National Signing Day Open Thread

Welcome to the Chris Petersen Era

NSD has arrived. We'll be tracking all of the Huskies action right here.

Signing Day is here!  Thankfully (mercifully), this is your last open thread celebrating the crazy season that is known as college football recruiting.

Below, we have listed out the known verbal commitments to the University of Washington.  As they fax in their Letters of Intent we will update their status from "Verbal" to "SIGNED".  Check back here early and often and let's keep the dialogue open.

We will have individual articles posted on each signed recruit (to the extent that we were able to prepare for it) and you can find each of them in our Recruiting Hub which can be accessed by clicking here.

Remember, we are a member-driven fan blog.  Your updates in the comments sections, your fanshots, and your fanposts are what enable us to tap into the wisdom of crowds and provide all of this great content FREE of CHARGE!  We are all volunteers and will do our best to keep up with the pace, but don't be shy about bringing news to the forum as it becomes available.

Enjoy the Seahawks parade and National Signing Day!

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Highlights
Brandon Lewis, ATH / DB, Elk Grove, CA - Pleasant Grove HS  ----> SIGNED

5'11"
175 lbs

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 3*
ESPN 3* (76)

Boise St
Air Force
Nevada
  • Brandon was an early commit to Chris Petersen at Boise
  • Missed his 2012 football season with a serious knee injury
  • Was a playmaking RB in high school, but projects as a fundamentally sound CB in college
Drew Sample, TE, Newport, WA - Newport HS ----> SIGNED

6'5"
234 lbs
40: 4.83'
SPARQ: 96.81

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (78)

Boise St
Air Force
Wyoming
USF
+6 more
  • Originally committed to Boise St before taking any other official visits
  • Scouts rave about his athleticism for his size and position
  • Numbers may have been hampered by the run-oriented style of his high school team
  • Known for his toughness and nasty streak, in particular as an open field blocker
K.J. Carta-Samuels, QB, San Jose, CA - Bellarmine Prep ----> SIGNED

6'2"
225 lbs
40: 4.92'
SPARQ: 113.97

Scout 4*
Rivals 4*
ESPN 4* (82)

Vanderbilt
Boise St
Arizona

  • Former Vandy commit before James Franklin was hired at Penn State
  • K.J.'s brother, Austyn, is a former starting college QB at Vanderbilt
  • He is an ESPN 300 member and Tom Luginbill projects him to be a player in the mold of Georgia's Aaron Murray
Naijiel Hale, DB, Bellflower, CA - St John Bosco ----> SIGNED

5'11"
170 lbs

Scout 4*
Rivals 4*
ESPN 4* (78)

Nebraska
Arizona
ASU
WSU
Cal
+ 7 others

  • Originally verballed to Arizona

  • Played little leagues with UW WR John Ross and fellow commit Drew Gardenhire

Dante Pettis, WR, SJ Capistrano, CA - Junipero Serra Catholic ----> SIGNED

6'2"
170 lbs
40: 4.61
SPARQ: 92.19

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (76)

Boise St
Nevada
SDSU
+3 more
  • Cousin to former Boise and current St. Lous Rams WR Austin Pettis
  • His father, Gary, is a former gold glove OF who played in MLB
  • Had a breakout senior season with 50 catches, 11 TDs and two blocked punts
  • Also a basketball athlete, he is currently nursing a sprained ACL and bruised patella which has him sidelined
Will Dissly, TE/DE, Bozeman, MT - Bozeman HS ----> SIGNED

6'4"
240 lbs

Scout 2*
Rivals 2*
ESPN 3* (71)

Boise St
Col St
Idaho
+ 4 more
  • Montana state high school player of the year and first All-State on both offense and defense
  • First Bozeman player to ever become a Parade All-American
  • Caught 12 TDs and recorded 9.5 sacks as a senior TE/DE
  • Versatility could lead to either an offense or defense role in college
Sidney Jones, DB, West Covina, CA - West Covina HS ----> SIGNED
6'1"
170 lbs

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (73)

