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UW Football Recruiting: Official Visit Recap 12/15

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Washington played host to five official visitors this past week and emerged with three new commitments. Read on to see who visited and where the Huskies stand as they head into a dead period through the holidays...

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It was a successful week in terms of recruiting for Husky football as they hosted five more official visitors this past week (four on the weekend, plus one midweek visitor) and secured three more public commitments.  Here's who visited:

  • DE DeVante Wilson (JUCO) - It's been a whirlwind of recruiting activity for Wilson in the last week plus.  The Riverside CC prospect joined three of his teammates two Saturdays ago in committing to WSU.  But his commitment was "soft", as he wanted to make two more visits before the JUCO signing period to be sure of his decision.  In order to fit them in, he visited Washington mid-week and left Friday to get a final visit in at Cal.  That last visit was the clincher as he ended up flipping to the Golden Bears, and given his personal situation, you can certainly understand.
  • DL Anthony Fotu (JUCO) - Fotu is finishing up his 2nd year at Laney CC in Oakland and looking to sign this Wednesday when mid-year JUCO signing period begins.  He has offers from a number of schools, including Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Miami (FL), Arizona, TCU, Illinois, Maryland and others.  Mississippi State and Arizona are considered the front-runners along with the Huskies.  Getting the last visit before he decides is big, but word is he may need to take an extra class or two to get into the UW, so that may be a stumbling block.  Here he is in the obligatory Husky uniform picture (along with DeVante Wilson and Hau'oli Kikaha - Fotu is on the right):

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The bro <a href="https://twitter.com/BigDwil_11">@BigDwil_11</a> with Hau&#39;oli Kikaha and Anthony Fotu while on his OV to UDub! <a href="http://t.co/AompXWG4u4">pic.twitter.com/AompXWG4u4</a></p>&mdash; Robert Ortiz (@DraftOrtiz) <a href="https://twitter.com/DraftOrtiz/status/543528093168594944">December 12, 2014</a></blockquote>
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  • LB Kyle Manu - A hard-hitting LB prospect out of Pocatello, ID, Manu committed to the Huskies back in August, flipping from Boise State.  He's remained firm in his pledge and this has been his only official visit as per Petersen's rules for verbal commitments.  Expect Manu to get his first practice reps as a WIL linebacker.  He's wrapping up school early and plans to enroll in March.  Here's Manu along with Chico McClatcher and Mike Neal:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bow down <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UW?src=hash">#UW</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/_MichaelNeal">@_MichaelNeal</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicoMcClatcher">@ChicoMcClatcher</a> <a href="http://t.co/soKjmnrfTT">pic.twitter.com/soKjmnrfTT</a></p>&mdash; Kyler Manu (@buck_freak) <a href="https://twitter.com/buck_freak/status/544541587099770880">December 15, 2014</a></blockquote>
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  • ATH Chico McClatcher - The "Blue Mamba" is an electric playmaker out of Federal Way with explosive acceleration.  He's bulked up over the last year to prepare himself for the college game, and while some might be concerned at his size (he's 5'8"), I'd remind folks that he's of similar stature - or larger - than guys like James Rodgers, Jacquizz Rodgers, Maurice Jones-Drew or Darren Sproles.  Long considered a heavy lean to Washington, he had a lot of work to do in school to get qualified, and there was some thought he might have to go the CC route first.  However he put in the work, got himself qualified and when he cancelled a visit to Boise State to visit Washington this weekend it seemed just a formality until he added himself to the commit list, which he did yesterday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Great support system, great coaches, great  environment. I am blessed to say that I&#39;m committed to University of Washington.. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OKG?src=hash">#OKG</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoDawgs?src=hash">#GoDawgs</a></p>&mdash; ☆CHICO☆ (@ChicoMcClatcher) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicoMcClatcher/status/544237496750448641">December 14, 2014</a></blockquote>
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  • TE Mike Neal - Neal has been a long-time commit for the Huskies, pledging after camping with them at the satellite camp at Redlands CC in June and re-affirming that commitment after an unofficial visit to campus in August.  Neal is a hybrid TE in the mold of a Josh Perkins and will slot in there when he arrives at Washington this summer.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Just thinking about how blessed I am..see my dawgs in 6 months! Seattle✈️CA <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoDawgs?src=hash">#GoDawgs</a> <a href="http://t.co/WFfKrduBjH">pic.twitter.com/WFfKrduBjH</a></p>&mdash; Channel2⃣1⃣ (@_MichaelNeal) <a href="https://twitter.com/_MichaelNeal/status/544271103992922115">December 14, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Washington also got some good news yesterday when JUCO S Ezekiel Turner announced his commitment to Washington, choosing them over Oklahoma.  Turner is the first commitment from the group that visited the weekend of December 5-7, but likely will not be the last.  LB/DE Jusstis Warren had originally intended to announce his decision this past week, but he pushed that out to January 8th.  Doesn't sound like there's anything to worry about however - he's still considered a heavy Husky lean.  LB Tevis Bartlett is also expected to make his decision before the holidays, while DB Austin Joyner visited Boise State this past weekend and is scheduled to visit WSU in late January.

The good news continued this morning as DL Ricky McCoy announced his decision to flip to Washington.  The former Arizona TE commit has been favoring the Huskies for quite some time now, and his decision was expected.  He's scheduled to take his official visit next month.

Also making his decision just moments ago was RB Cameron Scarlett out of Portland, OR.  The 4-star RB has long been considered a Stanford lean and made it official at a ceremony at his school.

Recruiting now enters a Dead Period until January 14th.  This means no in-person contact, but phone calls are OK.  Washington currently is slated to host McCoy, LB commit Ben Burr-Kirven, S prospect Nathan Meadors and WR prospect Xavier Castille the weekend of January 16-18, but I would expect others to add their names to that list as the Huskies look to wrap up their 2015 class.  With 19 known commitments, space is getting limited.  We'll keep you posted as news breaks, and feel free to leave any questions below in the comments.