Holiday Recruiting Primer - Part One

Washington currently has eighteen verbal commitments. Word on the street is the Huskies will sign between 25-28 new players in February. Doing the simple math that means they have 7-10 more scholarships available and the following is a good guess on where those scholarships are going to be allocated.

Quarterback....(0-1) The Huskies already have a verbal from Joseph Gray but they recently offered Michael Eubanks and they could be taking another look at Nick Sherry who de-committed from Colorado recently. The consensus thought going around out there is that the Huskies want one more in this class.

Running Back....(1) It is either Bishop Sankey or Plan B and I didn't see Sankey visit last weekend when it was mostly a gathering of local commits. Keep an eye on California for some new names. The Huskies aren't going to come up snake eyes at this position even though it seems to be well stocked. You need at least one every year.

Update: Sankey will visit UW in January.

Receiver....(0-1) Marvin Hall from Dorsey is going to visit in January and he is a good bet to commit since UW is his current leader and he has a couple of friends already headed this direction. Hall could be a very dangerous punt return guy and the last time I looked we were lacking in that department.

Tight End....(0) I don't see UW taking another TE in this class even though you can argue that there is a need despite the verbal of ASJ.

Offensive Line...(2) Ryan Nowicki and Akeem Gonzalez are high on the list. Cyrus Hobbi may visit and Dontae Levingston who has a lot of friends on the current team visited earlier this fall. The Huskies will be looking at a couple of JC candidates this month.

Update: Dontae Levingston is headed to SMU

Defensive Tackle....(1-2) Danny Shelton says Oregon leads at this point but it probably comes down to what his mom thinks is best. Viliami Moala would be a great beast on the defensive line. It would be nice for him to take over for Ta'amu when he moves on. USC, CAL, UW, ASU, and OSU are all in on him. Most think it will be Cal or USC. JC DT Uriah Grant is visiting this weekend.

Defensive End....(1) Greg Townsend would be a great get for Washington but they need to fight off TCU, Oregon, and UCLA for his services. The Huskies wouldn't mind finding a JC to plug in to the overall picture either. Expect a few more names to pop up once official visits are announced.

Linebacker....(1) Thomas Tutogi says he will decide between USC and Washington this week. This would be a big get for Washington because they would be bringing in a guy that can compete for a starting job this spring. Not sure where Washington will turn if they don't get him. Leilon Willingham (no relation) visited UW earlier in the year and is still interested.

Update: Thomas Tutogi has committed to Washington

Cornerback...(1) With Kameron Jackson and Joel Willis taking visits at this point the Huskies are continuing to look at players to hedge their bet. Stefan McClure is the top guy left on the board and he visited UW earlier this year. The highly rated corner would be a great pick up. The Huskies are also looking at a couple of JC DB's.

Safety....(1) James Sample is high on UW and most expect him to commit. Marqis Lee visited Oregon during the season. It will be interesting to see if UW can get a visit out of him. Patrick Onwuasor is another kid who says he would like to visit in January. JC Antavius Sims is being recruited as a safety by Washington. No offer yet. It would be great to add his talent to the return game. JC Aaron Garbutt is visiting this weekend. He is a kid that could play S or CB.

Specialties....(0) Mike Lansford's son Chase is on the recruiting radar but he does not have a UW offer. Washington return all its kickers next season so it really isn't a big need at this point.

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