Dawgman.com Signing Day Blog

This is your one-stop spot for all things signing day when it comes to the Washington Huskies. We'll have up-to-the-minute information on those prospects who have signed with the Huskies, as well as pictures from their signing day events, as well as audio and video interviews from Lakewood, Wash. to Los Angeles, from Downey to The Dalles, and all stops in-between.

Posted by Chris Fetters:
More pictures:
2/4 10:30 am:

Just like Sark said at his press conference, UW might add more players if possible. And that's what we're doing here! Here's a pic of Erik Kohler and Nick Montana at Oaks Christian's Signing Day Celebration. Keep checking back, I'm sure there will be more pics and interviews as we continue to comb through the Huskies' list of 30 signees.

Erik Kohler and Nick Montana
Posted by Chris Fetters:
More pictures:

Here's a couple more signees and their pictures.

Brent Williams

Brent Williams

Brent Williams

Hauoli Jamora (© Barry Markowitz, 2010)

Posted by Scott Eklund:
Sarkisian Press-Conference notes:

-- Said QB Nick Montana's isn't a worry for the Huskies. Montana's height and weight when he was on campus for his official visit in mid-January was 6-3, 194 and Sarkisian said he was pretty happy with where Montana is as a player and it was realistic to think he could start in 2011.

- Said he was excited about the four early enrollees who will be here in March or are already on campus -- Montana, RB Deontae Cooper (already enrolled), LB Victor Burnett and RB Jesse Callier -- and their ability to get into the system early and the chance they can contribute right away.

-- Said pulling players from winning programs are something he and his staff are looking for and that they love the fact all these players know how to do is win and that was a key for this class.

-- Gave kudos to the entire staff for their efforts, but singled out Johnny Nansen and Demetrice Martin and the job they did in pulling kids out of southern California.

-- Said the reason they took seven offensive lineman was because they didn't take any last year and that the needed them to add depth. Also singled out James Atoe as a player they liked and wanted all along, but decided to move on him late so no other schools would come in on him. Interestingly, Sarkisian also mentioned he could be a kid who can be a top-five draft choice in the NFL before it's all said and done.

-- Said the response to the staff was great in the area's they focused on -- Hawaii, southern California and Washington -- and that he felt the relationships they formed with the different players, their coaches and their family are what really helped them pull kids in and get them in doors they wanted to get into.

-- Said Jake Locker choosing to stay for his senior year probably helped the staff recruit kids and showed his belief in the coaching staff.

-- Noted John Timu will enroll late while he recovers from a torn ACL.

-- Sarkisian said linebacker and offensive line were the two positions on the team that were a focus for the staff to recruit numbers to. They signed seven offensive lineman and five linebackers including Chris Young who has been rumored to be headed to running back.

-- Noted that DT Lawrence Lagafuaina ran a 4.8 at camp while measuring in at 6-0, 315 pounds.

Posted by Chris Fetters:
Sean Parker Video Interview:

Kevin Carden of SCPlaybook.com - the USC site for Scout.com - was on hand Wednesday morning to talk to Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne safety Sean Parker about his commitment to Washington on Signing Day. To watch the interview, click on the link below.

Sean Parker Scout.com Video Commit Interview:
Posted by Chris Fetters:
PIAA Pictures:
11:45 am:
Here are the pictures taken at this morning's PIAA Signing Day event. Enjoy!

Lawrence Lagafuaina

Taz Stevenson and family

Micah Hatchie

Micah Hatchie

Lagafuaina, Hatchie and Stevenson

Posted by Chris Fetters:
Cooper Pelluer Interview:
10:00 am:

Dawgman.com caught up with Skyline LB Cooper Pelluer after he sent in his letter of intent to Washington Wednesday morning. Just three days ago he was headed to Hawai'i, but that plan went out the door with an Al-o-ha, and in came the Huskies with a late scholarship offer that he scooped up without hesitation.

"It's a big thing in my life," he said of the signing. "I'm really excited to get things going and be a part of the Husky tradition.

"I've been on cloud nine ever since Sark called me. I don't think it's really hit me yet. I think it will once we do our signing day. I signed a letter earlier this morning, but once we officially have our signing day at our school, that's when it'll hit me that I'm a Dawg and how big that is."

His father Scott, who coached at Washington twice, is undeniably proud of his son. But his Mom Kim is equally as proud, and may even be happier about her son staying close to home. "This is where she wanted me to go, and she's as big a Husky fan as me and my Dad," Pelluer said. "She's so happy for me and proud of me."

