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Recruiting Update - 11/9/12

It's been a while since we've talked recruiting, and with a number of official visitors expected this weekend, it's time to check in with how recruiting is going for the Huskies.

4-star Safety prospect Max Redfield
4-star Safety prospect Max Redfield

Things have been fairly quiet on the recruiting front lately - there have been no new commits since the season started, and there were no known official visitors at the last home game vs. Oregon State. The staff was reportedly concerned that they wouldn't be able to spend as much time with recruits as they'd like given the late start time. That's not the case this weekend, as there are a number of guys expected to visit officially despite another 7:30 start time - apparently the staff wants to get some of these guys up now to see a game in person.

Here's the list from of who is expected:

Visit list for the weekend of November 9th-11th

Let's take a look at each:

  • Max Redfield - Redfield is a 4-star S prospect out of Mission Viejo, CA. He recently decommitted from USC after a visit to Notre Dame last month opened his eyes. The current thinking is that Notre Dame may lead for him, with Oregon a strong contender too along with USC.
  • Kylie Fitts - Fitts is a bit of a surprise visitor, as he's been committed to USC since back in April, calling it his "dream school". He's from Redlands East Valley H.S. which has been a bit of a pipeline recently for the UW, sending Ronnie Fouch, Marquis Persley, Chris Polk and Andrew Hudson our way. He sounded like a lock to USC earlier, so this might be nothing more than him enjoying a free trip, with with Tosh around, you never know - UW could jump into the picture. He's a 4-star DE.
  • Daeshon Hall - Hall was part of the St. Tosh day group that committed this summer during the UW Rising Stars camp. He ended up back in Texas to finish up his H.S. career, and while he's visited WSU already and is considering other visits, the expectation is that his family up here is enough of a draw that he's very likely to stick with his commitment, though SEC schools like Texas A&M and LSU could tempt him. He was supposed to bring along his teammate DeMarcus Ayers, a WSU commit, but Ayers reportedly won't be coming after all. Hall had taken his trip to WSU with Ayers, with the agreement that Ayers would come along with Hall to the UW, but Ayers appears to have backed out of that plan. Hall is a 4-star DE.
  • Sean Harlow - Harlow is taking his official visit this weekend, the 2nd time he's been here during the season (he took an unofficial visit up here to see the USC game). Harlow is officially listed as a "soft commit" to the UW since he's taking official visits elsewhere - he's already been to Wisconsin, and after this weekend has trips planned to Boise State and Oregon State. The thought is that he's pretty solid to the UW, especially with his teammate and fellow Husky commit Dane Crane in his ear. Harlow is a 3-star OG.
  • Austin Hooper - There were rumors (unconfirmed) that Hooper was one of the kids that visited unofficially for the USC game; if true, that would indicate his interest level in the Huskies is pretty high, and this would make his 3rd visit here (he took an unofficial visit in the summer). Washington appears to be his first official visit, and it would appear the Huskies are in very good shape for the 3-star DE/TE prospect. Stanford is thought to be the main competition for him.
  • Lowell Lotuleilei - If the name looks familiar, it's because he is indeed the younger brother of Utah's stud DT Star Lotuleilei. It's probably no coincidence he's visiting this weekend with his brother in town for the game. Utah is considered the front-runner for him, and this may be nothing more than a courtesy visit by him, but again - Tosh has a knack for connecting with kids, and you never know. It's his first official visit which also is often a plus (you generally want either the first or the last official visit for a kid). He's considered a 3-star DT.
  • Pierre Cormier - Cormier is another kid committed elsewhere who is checking out the Huskies this weekend. The explosive RB is currently committed to Arizona, but is planning to also visit Nebraska and Oregon State. He sounds solid to the Wildcats, but you never know. The chilly weather this weekend will certainly be something different for the San Diego native. He's a 3-star recruit.
  • Trevor Walker - An early commit to WSU, this Texas S prospect saw his recruitment subsequently blow up with over 20 offers and he backed-off that commitment. He reportedly has visited Boise State and Purdue already along with an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State. It's hard to get a good read on his recruitment yet - I have to wonder if he has family somewhere in the PNW given his interest in WSU, Boise St. and now a visit to the UW. He's a 3-star prospect.

It appeared that uber-DT prospect Eddie Vanderdoes (another USC commit) would also be visiting this weekend, but that trip has been pushed back until after his H.S. ends (his team is in the playoffs) so he can spend more time here. Of course this list could change at the last minute as plans are finalized; there are rumors of possible additional visitors, including other kids that are committed elsewhere. Coaching staffs often like to keep those visits hush-hush so as to not tip off the school they are committed to. I would also expect the usual group of local kids to visit, including the crew from Bellevue (Sean Constantine, Myles Jack and Budda Baker) and Devante Downs, a 2014 prospect from Federal Way. The rumor mill continues to suggest that the UW is doing well with Jack, though he still is committed publicly to UCLA.

We'll keep you posted if anything newsworthy regarding recruiting pops up over the weekend.