Recruiting Blog: Weekend roundup

It was an unqualified success for the Washington Husky coaching staff this past weekend. They hosted a number of talented in-state football prospects and received a commitment from one of the top prospects in the state. Here's a recap of the events from Saturday and Sunday and some new info regarding some possible walk-ons to the program.

Dawgman.com has learned that Evergreen ATH Tobias Togi is set to walk-on this fall to the football program.

Togi is a tough runner who led the Wolverines in yards on the ground with 915 and 15 touchdowns. He was being pursued by Stanford and some other small schools, but decided to stay home and go to school where he had dreamed of going to for quite some time.




Other players that Dawgman has learned are very close to becoming walk-ons as well are Eastlake RB/LB Justin Fagan, Redmond OL Devon Cole, Eastside Catholic LB Brian Taylor and Bellevue WR Chase Anderson.

Fagan was a "Mr. Do-it-all" for the Wolves. He played running back and had 187 yards receiving and two touchdowns and also posted 93 yards and one touchdown rushing. Fagan's main position is linebacker so that is probably where he'll end up.

Cole, at 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, was a two-time all-league lineman for Mustangs head coach Mike Pluschke.

Taylor was an All-Metro linebacker for the Crusaders and Anderson was a big (6-5, 180) receiver for a team that doesn't throw the ball much. When he had his chances though, he excelled catching 12 passes for 262 yards (21.8) and four touchdowns.




Chris Fetters was able to speak with several attendees of Washington's Junior Day held on Saturday afternoon at the Barton passing camp being held at UW's Dempsey Indoor Training Facility.

Lakes QB Calvin Schmidtke - "I was impressed. We went to position meetings. For the quarterbacks, they showed us some plays, things that they do. And then there was the basketball game."




Evergreen QB Luther Leonard - "That was awesome! I didn't think they were going to be better than UCLA."

"They said that they want to see us throw at camp. They are going to pick out two (to offer)."

Leonard's main interests are Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, California, Louisville and Georgia Tech, but he also stated, "I want to stay in the Pac-10."




Kamiak CB Justin Glenn - "I got a chance to meet up with my position coach. I got to interact a lot with J.D. (Williams). He told me that they were going to start evaluating my film next week."

He's mainly interested in staying on the west coast and Washington, Stanford, and Arizona State are his early leaders.




Lakes RB Dominick Davis - "I learned a lot, especially about the (NCAA) Clearinghouse. Coach Willingham gave us a quiz. It was cool. I learned a lot about Washington." He claims his interests right now are Cal, Washington, Washington State, Utah, Oregon and Oregon State.




Renton QB Justin Gunn was unable to attend, but Dawgman was able to find out he has already verbally committed to Washington for baseball. He's hoping to garner enough interest from the football staff to get an offer to play football as well.

"I want to do both, so I want to get an offer for football too."

The reason he was unable to attend the Junior Day was because Renton was playing in the State 3A tournament. They beat Kennedy on Saturday and will play O'Dea Wednesday. If they win that game, they play the winner of the Lakes/Rainier Beach game.




Three players who were unable to make the Junior Day were Lakes teammates Kavario Middleton and Jermaine Kearse and Kentridge WR Brandon Turner.

It sounds like WR coach Charlie Baggett, who handles the Tacoma area, has already made a great impression on the Middleton and Kearse and their head coach. Both wanted to attend UW's junior day, but decided not to after they learned of an NCAA rule that would not allow them contact with the UW coaches that Saturday. It happened to be the same day Lakes defeated Hudson's Bay of Vancouver in a 3A district basketball game in Auburn. Because both Middleton and Kearse play hoops for the Lancers, they couldn't have contact with college coaches the same day they would be playing. The same rule did not apply to other Lakes players like Schmidtke and Davis because neither one plays basketball.

Turner, meanwhile, was impressive just by his attendance at the Barton camp. He had wanted to make the Husky junior day, but their was the little matter of his basketball team playing for the state title against Ferris late on Saturday night.

