UW OL/DL Camp News and Notes

SEATTLE - There were two players that really stood out at Washington's OL/DL camp, held Sunday at the Dempsey Indoor Facility, and it was easy to see why: Both instantly piqued the curiosity of the UW coaching staff the moment they started working out. And since it was Father's Day, it wasn't surprising to see lots of dads roaming the sidelines.

One of the fathers there was hard to ignore - Oregon State defensive line coach Joe Seumalo. He was there with his son, 2012 OL prospect Isaac Seumalo. The younger Seumalo announced his presence from the very beginning of the day, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound sophomore ruling the OL corps and often stepping up as UW OL Coach Dan Cozzetto's example for how to run a drill or attempt a specific movement. During the 1-1's he had his way with all the defensive linemen during the morning session, but Juanita's Jarett Finau got the better of him a couple of times in the afternoon.

With Seumalo, Zach Banner, Joshua Garnett and Shane Brostek, the OL class for 2012 from the Northwest region could be a once-in-a-generation type class. It's certainly lining up to be that way after seeing Seumalo work. It was a genuine pleasure.

Another lineman that we had not seen in person but definitely jumped out of the group with his sheer size was Roosevelt OL/DL Brian Hutchison. Coached by former UW Offensive Coordinator John Pettas, Hutchison runs extremely fast and fluid for a player who is 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds. He was a second-team All-KingCo Crown pick at OT, but he's just starting to figure out if he wants to go 100 percent into football or not. He's got the body for it and if he decides football is in his future he has a chance of picking up a late offer from someone. His athleticism showed that he could do damage on either side of the ball, and he did just that - playing one side before lunch and the other side in the afternoon.

Other OL who did well on the day:
OL Jay Deines - Issaquah
OL Justin Hansen - Longmont, CO
OL Sam Shirley - Juanita
OL Sage Stock - Central Catholic
OL/DL Cody Treddenbarger - Juanita
OL Jamie Wandell - New Westminster (BC)
OL Brett Wittenberg - Olympia

Defensive Line:
Finau and Seumalo were a fixture during both 1-1 sessions, trading blows and showing a lot of guts and heart along the way. They must have gone up against each other 10 times - split up between the right and left sides of the line. The 6-foot-3.5, 235-pound defensive end from Juanita was just offered a scholarship by BYU - his fifth, to go along with Hawaii, Arizona, Washington State and Utah State. But because of his work Sunday, where he showed a ton of heart despite having his right foot not 100 percent due to a sprained ankle, he was offered by Washington after the camp was over. It was a testament to his doggedness and determination going up against the best the OL in attendance could muster. He's very quick off the ball (he ran a 4.75 40 from what we were able to dig up after the day), and was the only defensive end to give the sophomore from Corvallis all he could handle.

Don't expect Finau to make a college choice just yet: What you can expect is for him to take this offer in like the rest and then make a decision later in the process. But because of geography, the UW offer was a coveted one for Finau, and expect the Huskies to be in the thick of the race for his services all the way to Signing Day.

Other DL who did well on the day:
DE Patrick Taiwo - Newport
DE Alex Balducci - Central Catholic (2012)
DE Luke Vanoudenhaegan - Central Catholic
OL/DL Micah Kalepa from Pac-5 in Honolulu showed up for the camp as the one who traveled the farthest to be there, but because of a hamstring injury he suffered at the Kansas camp he was unable to perform. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Kalepa looked like a lean lineman who could play on either side of the ball with a lot of potential for growth. Apparently Kalepa also camped at Cal-Berkeley and impressed the Golden Bear coaches while there.

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