Huskies win one, but lose another in recruiting game
California defensive end commits again, but offensive lineman opts out
Seattle Times staff reporter
The recruiting wheels continued to turn for the Washington Huskies on Saturday as they got one commitment on national television, but lost another one away from the spotlight.
Committing to the Huskies during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl was defensive end Joe Mathis of Upland, Calif.
However, later in the day, it was reported that UW had lost a commitment from offensive lineman Sean Harlow of San Clemente, Calif. Harlow wrote on his Twitter page, and it also was reported by others, that he will now sign with Oregon State.
Mathis was one of six players who made their commitments during the game, which was nationally televised on NBC, and the only one who was considering UW. Surrounded by his family and standing in front of a table that featured hats of UW, UCLA, USC and Alabama, Mathis first feigned toward the USC hat before picking up a Washington cap.
Asked why he was picking UW, Mathis said it felt like "family there. I get along with the players, get along with the coaches."
Rivals.com national recruiting coordinator Mike Farrell called it "a great pickup for Washington" and noted that this is another one that can be credited in part to the presence of defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, and that Mathis could be an end or a linebacker in UW's system.
According to Scout.com, Mathis had offers from every Pac-12 school except Stanford as well as Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame, to name a few.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder is rated four stars by Scout.com and the No. 15 defensive end — an obvious position of need for the Huskies — and four stars and No. 11 at his position by Rivals.com.
His commitment ends a long courtship with the Huskies. He initially committed to UW in October 2011, then decided a little later to reopen his commitment, though he has taken official visits only to Utah and UW. He visited Washington early last month.
Mathis was the only UW commit who played in the game, though a few others who have taken or will take trips to UW also were in the game. Included in that group are Bellevue linebacker Myles Jack, defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes of Auburn, Calif., safety Jalen Ramsey of Brentwood, Tenn., and OL Nico Falah of Bellflower, Calif.
None of them, however, announced their intentions during the game, which was won by the East 15-8.
UW has 21 known public commits for its Class of 2013. Mathis is the third listed as a defensive end, joining Daeshon Hall of Lancaster, Texas, and Marcus Farria of Peoira, Ariz.
The decommitment of Harlow, however, leaves UW with just two commits from players listed as offensive linemen — center Dane Crane of Santa Margarita, Calif., and guard Andrew Kirkland of Portland.
Commitments are nonbinding until letters of intent are signed. The LOI period begins Feb. 6.
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