Recruiting Blog: 4/28

It's been a while since we've discussed recruiting, but now that spring football is over, it's time to get focused on combines, camps and recruiting. Here's a look at what you can expect over the next three months as we head into the offseason and what players Washington has been making progress with over the past couple months.

Washington and Washington State are the last two Pac 10 schools without a verbal commitment. Both have been relatively aggressive with the local recruits, but neither has made enough of an impression to get a commitment.

The Huskies are in very good shape with Deandre Coleman. The big defensive tackle from Garfield told me the other day he was close to committing several weeks ago, but he's been cautioned to take a "slow and deliberate" approach to recruiting.

When I asked him about the depth chart and what he's looking for, Coleman mentioned that that won't play a huge role, but did say "Washington's looking stronger up front, they're just young. I really like my opportunity to come in there and play and compete."

Coleman hasn't gotten any recent offers, but teams like California, Arizona State, Texas, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa have all made contact and you can bet that the Garfield coaches' offices will see a "who's who" of schools taking a look at the physically gifted lineman.

Coleman did attend four practices and the spring game, so it's pretty obvious they are his number one school.

The Huskies have really stepped up their recruitment of offensive lineman lately.

Guys like Stan Hasiak from Kapolei High School in Hawaii have been on the radar for months and the Huskies have placed themselves squarely in the middle of his recruitment, but recently the staff has sent forth offers to players like Arroyo Valley (Ca.) OT Michael Philipp, Cottonwood (Utah) OG John Martinez and mammoth OT Everett Benyard from Cathedral Catholic (San Diego).

Even with the solid prospects the Huskies have brought in over the past two years, they are looking to add at least three, if not four, prospects to the mix as well.

Mykena Ikehara is scheduled to get a look at center and he, along with Matt Sedillo and Greg Christine will man the pivot for the foreseeable future, but line coach Mike Denbrock likes Ikehara's skills enough to move him to guard if someone else impresses him more at center.

Hasiak and Benyard look more like tackle prospects at this point, while Martinez is a true guard and Philipp could play either spot.

Washington has a very good shot with Hasiak and they are in good position for Philipp. Martinez is a long-shot, but it's still really early and word is he likes what Washington is building along their line. It's still too early to make a call on Benyard, but with the Huskies' recent offer, they have thrown their hat in the ring and they should have as good a shot as anyone at landing him.

Two in-state players to keep an eye on are Anthony Luna and Travis Long. Both attend the same high school (Gonzaga Prep) and I've been told both are leans to Washington State, but at this point, Long is the only one with a Cougar offer. If the Huskies decide to offer, they could have a chance at pulling both of them in, but they probably need to do it soon since it appears new Cougar head coach Paul Wulff is looking to get a jump on in-state recruiting.

Another player to watch closely during the May evaluation period is O'Dea's Allen Mooney. He's hearing a ton from California, Stanford, Washington State, UNLV and Utah, but Washington has been pretty consistent as well.

O'Dea Coach Monte Kohler told us this past March that if Mooney were two inches taller, we could be talking about one of the top linebackers on the west coast. He also noted Mooney could be the best linebacker he's ever had there. That is high praise indeed.

Mooney will be taking part at the 7-on-7 camp in New Orleans and he'll be representing the Seattle Seahawks along with players like Gino Simone.

Mooney told me he's excited about the Huskies and how they will perform this year and he is hoping to make it out to some of their fall practices. He wasn't able to go to any spring practices and was out of town for the spring game, so he didn't get to see them up close and personal, but he's very much considering Washington and if they offer, it's my read that he will end up moving the Huskies to the top of his list.

Speaking of Simone, his offer from Washington really got him thinking about things, but he's going to take his time and he's going to show a lot of patience during the whole process. His father's experience at Arizona State will really help bring things into focus for Gino and where he ends up. He won't just go to a school where he will be just another number. He's going to look at depth charts, make sure he's a good fit for the system and then he'll consider location.

Washington definitely is in good standing with him, but I do not expect him to make a commitment anywhere before December.

Kamiak's Marcel Seely is coming along nicely from his injury and illness. He told me recently that Washington and Washington State, along with Oregon have been the main schools talking to him, but all of them have noted he needs to get to their camps before they would make a decision on offering him.

Most want to see how he's progressed from his knee injury as well as if he's been able to put the weight back on he lost while he was sick. He's back to about 200 at this point and he's hoping to play the 2008 season at 215. Don't be surprised if he finishes the summer with at least two or three offers.

The Washington coaches began the evaluation period today by heading out on the road to the different schools in the areas they handle. We'll be all over the recruits and coaches they will be talking to and update news as it changes. Check back over the next few weeks, it's going to be a busy month.


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