Bios of the players who signed letters of intent Wednesday to play football for the Huskies
Kalei Auelua, DE/LB
6-1, 227, Honolulu
St. Louis HS
Had 15 sacks playing for Hawaiian powerhouse. ... Committed to UW last summer and was in Washington's camp. ... Due to an injury, might enroll late as a "grayshirt," meaning he wouldn't be part of team until 2013. UW coach Steve Sarkisian: "He's a great pass rusher. Not the biggest of guys but resembles a Hau'oli Jamora type. Great work ethic, real technician."
Josh Banks, DT
6-3, 274, Stockton, Calif.
San Joaquin Delta JC
One of just two JC players in the class. ... Also considered Oregon State and Iowa State. ... Defensive MVP of the Valley Conference. ... Sarkisian: "He's a guy who can come in and fill an immediate need from a pass-rushing standpoint. Great first step, good hands, a guy we're expecting to have an immediate impact."
Brandon Beaver, CB
6-0, 176, Long Beach, Calif.
Played in the U.S. Army All-American game. ... Also considered California and Utah but had been a silent commit to UW for a few weeks before announcing on Signing Day. ... Four interceptions, 38 tackles as a senior.
Shane Brostek, OL
6-3, 283, Kamuela, Hawaii
Son of former UW center Bern Brostek, who played from 1986-89. ... Was almost invisible during recruiting, doing few interviews. Final choice appeared to come down to UW and Oregon. ... Rated No. 71 guard in the nation by Scout.com. Sarkisian: "Getting Shane was a big get for us. Tremendous work ethic. I think from a physical and mental standpoint, he can come in and contribute early. Physically, Bern has worked him extremely well in the weight room. He's prepared himself mentally for this."
Travis Coons, K
6-2, 205, Alta Loma, Calif.
Mt. San Antonio College
Originally committed to San Diego State but gave a recent commitment to UW, citing desire to play in Pac-12. ... Expected to compete to replace Erik Folk. Also can punt and kick off. ... Sarkisian: "Tremendous leg strength, really bombs kickoffs, which is key. Travis will have a big impact on us early."
Nathan Dean, OL
6-5, 274, Kirkland
One of the earliest commits to class, a three-year starter at Juanita. ... Seattle Times red-chip selection. Played in the Semper Fidelis All-Star game in Phoenix in January. ... Sarkisian: "Tremendous kid. Tremendous work ethic. He's got the right mindset. He's physical. He's got that nasty streak to him."
Korey Durkee, P
6-3, 215, Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor HS
Averaged 45.9 yards per punt last year at Gig Harbor and was named an all-state pick by The Times. ... Expected to step right in at punter to replace Kiel Rasp and Will Mahan. A teammate of Austin Seferian-Jenkins at Gig Harbor. ... Sarkisian: "He punts and kicks. Has the accuracy from a kicking standpoint to do PATs, shorter field goals but also has the punting aspect of it."
Jake Eldrenkamp, OL
6-5, 295, Bellevue
Committed to UW last week after also seriously considering Washington State. ... Won 3A state title all four years at Bellevue. ... Sarkisian: "What I thought was cool about Jake is you look at the best games he played, they were against his toughest opponents. That made it very clear to me that this guy belonged at the University of Washington. Tackle-type body, but also has the athleticism to play inside at the center spot."
Cory English, OL
6-3, 285, Auburn
A teammate of current Husky Danny Shelton at Auburn. ... Seriously considered Oregon State. ... Seattle Times red chip. ... Sarkisian: "What I like about Cory is the versatility, the strength. More than likely an inside guy, but has that nasty streak that you like, that physicality that you like."
Taylor Hindy, OL
6-4, 295, West Hills, Calif.
A Signing Day surprise — there had been no publicity that he was committing to the Huskies until his signing was announced. ... Named Mission League Co-Most Valuable Lineman as a senior. ... Sarkisian: "Probably the sleeper of the group. Kind of tried to let him fly under the radar as best we could, and we were able to do that. He was committed to another school here at the end, but we made it work. We knew we wanted to take him for a few weeks now."
Jeff Lindquist, QB
6-3, 234, Mercer Island
Mercer Island HS
Committed to UW last April after seriously considering Stanford. ... He was 141 of 255 passing at Mercer Island as a senior for 1,908 yards and 22 TDs. Also rushed for 826 yards and 12 touchdowns. ... Sarkisian: "He's got all the physical tools — the arm strength, the smarts. It's just going to be a matter of transitioning that to college football. Love what he brings to the table. Just what a special person. He's a great human being. Love everything about him."
Cory Littleton, LB
6-4, 218, Spring Valley, Calif.
Mount Miguel HS
Also had offers from UCLA and WSU before committing to UW last fall. ... First-team All-CIF San Diego Section as a junior and senior. ... Sarkisian: "I believe he has the frame to grow into a 230-, 240-pounder. Fired up about getting Cory."
Ryan McDaniel, LB
6-0, 225, Torrance, Calif.
Missed most of the season after suffering a knee injury in the second game. Will enroll for the spring to continue the rehab process. ... Also a standout running back who rushed for 1,168 yards as a junior. Said Sarkisian: "He's similar to what Donald Butler was here early in his career."
