Husky Recruiting Landscape

As we head toward the first game of the 2010 season this weekend, it's time to take a look at where things stand on the recruiting front. Washington has 18 known commitments in the 2011 recruiting class including eight of the top 10 from within the state and with several big fish still looking their way, the Huskies are poised for a strong finish...

Here's a quick look, position-by-position, at who has committed and who we know the Huskies have a shot at. With 18 commits already in the boat, expect the Huskies to be a little picky about who they take and offer from here on out, although there is a very good chance they again oversign, anticipating one or two of their current commits may have trouble qualifying...

Quarterback - None committed

On the hook - Washington barely missed getting Cody Kessler who committed to USC, but may have done even better if they end up hauling in Chandler (Az.) signal-caller Brett Hundley who will announce his commitment on Monday. Will it be UCLA or the Huskies? At this point only Hundley and his family know.

If they miss on him, Washington will still look at Adam Pittser, a rising quarterback prospect from Illinois, who has seen recruiting blow up since his performance at camps this summer.

Also, keep in mind that Max Wittek, USC's other quarterback commitment, has been to Seattle to visit Washington and he could be an option as well, depending on how things play out.

Running Back - Brendon Bigelow (TB); Elijhaa Penny (FB/TB)

Commits - Washington was the first to offer Bigelow, but now schools from across the country have come calling and it's "hang on" time for the Dawgs.

While he remains technically a solid verbal to Washington, make no mistake, Cal and Oregon and big players for his services and the Dawgs will have to really have a good season in order to keep him in the fold.

Bigelow has already visited Washington, back in the spring, and said recently he plans to make all of his official visits before he firms things up with a school.

Also in the mix is Penny a big, physical back who rushed for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns last season at Norwalk High School.

Penny has the ability to play fullback or even move over to the defensive side of the ball, but he could also combine with Bigelow and become that "Thunder and Lightning" combo that has become so popular with programs lately.

On the hook - The only other running backs we are sure have offers are Harvey Langi and Bishop Sankey while Will Gregory also claims one, but we have yet to confirm he actually has an offer at this point.

Washington is a long-shot to get Langi, but Sankey, who committed very early in the process to Washington State, is a player the Huskies have a real shot at and he should end up taking a visit sometime during the season.

Also don't be surprised if another back or two don't end up popping onto the radar, like Jesse Callier did, once their senior seasons are underway.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends - Kasen Williams (WR); Jamaal Jones (WR); Josh Perkins (WR); Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE)

Commits - Definitely the two biggest commitments in this class to this point, Williams and Seferian-Jenkins gave Washington some serious momentum heading into the season with their public commitments to the Dawgs.

Jones and Perkins are solid players who might not contribute right away, but both are big athletes with outstanding athleticism and skills as down-field receivers.

Don't expect to see another tight end recruited with Seferian-Jenkins committed and at least one or two other commitments having a chance at getting a look there as well.

On the hook - The Huskies are probably done recruiting at both of these positions, but will probably continue to keep an eye on a few players including Bigelow's teammate B.J. Kelley who they are recruiting as well as Antoine Arnold, Anthony Denham, Devon Blackman, K.C. Pearce and George Farmer.

Offensive Line - Siosifa Tufunga (G); Maataua Brown (T/G); Dexter Charles (T)

Commits - Charles is a very good athlete and projects to tackle at the next level while Brown could play either tackle or guard and Tufunga is a physical player destined to play inside at either center or guard.

On the hook - The Huskies have been scouring the west for prospects and offered some of the top players in the region, but haven't been able to get on to commit to this point.

The top player on their board is Cyrus Hobbi who will visit when the Huskies play Syracuse, but they were also the first to offer Akeem Gonzales and he's got them high on his list as well.

Dontae Levingston from Narbonne High School is very interested in Washington and would be an outstanding guard prospect if they can pull him in.

Also keep an eye on Paulay Asiata who hails from the Islands and has Washington on his list, although UCLA is considered his leader at this point.

Ryan Nowicki is a tackle prospect the Huskies are taking a long look at and are trying to get up for a visit and Patrick Flavin from Illinois claims an offer from the Dawgs as well.

Locally, Sam Shirley from Juanita and Thomas Gomez, a physical prospect from Graham-Kapowsin, both are players who could see an increase in attention as their senior seasons progress.

Defensive Line - Connor Cree (DE); Taniela Tupuo (DE/DT); Jarett Finau (DE); Aubrey Coleman (DE)

Commits - Cree and Finau are perfect fits in Washington's scheme and add a speed element to the position while also possessing long arms and the ability to get the quarterback.

Tupou plays end for Archbishop Murphy, but will move inside and be a three-technique (pass-rushing) defensive end once he gets to Montlake.

