Washington plans to host five this weekend

Until this season, it had been rare for the Huskies to host players on game weekends. However, head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff have chosen to host official visitors at three of thier first four home games and this weekend five more will be on campus to take in the sights and sounds of gameday at Montlake...

Here's a look at who will be here and what they had to say about their upcoming visit to Washington...

1) Los Alamitos CB Shaquille Richardson - "I've been waiting to get up there again. I'm real excited to see the game and to see what the atmosphere is up there," were Richardson's words to us earlier this week when he confirmed he would be in town. The Huskies are in desperate need for a corner and at this point they don't have one that is slated for the position (Keanon Lowe is projected at receiver). Richardson has already visited Oregon State and plans to visit Arizona State late next month.

2) Los Alamitos OG Niu Sale - Sale confirmed to Dawgman that he would be heading north with his teammate (Richardson) this weekend and said the Huskies are a school that interests him greatly. He noted that while Washington is a school he'd love to play at, he wouldn't be committing on his visit. UW has not extended an offer at this point, but you never know what can happen on official visits. He is getting increased attention from Washington State, Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State as well as San Diego State, UNLV and Utah.

3) East Valley (Redlands, Ca.) DE Andrew Hudson - Hudson visited Washington over the summer to take part in their "Rising Stars" camp and seemed to be on the verge of committing, but then he headed to Oregon State to check things out and enjoyed his time in Corvalis as well. Hudson is a rangy athlete with long arms. He's still very close with UW QB Ronnie Fouch, RB Chris Polk and DB Marquis Persley who were all his teammates when they were preps. Hudson has been very high on Washington for some time now and it wouldn't be a surprise if he committed this weekend.

4) Loyola (Los Angeles) OL Colin Tanigawa - Tanigawa is another player who has already visited Washington and could be on the edge of committing. He's a player who could play either guard or center and when last we spoke to him he said Washington had turned up the heat on him. "They are always telling me how much they like me and how I play the game," Tanigawa said. Besides Washington, Tanigawa has offers from and has visited Nebraska and Arizona State and from what we've been able to gather he will make his decision between these three schools.

Mission Viejo OL Michael Criste - I spoke with head coach Bob Johnson about Criste and he confirmed the visit and said that his young lineman is just starting to reach his full potential. "He's a guy who can play inside or outside, but I bet he's a better interior guy when it's all said and done. He's a real talented kid who is just starting to get his technique down and that's why I think some schools have waited on him. He's strong and really has exploded for us this year. He'll be a steal for anyone that gets him." Criste has only one offer, Washington, but schools like USC, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Colorado and Utah are all heavily in the mix as well.

Also worth noting is that many of Washington's local commits will likely be on hand on unofficial visits -- including Sione Potoae, Darius Waters, Jamaal Kearse, Ben Riva, Michael Hartvigson and Zach Fogerson. I have also confirmed that Archbishop Murphy DL Taniela Tupou (2011) and several other 2011 kids will be in the house as well.


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