Huskies to host top prospects at spring game

For the second year in a row, Washington's spring game will be well attended by recruits from around the state and also ones from California. Below is a list of the 2008 prospects expected to be at Husky Stadium on Saturday as well as some members of the 2007 class that will be in attendance as well.

2008 recruits:

Kentridge WR Brandon Turner Turner doesn't have any offers yet, but he's on the radar of teams across the northwest and up and down the west coast. He's an excellent athlete and he's been in attendance to many Washington practices this spring. Could he get an offer before he leaves Montlake? It's always a possibility.

Kentridge OL Le'Roi Edwards The big offensive lineman from the valley has been to several Husky practices and has enjoyed himself while on campus. "I love watching them run through their drills and how intense they are," Edwards said recently. "On Saturday, we're bringing a big group from Kentridge. We're going to take over that place." Expect Edwards and Turner to bring their young teammate Alex Ferguson, a 2009 prospect, who promises to be one of the top backs in the state next year and in 2008.

Eastlake OL/DL Drew Schaefer It wouldn't be a Husky party if the big, fun-loving, yet intense player from the plateau wasn't there. Schaefer committed the first week of spring practices and he's already started working on some other local players. Schaefer will have his father and possibly his mother in tow on Saturday.

Evergreen OL/DL Senio Kelemete Washington's earliest-ever commit has been to a couple of practices and he's expected to be at Montlake on Saturday. He hasn't received any new offers, but Washington State and Air Force have both been by his school recently.

Redmond OL/DL Trevor Guyton Guyton is a big and physical lineman that can play on either side of the ball although he says his preference is along the defensive front four. The Huskies recently told him they like him as a defensive tackle and are in the lead, along with Washington State, for Guyton's services. Nebraska has also started to come on strong as well. However, his parents' preference is for him to stay close to home.

Bellevue OL David DeCastro Decastro has Washington and Stanford pretty high on his list right now, but it's still very early. One talent scout I've spoken with told me he loves how DeCastro finishes his blocks and smashes his guy into the ground. The young man from Bellevue will have his father with him and possibly his mother as well.

Rainier Beach OL/DL Alameda Ta'amu He's a lot like Guyton. He could be successful anywhere he ends up, but Ta'amu loves defense. "The coaches like me on either side, but they know I love defense so that's where they said I could play," Ta'amu said. Ta'amu took in last year's spring game and has also been to two spring practices as well. Right now the Huskies and New Mexico are his only two offers, but every team from the Pac 10 and most of the Big 12 teams are also contacting him as well. He may miss the game due to a track meet, but he said he may go for the pre-game "meet and greet".

Kentwood RB Demitrius Bronson Bronson is the top back in the state this year and he's got an offer in writing from Washington. In fact, he was one of the first players within the state to get an offer from the Dawgs. He's taking his time, but his mom has made no secret of the fact that Washington is where she wants him to go. Recently Penn State has turned up the heat and could be offering very soon. There is a chance he might not make it because of a track meet in Lynnwood, but he plans to at least show up for a while.

Ferris WR Jared Karstetter Contrary to other rumors that he will actually attend the spring game, Karstetter will be attending a basketball camp/combine in Seattle, but was invited by the Husky coaching staff to come over early and check things out. He'll visit campus and spend some time chatting with the coaches, but will leave before the game actually starts. Oregon State, Cal, Boise State, Idaho and Washington State are all contacting him.

Kamiak DB Justin Glenn The young man from Mukilteo committed to Washington last weekend and he told Chris Fetters that he's heading to the Huskies' spring game instead of going to Oregon's spring game which he had planned to go to. Glenn is a good cover-corner who has the frame to grow into a safety, but will probably remain at corner.

Eastide Catholic DB/WR Vince Taylor After committing on Thursday night, Taylor became the fourth solid commit to the Huskies and he and his mother couldn't be happier with where he ultimately ended up. Taylor is a solid player who has barely begun to realize his immense talent. He committed to Washington over interest from Arizona State, Oregon, Cal and Washington State.

Caldwell (Id.) OL Terence Thomas He's made no secret of where he's dreamed of playing since he was a little boy and now, with an offer from Washington, it's seems to be merely a matter of formally committing. He told Fetters "I'll probably commit," on his visit to Washington this weekend and there's no reason to think he won't.

Hart (Ca.) RB/LB Delano Howell Dan Howell's younger brother likes Washington a lot, although they haven't offered yet. There's a chance he could leave with an offer from the Dawgs, but it still remains to be seen where he will actually end up, which is why he hasn't gotten the amount of offers many think he should have. In addition to the Huskies, Howell has been offered by Stanford and is hearing from Cal, USC and UCLA.