Utah
SDSU
SJSU
Colorado
Fresno St
+ 3 more

  • Former Utah commit
  • Long, rangy player with a long stride who projects as a CB/S and KR in college
Lavon Washington, DB, Oakland, CA - McClymonds HS ----> SIGNED

5'11"
180 lbs
40: 4.56'
SPARQ: 93.18

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (79)

ASU
Cal
SDSU
SJSU
OSU
  • Made his verbal after just a single official visit during his recruiting process
  • Has an attacking and physical style of play
  • Played WR and S in high school; projects as a S in college
  • Is known for "strong hands" and could be an adept ball hawk
John Turner, OL, Los Angeles, CA - Loyola HS ----> SIGNED

6'5"
270 lbs

Scout 2*
Rivals 2*
ESPN 3* (76)

Cal
Colorado
  • Athletic OT prospect
  • Played DT in high school
  • Demonstrates sound fundamentals on both sides of the ball
  • Was coached at Loyola by former USC assistants Marvin Sanders and Kennedy Polamalu
JoJo McIntosh, DB, West Hills, CA - Chaminade Prep ---> SIGNED

6'2"
180 lbs

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (73)

UCLA
WSU
Boise St
Minnesota
+ 4 more
  • Flipped from UCLA in December after committing originally last August
  • A bigger safety prospect known for his versatility
  • Intends to study Marine Biology / Oceanography
Matt James, OL, Coeur D'Alene, ID - Coeur D'Alene HS ----> SIGNED

6'5"
275 lbs
40: 4.90'

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (78)

Air Force
WSU
ASU
Cal
Utah St
Boise St
+ 5 more
  • Grew 2 inches and 50 lbs in last two years of school (his brother is 6'6" 305)
  • Long arms and big frame allow him to project as an OT in college
  • Is a passionate wrestler on his high school team
  • Academics matter - is focused on a biomedical degree
Darren Gardenhire, DB, Long Beach, CA - Cabrillo HS ----> SIGNED

6'1"
200 lbs

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (75)


Boise St
WSU
Utah
SJSU
Purdue
Colorado
+ 5 more

  • Cousin to current Husky RB Dwayne Washington
  • Previously attended Lakewood HS
  • Has separately verballed to both SJSU and WSU before flipping to UW
  • Among the most active of Husky recruits in social media
  • Projects as a S in college
Greg Gaines, DL, La Habra, CA - La Habra HS ----> SIGNED

6'1"
300 lbs
40: 5.25'
SPARQ: 93.99

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (79)

Boise St
Colorado
Nevada
+ 3 more
  • Legit 300 lb'er who has played varsity since his FR year
  • Saw time in HS as both a fullback and a tailback
  • Formerly committed to Boise St
  • Twice won Freeway League MVP
Tristan Viscaino, K/P, La Verne, CA - Damien HS ----> SIGNED

6'1"
190 lbs

Scout 3*
Rivals 2*
ESPN 3* (75)

WSU
Nevada
  • Rated the #1 rated combo K/P in 2014 by Chris Sailer Kicking
  • Flipped his commitment from WSU
  • Was 1st Team K for the Sierra League in 2013
Jesse Sosebee, OL, Huntington Beach, CA - Edison HS ----> SIGNED

6'5"
303 lbs
40: 5.71'
SPARQ: 63.03

Scout 2*
Rivals 2*
ESPN 3* (77)

Boise St
  • Nicknamed "Boomer"
  • Classic under the radar recruit who originally committed to Petersen and Boise St
  • Classic "mauler" style OL with a mean streak
  • Will need to develop quickness and technique as an OG or OT propsect
Jomon Dotson, RB, American Canyon, CA - American Canyon HS ----> SIGNED

5'10"
170 lbs
40: 4.56'

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (75)

Colorado
Northwestern
Nevada
ASU
Yale
+ 5 more
  • Former Colorado commit
  • Rushed for 2,006 yards and 24 TDs in 2014
  • Named 2nd Team All Napa Conf
  • Running style is characterized by his burst and agility in the open field
Jaylen Johnson, DE, Corona, CA - Centennial ----> SIGNED

6'3"
232 lbs
40: 4.99'

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (79)

