UW Defensive Recruiting 2005 - DL

Earlier, we here at Dawgman.com touched on the offensive recruits Husky fans need to keep an eye on during the 2005 high school football season. Today, we start to look at the defensive side of the ball and who are on the Husky radar. There are several outstanding athletes who have the Dawgs high on their lists. So let's get down to it.

Like the offense, the defense in 2004 struggled to remain consistent. Also like the offense last year, the defense was very young and they return many of their starters from last season. That being said, an influx of talent is always welcomed and here are some of the players to keep an eye on this fall.

Defensive Line (2 or 3): Like running back on offense, this is the deepest position on the stop unit. At tackle, there are two seniors, two juniors, four sophomores, and one redshirt freshman. At end, the Dawgs have one senior, one junior, two sophomores, one redshirt freshman and two incoming freshman.

This unit is deep, athletic and has finally found some playmakers that gained a ton of experience last year and that will hopefully translate into more big-plays from this all important unit.

Spokane (Wash.) Ferris DT Cameron Elisara (6-3, 275) is the number one prospect at tackle for the Dawgs this year. Elisara is an excellent athlete, winning state in the shot put, while running a sub-5.0 forty at the combines this spring. He has room to add at least 15 to 20 pounds, is super-strong and very agile for a big man. Of note, he is a cousin to the Tuiasosopos and his family really seems to like Washington. Elisara has already committed to Washington, letting the coaches know on July 1st that he was ready to be a Husky.

Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds DT Derrick Hill (6-2, 270) is an animal who has garnered offers from across the country. He is quick off the ball, runs well for a big man and has the needed nasty streak to be the kind of playmaker in the middle of the line that the Dawgs have lacked over the last several years. He has Cal rated highly and would seem to be headed toward Berkeley as it is very close to where he lives, but you never know. He has 14 offers including most of the Pac 10, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Kansas, Colorado, UNLV, Utah and San Diego State. If the Huskies get an official visit they have a decent shot to land him, but it will be tough to pull him from the Bay Area.

De'Shon Matthews (6-5, 253) is the only other tackle prospect with an offer right now and his stock is rising now as camps get under way for the various schools. Matthews has the room to put on 40 to 50 pounds at the next level and be a real player in his second or third year in the system he winds up in. He holds strong at the point, has a quick first step and seems motivated to get better. He has nine offers, including UW, WSU, Nebraska, Oregon State and Arizona among others, but Cal and UCLA are two that he is hoping to hear from in the very near future. He plans to take his official visits this fall and with a big senior season he could be looking at doubling the amount of offers he has under his belt. The Huskies are a longshot for his services.

Olympia (Wash.) Capital OL/DL Alex Linnenkohl is a player that hasn't received any offers yet, but they will be coming soon. Linnenkohl has been working hard all summer, showing up at passing camps and lineman camps around the northwest and is one of the leaders of a team that is favored to win the state championship this fall. Linnenkohl could play either offense or defense (we had him listed with the offensive line prospects in our last report), but after seeing his video, defense looks like the best spot for him. He attended the Wake Forest top prospect camp at the end of May and is attending the Washington camp. He doesn't claim any favorites right now, but you have to think UW has a good shot if they decide to offer him. Right now he is looking at Washington, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Washington State, Idaho, Oregon and Oregon State, but any school who offers him will probably jump to the forefront of his recruitment.

Another player to keep an eye on is Colorado Springs (Colo.) Doherty DT/DE Lamar Houston Jr (6-2, 258). As a sophomore, Houston was first team all-conference at linebacker and second-team all-area at defensive line. He also is athletic enough to play running back, carrying the ball 111 times for 776 yards and ten touchdowns. As a junior, he was named all-state at linebacker (one of only three juniors on the team), registering 100 tackles, three fumble recovers and two sacks. He also rushed for 779 yards and 11 touchdowns. He claims 25 offers from across the country and has no favorites right now. Look for him to narrow down his list in the coming months and set up some official visits soon. UW is a longshot for this player, but you never know. Colorado Springs is the hometown of former UW cornerback Roc Alexander.

Jason Brace (6-5, 245) a DE from Spanaway (Wash.) Spanaway Lake is a local prospect who could warrant an offer after the Huskies watch him during the fall. He was the best prospect at the Competitive Edge combine in Sumner in late May, displaying good speed for a player his size and explosiveness. He drew interest from the schools in attendance, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho (offer), Eastern Washington (offer) and Portland State (offer). Just recently the UCLA Bruins offered Brace and more Pac 10 offers should be on their way this fall.

Other prospects to keep an eye on: John Hargis (6-4, 290), Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain.; Mondala Green (6-4, 235), Seattle (Wash.) Ingraham; Michael Andrews (6-2, 255), Kailua (Hawaii) Kalaheo; Mikel Camus (6-2, 280), Olympia (Wash.) Capital; Ricky Jackson (6-6, 270), Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra; Jurray Casey (6-2, 210), Long Beach (Calif.) Poly; Jonah Mawae (6-1, 212), Puyallup, Wash.

Outlook: Since there are so many young defensive ends on the Husky roster, they may not take a true defensive end. At tackle, teams always utilize a rotation system, so you can be sure they will try take at least two. Brace or Green may be the only local defensive ends to get an offer, but don't look for that to happen before the season starts.

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UW Offensive Recruiting - QB
UW Offensive Recruiting - RB
UW Offensive Recruiting - WR/TE
UW Offensive Recruiting - OL

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