Class of 2006 ready to report

Washington signed 21 players for the 2006 class and four – JC transfers Anthony Atkins, Jordan Murchison, Danny Morovick and Jason Wells – have already been on campus and participated in spring drills. Below is a look at the rest of the class that will be reporting for camp on August 6th.

S Ashlee Palmer: The Huskies pulled off a coup on letter-of-intent day when Palmer agreed to become a Husky after initially signing with Nebraska as an early enrollee back in December. The Huskers' loss is Washington's gain as Palmer is an incredible athlete whose presence immediately will add to deep patrol. He missed out on taking part in spring football, but finished a class at a Seattle community college and attended several workouts. He enrolled at UW in July and has been participating in offseason runs this summer. Several players have made comments about how impressive an athlete Palmer is and they can't wait to see him in purple and gold.

2006 Projection: With three years to play three, Palmer was a very desirable prospect for the Huskies to have coming in this fall. Expect Palmer to challenge for playing time and to be a vicious head-hunter on special teams. He could even move up and play some linebacker if the need arises, although he is the logical successor to C.J. Wallace's strong safety position in 2007.




Matt Mosley: Another surprise on letter-of-intent day, Mosley's ability to play several positions is a key to his value to the Dawgs. Mosley had originally been rumored to be heading to hometown school Arizona State, but instead he ended up committing to Washington, largely because of his visit to Montlake for Washington's individual camp the previous summer. Rumors are that he's put on some muscle and has improved his forty-time. Where does he play this fall? The coaches can't wait to figure that out.

2006 Projection: Mosley is very versatile. He could end up playing running back, wide receiver, cornerback or safety for the Huskies. Head coach Tyrone Willingham has mentioned that the youngster from Arizona will start out at wideout, but with the depth issues at running back, don't be surprised if he ends up there.




DT Derek Kosub: A familial tie to Washington is what brought Kosub north to Washington. He wasn't heavily recruited, but he was the state player of the year for Nevada in 2005 and he showed up in early July for workouts with the Dawgs. Reports are that he needs to hit the weight room to get his strength up, but according to insiders he's a gamer who makes plays when the pads are on.

2006 Projection: Kosub was a player Washington came in late on and he could really turn out to be a diamond in the rough. He's a kid who will get into the strength and conditioning program for two years and then probably see some time along the line as a redshirt sophomore. Did Washington strike gold in Nevada? We'll see soon enough.




OL Cody Habben: Reports out of Skyline (Sammamish) HS is that the trainer for several of the Spartan players has raved about Habben's workouts this spring and summer. Apparently he's up to almost 300 pounds, has a chiseled frame and looks very good.

2006 Projection: Because Washington's depth along the offensive line is sketchy at best, Habben could work his way into the rotation if injuries occur. The hope from the staff however, is that Habben will be able to redshirt this fall with the chance he could see time as a redshirt freshman in 2007. Either way, his presence gives the line a needed boost in talent.




OL Aaron Mason: That's Sir Aaron Mason to you! Mason, who is transferring from Santa Monica Junior College, reportedly is up to 285 pounds and still has his quickness and strength. He's a very good athlete and just needs to adapt himself to the D-1 game. Getting him on campus was a big plus for the staff as the depth-chart behind the tackles isn't exactly deep with prospects.

2006 Projection: Mason could have used a season to acclimate to the speed of the Pac 10, but with Nathan Flowers no longer with the program, he's going to be needed sooner rather than later. Expect Mason to backup both tackle spots this fall.




WR D'Andre Goodwin: The Huskies found Goodwin while they were scouting and courting his high school teammate, Oregon-bound RB Andre Crenshaw. Goodwin is an excellent defensive back (he had eight interceptions in 2005), but the Washington coaches have intimated that they want him to start on the offensive side of the ball to use his 4.43 speed.

2006 Projection: It's hard to imagine Goodwin not ending up in the secondary this fall, but he'll get a chance to show his stuff on offense next week when camp starts. Goodwin has what you can't teach – speed. He runs the 100 meters in 10.67 and has excellent quickness and hands. He'll redshirt and could become a dangerous kick and punt returner in 2007.




OL Matt Sedillo: Sort of the offensive version of Kosub. Sedillo needs to get into the weight-room and work hard, but the raw talent is there. He turned 18 on July first, the same day he graduated, and reported for summer school at Washington on July 9th. He's been working out with the team all month and missed out on his high school All-Star game to be in Seattle instead. He's dedicated.

2006 Projection: Washington needs interior offensive linemen and Sedillo projects inside and will be a player for the Huskies in about two or three years. He's a project, but he has talent and will redshirt this year.




LB Matt Houston: The coaches raved about Houston's abilities during the press conference on letter-of-intent day. His speed and hitting ability are desperately needed in the Husky linebacking corps and he's a player that has been on campus since July 9th.

2006 Projection: Houston needs to put on some weight and muscle to handle the Pac 10 linemen he's going to be facing in a year or two, but he's supposedly a great lockerroom guy that works hard and has a non-stop motor.




FB Paul Homer: If you watch his film, Homer looks like a natural linebacker who could start very early in his college career, but the Husky coaching staff loves the possibilities of his hard-nosed playing style leading the way for their running backs. He reported to Montlake on July 9th and several players have been impressed with his attitude and athleticism.