Boise St
Oregon
USC
OSU
Notre Dame
+ 5 more

  • Projects as a DE / RE in a 3-4 scheme
  • Saw time as a MLB in high school
  • One of the most highly recruited of UW commits based on total offer sheet
  • Teammates with UW target RB Tre Watson
Kaleb McGary, ATH, Fife, WA - Fife High School ----> SIGNED

6'8"
285 lbs
40: 5.31'

Scout 4*
Rivals 4*
ESPN 3* (75)

Wisconsin
Oregon
Oregon St
USC
WSU
+ 8 others
  • One of the two highest rated players in Washington
  • Nickname is "Big Country"
  • From Fife, McGary's family are die-hard Dawg fans
  • Played DE/TE in school despite projecting as a OT in college
  • Coaches are expected to give McGary a chance to try out some defense in what is likely a redshirt year
Drew Lewis, RB/DB, Sammamish, WA - Eastlake HS ---> SIGNED (First LOI in!)

6'2"
195 lbs

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (74)

ASU
WSU
Boise St
Wyoming
Pitt
  • Projects as a big RB, an enforcer S or an athletic OLB in college
  • Drew's father, Will, played with the Seahawks in the '80s and his brother, Ryan, is at Pitt
  • He has a twin, Troy, who is an accomplished track star
Shane Bowman, DE, Bellevue, WA - Bellevue HS ----> SIGNED

6'3"
240 lbs

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (75)

Boise St
Oregon St
UNLV
+ 6 more
  • Previous Oregon State commit
  • Played both TE and DE at Bellevue
  • Projects as a run-stopping DE in college
Budda Baker, ATH/DB, Bellevue, WA - Bellevue HS ----> SIGNED

175 lbs
40: 4.51'
SPARQ: 110.94

Scout 4*
Rivals 4*
ESPN 4* (83)
ESPN 300

Oregon
Arizona
ASU
Oregon St
Purdue
Notre Dame
Texas A&M
+ everybody

  • First name is Bishard
  • Bellevue was 51-0 during Budda's tenure
  • His #32 is now retired at BHS
  • Was committed to Oregon for a month before re-opening his recruitment
  • Fellow UW commit Shane Bowman was a Bellevue teammate
  • Projects as a 2-way college player as a Safety and Receiver
Aaron Chapman, RB, San Jose, CA - Bellarmine Prep (Verbal - Preferred Walk-on)

6'0"
170 lbs
40: 4.45'

n/a
  • Suffered ACL tears in both his Junior and Senior seasons (same knee)
  • Had committed to coach Strausser and Boise St before following the staff to UW
  • Will likely grayshirt and enroll next January
Morgan Richey, OL, Bellevue, WA - Bellevue HS (Verbal - Preferred Walk-on)

6'5"
275 lbs

Scout 3*
Rivals 3*
ESPN 3* (70)

UCLA
Utah
Col St
Yale
+ 7 more
  • Projects as a straight-ahead run blocking OG
  • Backed up current Husky OL Jake Eldrenkamp and was teammates with Michael Kniep at Bellevue
  • Had been offered as a preferred walk-on at Oregon
Brayden Lenius, WR/TE, West Hills, CA - Chaminade Prep ----> SIGNED
6'5"
195 lbs
Miami
Utah
WSU
Minnesota
+ 2 more
  • Lenius is a  Canadian transfer from a year ago
  • He's the grandson of Eldridge Dickey, a former Oakland Raider who was almost the first black QB in NFL/AFL history (check out Greg Doyel's story)
  • He appears to still be growing and may be destined as an H-back in Petersen's offense
Devin Burleson, OT, Palmdale, CA - Highligh HS ----> SIGNED
6'7"
270 lbs
SDSU

Dots and Other Notes

  • Jamie Bryant, a 2013 OL/DL grayshirt from Tumwater, has signed with Washington
  • Tre Watson, a RB PSA that some had thought may sneak into UW's class, stuck with Cal
  • Max Richmond, a Bellevue High ATH, has committed as a preferred walk-on.  WOOF!
  • Khalil Oliver, a DB PSA targeted by Petersen, signed with Oregon




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