In fact, when word of Pelluer's commitment spread through the Skyline community, they embraced it wholeheartedly. "They couldn't be happier for me," he said. "I'm just blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity."

Husky fans definitely want to know if Cooper will be recruiting coveted junior WR Kasen Williams, and Pelluer didn't disappoint. "I texted Kasen right after I committed," he said. "At basketball practice I couldn't tell him because it wasn't official yet. I told him I had some good news, but I couldn't tell him right then. When it happened I texted him and told him it was another reason for him to be a Husky."

His QB, Jake Heaps, is now at BYU, and working hard to earn the starting quarterback spot for the Cougars starting this fall. Could it be that Pelluer and Heaps might play against each other in the first game of the Huskies' 2010 season? And if he found himself in BYU's backfield, what would happen? "It's going to be a knockout," he said with a chuckle. "It'll probably be a big sack. I'll be coming off the blind side and I'll say Hi to my good friend Jake."
Posted by Chris Fetters:
Sean Parker announcement video:
10:00 am:
Just wanted to post this in case any fans missed this historic announcement by Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne safety Sean Parker, who chose UW over USC and Michigan on ESPN.

Parker to UW - ESPN
Posted by Chris Fetters:
The first pictures are coming in...:
9:45 am:
Got pictures of four signees available - Victor Burnett, Darius Waters, Ben Riva and Zach Fogerson.

Ben Riva (L) and Zach Fogerson (R)

Darius Waters

Victor Burnett
Posted by Chris Fetters:
Potoae's fax is in:
9:00 am:
According to Steve Sarkisian via tweet, Sione Potoae is officially a Washington Husky. And for those interested in the Huskies from Hawaii, click here to watch the PIAA signing event live. Taz Stevenson (Mililani), Lawrence Lagafuaina ('Aiea) and Micah Hatchie (Waialua) are expected to sign with Washington today.
Posted by Scott Eklund:
Darius Waters update:
8:55 am:

One of the Lakes Trio of signees -- LB Darius Waters -- spoke with Dawgman.com shortly after he had faxed in his Letter-of-Intent to Washington this morning.

"Oh man, we're all excited," Waters said. "Jamaal (Kearse) was probably the first to fax it in since his mom did it from home, but we're all excited to be in and we're ready to go."

Waters said all three (Waters, Kearse and Sione Potoae) plan to wear their Purple and Gold today while they are at school and there will be a celebration later this afternoon to commemorate the moment.

Posted by Scott Eklund:
Ben Riva update:
8:45 am:

O'Dea's Ben Riva signed with the Huskies this morning and said he's wearing his Washington hat to go with his letter jacket.

"It looks good," Riva said shortly after faxing in his letter. "I think coach (Monte) Kohler is really excited about this and everyone here is a huge Husky fan so everyone is excited that Zach (Fogerson) and I are headed to Washington."

Riva projects at a tackle position at this point, but with his size and athleticism, there is a very good chance he could end up at almost any spot along the line.

Ben Riva Scout Profile

Posted by Scott Eklund:
Michael Hartvigson and Colin Porter update:
8:30 am:

Bothell teammates Colin Porter and Michael Hartvigson inked their names on Washington Letters-of-Intent today and to say there is a difference in their personalities would be an understatement.

"He's definitely a lot more excitable than me and he shows it, but I'm ecstatic," Porter told Dawgman.com after faxing in his letter. "I'm just excited to be a Dawg and I'm just ecstatic about the situation."

Hartvigon, Porter's friend and teammate, also signed with the Huskies and said he was happy to have all of his loved ones around him when he signed this morning.

"I feel so blessed," Hartvigson said happily. "I'm very excited about all of this and to have my family and all of my friends around me when I did this was amazing."

Both are wearing Husky hats and shirts today to school. Porter was headed to breakfast with his girlfriend while Hartvigson was going to spend time with his family.

"All I have to say is, 'Go Dawgs!' and that I'm really excited for the next four years and what lies ahead," Hartvigson said.

Colin Porter Scout.com profile

Michael Hartvigson Scout.com profile

Posted by Chris Fetters:
Faxes starting to slow down a little:
8:30 am:
With the initial rush, it was inevitable the fax machine would slow down a little bit. Right now the Huskies are up to 22 LOI's, if you including early enrollee Deontae Cooper. The biggest fax that has come in recently, is Sean Parker's, capping arguably the biggest moment in UW recruiting history to date - when you factor in the impact his announcement on national TV could have in putting the Huskies back on the recruiting map.

