Huskies sitting pretty heading into the final weekend of recruiting season
Washington still is in the running for some key players with football's signing day less than a week away.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The mad dash that is the last week of the recruiting season is sure to yield a surprise or two for the Washington Huskies.
Even if the Huskies stand pat with the recruits they already have, recruiting analysts say UW is on track to sign one of its best classes in recent years when the letter-of-intent signing period begins Wednesday.
Washington has 21 commitments for the Class of 2013, including two who are already enrolled (safety Trevor Walker and quarterback Troy Williams). It's a group that Scout.com rates 11th in the country and Rivals.com rates 14th.
Those rankings could shift a little bit in either direction with a handful of the top-ranked recruits still undecided, a few of whom are considering UW.
Most notable of the touted recruits still considering Washington are two who will be visiting this weekend — twins Tyree and Tyrell Robinson of Lincoln High in San Diego.
Each also is regarded as a legitimate Division I basketball player with aspirations of playing both sports in college. Tyree is 6 feet 4, 180 pounds and generally considered a receiver, while Tyrell is 6-3, 210 and is listed as an outside linebacker. They committed to Oregon, but decided to reconsider their options after coach Chip Kelly left for the Philadelphia Eagles.
If UW can sway the two, it would give the Huskies a notable last-minute recruiting victory against the Ducks and also add to an impressive array of skill-position recruits.
The Huskies already have commitments from three receivers regarded as among the top six on the West Coast.
Washington also is still in the running for Bellevue High linebacker Myles Jack, who is committed to UCLA but took a visit to Washington last week and also might be considering Georgia (where he grew up); defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes of Auburn, Calif., long a commitment to USC before reopening his recruiting; and offensive lineman Nico Falah of Bellflower, Calif., also a USC commitment before reopening. Each might wait until signing day to decide.
The Huskies also are expected to get a visit this weekend from linebacker Keishawn Bierria of Harbor City, Calif., who also is considering Oregon State.
Washington will have to sweat it out for the services of defensive end Daeshon Hall of Lancaster, Texas. A former Seattle resident, Hall committed to UW last summer but is said now to be also seriously considering Texas A&M and is scheduled to announce on signing day.
Regardless of what the players still making decisions decide to do, however, analysts say the Huskies have put together a solid group.
Adam Gorney, a West Coast recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, said UW has "done a tremendous job" of adding talent at just about every spot, but especially on defense and the offensive skill positions.
Williams, regarded as the best quarterback prospect in the Los Angeles area, is a significant addition, Gorney said, as are receivers Darrell Daniels, John Ross and Demore'ea Stringfellow.
Defensively, Hall and tackle Elijah Qualls of Petaluma, Calif., highlight a line group considered by many as among the best in the country, while the secondary got a boost from the recent commitment of defensive back Jermaine Kelly of Los Angeles, who turned down UCLA.
"I think this class across the board, there are a lot of skill-position players who don't have to wait a few years to see the field," Gorney said. "They are big kids who look like college kids already."
The Huskies have commitments from just five players from the state of Washington, which recruiting analysts say is due in part to the fact that there was not the depth of talent in the state this year as in recent classes.
The Huskies would likely add just one more in-state player if Jack decides on UW.
The five in-state players who have committed are defensive tackle Jaimie Bryant of Tumwater, defensive tackle Andrew Basham of Lynnwood, kicker Cameron Van Winkle of Mount Si, linebacker Sean Constantine of Bellevue and tight end David Ajamu of Shelton.
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