Carson (Ca.) QB Dominique Blackman If Blackman actually makes it to Seattle there is a chance he could walk away with an offer. Washington rarely gives offers to someone who hasn't been to camp, but Blackman is one of the best in California this year and he's got a big body and a strong arm. He's already got offers from Arizona, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oregon and Texas Tech. His mom was unsure if he was coming but said there was a very good chance he would make it. Either way, he will be in attendance to the Scout combine in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Don Lugo (Chino, Ca.) DB/RB A.J. Pickens He and Blackman are friends and were planning to come up together and he too was unsure whether he would make it or not. If the duo does make it, they would arrive early Saturday morning to check things out, watch the game and then fly home late Saturday night. Washington is Pickens' first offer and he's hearing from Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and USC as well.

Other possible attendees: Mount Tahoma DB Brandon Jimenez; O'Dea DB Johri Fogerson; Kentlake RB Chris Allen; Kamiak TE Skylar Stormo; Kamiak LB Marcel Seely (2009); Mount Tahoma OL Donald Gaddy; Lakes DT Tupou Manea; Kent Meridian LB Johnny Wilson; Bethel QB Oliver Henry; Eastlake QB Ryan Robertson; Evergreen QB Luther Leonard; Evergreen LB Corey Laufasa; Gig Harbor OL Matt Bernard.

Players invited but unable to attend: Lakes TE/DE Kavario Middleton (basketball tournament); Lakes WR/DB Jermaine Kearse (basketball tournament); Kennedy DE/TE Everette Thompson (prior engagement planned); Lakes QB Calvin Schmidtke (SAT class); Central Catholic (Or.) QB Nick Green (attending Oregon's spring game).

Players from the 2008 class aren't the only prospects that will be in attendance. Washington will also be hosting a plethora of players who signed with them in February and several are coming from out-of-state.

Serra (Ca.) WR Anthony Boyles The talented young wideout actually arrived on Thursday and attended practice. He is being counted on to bolster the receiver corps and he'll hopefully team with QB Jake Locker for the next three or four years. He recently took the SAT and he is awaiting his score to see if he qualified.

Lake Washington TE Chris Izbicki Izbicki has been to so many practices and been a mainstay around Montlake that it isn't a surprise he'll be on hand. He's been working with a speed and strength coach for the past six months and plans to make a run at playing time when he gets on campus.

Poway (Ca.) DT Nick Wood Wood and his father came up on Thursday and will spend time at Friday's practice and be in the stands for the Huskies' spring game. He is already qualified and has bonded pretty well with Izbicki and Boyles who attended the East – West All-Star game in Florida in January.

O'Dea LB Quinton Richardson Richardson has received his clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse and is in phenomenal shape. He's a solid 208 pounds and has been told to be ready to come in and challenge for playing time the minute he steps on campus.

McClymonds (Ca.) RB Willie Griffin The shifty back from the Bay Area is making the trip north and will stay with Richardson while he's in town.

Rainier Beach CB Vonzell McDowell He's expecting to watch the whole game, but he also has to be at the track meet in Lynnwood later in the day. He said he's enjoyed watching the practices, but is ready to put on the purple and gold.

Huntington Beach (Ca.) OL Skyler Fancher The big man from the beach will head north with his dad and they will spend the weekend sight-seeing in Seattle. Fancher has already received his clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Dominguez (Ca.) RB Brandon Johnson Johnson came up on Wednesday night and is spending a lot of time watching his future teammates during their workouts. Johnson got his clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse recently and also has clocked a 10.8 100 in track.

Other signees who will be in attendance: Seaside (Ca.) LB Mason Foster; Kennedy RB Nate Williams; Mount Si RB Brandon Yakaboski; Rainier Beach OL/DL Emeka Iweka.

Other possible signees who may come: Oregon City OL Scott Shugert; Notre Dame (Ca.) K Erik Folk; Regis Jesuit (Co.) WR Alvin Logan.

Signees who were unable to attend:

Judge Memorial Catholic (Ut.) Cort Dennison He is unable to attend because of some required school functions, but he did report he has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and is benching 305, squatting 485 and recently power-cleaned 225 pounds. Dennison also measured in at a recent workout at 6-1.5, 225 pounds.

Hightower (Tx.) S Victor Aiyewa He was unable to attend this weekend, but he has filed his paperwork with the Clearinghouse and is awaiting word from them. He reports he's 6-2, 205 and put up 225 pounds 15 times recently.

Westlake (Ca.) OL/DL Tyrone Duncan Wanted to come but had a wedding to attend. Said he just got his clearance from the NCAA and is working out every day to get ready for his report date of July 7th.

Bishop Alemany (Ca.) OL Mark Armelin He's planning to come up for the July 7th check in date, but was too busy to break away for the weekend. He too has also fully qualified per the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Lincoln (Ca.) RB Curtis Shaw Shaw wanted to attend, but he was unable to make it this weekend. He's been qualified for quite some time and expects to be on campus on July 7th with the rest of his class.

We'll have more from the weekend's events later this weekend and get the thoughts of those in attendance at the spring game. Top Stories