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Bios of Washington football signees


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Budda Baker, S

5-10, 180, Bellevue HS

Figures to vie for a starting job at safety immediately at UW. “The second we got here, (Baker was) all we heard about,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “He’s a fabulous player. … We need him on defense in the worst way right now.” … Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff: “In the secondary, he could shut down half a field for us. He was so instinctive. He could get to footballs that no average kid could get to.”

Shane Bowman, DL

6-4, 250, Bellevue HS

Three-star recruit had been committed to Oregon State before flipping to UW. ... One of six in-state recruits to sign with the Huskies. ... Petersen: “He’s a blue-collar tough guy, and that’s exactly what we need on the defensive line.” … Goncharoff: “He’s relentless. He plays hard every single snap … and he’s one of the strongest kids we’ve ever had.”

Jaimie Bryant, DT

6-5, 300, Tumwater HS

One of the first recruits to commit to UW’s Class of 2013 before UW’s previous coaching staff asked him to grayshirt and delay his enrollment. ... Gained 60 pounds over the past year at the urging of UW’s previous coaches, but plans to lose about 15 before enrolling at UW in March.

Devin Burleson, OL

6-7, 260, Highland HS, Palmdale, Calif.

Had been committed to San Diego State. … Burleson is a more accomplished basketball player. Some basketball recruiting sites list him at 6 feet 9. … Attended six high schools, according to The Los Angeles Times.

K.J. Carta-Samuels, QB

6-2, 227, Bellarmine Prep, Saratoga, Calif.

Lone quarterback to sign with UW. … Had a long-standing commitment to Vanderbilt, where his brother, Austyn, was the starting QB last season, before coach James Franklin left for Penn State. … The first of four four-star recruits (Baker, Bowman and Naijiel Hale) to commit to UW. … Petersen: “I’ve known about him for a long time, but he was committed to Vanderbilt forever. And then when these crazy coaches decide to change jobs, it just blows everything up (smiles).”

Will Dissly, DE

6-4, 250, Bozeman (Mont.) HS

Former Boise State commit was state player of year. ... Petersen: “Great kid. ... A really good student. He could be a tight end; he’s really athletic, but we’ll start him on defense and see how it goes.”

Jomon Dotson, RB

5-11, 175, American Canyon (Calif.) HS

Three-star recruit switched his commitment from Colorado to UW same day Carta-Samuels pledged to UW. … Rushed for 2,004 yards and 26 touchdowns, following a school-record 2,148 yards rushing as a junior.

Greg Gaines, DL

6-1, 305, La Habra (Calif.) HS

One of six former Boise State commits to follow Petersen to UW. … Ranked by ESPN as the No. 42 recruit in California and the No. 44 defensive tackle in the country.

Darren Gardenhire, CB

6-0, 180, Cabrillo HS, Long Beach, Calif.

Played wide receiver, safety, punter and returned kicks and punts. ... Petersen said Gardenhire could probably play corner or safety.

Naijiel Hale, CB

5-11, 180, St. John Bosco HS, Lakewood, Calif.

Four-star recruit was perhaps biggest surprise in UW’s efforts, after he broke off his longstanding commitment to Arizona. Son of the late rapper Nate Dogg. Petersen: “Tremendous competitor. A really tough guy who plays with a chip on his shoulder.”

Matt James, OL

6-5, 270, Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) HS

League player of the year, standout wrestler. … Had a 4.0 GPA and has been a volunteer firefighter. … Petersen: “You want to talk about another OKG (our kind of guy) — I was dying to get him (to Boise) when we were over there.”

Jaylen Johnson, DE

6-3, 245, Centennial HS, Corona, Calif.

CIF Southern Section Inland Division defensive player of the year. ... Rated as nation’s No. 43 defensive end by Scout. … Petersen: “We may have been on him longer than anybody on this list. Awesome player. “

Sidney Jones, CB

6-1, 170, West Covina HS, Diamond Bar, Calif.

Former Utah commit was league defensive player of the year as a senior. ... Played wide receiver, running back, cornerback, free safety and also returned kicks and punts.

Brayden Lenius, WR

6-5, 220, West Covina HS, Diamond Bar, Calif.

A first-team All-CIF Southern Section Western Division pick in 2013, his lone season of football in the U.S. ... Had 26 catches for 615 yards and six touchdowns as a senior despite missing the first five games of the season due to transfer rules.

Brandon Lewis, CB

5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS, Rancho Murieta, Calif.

Played just six games as a senior because of injury, but still had eight touchdowns and 444 yards on 39 carries as a running back.

Drew Lewis, S

6-2, 200, Eastlake HS, Sammamish

Only linebacker in class. … Petersen: “Very athletic. He’s probably a safety, but we like to start with a bunch of athleticism at that linebacker position.”

Kaleb McGary, DL

6-7, 285, Fife HS

A four-star recruit, the state’s No. 2-ranked recruit, behind Baker. … Rated No. 27 offensive tackle by Scout. … Peter­sen said McGary will first “test the waters” on defense, because that’s where McGary’s most comfortable. … Petersen: “He may be that big-time defensive end, he may be an inside guy, he may be an unbelievable left tackle — I just know he’s something: a football player.”

Jojo McIntosh, S

6-1, 195, Chaminade Prep, Canyon Country, Calif.

A first-team all-CIF Southern Section Western Division selection. Petersen: “One of my favorite guys. He was in our (Boise) camp.”

Dante Pettis, WR

6-1, 175, Junipero Serra HS, San Clemente, Calif.

Petersen said Dante’s cousin, former Boise State star Austin Pettis “was maybe the best receiver that I’ve ever been around. And when I wanted (Dante’s) tape, I was trying not to project Austin onto Dante, but there’s a lot of similarities.”

Drew Sample, TE

6-5, 235, Newport HS, Bellevue

First-team All-KingCo selection as a junior and senior. Had 21 catches for 496 yards and 11 touchdowns in three years.

Jesse Sosebee, OL

6-6, 300, Edison HS, Garden Grove, Calif.

First-team All-CIF Southern Section Southwest Division and Sunset League offensive lineman of the year.

John Turner, OL

6-4, 275, Loyola HS, Los Angeles

Two-year starter on both lines. … Petersen: “He may play guard, may play center. He was a quarterback three years ago, so he’s got a little bit of athleticism in him.”

Tristan Vizcaino, K

6-2, 195, Damien HS, Chino Hills, Calif.

Ranked No. 1 combo kicker/punter and given a five-star rating by Chris Sailer Kicking, where he was named camp champion in August 2013. … Converted 15 of 21 field-goal attempts with a long of 47 yards in three seasons.

Lavon Washington, S

5-11, 180, McClymonds HS, Oakland, Calif.

Played wide receiver and defensive back. … Petersen: “He was a guy who was committed here for a long time and stuck to his commitment.”

Adam Jude



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