Sione Potoae's fax hasn't been received yet, but Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times is reporting that everything is still a go for him sending it in after confirming it with Lakes Head Coach Dave Miller.

Posted by Scott Eklund:
Colin Tanigawa update:
8:09 am:

Washington loaded up on talent along the offensive line and one of those young men was Loyola (Los Angeles) OL Colin Tanigawa who was heavily pursued by the school closest to him geographically.

"UCLA offered me two days before I committed (in late October)," Tanigawa said shortly after faxing in his Letter-of-Intent to Washington. "They were really pursuing me hard, but Washington is where I wanted to be and I knew that all along."

Tanigawa is slated for an interior position and could end up at center with the loss of Ryan Tolar due to graduation following the 2010 season.

Colin Tanigawa Scout Profile

Posted by Scott Eklund:
Brent Williams update:
8:03 am:

Taft (Woodland Hills, Ca.) LB/DE Brent Williams committed to Washington during the summer and said signing his letter-of-intent was a long-time coming.

"I'm waiting for the fax to go through right now, but it says it's busy," Williams said with a chuckle. "It's been a lot of hard work for me and it all paid off today.

"Everyone is excited for me, that I'm going away for school and really going away, not just staying close to home."

Williams and his teammates D.J. Morgan (USC) and Lucky Radley will have a big Signing-Day party at their school.

Brent Williams Scout Profile

Posted by Scott Eklund:
Jesse Callier update:
7:56 am:

Warren (Downey, Ca.) RB Jesse Callier was a commitment out of nowhere for Washington back in November, but the super-quick runner stayed still long enough this morning to fax in his letter to Washington.

"Oh man, it's a great, great feeling," Callier told Dawgman.com "It's a whole new beginning for me. I'm fired up."

The talented runner posted huge numbers this season rushing for over 3,000 yards and 43 touchdowns while leading the Bears to the playoffs.

"A lot of people here have been supporting me and are happy for me," Callier noted. "Some are giving me some grief, but I don't care. I'm going up to where I want to be and I'm going to make the best of it."

Callier doesn't have school today, so he said he's watching ESPNU's Signing Day coverage and his family will have a party for him this afternoon.

Jesse Callier Scout Profile

Posted by Scott Eklund:
DiAndre Campbell update:
7:55 am:

Oakland Tech WR DiAndre Campbell signed his letter-of-intent this morning and seemed relieved when we spoke to him...

"It was like a whole new beginning was ahead of me," Campbell said of the moment when he faxed in his letter to Washington. "It was like one part of my life had ended and another one was beginning.

"It was like all my hard work had paid off and all the scouting and recruiting is done so now I can just enjoy it and get ready to go (to Washington)."

Later this morning, Campbell will join teammates Fred Thompson and Ryan Murphy, who both committed to Oregon State, for a celebration and make no mistake, he'll be wearing his Husky colors proudly.

"Oh, I'm wearing purple," Campbell said confidently. "People down here are excited about Washington with the new coaches and the way they finished their season.
Posted by Chris Fetters:
Here's the next batch of faxes:
7:50 am:
This is per Sark's tweets: OL James Atoe, TE Garret Gilliland, TE Michael Hartvigson, DE Andrew Hudson, LB Cooper Pelluer, OL Colin Porter and LB Brent Williams. That brings to a total - if you include Deontae Cooper - to 19 LOI's.
Posted by Chris Fetters:
Hudson reportedly to walk-on:
7:30 am:
Evan Hudson, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound defensive end - the bookend DE to UW commit Mike Hartvigson - has decided to walk-on, according to Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times. Hudson, also a top baseball prospect, is expected to play both sports at UW.
Posted by Chris Fetters:
More faxes:
7:30 am:
More faxes, per Sark: WR DiAndre Campbell and OL Colin Tanigawa are both official to UW.
Posted by Chris Fetters:
The faxes continue to roll on in:
7:25 am:
Per Sark's tweets, Zach Fogerson, Nick Montana, Ben Riva, Jesse Callier, Gregory Ducre, Jamaal Kearse, Erik Kohler and Kevin Smith have all sent in their letters of intent to UW.
Posted by Chris Fetters:
Sean Parker turns signing day into a Purple and Gold House Party :
7:15 am:
Sean Parker, the No. 6 safety in the county by Scout.com, picked UW over USC and Michigan on ESPN this morning, citing the school, city and ability to build a program. Steve Sarkisian strikes early on signing day, and it could be the first of a couple of announcements that could go the Huskies' way. Stay tuned!
Posted by Chris Fetters:
First LOI is in the bag:
7:05 am:
Coach Sark has the fax machine up and humming, and per his first tweet of the morning, OL Michael Criste is in. He's a 6-5, 285-pounder from Mission Viejo, Calif.
We will also have wall-to-wall coverage of Steve Sarkisian's press conference, announcing all the signees, which will be held at noon.

