Recruiting Blog: 2/27

It's early in the recruiting process, but D-1 coaches, including the Washington Husky coaching staff are already hard at work on the 2009 recruiting class. Right now, it appears to Huskies are getting out some offers to kids from up and down the west coast and some of their Pac 10 rivals have already pulled in some commitments. Here are some thoughts on how things are progressing so far…

Washington has reportedly offered two players within the state of Washington so far this year.

Garfield (Seattle) DT Deandre Coleman right now is garnering the most attention within the state of Washington. He already has offers from the Huskies, Oregon, LSU and Arizona and he's getting mail and attention from across the country.

As his recruitment progresses, I expect Coleman to stay open for quite a while and you can expect him to take at least a couple of his official visits. His family are huge supporters of the Huskies and he grew up watching the Dawgs play ball and even attended a couple of games last year.

Coleman is a standout on both sides of the ball, but when I watched him in early 2007 against Lake Washington, I thought he looked better as an offensive lineman. He has very quick feet and he was very aggressive getting after defenders. He handled both speed rushers as well as bull-rushers well and showed the feet necessary to be a top OL prospect.

However, schools appear to like him more as a defensive tackle so I went back and reviewed my notes from watching him that September evening. For someone his size, 6-5, 300, Coleman didn't dominate like you'd expect him to. He got moved off the line several times and he wasn't very aggressive at all.

Now, that doesn't mean he isn't a good DT prospect. It just means he's got work to do, both on technique as well as in his demeanor. He needs to be more aggressive and intense. You'd love to see him be a penetrator as well as someone who can hold up strong against the run. I just didn't see that versus Lake Washington, so this summer and heading into the fall, when I have the chance to watch Coleman, I'll be watching his progress as a defensive prospect.

Washington has to be considered the leader for Coleman at this point, but this one will take a while before we see him get close to making a decision.

Another local player that claims a Husky offer is Wilson (Tacoma) DB Desmond Trufant.

If you didn't get to read Barry Bolton of's story, here it is: WSU offers Cougar legacy

Trufant is the younger brother of current Seattle Seahawks and former Washington State CB Marcus Trufant and the expectation is that the Cougars, who have also offered, are the team to beat for the younger Trufant.

However, that might not be the case.

We've heard through the grapevine that Trufant likes the location of the Huskies a lot and has felt very comfortable with the Husky coaching staff. Washington State is a school he will heavily consider and it's to be expected that WSU will make Trufant one of their biggest priorities this summer.

With his size, speed and genes, Trufant is a player to keep an eye on as teams begin to truly evaluate him. Will he end up at corner or safety? Time will tell, but you can expect him to be a hot commodity very soon.

Other players within the state of Washington that are worth keeping an eye on as spring evaluations truly get underway are:

Kamiak LB Marcel Seely
Bellarmine Prep QB Lucas Schindele Skyline WR Gino Simone
O'Dea OL/DL Danny Kistler
O'Dea LB Allen Mooney
Jackson RB Taylor Cox
Jackson OL/DL Jahleel Barnes
Prosser WR Kirby Moore
Gonzaga Prep OL Anthony Luna Redmond QB David Gilbertson
Archbishop Murphy DE/LB J.J. Quinlan
Edmonds-Woodway FB/LB Tony Heard
Kennedy CB Nolan Washington
Kennedy CB Tre Watson
Bellevue CB Jamal Atofau

There are many other players that will pop on the radar after the combines and summer camps, but those are the players who, early on, have the eyes of the scouts and coaches.

If you didn't get a chance, check out a couple of stories posted by's Chris Fetters and Brandon Huffman with a list of the top prospects in the Northwest and California regions…

2009 California Top Prospects: Offense
2009 California Top Prospects: Defense
2009 Top Northwest Prospects

Washington has already offered several players, but at this point they aren't in those prospects' top seven (all the Scout database allows to be listed), so it doesn't appear that the Huskies have extended offers.

However, it would be prudent to remember that the Huskies weren't in it early on for Redlands East Valley RB/WR Chris Polk who signed with them and is already on campus, Lincoln (Stockton) RB Curtis Shaw or Dominguez (Compton, Ca.) RB Brandon Johnson, but they ended up getting those players to commit, so it's still really early.

Some offers that have been extended outside the state that aren't listed in the database are…

Santa Clara (Ca.) RB Cierre Wood
Helix (La Mesa, Ca.) TE Levine Toilolo
Cottonwood (Salt Lake City) OL John Martinez
Saguaro (Scottsdale, Az.) DT Corey Adams
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) DE Justin Chaisson
Legacy (Broomfield, Co.) DE Nick Kasa
Desert Vista (Phoenix) DE Devon Kennard

Just remember, it's before early on most of these kids and when you have the offers they have, most won't be making a decision until the summer so there's still plenty of time for them to add or subtract schools from their favorites list.

With that said, Washington is in early on a couple of out-of-state studs…

Kapolei (Hi.) OT Stan Hasiak
Marist (Eugene, Or.) OT Charles Siddoway
St. Louis (Honolulu) OG Kapua Sai
Hugh Boyd (Richmond, BC) Hosam Shahin
South Eugene (Eugene, Or.) MLB Boseko Lokombo
Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Ca.) OLB Ace Ward
Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) S Joel Barry
Mullen (Denver) S Alex Logan

More and more will start to show up on the database list as we get further along in the May evaluation and contact period.

Some have asked me on the boards how many players each school is expected to take in their 2009 class and after a little bit of research, here's what I've been able to piece together as far as class size for the various Pac 10 schools (keep in mind, I have no insight into this other than what I've read on the different boards as well as perusing the different rosters to see how many seniors each team has for 2008).

California – approximately 23 USC – 20 to 22
Washington State – 22 to 25
UCLA – 18 to 20
Washington – 17 to 20
Arizona – 25
Arizona State – approximately 25
Stanford – 22 to 24
Oregon – approximately 23
Oregon State – 22 to 25

Keep in mind, these will adjust with attrition (injuries, players leaving the programs) and players who leave early so these numbers are very fluid.

I will be up at Juanita High School in Kirkland/Totem Lake to meet up with new head coach Shaun Tarantola, the former Evergreen head coach, and check out some of his younger players.

Sounds like he's pretty excited about a couple of young guys so we'll have more thoughts on those guys after we check them out during their offseason program. Top Stories