Washington Recruiting Blog – 11/10/2006

Washington got a surprise commit this week when Regis Jesuit (Aurora, CO) WR/DB Alvin Logan said he wanted to be a Husky this past Tuesday and they head into their final game this weekend against Washington State with 11 players committed. With two big recruiting weekends just around the corner, the Husky coaching staff is gearing up for a big push before Christmas.

This week I spoke with several players including Logan and here's what they had to say…

Logan, as stated in his story, is a versatile athlete who really likes Willingham and what he has to offer as a coach.

He's coming in as an athlete, but I would say that if UW gets Anthony Boyles and Drew Davis to combine with Aguilar, you could see Logan become an excellent free safety candidate when he arrives on campus.

Logan said he's going to work on Davis and said UW is very well-positioned to get Davis' commitment.

Spoke with Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) RB Corey White and it sounds like he's going to be visiting the second weekend of December.

"Coach Baer is going to be in town next weekend (November 25th) and he's going to be stopping by our house to talk and we'll firm up our plans then," White said. "I'm sure coach Baer will be meeting with (Po'u Palelei) when he's here too and he and I will probably visit together."

White said UW is way ahead of the rest of the pack for his services.

It's my read that he'll commit to Washington on his visit and do his best to bring Palelei with him.

Poway (CA) DT Nick Wood told me tonight that he had a great time on his visit and that UW is still one of his favorites. He plans to sit down with his family over the next couple weeks to see where things stand.

From talking with him, UW sounds like it's right in the thick of things, but they need to continue their steady recruitment of him.

He said he loved meeting some of the younger players who are coming up in UW's program and that the game, while not very fun to watch, will have no effect on his decision.

Wood also noted that he can tell the Huskies are headed in the right direction and that they just need time to build up their depth. He noted that he knew they had had some major injuries and that bringing in some young and talented players will help with that.

Fetters was able to speak with Crenshaw (Los Angeles) LB Terrell Turner about his plans and recruiting and the speedy linebacker from southern California. He said he's tipping the scales at 225 right now and thinks he could play at about 240 when he gets to college. He's projected to play MIK.

"Washington and probably San Jose State are the ones I'm planning to take visits to," Turner said. "Washington, San Jose Sate and UCLA are the closest to offering.

"I've been liking Washington for a while. That was my number one choice overall and I'm just waiting on an offer and I'm just looking to go in and play," Turner said.

Turner and his teammates are in the playoffs, they just finished a first-round playoff game tonight – a 48-10 win over Chatsworth – and he and his teammate, CB Steve Stepter, will plan their visits when their season is over.

Both Turner and Stepter are looking at the same schools (except UCLA because Stepter isn't really that interested in the Bruins). They aren't a package-deal exclusively, but Turner said they'd like to go to the same school if they can.

Edmonds-Woodway WR Eric Greenwood has seen his recruitment pick up, with the Dawgs as well as several other schools.

"Coach Willingham sent me a personalized letter yesterday so that was pretty cool," Greenwood said. "They have been calling me once a week for a little while now and they always make contact."

Greenwood said he doesn't have any offers yet, but UNLV has tentatively set up a visit for the first weekend following the completion of Greenwood's season.

He had an outstanding regular season catching 37 passes for over 700 yards and 12 touchdowns – he also had a punt return and a kickoff return for a touchdown as well).

Greenwood said he hasn't really talked to a lot of schools about playing anywhere but receiver, but said that he is open to playing tight end and that he thinks he could add about 20 pounds to his frame pretty easily with a good weight program.

He's a legacy (his farther Scott played for the Huskies in the 70's), so Greenwood may wait for UW to offer before making his final decision. If they offer…he's theirs.

Greenwood's teammate, DE/TE Casey Hamlett, got first-team All-Wesco on both the DL and at TE. He's not hearing from a lot of schools right now, but he's hoping to get his film out next week and said he's hoping that garners some interest.

Hamlett said he's still going to apply to UW and see where that gets him. He carries a 3.65 GPA and scored a 1940 on his SAT. He's applying to a myriad of schools and then may decide where he wants to go.

If he doesn't get a Washington offer, there is a chance he could walk-on if he's accepted into the university, but he said he wants to see if he can get an offer before he decides to do that.