For right now, here is a list of all the players expected to sign with Washington, starting at 7 a.m. PST:

OT James Atoe, 6-7, 325 The Dalles, Ore.
LB Victor Burnett, 6-0, 225 Culver City, Calif.
RB Jesse Callier, 5-11, 186 Downey, Calif. (Warren)
WR DiAndre Campbell, 6-2, 175 Oakland (Calif.) Tech
OT Michael Criste, 6-5, 295 Mission Viejo, Calif.
RB Melvin Davis, 6-2, 220 Harbor City, Calif. (Narbonne)
CB Gregory Ducre, 5-11, 170 Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw)
FB Zach Fogerson, 6-1.5, 225, Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea)
LB Princeton Fuimaono, 6-1, 205 Long Beach, Calif. (Jordan)
LB Garret Gilliland, 6-0, 210 Orange, Calif. (Lutheran)
TE Michael Hartvigson, 6-6, 235 Bothell, Wash.
OT Micah Hatchie, 6-5, 285 Waialua, Hawai'i
DE Andrew Hudson, 6-3, 225 Redlands, Calif. (Redlands East Valley)
DE Hauoli Jamora, 6-2, 230 Kahuku, Hawai'i
S Jamaal Kearse, 6-2, 200 Lakewood, Wash. (Lakes)
OT Erik Kohler, 6-5, 285 Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian)
DT Lawrence Lagafuaina, 6-2, 310 'Aiea, Hawai'i
QB Nick Montana, 6-1, 185 Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian)
LB Cooper Pelluer, 6-4, 224 Sammamish, Wash. (Skyline)
OL Colin Porter, 6-4.5, 300 Bothell, Wash.
DT Sione Potoae, 6-3, 285 Lakewood, Wash. (Lakes)
OT Ben Riva, 6-6, 285 Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea)
WR Kevin Smith, 6-1, 200 Compton, Calif. (Centennial)
S Taz Stevenson, 6-2, 190 Mililani, Hawai'i
OL Colin Tanigawa, 6-3, 280 Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)
S John Timu, 6-2, 205 Long Beach, Calif. (Jordan)
LB Darius Waters, 6-1, 227 Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
LB Brent Williams, 6-2, 205 Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft)
LB Chris Young, 6-1, 215 Auburn, Wash.

The Huskies already have one signee that is currently enrolled at UW:
Deontae Cooper, 5-11, 175 Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill)

Here's where the fun begins. For the first time in many, many years, the Huskies actually have some signing day surprises to watch for. ESPNU's nine hours of signing day coverage is kicked off by the announcement of Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne safety Sean Parker, who is expected to choose between USC, Michigan and Washington at 7:10 a.m. PST. Many sources, including Brandon Huffman and Bob Lichtenfels of Scout.com, are now calling this one a win for the Huskies.

Over in Hawaii, there are two prospects expected to sign letters of intent Wednesday morning starting at 7 a.m. HST. They are safety prospect Jeremy Ioane from Punahou, and Kahuku defensive end Kona Schwenke.

Ioane is set to sign with either ND, Washington or Boise State, but the recruiting process may not be over for Schwenke. Washington is pushing hard for a post-signing day official visit, while other schools like Hawaii and West Virginia are trying to get back in the game. If Schwenke does sign on Wednesday, all signs are pointing to Touchdown Jesus. If he doesn't, it's a whole new ball game.

Next, UW fans should be looking to Salt Lake City, Utah., where Brighton DT Ricky Heimuli is set to decide between Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and UW. Huffman is calling this one for the Bruins over the Utes right now, but the Huskies did get the last visit and are dogged in their approach toward making sure they were the last thought in Heimuli's mind before he signs. His announcement is supposed to come right around 9:30 PST.

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser LB Josh Shirley has four schools he's going to pick from; Arizona, Miami, USC and Washington. Both Huffman and Allen Wallace of Scout.com are picking this one for the Trojans, who will be doing their best to make this signing day one USC fans will never forget. Shirley's announcement is expected to come around noon PST.
For your reference, Scout.com has put together a story of signing day capsules. This story contains signing day capsules for all the committed players.

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