Quarterback Recruiting: Who's next?

With the commitment of Cody Kessler to USC today, the question now becomes – who does Washington go after next? There are still some twists and turns that will take place and Dawgman.com's Scott Eklund takes a look at who is still on the recruiting radar for the Huskies…

Kessler was within days of committing to Washington when USC, his "dream school", decided they needed a second signal-caller in the 2011 class and offered. Over the past two weeks, it appeared that the talented passer was still favoring the Huskies, but the Memorial Day weekend appears to have changed his mind and caused him to commit.

So now the question becomes, who is next on Washington's list of quarterback recruits?

Chandler (Az.) QB Brett Hundley got one of the first quarterback offers from the Huskies and is still out there. After visiting Washington when his coach spoke at a coaching clinic, it appeared the Dawgs were squarely in the mix for his services. However, it appears his sights have turned southward and he'll likely end up with one of several schools recruiting him including Texas A&M, UCLA or Arizona.

Corona (Ca.) Centennial's Michael Eubank is a player who has intriguing physical skills, but is very raw as a passer. He told Dawgman.com back in May he plans to visit this month for Washington's "Rising Stars" camp which will be on June 22nd and 23rd.

La Mirada (Ca.) QB Shane Blood is a very good athlete who has been getting some looks this spring, while Taft (Mission Hills, Ca.) QB Mike Bercovici, Casa Grande (Petaluma, Ca.) QB Nick Sherry and Modesto (Ca.) QB Klayton Miller are other Golden State signal-callers getting attention.

Three Northwest signal-callers who have yet to commit somewhere are Brett Smith (West Salem, Or.), Trey Wheeler (Issaquah, Wa.) and Tana Pritchard (Lakewood, Wa.) and could get on Washington's radar with solid camp performances.

Smith appears to have moved on, but Washington was a school he was heavily considering back in February, even making a trip up for one of the Huskies' Junior Days to meet with the coaches. Also, fans shouldn't completely discount the fact that Kessler's commitment could open things back up for Max Wittek who committed to USC back in April. The big, strong-armed QB is a Steve Clarkson protégé and has already visited Washington once (for their spring game), although that was under the auspice of seeing his very good friend Nick Montana play.

Rumors have been swirling that 2010 QB Jesse Scroggins, a USC signee who chose the Trojans over Washington, will not make it into school. If that is the case and the Lane Kiffin and staff end up signing both Kessler and Wittek, then they may release Scroggins from his letter-of-intent, making him available to sign with another school.

If that happens and he's close enough, there is also the possibility Washington could talk Scroggins into greyshirting, getting his academics in order, and then have him enrolled in January to participate in spring practice. While this is a longshot to happen, don't discount the possibility of it happening.

One last thing to think about is how players come into focus after working out for the Husky coaches at camp later this month. Could some new passers pop-up on the radar? It's very possible.

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