Huskies prepare to host handful of prospects

Every year, since he arrived at Washington, head coach Tyrone Willingham and his staff have brought in some recruits the weekend before the start of fall camp. This year is no different, although the group appears to be smaller than in past years, so here is a breakdown of who we've been able to confirm will be on campus...

Bellarmine (San Jose) LB Michael Clay (photo): Clay has been a top prospect on Washington's radar the past couple months and they have continued to pursue the gifted defender throughout the summer. He's best suited on the strongside (over the tight end) so he can use his outstanding strength and speed to make plays. He's one of the top uncommitted linebackers in the state of California and he's got schools the likes of Cal, Oregon, Colorado, Fresno State and Washington State pursuing him as well.

Bellarmine (San Jose) OT Kevin Danser: Washington offered Danser back in April and they've remained at the top of his list of schools for quite some time. He's versatile enough to play almost anywhere along the line, but it appears the Huskies like his footwork enough to let him know they will start him out at tackle. Arizona also holds a place at the top of Danser's list and he's also receiving heavy interest from Northwestern, Oregon, UCLA and Colorado.

St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Ca.) QB Keith Price: Price is Washington's lone commit and he was just up at Montlake in late June for Washington's Individual Skill camp. After an outstanding performance at that camp, Price received an offer and he committed early last week. He'll have both his mother and grandmother in tow with him and he's also said he plans to go to work on some of his fellow 2009 recruits.

Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) DT Noel Beckles: He's an explosive interior defensive tackle prospect who causes serious problems for offenses. He doesn't have an offer yet, but Washington has been heavily in the mix for him for a while. Beckles had 52 tackles, 13 for loss, five sacks and three fumble recoveries as a junior last year. Besides the Huskies he's also been hearing from UCLA, Cal, Arizona, UNLV, Arizona State, New Mexico, Syracuse and Oregon State among others.

South Oak Cliff (Dallas) CB Kenneth Pinkard: It's a rarity when you can pull a talented player out of Texas, but the Huskies have already done that once when they hauled in Victor Aiyewa with the 2007 class and they have a very good shot at doing it again with Pinkard. He's been a bit under the radar so far this summer, but interest from schools like TCU, Illinois and Texas Tech has picked up. He will be on campus this weekend to check out Washington and he has already said if he likes what he sees, he will probably commit.

Garfield (Seattle) DT Deandre Coleman: The top in-state prospect for the 2009 class, Coleman has seemingly been on the verge of committing to the Huskies for several months. He and his family have been by Willingham's office several times over the past few months and he'll be on campus this weekend to check things out again. He is favoring Washington and Cal among his multiple offers, but he said schools like LSU, Oregon, Arizona and Washington State have also been making strong pushes as well.

Other players invited but unable to attend: Santiago (Corona, Ca.) TE Marlion Barnett; Punahou (Honolulu) RB Dalton Hilliard; Prosser WR Kirby Moore; South Oak Cliff (Dallas) S Kevin Brent.

Note: There may be two or three more prospects invited or on campus this weekend that we have been unable to confirm, so we will hopefully have that information for you after the weekend.

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