingham and his staff hosted several junior days. He is planning on attending Washington's camp later this month and then will visit UCLA in early July. He plans on announcing early, possibly even in July.

Sylmar, California's C.J. Gable (6-1, 190) is one of the premier athletes on the west coast and could play in either the backfield or could be a big YAC-guy out wide in college. He's a powerful playmaker with explosiveness and tackle-breaking ability as two of his biggest assets. Oklahoma, USC and LSU are just a few of the other schools to have offered, so the Huskies have their work cut out for them in luring Gable to Montlake. As it usually is with a Washington official visit, if Willingham can get C.J. up to Seattle, the visit might be able to take care of the rest.

Up in northern California, Clovis (Calif.) East's Tracy Slocum (5-10, 195) is another back the Huskies have offered in writing and is a versatile athlete like Gable. But since Tracy isn't as tall as C.J., he is most certainly a running back. Slocum plays a lot like a current Husky – Dos Palos native Kenny James. I'm sure the Washington coaches see a lot of similarities, including productivity and durability, between the two backs. Slocum ran for over 1800 yards his junior season. Tracy is looking for a team that will ‘give him the rock', and Washington is looking for a back that can get them 20-25 carries a game. Could it be a match?

Rodney Glass (5-11, 175) is Garrett Green's teammate at Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame and he is one of the top RBs in the state of California. He is very fast and has more moves than Usher. As a junior he rushed for 1,326 yards (11.24 average) and 22 TDs. He runs past defenders more than through them, but he has decent growth potential. He runs a lot like current FSU Seminole RB Lorenzo Booker. Glass is a longshot to commit to UW as he is waiting on USC and UCLA to offer. Arizona, Mississippi and Boston College are the others to have offered Glass.

Mission Viejo, Calif. RB Chane Moline (5-11, 230) is another prospect that has UW's verbal offer on the table. He rushed for 1,872 yards and 38 TDs for the Diablos as a junior and his bruising style intrigues the Dawgs. He also was CIF Division II Co-Offensive Player of the Year. He is the top fullback recruit on the west coast. He has been offered by seven schools including UCLA, USC, Houston, Utah, Mississippi, Washington and Arizona. His brothers (Chad and Chase) both play at UCLA so they would have to be considered the favorites. USC, UCLA and Mississippi are his leaders, but he wants to take all of his official visits, so if UW can get him on campus, anything can happen.

Cottonwood (Salt Lake City) RB Stanley Havili is another prospect that, while he doesn't have an offer, could fill one of several roles for the Dawgs. He runs with a nice forward lean, is fearless and ornery. He plays with a chip on his shoulder running for 1,770 yards and 21 TDs. Cate is the star of the Cottonwood team, but Havili is the reason the Colts are favored to return to the state championship game again. He catches the ball well and he would be an excellent fullback at Washington. He doesn't claim a leader and while the Dawgs haven't offered yet, one could be on the way soon. He has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Iowa, Nebraska and Utah, among others.

Other prospects to keep an eye on: Skylar Jessen (5-10, 200) Spokane (Wash) Mead; Paul Senescall (6-1, 215) Spokane (Wash.) Mead.; Andre Crenshaw (6-0, 180) Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley; Lonyae Miller (5-10, 190) Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser; Joe Trombetta (6-0, 198) Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande; Troy Guthrie (5-8, 194) Long Beach (Calif.) Poly; Chris Allen (5-7, 155) Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley; Eric Jordan (5-8, 160) Las Vegas, NV.; Brandon Sullivan (5-10, 195) Poway, Calif.; Anthony McQueen (5-10, 185) Bellevue, WA.

Outlook: This may be the deepest position on the Husky roster so they aren't in desperate need of help. However, anytime you can get an outstanding playmaker the likes of Moline, Montgomery or Glass you welcome him with open arms. Montgomery is the most likely candidate to be wearing Purple and Gold in the future as he really seems to like Willingham and the area. The Dawgs are likely to take one tailback and one fullback in this class.

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