Recapping the weekend in Recruiting

JoJo Mathis commits to the UW - US Army All-American Bowl

There was a lot of recruiting action this weekend with the 3 High School All-American games, and plenty of Husky commits and targets were involved. It ended up being a 2 steps forward, 1 step back deal in terms of commits, but there's also rumblings of a "mystery recruit" slated to make his decision public later today.

Last week I previewed the High School All-American games and the Husky targets involved. I thought I'd follow-up with some reactions to those games and the news that came out from the weekend:

  • John Ross - a stud WR prospect - committed to the UW on Friday at the Semper Fi game. He showed off his terrific athleticism in the game and profiles as a guy that could make an immediate impact in the return game. Greg Biggins and the Scout.com team were very impressed with him and expect his ranking to move up considerably.
  • Joe Mathis - an impact guy at DE, DT or even LB - committed to the UW on Saturday at the Army game. He's a high-level prospect with good speed, tenacity and the nasty you like on the field. Early academic troubles caused other schools to back off, but the UW stayed on him and now the reports are he's on track to qualify. He's the kind of stud recruit in SoCal Sark needs to be able to steal away from USC & UCLA in order to compete at the top of the conference.
  • Sean Harlow - a top OL prospect - flipped to Oregon State. Not a shocker given recent reports, but disappointing. With Brayden Kearsley also strongly leaning towards the Beavers, Mike Riley is taking a big bite out of the UW OL recruiting efforts.

As for current commits at the Semper Fi game, Elijah Qualls & Darrell Daniels joined Ross in making big impressions in the Semper Fi game. Dane Crane continued to impress ($) as well as battle Qualls for the title of best recruiter. Speaking of Falah, he impressed ($) coach Randy Taylor with his athleticism and potential, but the other Scout.com guys had a different view. I continue to think the Huskies have a good shot at flipping him before Signing Day.

Update edit: Bob Condotta linked to a highlight clip in his blog. Darrell Daniels (#14), John Ross (#21) and Elijah Qualls (#31) are featured:

Also, here's the view from 247Sports on the top performers in the game.

At the Army game, Eddie Vanderdoes was beastly and remains the top target of Tosh Lupoi. His decision will likely come at Signing Day, and the UW faces stiff competition for his signature.

In other news, the UW announced two early enrollees: Troy Williams and Trevor Walker are already enrolled and will be present for Spring practices. Depending on how the 2012 numbers shook out, they may be able to be counted backwards to that class which would free up more room for 2013 enrollees.

The other side of the numbers equation is the overall roster numbers, and that news release also included the beginning of what will likely be significant attrition this off-season, as James Sample and Blake Rodgers are officially transferring out of the program. Best of luck to both as they look to continue their football careers elsewhere.

As for the "mystery commit" - there have been rumors over the past week of another commitment on the way, with the announcement supposedly happening some time today. Current UW walk-on commit Ryan Turman has been all over it on his Twitter account (though he's deleted most of them related to it). Also of note that Turman is good buds with Myles Jack and will be officially visiting on the same weekend as him, and continues to work his buddy hard to flip to the Huskies.

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