Hamlett said he's open to playing at tight end, defensive end or along the offensive line if a team wants him to bulk up a bit.

Talked to Eastlake (Sammamish) OL/DL Drew Schaefer (2008 prospect) and congratulated him on his selection to first team 4A All-Kingco on both sides of the ball.

"Things have been going really well for me and they've been very positive," Shaefer said. "It's pretty exciting because I feel like my hard work is paying off."

Schaefer was at the UCLA and ASU games at Husky Stadium and said he's been really impressed with the Huskies this year despite their play the past couple weeks.

"I like coach Willingham and I think they are on the right track to get better and better," Schaefer said. "I've had a chance to meet most of the coaches and to tour the facilities and it was really a positive experience."

In addition to the attention from the Huskies, Shaefer said he's hearing from Washington State, Oregon, California, Michigan and UCLA right now. No offers have been extended, but he's more focused on Eastlake's big game in Spokane vs. Gonzaga Prep on Saturday.

"It's going to be tough over there, but we're pretty confident we'll play well and see what happens," Schaefer said.

Evergreen (Burien) head coach Sean Tarantola took five of his juniors to Washington's practice earlier this week (including Luther Leonard and Kirt Terry) and apparently Willingham spent a bit of time talking to the players.

Tarantola told me that OL Senio Kelemete and Leonard are seeing a ton of interest from the Huskies and several other schools and he expects they could see some offers sooner rather than later, although nothing is forthcoming right now.

I will be at the Auburn/Timberline game tomorrow night and may hit the Oak Harbor/Skyview game Saturday evening if things work out right. Have a great weekend and enjoy the Apple Cup and get ready because recruiting season is just getting ready to go full-speed ahead.


As the regular season is winding down for most of the California football players and the playoffs are now underway for some Washington prospects, Dawgman.com's Scott Eklund spoke with several players who gave their thoughts on recruiting, how their seasons are going and what official visits they have set up.

The "D.B. Cooper" of the 2007 recruiting class this year, at least lately, has been Auburn QB Kellen Kiilsgaard. At the start of the recruiting process he was pretty easy to reach and was happy to talk about his favorite schools, why he liked each, etc.

It appears the recruiting game has worn him out of late and he's put it on the back-burner while he prepares to lead his Trojan teammates into the playoffs and possibly a state championship.

I finally spoke with Kiilsgaard last night and he said that the staffs of his four remaining schools (Washington, Oregon, Cal and Stanford) have given him space and not pressured him since he took his final visit to Stanford October 14th. He said he's made his "plus/minus" lists for each school and that he will sit down with his parents after his season is over to make his decision.

Contrary to some predictions, Kiilsgaard has not committed anywhere, hasn't ruled any school out and is not leaning anywhere. When he turns 18, this kid needs to go to Vegas. If he wants to be, he could be a great poker player.

As far as his season is concerned, Kiilsgaard said his team is excited to play Shorecrest tonight and they are simply taking games one at a time. It's boring and doesn't make great copy, but that is really the way this kid thinks. He doesn't take anything for granted.

Whoever he commits to, they will get a great player and, even more important, a great person.

Spoke with Ronnie Fouch recently and he said he's amped up pretty good because his team has won five straight games and they are now the second-seed in their division heading into the playoffs.

Fouch has completed 58% of his passes (124 of 215) for 2,218 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's also posted 153 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He told me he feels very comfortable scrambling if it's necessary, but he'd rather "gun-it" if has the opportunity.

He told me he is currently working hard on his teammate, junior WR Chris Polk, to come and play ball with him at Washington. Polk is one of a handful of 2008 prospects with an offer from Washington already. Polk is big, has good speed and has put up some ridiculous numbers for a high school wideout – 52 catches, 964 yards (18.54 average) and 10 touchdowns. According to Fouch, Polk is very high on the Huskies right now.

Fouch and his friend RB Chike Amajoyi will be visiting on December 8th and he said he is 100% committed to UW. He said he told Cal and a few other schools he's not going anywhere but Washington and they have respected that and not contacted him anymore.

Grossmont CC punter Jared Ballman is having an excellent season – 44 yards average on 30 punts (10 dropped inside the 20) and not one return on any of his kickoffs.

