With the calendar flipping to November the football season is hitting the home stretch, but recruiting is still in full swing. There are two more home games for the Huskies left for hosting official visits, but I would expect quite a few more to happen in December when the coaches can spend more time with the recruits.
Washington currently has 16 known verbal commitments and is likely looking at taking a full - or nearly full - recruiting class this year. The class already displays a lot of balance, with DT the only position not represented yet. Let's take a look at the latest developments:
- ICYMI, DB prospect Quinten Pounds committed to Washington this past Wednesday night, choosing the Huskies over Boise State and Colorado. He reportedly had offers from Utah, WSU and Nevada as well. He's a lanky kid - tall but skinny - but plays very physical. Jamie Uyeyama of Pacific Takes is impressed by him and calls him a "great pick up for the Huskies".
- The Huskies hosted LB Anthony Camargo out of Bishop Amat H.S. in LaPuente, CA for the Arizona State game. Camargo is a terrific student and has offers from most of the Ivy League, and is planning to take official visits next month to Harvard and Yale. His first official visit was to Boise State, and he also claims offers from WSU, Fresno State, Nevada and Utah State. Reading the tea leaves on this one, I'd be surprised if ended up somewhere other than Washington as they provide a high level education at a Power-5 conference school.
- Also visiting was OL James Empey of American Fork H.S. out of American Fork, UT. He was in town with his team to take on Eastside Catholic and stuck around for an official visit. He's an LDS kid that will be taking his mission right away, so whoever gets him will essentially be signing him for their 2017 class. Right now it appears the main competition for him is Utah, with BYU a distant third.
- There were a number of unofficial visitors as well from future classes. From the 2016 class 5-star WR Tyler Vaughns - a teammate of Camargo at Bishop Amat - came up for a visit. He's been a strong USC lean, but it's encouraging that he was willing to head up to Seattle on his own dime and he reportedly had a great visit and is talking about coming up again in Summer for the Rising Stars camp.
- From the 2017 class, Husky commit QB Tate Martell and his brother, WR Tyjon Lindsey also came up for a visit from Bishop Gorman H.S. in Las Vegas, NV. Both are already rated as 4-star prospects. Lindsey is widely expected to end up wherever Martell goes, so there is some extra incentive for the Huskies to keep Martell committed. Looks like Lindsey likes #25...
Go Dawgs, UDUB Huskies. pic.twitter.com/813ZS7iCNO— T-wayne Lindsey (@tyjonlindsey) October 25, 2014
Meanwhile Martell was hoping for a 2nd half comeback:
I need my DAWGS to turn it around this second half! #UDUB— Tate Martell (@tate18martell) October 26, 2014
- There's currently one known official visit scheduled for November - WR Jaylinn Hawkins out of Buena Park H.S. in Buena Park, CA is slated to be here for the UCLA game. Oregon is considered the main competition for him. He's already visited Utah and plans to also take trips to ASU and either Miami (FL) or Cal.
- CB Austin Joyner from Marysville Pilchuck H.S. remains a WSU commit, but will he remain one? He has scheduled an official visit with Washington for early December, and may also visit Boise State.
- LB Claude George - a JC prospect from Hutchinson CC (Kansas) committed to Texas A&M over offers from Washington, ASU, Miami (FL), Illinois, Cincinnati and others. He had earlier de-committed from Miami and was planing to visit Washington, but decided to pull the trigger on the offer from the Aggies.
- Prospects seem to be dimming for the Huskies to land coveted DE Canton Kaumatule out of Punahou H.S. (Honolulu, HI). Word is he's probably not going to make it into Stanford, but it appears that Oregon is his leader with USC rising.
- Better news out of Texas where 4-star RB Chris Warren from Rockwell H.S. appears to be finding Washington more and more to his liking. It's a long way to go and he's planning on making his decision on Signing Day, but the Huskies are doing well for him. If he signs with the Huskies, give a lot of credit to his mom and her family who are from the area.
- While the 2015 class is the main focus for the staff, they've been busy sending out 2016 offers as well. Among the offers to go out this past month was one to 3-star S prospect Taylor Rapp out of Sehome H.S. in Bellingham. He's been racking up offers this month, as Oregon and ASU followed suit. The Husky offer made a big impression on him:
2016 three-star DB Taylor Rapp on his #Washington offer: "Huge. I'm jacked."— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) October 6, 2014
- Another 2016 offer went to WR/LB Curtis Robinson from Santa Ana, CA powerhouse Mater Dei. The Huskies joined Boston College and Duke in extending the early offer. He's indicated interest in visiting this summer. If UCLA offers, they'll be tough to beat.
- Not content with just offering 2016 kids, the staff also recently extended an offer to 2017 recruit Salvon Ahmed out of Juanita H.S. and it made a big impression on him:
That's it for now. We'll keep you posted on any breaking news, and keep your eyes peeled for more recruiting coverage next month as we hit the height of the official visit season.