What's so impressive about that?

After his team's tough, double-overtime loss to the Saxons and arriving home around 2 a.m., Turner was one of the first players to Dempsey on Sunday afternoon and he was working out a good 45 minutes before the camp began.

Washington needs players who live and die with the game of football and Turner definitely has the itch to be the best football player he can be.




Here are the other stories we put up over the weekend as a bit of a wrap-up to the Junior Day…

Senio Kelemete - Kelemete says yes to Huskies

It didn't take long for the Husky football coaching staff to see their efforts pay off from yesterday's Junior Day events. Evergreen OL/DL Senio Kelemete, who received an offer while on campus on Saturday became the earliest commit in the history of Husky football and he spoke with Dawgman.com about his commitment and why he chose to become a Dawg.

"Coach (Tyrone) Willingham is just a great coach and a great person," Kelemete said on Sunday evening. "He talks about how they are going to do stuff right over there and I really liked all the coaches and stuff. It was the perfect fit for me."

Kelemete received his offer shortly before the UW/UCLA basketball game that was attended by over 30 recruits and went home and discussed things with his parents and his uncle.

"I got home and we talked about things and my parents really wanted me to to to U-Dub so I decided to call and tell coach Willingham I wanted to commit," Kelemete said. "He was really happy and told me 'Welcome to the family'.

"My mom and dad are really excited because they can watch me play and that was really important to me.

"Coach Willingham is a man of his word and he showed me love by giving me an offer so I decided to show him love by committing because that's where I wanted to go."

Although Scout has Kelemete projected to end up along the offensive line, the young man from Evergreen said the Husky coaching staff has other ideas.

"Right now they are saying they want me on defense. They didn't say exactly where, but they said they like me on defense, which I really like to play anyway."

Kelemete will also be the first member of his family to go to college.

"That was really important to me as well," Kelemete said. "I can show others in my family that you can do it and I can set an example and that means a lot."

Kelemete will continue to work out at the Barton Football Academy camps this spring and also plans to attend Washington's camp this summer.

"As far as other offers are concerned -- I'm done," Kelemete said. "I'm a Husky all the way and I'm excited to be done."




Alameda Ta'amu - Gets first offer

Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach lineman Alameda Ta'amu received his first offer Saturday, from the University of Washington during a junior day. He got a tour of the facilities and also saw the UW men's basketball team defeat No. 2 UCLA 61-51.

"They (UW) offered me a scholarship," Ta'amu told Scout.com. "They are looking at me as just a linemen. They told me that they are trying to keep the best linemen in Washington. They think that when other coaches find out about the offer, other schools are going to start offering me."

Ta'amu appeared ready to pull the trigger on his commitment, but one thing is holding him back. "I asked the coaches if I could postpone it a little bit because I'm hoping to hear from my dream school. I need to talk to my parents about it too.

"If USC gives me an offer, it's between those two."

Ta'amu looks to be signed, sealed and delivered to the Trojans if they want him - so that will be the $64 question surrounding his recruitment. "I've been texting back and forth with Rocky Seto and they've been asking for more film," Alameda added. "I'm trying to raise some money so I can go down there for a visit."




David DeCastro - Bellevue OL gets offered at Junior Day

Big, athletic and physical offensive lineman are a must in today's college football game and schools are constantly looking for players that fit into that mold. The Washington Huskies don't have to look too far this year because one of the toughest lineman on the west coast is right in their back yard – Bellevue OL David DeCastro.

"It was a really cool visit," DeCastro told Dawgman.com Saturday evening. "Just being able to see in the position meetings how their offense works and compare it to how high school offenses run and how they do things in practices and so on."

DeCastro was offered by Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham before the UCLA game and said that offensive line coach Mike Denbrock told him why the Huskies are so high on him.

"He said that I have great potential and they are looking to upgrade and find good players, tough players and smart players and they want to build a championship team," Decastro said.

"I'm not really too sure what they are offering me as. This past year I played center and this coming year I'll be playing tackle so I'm not really sure what position they like me at."