Ballman was asked to walk on at Arizona, Louisville and Utah out of high school, but he decided to go the JC-route.

Coach Bob Simmons is his main contact with Washington and it sounds like the staff wants him to visit either the first or second weekend in December.

Ballman said Washington is his favorite school at this point and the guess here is that, if the Huskies decide to offer, they will likely get a commit from him.

Getting Notre Dame K Erik Folk may only register a blip on some people's recruiting radar, but it was essential the Huskies got a kicker to challenge Ryan Perkins next fall or even take his place should Perkins not be ready to go when the season starts.

Why not get on of the best in the country when you have the chance?

Folk has a big leg he is definitely a player the Huskies need in their system.

Nevada Union OT Taylor Dever is scheduled to come in this weekend on his official visit. I finally received confirmation from him that he was coming up.

I don't expect him to commit this weekend, but Washington has a very, very good shot at him. His father is Marques Tuiasosopo's godfather, he said he's heard nothing but good things about the city and the university and Seattle is just a quick flight from where his parents are located.

11/3/2006 update

Things are beginning to heat up for the Huskies as they have several players scheduled for official visits during next week's Stanford game and they've made some inroads at positions where the need for playmakers is very high. This week, Dawgman.com's Scott Eklund spoke with several players who have the Huskies high on their list and when they are planning to visit Montlake.

This week I spoke with a lot of players including several players who will be heavily recruited guys for the 2008 class. Here's what they had to say and where I think Washington stands with several of them…

Merced S Dion Bland is having a great season for his team. They call him "hit stick" because he loves to play Madden and on the controller for the game, there is a "joystick" that you can push when tackling a player that will basically "blow up" a ball-carrier. Well Bland is the real life version of that.

From an athleticism and attitude standpoint, Bland will remind people of former Washington safety and current Atlanta Falcons enforcer Lawyer Milloy. He's posted 54 tackles and one interception.

The only reason Bland only has two offers right now (UW and Cal) is because of his iffy grades, but there is hope he can turn things around. It sounds like he's taken some steps toward improving in the classroom so we'll see what happens there.

J.D. Williams has really worked on his previous relationship with Bland (while at Cal Williams coached Bland at several camps) to convince him to at least look at Washington. Cal probably has the inside track because Bland likes coach Littlejohn, but he also likes Williams a lot.

He is planning to visit both campuses in December. Also…Oregon and Oregon State have gotten involved.

Nevada Union (Grass Valley, CA) OL Taylor Dever is a big Willingham and Washington fan. He has UW high on his list right now.

Miami and Nebraska are probably UW's biggest competition right now with WSU and OSU possibly on the outside looking in. Doesn't mean he's a UW lock right now, but it wouldn't surprise me if he commits to UW on his visit and cancels any other visits. We'll see what happens.

Also, his dad is Marques Tuiasosopo's godfather and he loves the fact that he's heard nothing but good things about the University of Washington and Seattle. UW definitely has the inside track with him and he would be a nice addition to Scott Shugert and Emeka Iweka.

Aquinas (San Bernardino) RB Chike Amajoyi is having a great year right now. He's put up 1,270 yards on the ground, 100 in receptions and 19 total TD's (16 rushing, 2 receiving and 1 return).

He's also a stud on the defensive side of the ball, posting 43 tackles and generally being a pain to any offense his team faces.

Amajoyi said he's close to setting up a visit date with Washington, but nothing is set in stone yet and he'd like to visit with Redlands East Valley QB Ronnie Fouch (they are friends) so whenever Fouch visits you can pretty much bet that Amajoyi will be there as well.

Sounds like Stanford is one of the biggest players for his services, but Arizona State has really been putting the heat on him lately as well.

UW needs playmakers like Amajoyi and he would be a very versatile player for them. He could end up at RB (where he would fill that big back role) or at linebacker where the Huskies could use his speed and instincts.

McClymonds (Oakland) RB Willie Griffin is very high on UW right now. He likes Colorado too, but I think his family feels that Willingham would be a great role model for him.

Sounds like Griffin will take his UW visit last (12/16) before everyone takes a break for the holidays and he may not take another one. If that's the case, you have to believe that UW is in a very good spot to get a commit from him. He's a bit on the small side (5-9, 190), but if he can add about 10-15 pounds of muscle, he could be a very good back.

