UW continues to make in-roads in California

Last year, Washington's coaching staff was able to haul in a top-15 recruiting class, bolstered by commitments from five of the top players (RB Deontae Cooper, WR Kevin Smith, S Sean Parker, QB Nick Montana and OL Erik Kohler) at their position in the state of California. This year, the Huskies have continued to make in-roads in the most fertile recruiting ground on the west coast...

During Saturday's Dawgman.com Radio Show, we were able to confirm that Taft (Woodland Hills, Ca.) DT Antwaun Woods, a USC commit, has indeed scheduled an official visit to Seattle, continuing the momentum the staff has been able to pick up in Southern California.

Woods, who is the fifth-rated defensive tackle in the country and ranked second on the west coast, has already visited Washington, back during spring football, and told Dawgman.com shortly after that, while he was in town to visit his very close friend Craig Noble, he was surprised by how much he enjoyed his time in the Seattle area.

In addition to Noble, Woods also has a very close friend enrolling in the next seven days, DE/LB Brent Williams, so there appears to be more to this than just a "passing interest". However, it will take a lot to lure Woods away from USC, because of it's long history of producing top interior defensive tackle prospects and the fact it is very close to home.

Joining Woods on his visit will be fellow Trojan commit DeAnthony Thomas, one of the top players in the entire country, as Washington continues to do their best to pull in the top So Cal talent.

Getting an early commitment from Fresno Central East RB Brendon Bigelow has proven to be a good sign of where Washington's California recruiting is headed. They were the first of many schools to extend an offer to the explosive back and he was the first commitment for the Huskies' 2011 recruiting class. However, his commitment to the Huskies appears to be softening as he continues to have his eyes on the "local" Pac 10 school, California.

Still, the his commitment made it obvious the Huskies will be bigger players than they have been in California.

Besides those three, Washington is also heavily in the mix for Beverley Hills DE Greg Townsend and Salesian LB Devon Moreland, two big-time players at their positions.

Many consider Townsend a USC-lock and Moreland is heavily favoring UCLA at this point, but it is expected both will visit Montlake at some point early in the season, allowing the aggressive Husky coaching staff to have time alone with both to make their pitch.

Grant (Sacramento) S James Sample was very close to committing to Washington back when he visited for camp in June, but, once he returned home to northern California, Cal swooped in with an offer and now he's made it known he plans to wait things out a bit before deciding. While the Golden Bears' offer has certainly thrown a wrench into things, as far as getting the talented DBs commit in the next few weeks is concerned, Washington still leads for his pledge and it's expected that he will still end up with the Dawgs.

Also, Washington is the prohibitive favorite to reel in Long Beach Poly LB/DE Corey Waller, a very talented pass-rusher who could be a difference-maker the moment he arrives on campus. USC was the school Waller was hoping to get an offer from before he made his decision, but with the Trojans lacking the ability to offer up 25 scholarships due to the recently handed down NCAA sanctions, they were unable to extend one. That give the Huskies the inside track to get his commitment before fall.

Working in Washington's favor with Waller is the fact that his friend and teammate, CB Kameron Jackson, has already committed to the Dawgs and he let Dawgman.com know recently that he's been working hard to get the talented defensive prospect to join him in his commitment.

Bigelow and Jackson's commitments have also been joined by six other Golden State players -- Oak Grove LB Scott Lawyer, Gahr WR Josh Perkins, Dorsey LB Matthew Lyons, Walnut DE/TE Aubrey Coleman, Paramount DT/OT Maataua Brown and Norwalk FB/DE Elijhaa Penny -- all of whom have gotten several early offers as well.

Looking ahead, fans need to keep an eye on some of the players mentioned earlier in this article as well as CB Stefan McClure from Vista High School, LB Aaron Davis from Los Alamitos, Chino Hills CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Grant DE Faigame Lopa, St. Bonaventure LB Jalen Jefferson, Alemany OL Akeem Gonzales, Corona DE DeVonte Wilson, La Costa Canyon DE Ian Seau and recently-offered Narbonne OT Dontae Levingston and several more we are following up on.

Things are looking brighter for the Huskies in California and they will only improve as their win-total goes up.


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