2006 Projection: Homer mentioned to Dawgman's Chris Fetters back in June that he has no preference on where he plays for the Huskies, but his first shot will be at fullback. Expect Homer to make the best of wherever he plays. Some feel he could be one of the few true freshman players to see time this fall, but the coaches would love to be able to redshirt him. With Luke Kravitz and Mark Palaita in front of him, it seems likely he won't see the field this fall.




RB Leilyon Myers: Myers is an excellent athlete and he seems to have the skills of a wideout when catching passes. He isn't the biggest or fastest guy, but he always seems to be running over or away from people.

2006 Projection: With J.R. Hasty needing to work on his academics this year, Myers steps into the depth as the fourth running back for the Huskies. Louis Rankin, Kenny James and Shelton Sampson will get all the carries, but if injuries occur, and that is definitely a possibility, Myers could be thrust into the lineup very early in his college career.




DT De'Shon Matthews: The Huskies loved Matthews' strength and attitude. Conversely, Matthews loved his official visit to Washington and Willingham. He's a tough player who Willingham characterized as someone that will do whatever is needed to help the team be successful.

2006 Projection: A versatile player, Matthews could end up anywhere along the defensive line for the Huskies. He'll eventually team with co-signee Cameron Elisara to form a run-stuffing, pass-rushing tandem in the next few years. If Matthews puts on weight he can move inside, but if he is able to keep his speed and hover around 275 or 280 pounds he could be an outstanding strongside (Husky) defensive end.




WR Marcel Reece: Reece's video is absolutely ridiculous. Players bounce off of him and he's fearless going across the middle. Washington offensive coordinator Tim Lappano compared him to another player he's coached – current Dallas Cowboy WR Terrell Owens.

"He's Terrell Owens without the baggage," Lappano told Dawgman.com shortly after the Huskies announced their 2006 class.

2006 Projection: Reece is an excellent young man and a freak of nature physically. He put on a bit too much muscle and ballooned to 265 pounds before he reported for offseason workouts, but since then he's shed about 10 pounds and expects to be at 245 pounds when the season starts. He might not start right away, but expect him to be on the field quite a bit for the Huskies this fall. Worth noting is that Reece was still very fast when he reported to campus.




S Jake Merrill: Merrill told Dawgman.com recently that he's gained about eight pounds of muscle through the "Husky workout" he's been doing. He also said he clocked a 4.5 forty recently, although he said it was hand-timed by his coach. Merrill said he feels stronger, lighter and faster.

2006 Projection: Washington isn't deep at very many positions, but safety is a spot that there are lots of good players. Merrill can redshirt this fall and hopefully put on some more weight and be a monster strong safety for the Dawgs in 2007 or 2008.




LB Donald Butler: One of the more mysterious recruits of the 2006 class, Butler just likes to play football and doesn't talk to the media very often. When he did, he came across as the prototypical Willingham recruit – well-spoken, focused on football and ready to make a difference for his new team.

2006 Projection: Butler is going to start out as a MIK or middle linebacker for the Huskies, but with his athleticism, he may end up on the outside. He's got a nose for the ball and the hope is he can redshirt, but his athleticism may make him too valuable to keep off the field.




QB Jake Locker: Led his high school football team to the 3A State Championship and his baseball team to the semi-finals of the state playoffs. He's an unbelievable athlete, a player who leads by example and has been anointed as the future of Washington's football program.

2006 Projection: A huge sigh of relief went up out of Montlake when Locker made it public his desire was to play college football and not professional baseball. With Isaiah Stanback the undisputed starter for the Huskies and Carl Bonnell and Johnny Durocher set at the two and three spots, Locker can redshirt this fall and learn the intricate system that Lappano has installed. He's never played in a dynamic offense (Ferndale ran a version of the wing-T) and it will take time for him to develop his passing skills.




DT Cameron Elisara: Playing in Spokane usually means you are overlooked in the world of football recruiting. Not so for Elisara who had upwards of 10 offers (Nebraska, LSU, Stanford and Oregon were just a few) before he committed to Washington last July. He's tough, gets good penetration as a pass-rusher and was a leader for his team.

2006 Projection: Because of the depth already at the defensive tackle position for the Dawgs, Elisara will have the luxury of redshirting and working on his strength and run-stuffing. He's an excellent pass-rusher and the hope is he will be able to play in year two of his stay on Montlake.




OL Ryan Tolar: After watching Tolar at a football camp in northern California, there were wonders about his ability to stop quick pass-rushers. Tolar was a bit overweight and needed to get into the weight-room before he reported to camp. Well, he has. Tolar looked like he had lost about 20 or 30 pounds when he attended Washington's spring practices and he's a guy who bleeds purple and gold. He was the first commitment for the 2006 class.

2006 Projection: Even with the drop in his weight, Tolar still has a lot of work to do. He needs to get quicker and work on his footwork, but he's big and he's got a great attitude. Don't expect to see him before 2008.




Players report for camp this Sunday, August 6th. The media will be in attendance for the first practice, August 8th, and Husky Picture Day is scheduled for Saturday August 12th.

Dawgman.com will have daily reports for fans and in-depth coverage all throughout the season.

Dawgman.com Top Stories