Jaydon Mickens, WR
5-11, 175, Los Angeles
Committed to UW in a publicized announcement Tuesday after considering Oklahoma State. ... Committed at one point to USC, before mutual agreement to go separate ways. ... Played QB, RB and WR in high school. Sarkisian: "Electric player. One of the keys for us at this wideout position was to get faster. We obviously did with Jaydon. The ability to stretch the field with Jaydon is huge."
Cyler Miles, QB
6-4, 218, Denver
Committed to UW last spring, then reconsidered after offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left and was subject of furious Signing Day battle with USC. Reaffirmed commitment to UW on Wednesday and signed in the afternoon, the last letter to arrive. ... Played in the U.S. Army All-American Game, throwing a TD pass and running for another. ... Sarkisian says Miles will compete with Lindquist and redshirt freshman Derrick Brown for backup spot behind Keith Price: "We are going to push them both to compete for that backup job. That process begins tomorrow."
Blake Rodgers, LB
6-2, 215, Coto de Caza, Calif.
Had 103 tackles, 13 ½ for a loss and eight sacks as a senior. ... Also played running back. ... Had an offer from Air Force. ... Sarkisian: "He's a true inside linebacker type. Very bright, a running back, sees the game from both sides, offense and defense."
Kendyl Taylor, WR
5-10, 196, Chandler, Ariz.
Named Arizona's Division I Player of the Year by Rivals.com and fourth-best player in the state by The Arizona Republic. ... Younger brother of former ASU receiver Kerry Taylor. ... Caught 87 passes for 1,132 yards and 16 TDs as a senior and also rushed for 558 yards. ... Sarkisian: "Very versatile kid. Comes from a program that's used to winning. Just a tremendous kid. Great kid, great parents, love him to death."
Shaq Thompson, S
6-2, 215, Sacramento
One of the most highly-rated UW recruits in years, generally considered the No. 1 safety in the county. ... One of six finalists for U.S. Army National Player of the Year award. ... Made a January commitment to California, where brother Syd'Quan played, then changed mind, committing to UW on Monday. ... Sarkisian: "He's got tremendous work ethic, he's an excellent leader. He's not afraid to put his face on anybody coming across the middle of the field. He's a very intimidating figure back there and couldn't be more fired up to have Shaq as part of our program."
Damion Turpin, DE
6-2, 265, Compton, Calif.
Was committed to UCLA before the change in coaches there. ... Had 48 tackles and eight sacks as a senior. ... Sarkisian: "He's kind of a tweener. Could play a defensive end/inside guy. His recruiting kind of opened back up and we got in on him."
Pio Vatuvei, DE
6-3, 272, Patterson, Calif.
A surprise signee early Wednesday, had been committed to USC. ... Rated the No. 23 prospect in California by Rivals.com. ... Also had offers from Cal and Utah. ... Sarkisian: "Kind of knocked him into the boat at 12:30 last night. Great relationship with the kid. He's a special talent, 6-3, 270 pounds, an athlete that can come in and do some things right off the bat."
Cleveland Wallace, CB
5-11, 165, San Jose, Calif.
Oak Grove HS
Was committed to Oregon State before changing his mind after Huskies hired away Beavers defensive-backs coach Keith Heyward. ... Also played running back, receiver and punter. ... Had 54 tackles and five interceptions as a senior. ... Sarkisian: "A very versatile kid. Trying to raise our football IQ on the defensive side of the ball, and I think that kid does it."
Darien Washington, DB
5-10, 165, Norwalk, Calif.
Orange Lutheran HS
Also considered Colorado but committed early to UW. ... A 6-4 high jumper as well as a long and triple jumper. ... Sarkisian: "He's a hybrid, a kid who can play corner, can play safety, plays very physical, can cover. Fills a lot of those needs for us now as we see more and more spread offenses."
Dwayne Washington, WR
6-1, 205, Lakewood, Calif.
Caught 66 passes for 1,338 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior and had 100 or more yards in nine of 10 games. ... Also had offers from Colorado and Utah. ... Sarkisian: "A big-play guy. A very physical guy, 6-1, 205, gonna get bigger. Love what he brings to the table. He's had a tremendous career at Gahr. We're expecting big things out of him."
Erich Wilson II, RB
6-1, 190, East Palo Alto, Calif.
Rushed for 2,106 yards to set a school record at a school with a rich athletic tradition (alums include Lynn Swann and Tom Brady). ... Also had 33 touchdowns and averaged 9.3 yards per carry. ... Named San Mateo County Player of the Year by The San Jose Mercury News. ... Sarkisian: "Just a tremendous player. I think he's really going to step in and help us in a lot of different factors, maybe not just on offense but on special teams as well."
Psalm Wooching, FB
6-3, 217, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
A one-time commit to UCLA who reconsidered after Bruins' coaching change. ... Played linebacker and running back, rushing for 815 yards and 15 touchdowns. ... Expected to play a fullback/H-back type role. ... Sarkisian: "This is a guy who can run the football, he catches the football very well, he can line up all over the field. He's got a very tough mentality about him."