In addition to his Husky offer, DeCastro also has received offers from Washington State and Stanford, but he doesn't have a leader or a favorite right now, although he did grow up liking the hometown team.

"Growing up in Bellevue I grew up a fan of the Huskies," DeCastro admitted. "I wasn't a diehard or anything like that, but when I watched them play I rooted for them over the other schools."

One of the top lineman to ever come out of the state played for Bellevue and decided to don the Maize and Blue this past fall as OL Steve Schilling committed to Michigan in January of 2006.

Even though they played along the line together, DeCastro said he didn't get to see too much of the recruiting spotlight that Schilling was under.

"I didn't really know him that much during his recruiting and I kept pretty quiet, but I really have no clue where I'm going to go and I want to give all the schools a chance to recruit me," DeCastro said. "I'll look at location and other things. There are so many aspects to making a decision like this, so it's really hard right now."

DeCastro mentioned he plans to take in the Washington camp this summer and the Oregon Nike camp that will be held in Eugene in May. He also may try to fit in day at Washington State's camp if time permits.

We'll have more from DeCastro as the recruiting season picks up pace heading into spring.




Drew Schaefer - Schaefer gets Husky offer

It's been a whirlwind for the Washington Husky football staff. This weekend they played host to over 25 local high school football prospects and gave out several scholarship offers. One of the players to get that all important first offer was Eastlake's Drew Schaefer who said he couldn't be happier with what transpired this weekend.

"Me and my parents sat down with coach (Tyrone) Willingham for about 30 minutes before the basketball game and that's when he offered me the scholarship," an excited Schaefer told Dawgman.com. "I was really excited to get it and my mom and dad were pretty happy too. It means a lot because it's such a great university and the program is on the rise."

Specifically, Schaefer and Willingham spoke of what it means to be a college football player and what the third-year head coach expects out of the young men in his charge.

"When you sit and talk with him, you just want to soak up everything he says because he's so honest and up front with you," Schaefer said. "He talked about what it means to have the privilege of playing football and being a student-athlete first and foremost.

"He talked about his expectations of his players and how they should conduct themselves on and off the field. It was a really good meeting."

Schaefer said he had a lot of fun while watching the Husky men's basketball team down the second-ranked UCLA Bruins 61-51 before a raucous home crowd.

"The place was really crazy in there and loud," Schaefer said with a laugh. "We had a lot of fun. It was a really great game and the Huskies won so that made it that much better."

As excited as Schaefer is over his first, of what will likely be many, offers, the young man from Eastlake said he didn't think about committing on the spot.

"I wanted to get back and let it sort of soak in really," Schaefer said. "It's so early in the recruiting process for me, I just want to sit back and let things happen a little bit.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited about getting an offer from Washington, but I just want to be patient so I can make the right decision for me and for my future."

Schaefer will attend Oregon's Junior Day on April 28th and then will go to Washington and Oregon's summer camps and could possibly head over the mountains to take in a day or two of Washington State's camp as well.

We'll have more from Schaefer in the coming weeks.




Trevor Guyton - Redmond lineman gets offered

Trevor Guyton, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman from Redmond, Wash., had an early meeting on Montlake this morning, and it wasn't to talk about the weather.

"I got there (Washington) at 8 a.m. and I had a meeting with Coach Ty (Willingham). That's when he offered me," Guyton told Scout.com. Washington State has already offered Guyton. Washington likes Guyton on both sides, but said they'd like to start him out as an offensive tackle, whereas WSU likes Guyton as a defensive tackle.

Guyton's meeting was part of a UW football junior day, one that included seeing the Huskies defeat No. 2 UCLA in basketball 61-51.

With the Cougars already offering, how does this new offer affect things? "Washington was already right there even before," Guyton said. "But now both are right there, I like them a lot. But I'm not looking to make a decision right now."

Guyton is going to trip out to Nebraska in the spring to see the Cornhuskers' spring game, and is hoping that results in an offer too.


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