Husky Junior Day takes center stage

This weekend, as the Washington football program prepares to kick of their second fall camp under Tyrone Willingham and his staff, a host of recruits for the Class of 2007 will be on hand and has been able to compile a list of the players who are confirmed to be attending the festivities on Saturday.

Last year, the weekend was a big hit with the 2006 recruiting class and the visitors on hand seemed to enjoy their time touring the campus and facilities, meeting the coaching staff and watching the Blue Angels atop the roof at Husky Stadium. This year it's likely the plan is very much the same as the Chrevrolet Cup and Seafair festivities will be in full swing and with blue skies and nice weather, they should see Washington's best during their stay.

Here is the list of those that will be in attendance:

TE Chris Izbicki, Lake Washington (Kirkland, Wa.): Yeah he's already committed to the Dawgs, but the coaches have told the outgoing Izbicki they expect him to help them recruit the players who haven't committed yet. Izbicki spent the past week on a family vacation and is looking forward to his time with his fellow commits and said he is more than happy to lead the charge trying to get more to make their pledges.

QB Ronnie Fouch, Redlands East Valley (Redlands, Ca.): Another Washington commit, Fouch and his father have already made the trip north to visit Montlake when the gun-slinger took part in the Tyrone Willingham Football Camp, and received his offer shortly thereafter. This time, Fouch is bringing his mother and uncle with him and he's hoping to help Izbicki with the recruiting of several players, especially Serra WR Anthony Boyles.

WR Anthony Boyles, Serra (Gardena, Ca.): The playmaking wideout has been high on the Huskies all summer and seems to be about as close to committing as any recruit at this point. Boyles had planned to make his commitment known before the season, but he didn't get a qualifying score on his first attempt at the SAT so he might delay that decision until he is able to re-take it. Either way, he has a great relationship with Washington wide receivers coach Eric Yarber and you can expect the Huskies to put the full-court press on Boyles while he's on campus.

DE/TE Da'John Harris, Serra (Gardena, Ca.): Boyles' teammate, Harris is a big-time recruit on the west coast and his athleticism is well-documented and sought-after by schools from coast-to-coast. He's projected to move to defensive tackle at the next level, but he's got the quickness and hands to play tight end as well. One thing working in Washington's favor is that Harris' godfather is none-other-than Joe Kelly who helped lead the Husky defensive charge in the 80's.

LB Apaiata Tuihalamaka, Serra (Gardena, Ca.): The third piece to the Serra-trifecta, Tuihalamaka is a player sought after by most of the Pac 10 as well as several schools in the Big 12. He's a hard-hitting linebacker, a bruising running back and the emotional leader for the Cavaliers. He's being projected all over the place (safety, defensive end, linebacker, fullback, running back) at the next level, but most feel he'll end up on the defensive side of the ball somewhere. He's the type of player that championship teams are made of.

CB Vonzell McDowell, Rainier Beach (Seattle): McDowell and Boyles established a friendly rivalry at the Scout Los Angeles Combine during the one-on-ones and now it's time for the athletic cornerback to put the heat on Boyles to commit. Recruiting has picked up a bit for McDowell since he committed to Washington – UCLA and Notre Dame have both text messaged him and he's spoken with coaches from both staffs over the phone. He's still solidly in the fold for Washington though.

DE Duke Lemmens, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village): Washington offered Lemmens pretty early in the recruiting period (along with three other Oaks Christian players) and he's been on his own "world-tour" of the colleges who have offered him. He and his mother are expected to make the trip north this weekend (his mother is a flight attendant who worked out of Seattle for several years). Washington has their work cut out for them to reel in this top-flight prospect, but getting at least an unofficial is a good first-step.

OL Scott Shugert, Oregon City (Oregon City): Shugert took part in Washington's individual camp and will make the drive north to see the campus again. He's got good size and he's very strong with a nasty streak. Washington is looking at taking at least four offensive linemen in the 2007 class and Shugert appears to be getting close to receiving an offer.

OL Emeka Iweka, Rainier Beach (Seattle): Washington's first commit and the earliest ever, Iweka is a quiet player who lets his play do the talking for him. He'll be on campus this weekend to rub elbows with some of the line recruits that will be in attendance. Iweka has gotten bigger, filling out his already ample frame with added muscle.

LB Quinton Richardson, O'Dea (Seattle): Because he plays in the secondary, but is projected as a linebacker, Richardson has flown a bit under the radar this summer as far as recruiting goes and that's just fine by the Washington staff, having secured his commitment back in June.. He's a superb athlete and he's very close with several of the players who have either committed (Izbicki and McDowell) and has talked with several on the "wanted" list.

TE/DE Trey Henderson, Vancouver College Prep (Vancouver, B.C.): Henderson's size might make him an offensive lineman at the next level, but he's a great athlete who never met a camp he didn't want to attend. He camped at Washington, USC, Oregon, UCLA and Cal during June and impressed the coaching staffs with his quick feet and competitive nature. Henderson is still waiting for that first offer, but he's a player that will see several before he makes his decision.

LB Will Darkins, Lake Oswego (Lake Oswego, Or.): The quick linebacker from Oregon is a player that is very high on the Huskies right now. He has two offers (Oregon State and San Diego State) and lists Washington, Oregon and OSU as his leaders. Darkins has good size and speed and he's got enough nasty in him to possibly get an offer from the Dawgs.

RB Brandon Yakaboski, Mt. Si (Snoqualmie, Wa.): Yakaboski performed well at Washington's camp in June and his size/speed combo makes him desirable to the Huskies who are looking for a "big-back" that can punish a defense. Could he get an offer while on campus this weekend?

CB Jamal James, Covina (Covina, Ca.): James is very high on the Dawgs. So high, that it was rumored that he had committed to Washington last week. That proved to be premature, but he could end up committing to the Huskies this weekend and make it official.

DB/WR Devin Aguilar, Mullen (Denver): The Huskies had Mullen's quarterback on campus (Clint Brewster) for their camp at the end of June and they probably saw Aguilar catching most of the passes in Brewster's highlight film. Aguilar is an angular athlete with a nice frame and good speed. He runs well with the ball in his hands, but he could also end up at safety or corner depending on the needs of the school he commits to. He has several offers and Washington, who has offered, is right in the mix for his services.

LB Joseph Easter, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Ca.): Easter is a player who has been on Washington's radar for a while and it's a plus that they could get him on campus before the school starts. His size (6-2, 235) means he could end up playing defensive end at the next level.

LB Bobby Erskine, St. Augustine (San Diego): A tackling machine from southern California, Erskine is a player who is a leader and a playmaker. Hard-nosed and physical at the point, Erskine is sought after by most of the Pac 10.

Players who were invited, but will be unable to attend: Merced (Ca.) S Dion Bland; Auburn QB Kellen Kiilsgaard; McClymonds (Oakland) RB Willie Griffin; Baldwin Park (Ca.) RB Aaron Harris; Colony (Ontario, Ca.) RB/DB Omar Bolden; Auburn-Riverside TE David Paulson.

Note: There could be several more players who will be on campus, but this is the most comprehensive list we were able to put together. Top Stories