Recruiting Blog: 1/16

It's coming down to crunch-time. With exactly three weeks to signing day Washington has pretty much wrapped up their 2008 recruiting class, but there are still several players out there who are on the radar and it will be a hectic final push to see where everyone ends up. Here's a look at things as they stand now with several prospects and some updates from last weekend's visitors...

This past weekend, 11 prospects made their way to Montlake for official visits and Dawgman.com was all over it, posting 10 trip reports including the commitment story of Hawaiian OL Mykenna Ikehara.

For those that missed the updates, here are the links to the reports we filed on Sunday and Monday...

Trip Report: Dominique Blackman
Trip Report: Donovan Carter
Trip Report: Cory Mackay
Trip Report: David Freeman
Trip Report: Johri Fogerson
Trip Report: Kurt Mangum
Trip Report: Jermaine Kearse
Trip Report: Demitrius Bronson
Trip Report: Craig Noble
Script goes as planned for Ikehara


The only player who was up here this past weekend that we haven't been able to reach is St. Bernard S Greg Walker, but all reports are that he enjoyed his time on campus and that he's set to enroll at Washington in July with the rest of the incoming freshman.

Stanford, along with several Mountain West schools, made a late push on Walker, but the hard-hitting safety told them "thanks, but no thanks" and re-affirmed his commitment to the Huskies while he was in Seattle.

Walker's teammate, Adam Long, is a player that the Huskies are heavily in the mix for and he'll be a player the Huskies will be in-home with next week.

Long visited Washington back on January 4th and almost committed, but he still wants to check out Oregon State before he makes a final decision.

The Beavers getting the last visit has to concern the Huskies as OSU defensive backs coach Nigel Burton has pulled several prospects away from his alma mater in recent years.

J.D. Williams and Burton will be going head-to-head for Long's services over the coming weeks and it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Washington already has three offensive linemen committed -- Drew Schaefer, Terence Thomas and Ikehara -- but they're in the market for at least one more.

Both Allen Carroll and David DeCastro, along with Jonathan Solomon, are prospects the Huskies are pursuing as we head down the stretch.

Carroll, a McClymonds (Oakland) product, has been heavily sought-after by several schools the past few months.

Washington was the favorite heading into December, but Arizona and Oregon have made late pushes to get him to visit.

The Wildcats get a visit from Carroll this weekend and Oregon will likely get a visit the following week.

Oregon only has one offensive line commit at the moment, Hockinson's (Vancouver, Wa.) Nick Cody, but they are after both Carroll and Hamani Stevens and the expectation is they will take at least one of those two linemen and possibly both.

Stevens took his last visit this past weekend and will be deciding between BYU, Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA, although the Bruins look to be a distant fourth in the race at this point.

Should Stevens opt for another school, you can bet that Oregon makes an even harder run at Carroll and when Oregon wants their man, they seem to get them more often than not.

Solomon is a player that was very high on Washington early on, but when Trent Miles took the Indiana State head coaching job, things with his recruitment fell apart and it appeared the Huskies were headed in a different direction.

Now, Washington State leads for his services, but there's a chance Solomon could end up with a Husky offer should Carroll choose to commit to another school.

DeCastro's situation is interesting because when a player commits to Stanford that usually means they are wrapped up nice and tight to the Cardinal. However, word is that Washington has made big strides in at least getting him to visit back in December and that head coach Tyrone Willingham and offensive line coach Mike Denbrock have done a wonderful job of getting Washington back in the door.

Odds are the DeCastro still ends up heading to Palo Alto, but don't count out the Dawgs just yet because this one will likely head down to signing day.

Speaking of singing day, another player who could opt to switch his commitment on or near February 6th is Crespi S E.J. Woods.

From talking with Woods and knowing something about his recruitment, this one isn't over even though he has solidified his commitment to UCLA recently.

Woods is a player who changes his mind on a daily, even an hourly, basis so this one isn't over by a long-shot.

However, should Woods continue to stay committed to the Bruins, expect Milpitas ATH Charles Germany-Satchell's name to come back into the conversation for the Huskies.

Germany-Satchell is an outstanding athlete who could end up at wideout or safety and he's a player who was close to committing on his visit back in December. He's still looking around and could end up taking a visit to Oregon in the coming weeks.

The linebacker position is a unit that has seen a lot of action lately as the Huskies have brought in several players who could fill a role in the rotation.

Vacaville LB Josh Kaddu committed to Oregon this past weekend, so that leaves Carter, Mangum and Bradly Roussel as candidates to end up signing with the Dawgs.

I know, I know, Roussel committed to Tulane over the weekend after being put on hold by Willingham on his visit to Washington back on January 4th, but don't be surprised if he ends up with an offer should Mackay de-commit and head to Washington State who has offered to let him play wide receiver if he were to head to Pullman.

There have been rumors flying around that Mackay will commit to the Cougars on his official visit this weekend, but in his trip report that we posted on Sunday, Mackay reiterated his commitment to the Huskies.

Carter is a long-shot to end up at Washington and if new Bruins head coach Rick Neuheisel gets the in-home visit he's requested, you can bet he'll get the talented Carter to re-affirm his commitment to UCLA.

Mangum is a player I really liked a lot at the Scout Combine in Los Angeles last April. He's got a great frame, although he's a bit on the short side, and he's very instinctual -- totaling 120 tackles at Chandler (Az.) High School last year.

Should Carter opt to stay committed to UCLA and Mackay head east to Washington State, don't be surprised to see Roussel and Mangum both end up Huskies.

That's it for now, but keep checking back over the next three weeks as we update things with several of these players and their situations and then be prepared for an all-out assault on your "recruiting senses" as Dawgman.com will be all over LOI Day on February 6th.

We'll be in chat starting at 7 a.m., we'll have a recruiting blog, we'll be at Montlake to talk with Willingham and whatever other coaches are made available and get their thoughts on their class and some specifics on the players who make up that class.

It's going to be a fun ride...so hang on.


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