Recruiting never stops it just switches into different phases as the year moves by. Washington now switches into a mode where they look at potential transfers and invited walk-on's to fill out the 105 man roster. This past week the Huskies picked up a couple of walk on linemen from California who had offers from smaller schools.
Ben Teichman is a DL from San Ramon, Ca who had offers from Army and Navy. Ben is 6'1 275 so he isn't exactly what we would call a huge man. That is why he was passed over by the Pac 12. He thinks he isn't finished growing and that he can play at this level.
Ross Dolbec is a 6'5 307 lb OT from Miramonte HS in Orinda, Ca.. Like Teichman he was passed over by the Pac 12 but he did have a walk on offer to Arizona. He is friends with Teichman so they decided to head North together for school. He is definitely a project but he has good size and feet.
Nick Holt is a 6'1 215 lb LB from Seattle Prep. He is a real good athlete who could have accepted offers at Army, Eastern Washington, Portland State, or Montana. He is a real good athlete who also played QB for the Panthers. He is the son of Husky DC Nick Holt.
QB Thomas Vincent from Kings HS in Seattle had the option of accepting a scholarship to Air Force or walking on at Washington. He will help provide much needed depth at the position.
Dick Baird has been a big proponent of building up the Washington walk on program to the level it was back in the days that he was an assistant at Washington. The quality of these extra twenty guys is very important to the health of the program.
Key walk on contributors in 2010 were OT Daniel Kanczugowski, C Greg Christine, P Keil Rasp, LB Brandon Huppert, WR William Chandler, TE Marek Domanski, DE Peter Follmer, TE Evan Hudson, LS Brendan Lopez, RB Cole Sager, and FB Tobias Togi.
Washington would love to find a couple of offensive linemen between now and next fall. That isn't the easiest thing to do but consider that Matt Rogers arrived at Washington via that route from Iowa so it is possible. You never know what may be floating around out there.
One transfer who will be looking at UW in coming weeks is former Michigan QB Tate Forcier who happens to be a pupil of QB guru Steve Clarkson. He is also looking at Arizona, Kansas State, Miami and Montana. If he transfers to a BCS school chances are that he will have to sit out a year.
Forcier was the starting Michigan QB as a true frosh in 2009. In 2010 he was beaten out by Denard Robinson and played sparingly as a back up. He was academically ineligible for the bowl game and decided to transfer.
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Duff who is the former bassist for Gun's and Rose's is a huge football fan and his nephew Dexter Charles is going to be playing at UW next year.
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