Recruiting Blog - 8/30

It's been a hectic month for the Husky coaching staff, but even thought they've been preparing for their opening game this Friday against Syracuse, they've still managed to keep in touch with some prospective student athletes they have targeted. Read on to see which prospects have Washington high on their interest list and two new players that received offers earlier this month…

Guice likes the Dawgs among others

Tight end is a position the Huskies have targeted this year and one of their top targets is Central Catholic (Portland) TE Demetrius Guice and the big man from the Beaver state was in Seattle this past month to take in Washington's ‘prospect day' at the beginning of the month.

"It was great up there," Guice said. "Me and my family go up there once or twice a year to visit some family friends so I know Seattle pretty well.

"Coach Willingham met with me and my dad and we talked about what he's looking for in his players both on and off the field and where he sees me playing ball if I were to come there. He also talked with me about becoming a man and that really impressed my dad because we talked about getting a degree and what that can mean later in my life."

Guice has offers from Nebraska, Cal and Washington and he grew up an Oregon State fan because his father played there back in the 80's.

He's got good speed (4.8) for a young man his size (6-5, 235) and while the Cornhuskers and Huskies see Guice at tight end, the Bears see him as an athlete that could play on either side of the ball.

Guice has not set up visits yet, but plans to do that shortly after he registers with the NCAA Clearinghouse and he expects to take the SAT in October for the first time as well.

With the loss of Robert Lewis to graduation this year and the need to bring in at least one and probably two tight ends in this class, expect the Huskies to be very persistent in their recruitment of Guice.

He's big and athletic and he's got that little bit of nasty and attitude that you love in a blocking tight end.

Walker enjoys visit to Montlake

The Huskies are short on defensive backs and even though they brought in some talented safeties this past year – Victor Aiyewa, Nate Williams and Quinton Richardson – they are still in the market for a hard-hitting safety that can run and one that has caught their eye is St. Bernard (Playa del Ray, Ca.) ATH Greg Walker.

Walker made it up to Washington for their "prospect day" on August 4th and he also received some good news when the Huskies offered him a scholarship.

"The coaches up there were great and the visit went really well," Walker said. "We went up and watched the Blue Angels because it was Seafair weekend and that was really cool.

"I also met with coach (J.D.) Williams for a bit and talked to coach (Tyrone) Willingham about what they are looking for in their players both on and off the field. It was a really good visit and Seattle is a great city. We had a lot of fun"

Joining Walker on his visit was his friend and teammate Adam Long (see the update below) who also has an offer from the Dawgs.

"He and I are tight and we really would like to play together if possible, but it doesn't matter that much because we both need to make a decision like that for ourselves," Walker said.

Walker's only offer is from Washington but both San Diego State and Stanford have told the athletic safety they will be watching him this fall.

"I had 65 tackles and one interception last year, but the interception was against Jimmy Clausen and Oaks Christian in the playoffs so that was pretty cool," Walker said. "Their team was so tough and big and strong it was pretty crazy."

Right now Walker's size (5-11, 205) projects him at strong safety, but he plays outside linebacker for St. Bernard and there's a chance he could keep growing into a speedy (4.5) and strong (a 310 pound bench and a 510 pound squat) outside linebacker/rover for whoever he ends up playing for.

Washington is positioned nicely to gain his commitment, but he said he plans to take some visits before he commits.

Long gets two big offers early

The Huskies need cornerbacks in the 2008 class and one player who has garnered some serious attention early from schools is St. Bernard (Playa del Ray, Ca.) CB Adam Long.

He plays both ways for the Vikings, but he knows his future lies at corner.

"The coaches have all pretty much told me they like me at defensive back, but they said I could try whatever I wanted," Long said. "I don't care where I play honestly. As long as I can get on the field and I can make plays and have the opportunity to compete, I think I can be successful anywhere."

Long runs a blistering 10.5 100 meters and ended up finishing third in the entire state of California in the 200 meters by running 21.20. He even met a current Husky players – RB Curtis Shaw – at the state track meet.

"He's really fast," Long said. "He's a great back and I got to hang out with him a little when I was up there for their ‘prospect day'.

"We met with the coaches and the players and I got to meet some of the freshman that they had going in and stuff like that so, they really made me feel wanted and let me know they wanted me to come there."

Long has been offered by Washington and California at this point and he said he expects to have those two in his cross-hairs as the recruiting season heats up this fall.

"Both are good schools and they both have good defenses and programs," Long said. "Coach Williams is a great guy and I think he could make me into a better player if I were to end up going there."

Because of Long's friendship with Walker, the two may end up at the same school, but at this point I would consider Cal the slight leader for Long's services. He also said that he wants to take at least the two visits and then may look to take one or two more if other schools step forward with an offer.

For Spicer it's a family affair

One of the fastest players in the entire state of California this year is Rancho Cucamonga (Ca.) ATH Arteze Spicer. He can play running back, cornerback and on special teams and several top programs have told him they will be watching him this fall and one of those schools is a program he's very familiar with.

"My brother is Averell Spicer and he's a defensive end at USC," Arteze noted. "I've been up there a bunch and I really like that place and I was at their camp. The coaches there told me they wanted to see some more of me before they offered me.

"USC is my dream school, but if Cal offered me I would have to really look at that," Spicer said. "Other than that, Washington, Texas A&M, UNLV, Colorado, Oregon and Baylor are the schools that are after me really hard."

Spicer uses his impressive size (5-11, 170) and outstanding speed (4.35) to really play a physical brand of football, but he said he can play any type of defense the coaches call for.

"I can run with guys and play finesse or if a hit needs to be made then I can do that too," Spicer said. "I want to be the all-around corner that can play whatever is needed for the game."

While Spicer said he'd jump on an offer from the Trojans, he said he plans to wait and take some visits before he makes a decision if they don't.

It's this reporter's opinion that Washington has an uphill battle as the season for Spicer draws near. With Williams recruiting him, I wouldn't count the Huskies out but they have a long road ahead of them to get to the front of the pack and they still need to offer as well.

Check back next week for more updates on the players the Washington is after for the 2008 class. Top Stories