His head coach, Alonzo Carter, said he compares Griffin to a Lendale White-type of a runner. High praise if you ask me.

Spoke with Dominguez RB Brandon Johnson Wednesday night at length and he is a player that UW is after big-time. WR coach Eric Yarber just talked to him the other day and he told Johnson that with the thinness at running back for the Huskies, Johnson has the ability to come in and fight for time early. However, that isn't the biggest thing for Johnson.

"I don't want it just handed to me. I want to have someone pushing me because that will make both of us better. I really just want the opportunity to earn time. If I get that and I don't earn the time, then I shouldn't be playing. I think I can go anywhere and play early, but that's all on me…not on them."

Johnson said he and teammate David Ross (one of UW's top corner prospects) will be taking all of their trips together and that they plan to go to school together.

"That's my boy right there. We want to go to school together and we'll announce where we're going…together."

UW has a very good shot with Johnson, and Ross as well, but he hasn't set up any visits at this point and will wait until after his season to get his official trips in.

Lincoln (Tacoma) RB Roman Pula is excited to get his senior film out to UW, WSU and San Jose State and will be looking to get some offers once December hits.

"All three of those schools are recruiting me, but they all want to see my senior film so we're getting that out to them now."

Nothing else new on the recruiting front for Pula, but he says he's anxious to see the response he gets after coaches have had a chance to take a look at his senior season.

Gig Harbor WR/DB Toney Henderson is still hearing a lot from Yarber and the Huskies have told him they want him to take a visit, but nothing has been set up yet.

"We're concentrating on the playoffs right now and I'll worry about recruiting later," Henderson said.

Washington and Eastern are the biggest suitors for Henderson right now and he said he only has the one offer from the Eagles.

As far as 2008 guys are concerned, I spoke with Kentwood RB Demetrius Bronson, Kamiak CB Justin Glenn and Kentridge OL LeRoi Edwards.

All three are in the top ten guys in the state overall and they all are hearing quite a bit from UW.

As we reported earlier this week, Bronson got the second known offer in the state of Washington from the Huskies (Lakes DE/TE Kavario Middleton was the first) and he's excited he got his first one out of the way.

"It shows me that I have a chance to go play at the next level and that's exciting," Bronson said.

He wasn't originally going to consider Washington, he wanted to leave the state, but he said now he's sure they will be in his consideration to play for them. His mother wants him to stay close to home and head coach Tyrone Willingham, along with OL coach Mike Denbrock, have already made their presence felt this fall.

Every Pac 10 school has sent him stuff as well as most of the Big 10 as well.

He won't be an early decision thoug, so there is a long way to go before anything is decided, but UW is definitely on him very early.

Glenn hasn't gotten an offer yet, but it's just a matter of time for him. Washington DB coach J.D. Williams has been at several of Glenn's games and Glenn said Washington is the one recruiting him the most right now.

"I'm getting tons of mail right now, but Washington is the one that is sending the most," Glenn said. "Washington State and Oregon are also sending a lot of stuff too, but Washington is sending the most."

He said Williams has talked to him several times and he really feels like he has a good relationship with Williams.

Edwards attended his first Husky game this year when Washington took on Arizona State and said he had fun even though the Huskies lost.

"It was their junior prospect day and it was a lot of fun because they put on this big presentation for us," Edwards said. "They introduced their academic advisors and how they and the coaches work together to help the players out.

"The fans were really into the game and I loved how they got there so early and were loud."

Coach Denbrock is going to be leading point on his recruitment.

Edwards is hearing from the entire Pac 10 already and a lot of other schools including Michigan and Duke. He has also attended Washington State's game against Baylor at Qwest Field and he said he had fun at their summer camp and that OL coach George Yarno told him they liked him a lot.

He's a guy that UW will be battling lots of other schools for next year. Keep an eye on him.

It's way before early for all of the 2008 guys, but for those who thought that the coaching staff was too slow on some players this year, they are getting out and doing what they need to do to get in the door early on these 2008 guys.

Stay tuned for more Recruiting Blogs in the coming weeks as things start to heat up for the 2007 class and as players begin to take their visits.

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