Coleman has really exploded this summer since he committed to Washington and could play tight end or even be a big wide receiver, however with his aggressiveness and instincts, he'd be a great defensive end prospect with his 6'6" frame being ideal for the pass-rushing end position.

On the hook - Even with three prospects committed at the end position, Washington is still in the mix for one of the top defensive end prospects in the country in Greg Townsend while Koa Ka'ai from Hawaii is another prospect they are recruiting pretty heavily as well.

Other defensive ends with offers are Colt Lyerla, Brennan Scarlett, Faigame Lopa, Steve Dillon, Stephan Nembot and Reggie Coates, but it doesn't appear Washington is heavily in the mix for any of them at this point.

Tackle prospects like Danny Shelton, Todd Barr, Todd Peat, Christian Heyward and Viliami Moala are taking their time making decisions while Antwaun Woods has already made his, to USC, but is going to visit Washington for the Nebraska game.

Shelton has been a heavy Washington lean for a while, but wanted to wait until his older brother gets home from Iraq so he could be part of the decision-making process. He continues to claim he will visit Cal and Oregon, but don't be surprised if those visits don't happen.

Moala and Barr will join Woods in visiting for the Nebraska game September 18th, so they are giving Washington a shot to impress them while Peat and Heyward are players who the Huskies remain in the mix for.

Linebackers - Scott Lawyer (OLB); Matthew Lyons (OLB)

Commits - Lawyer flew under the radar big-time, committing to Washington two or three weeks before it was made public, and he's someone that could see recruiting really pick up once he starts his senior season of football.

Lyons is a beast at linebacker for Dorsey, but at only 200 pounds, he's going to need to add some more muscle and bulk to his frame in order to be a big contributor once he arrives at Washington next summer.

On the hook -

We just spoke to Jalen Jefferson the other day and he said Washington, along with Cal and Boise State, is one of his leaders and he expects to visit them at some point this fall.

Long Beach Poly's Corey Waller could end up playing defensive end in college, but he's currently projected at linebacker and has been a heavy lean to Washington for a while. His visit later this month (September 18th) could end up sealing the deal for him.

Kentrell Brothers who hails from Oklahoma has already visited Washington unofficially this summer and will be out for the Syracuse game next week and could be a player the Huskies pull from a region they don't typically recruit from.

Rahim Cassell is a player from a school (Lakewood) the Huskies have been recruiting hard the past few years and already have a player (Talia Crichton) on their roster.

The Huskies may or may not end up with a true inside linebacker out of this class with the likes of Tim Tucker, Garrett Gilliland and Victor Burnett already on the roster, but if they do decide to offer a middle linebacker, it will likely end up being someone not on the list right now.

Defensive Backs - Kameron Jackson (CB); Joel Willis (CB); Evan Zeger (S)

Commits - Zeger was one of the first commitments to Washington's 2011 class and he was a big-hitter for Skyline (Sammamish, Wa.) last fall, but moved back to Nevada to be closer to an ailing family member.

He could end up being an in-the-box safety or rover, depending upon the scheme or he could add bulk to his frame and play outside linebacker.

Jackson is a physical corner with more quickness than speed, who reminds people of Desmond Trufant when he plays.

Willis a speedy player who could play running back as well, but he's projected to end up at corner and will be a contributor on special teams as well.

On the hook - Washington is still on DeAnthony Thomas, the top-rated corner in the country and will have their chance to 'whoo' him on September 18th when he makes his official visit. Thomas committed to USC, but rumors are that Washington and UCLA will ultimately be the schools vying for his services.

Stefan McClure has had his eye on Washington for a while and will officially visit when Syracuse comes to down on September 11th. He's being courted by schools across the country, but it appears it will be another UCLA/Washington battle in the end.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Marcus Peters both have offers from the Dawgs, but might end up being fall-back players should the Huskies end up with Thomas or McClure.

Locally, Rahmel Dockery and Ellis Henderson are players to watch, but neither appear to be in Washington's plans at this point, although with his return skills, Dockery could be a prospect they offer late in the game (ala James Atoe or Cooper Pelluer).

At safety, James Sample appears to be Washington's best shot at pulling in a top prospect at the position.

He's been to Washington to visit unofficially back in June and almost committed on his trip, but has decided he wants to take some official visits before he decides.

At this point, the Huskies are in the drivers seat, but things can change daily with some recruits, so he's a player they need to keep the heat on as the season progresses.

Kelvin Fisher, George Atkinson and Marquis Lee all have offers from the Dawgs, but none appear to be too interested at this point and time.

Specialists - None committed

On the hook - Jake Van Ginkel, a punter/kicker from Upland, appears to be the only kick getting a look from the Huskies right now, but don't be surprised if a JUCO punter like Scottsdale's Josh Hubner comes into the picture. Top Stories