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UPDATED 2/4: Washington Recruiting News and Rumors Thread

Our last pre-signing day update to the recruiting thread.

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Editor's Note:  This is Recruiting Rumors Open Thread #5.  Previous threads can be access via the Recruiting News and Rumors Storystream.  A new thread will be opened on signing day, this Wednesday.

  • The top recruit in the state of Washington, Budda Baker, has committed to UW live on King 5 TV.

  • Big news today, as the #2 prospect in the state - Kaleb McGary - has announced he'll be staying home to play for his childhood favorite Washington Huskies per Marshall Cherrington.
  • Huge pickup as the Huskies and Chris Petersen have flipped Naijel Hale, a stud DB out of St. John Bosco, from Arizona.  Rumor has it that Rich Rodriguez threatened to pull Hale's offer if he took an OV.  Hale did take that visit and RichRod carried through on his threat.  Some feel that Hale may have already had his mind made up at that point and, in fact, has been lobbying fellow DB recruit Budda Baker to follow suit.
  • Drew Lewis firmed up his commitment to Washington and Coach Petersen
  • In what could be the first of multiple commits tonight, Greg Biggins is reporting that ATH Sidney Jones has switched his commitment from Utah to Washington.  Jones will most likely play CB.
  • The first commit of the weekend is in, and it's Will Dissly, an athletic DE/TE prospect previously committed to Boise State.  He's considered the top prospect this year out of Montana:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Officially committed to the University of Washington <a href=";src=hash">#GoDawgs</a></p>&mdash; Will Dissly (@WDissly) <a href="">January 27, 2014</a></blockquote>
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  • On the eve of another big recruiting weekend, Washington got more good news when WR Dante Pettiscommitted via Twitter
  • Chris Petersen and staff, fresh off getting the Pettis commit, is calling on another WR right now:
  • This weekend's Official Visitors (seek Kirk's more eloquent update right here):

    Kalen Ballage, ATH (committed to ASU)
    Kaleb McGary, ATH 
    Tre Watson, RB (committed to Cal)
    Aisea Tongilava, LB (committed to SJSU)
    Will Dissley, DE (committed to BSU)
    Chase Blakely, TE (committed to UW)
    Matt James, OT (committed to UW)
    Drew Lewis, LB (committed to UW)
    Brandon Lewis, DB (committed to UW)

Edit: is now reporting two more visitors for this weekend:

Sidney Jones, CB (committed to Utah)
Jamire Jordan, WR

  • As expected, former Boise State commit OL Jesse Sosebee has switched his commitment to the Huskiesper Greg Biggins (and others); he committed to the coaches over the weekend on his visit but wanted to wait a couple of days to be sure of his decision before going public

  • Add Dominguez 6'2" WR Donyeh Patterson (3*) to the list of official visitors on Jan 31st per Greg Biggins.
  • And on the heels of the Vizcaino news, Shane Bowman has officially flipped to Washington from Oregon State per his Twitter account
  • That didn't take long - as Brandon Huffman is reporting, K Tristan Vizcaino has flipped from WSU to Washington; I would expect more good news in the next few days
  • And there is this re a classicly molded Petersen OKG. Chapman is a Bellarmine RB who has endured a couple of knee surgeries:
  • OL/DL Kammy Delp has re-opened his recruitment, is still considering ASU, UCLA and UW
  • K Tristan Vizcaino - a longtime WSU commit - visited this weekend
  • 3-star DT Greg Gaines has committed to Washington per RealDawg
  • RB Jomon Dotson is rumored to be ready to chose between Colorado and Washington sometime this week.
  • 24/7 Sports reports that Jesse Sosobee, a 6'6" 300lb OL prospect committed to Boise St., was among those on an official visit at UW this weekend.


  • Updated Official Visits List for the weekend of 1/17 (per multiple sources):

    Budda Baker, ATH (decommitted from Oregon)
    KJ Carta-Samuels, QB (decommitted from Vanderbilt)
    Lavon Washington, DB (committed to UW)
    Greg Gaines, DL
    Kalani Vakameilalo, DL (committed to Oregon State)
    Dante Pettis, WR
    Jomon Dotson, RB (committed to Colorado)
    Shane Bowman, LB (committed to Oregon State)
    Khalil Oliver, DB
    Jaylen Johnson, DL (decommitted from Boise State)
    Drew Sample, TE (committed to UW)
    Darren Gardenhire (committed to UW)
  • 24/7 posted an interview with Budda Baker (you have to have a membership to access). There is a lot of speculation out there that I'll leave to the comments section. But, I like this tweet:
  • Brandon Lewis, a 3 star CB/S out of Elk Grove, CA, commits to the Huskies. Lewis becomes the fourth DB and 10th overall commit to the UW 2014 class. He was previously committed to Boise State and switched because, in his own words, "it just came down to academics and relationships."

  • Khalil Oliver, DB, 3 stars - Currently committed to Boise St., Oliver will take three visits to Washington, Oregon St. and Oregon.
  • Drew Lewis, LB, 3 stars - Per, Lewis will decide between Washington and USC.
  • Shane Bowman, DE, 3 stars - Per, Bowman picked up a Washington offer earlier this week.
  • Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, DE, 3 stars - Per Rivals.comTuioti-Mariner has UCLA as his leader, with Washington as his second school. Tuioti-Mariner has committed to UCLA.