UW Offensive Recruiting – WR/TE

The receiver position has been the bane of offensive coordinator Tim Lappano's existence since he took over the reigns of the offense this past winter. Lappano likes what he has in talent, but the current players lack the speed that Lappano and wide receivers coach Eric Yarber want.

The Huskies have no seniors at this position so opening up spots isn't going to happen. Quintin Daniels, Sonny Shackelford, Corey Williams and JC transfer Marlon Wood will all be juniors in 2005 and Craig Chambers, Anthony Russo, Charles Smith and Cody Ellis will all be sophomores. The playing status of Clarence Simpson is still unclear, but he would add another big possession receiver to the mix. Wood and Ellis both have the necessary speed, but they may be needed in the secondary. Below is the expected number of receivers and tight ends Washington will recruit, as well as notes on a few of the top prospects the Huskies are looking at.

Wide Receiver (2 or 3): The Dawgs will probably take two at this position, but don't look for any more than that.

Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea S/WR Taylor Mays is the number one player at this position. The Huskies are going to let him decide where he wants to play and there is a chance he could play both safety and wideout in college. He is arguably the number one prospect on the west coast and a top ten guy in the country. He is a difference-maker who will excel wherever he decides to play. He has over 20 offers, but the main ones he is looking at are Washington, USC, Michigan and Notre Dame. The fact that his father (Stafford) and his uncle (Shell) both played for UW and his family is in the area bode well for the Dawgs, but with the amount of choices in front of him, things could get very interesting.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly HS WR Travon Patterson is the other wideout with an offer at this point. He would give the Dawgs exactly what they want in a wide receiver. He is excellent in the open field and has outstanding speed. He caught 26 passes for 610 yards (23.5 ypc) and three TDs as a junior and he was All CIF-SS Division I. He is also a track standout and would be a nice addition to the Husky wide receiver corps. He has offers from six schools and no leaders. Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah and Washington State have all offered. One thing that may become a consideration is teammate Terrence Austin's commitment. He may opt to attend the same school as Austin and that could eliminate the Huskies as Austin doesn't have them on his list.

One player to keep an eye on through the fall is Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft WR Jamere Holland (6-1, 180). Holland blew up last year, catching 34 passes for 911 yards (26.8 ypc) and 15 TDs. It didn't hurt that he had Florida-bound Josh Portis throwing him the rock, but he is still a very talented player. Keep an eye on him throughout the fall. He will probably see a flood of offers coming in depending on how he does during the season. Holland doesn't report any offers, but is interested in Cal, USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington.

Locally one of the best wideouts in the state is Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis' Brendon Waiters (6-2, 195). Waiters has been attending several passing camps (mainly the camps run by former UW quarterback Taylor Barton and his father Greg) and his athleticism has been evident. He has sticky fingers and his lanky body has room to grow. He can play safety as well, but the Huskies are looking at him as a wide receiver. He is hearing the most from Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State. If UW offers look for them to be the leader.

This list wouldn't be complete without Keith Rosenburg from Bellevue (Wash.) High, who is a running back in high school but will play wideout in college. Keith Rosenberg? The Keith Rosenberg that's already verbally committed to Washington State? He has deceptive speed, good hands and excellent open field skills. Don't think for one second that the UW coaches are ready to give up on this player just yet, especially if he has a monster 2005 campaign. Rosenberg's recruitment will be one to keep an eye on.

Anchorage (Alaska) East WR Chad Nading is another player to watch how his senior season goes. He is tall and wowed some of the onlookers at the junior combine held following the Army All-American Game in San Antonio. He favors Arizona State over Oregon State and Washington, but UW has had a lot of success with Alaskan players over the years.

Other prospects to keep an eye on: Joe Halahuni (6-3, 230) Orting, Wash.; Myron Beck (5-11, 195) Seattle (Wash.) Ingraham; Daniel Barkley (6-2, 195) Lakewood (Calif.) Clover Park; Luke Fowler (6-3, 195) Longview (Wash.) R.A. Long; Scott McKnight (6-1, 175) Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro; Tyquan Knox (6-1, 194) Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw; Isaiah Burel (6-3, 175) Redlands (Calif.) East Valley; Da'Vell Jackson (6-2, 170) Las Vegas (Nev.) Eldorado; Sean Creadick (6-2, 190) Camarillo (Calif.) Adolfo; Hayo Carpenter (5-11, 180) Ridgecrest (Calif.) Burroughs; Matt Mosley (5-11, 185) Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol (could also be a corner in college); Brandon Jones (5-10, 180) Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea (probably a cornerback in college).

Outlook: Since Mays can play two positions, it would probably mitigate the Dawgs taking Mays and two other prospects. Patterson and Holland would be excellent gets and with Waiters, Nading, Beck and Halahuni, who may end up being a tight end, also looking at the Huskies, UW should be able to pull in some nice prospects.

Tight Ends (1 maybe 2): Conventional wisdom was that the Huskies would look to upgrade this position with some of the JC talent that is out there. They missed out on USC commit Gerald Washington who committed on May 29th. He was offered and it doesn't look like there are enough prospects to work the magic that Willingham and co. had planned.

The Huskies have two juniors, a sophomore and a RS freshman on their roster at this position but it was obvious after spring practices that Willingham wasn't satisfied with the talent level.

McClymonds HS (Oakland, Ca.) TE Na Derris Ward (6-5, 254) is one of the top tight ends in the country and he will have his choice of where he goes to college. As a junior, he had 15 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns. Ward was named first team all-city and all-East Bay. At the Cal summer camp last year, he was named the MVP of the tight ends. He claims almost 20 offers and is considering nine schools. Washington, Arizona and Oregon State are on his list from the Pac 10 and they will be competing with Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Georgia, Kansas State and Mississippi State. He doesn't claim a leader and will likely take all of his visits.

TE John Reese (6-4, 215) from Upland HS (Upland, Ca.) is a player to watch this fall. He could make some moves if he adds weight and follows up a solid junior year. He has offers from Arizona, Boise State, Fresno State, Oregon State and San Diego State, but he still lists the Huskies as a favorite and will be visiting Montlake shortly.

Other prospects to keep an eye on: Joe Halahuni (6-3, 230) Orting, Wash.; Andrew Berryhill (6-4, 235) Tuscon (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic; Steven Fendry (6-5, 235) Castle Rock (Colo.) Douglas County; Ras Sanders (6-2, 205) Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.

Outlook: Ward is the top prospect on the Dawgs' board at this position. He would probably start as a freshman or at the very least end up in the two deeps. He runs well and has excellent hands. He also has the body to play right away and that is the biggest difference between himself and everyone else. But still also be on the lookout for a JC tight end that can come in and compete for a position right away - either in 2005 or 2006. Expect some prospects to come out of the woodwork this fall.

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