Football recruiting is back in high gear - the conclusion of the AFCA coaching convention on Wednesday was followed by the end of the recent recruiting 'dead period' yesterday, meaning official visits can resume today. Based off the info the recruiting sites have been able to gather, it appears the Huskies will be hosting known six official visitors this weekend, with four of those being current commits. Here's who's on the list:
- OL Trey Adams (Wenatchee, WA) - A die-hard Dawg, Adams committed way back in June of 2013 to Sark and has not wavered since then, holding steady on his commitment when Chris Petersen re-affirmed his offer to Washington and not taking any other visits or returning interest from other schools despite offers from the likes of USC, UCLA, Oregon, ASU and WSU.
- WR Andre Baccellia (Westlake Village, CA) - While some recruiting fans were non-plussed at his commitment back in August due to a low 3-star rating and lack of size, there are reasons why the staff pursued him early - he has excellent technique and is very quick, and looks like a player that could compare with Jaydon Mickens. Pacific Takes recruiting editor Jamie Uyeyama is on record as being impressed with Baccellia, tabbing him as a possible early contributor from the 2015 class. Baccellia committed to the Huskies over offers from WSU, Duke (a couple of coaches there that know a thing or two about the passing game), Colorado, Fresno State and San Diego State.
- LB/S Ben Burr-Kirven (Atherton, CA) - A bit of an unknown when he first committed back in September, BBK is a safety-sized recruit with a linebacker mentality, flying to the football, delivering big hits and playing with a ton of physicality. For those wondering why the Huskies didn't pursue viral video legend Fotu Leiato out of Steilacoom, it's because they already have their version of him in BBK. He's expected to start off at LB so he'll likely need a redshirt year to bulk up and make sure he's fully recovered from an achilles injury that held him out the first half of this season. BBK chose the Huskies over offers from ASU, Arizona, Utah, Boise State and a number of Ivy League schools.
- DL Ricky McCoy (Fresno, CA) - Originally recruited as a TE by Arizona, he saw most of his recruiting interest from other schools focus on him as a DL. When the Wildcats took another TE commitment, McCoy decided to open up his recruitment and look around (which basically ended his commitment to Arizona given RichRod's strict rules about verbal commits) and Washington really stood out to him. He ended up committing early last month despite never visiting Seattle, so this will be his first taste of his new home. While he may be outgrowing the TE position, he looks like he has the dimensions to develop into a prototypical 3-tech DT that can attack upfield. He was also offered by Cal and Oregon State.
- DL Benning Potoa'e (Lakewood, WA) - Benning has been on the local recruiting radar for years now, standing out both for his advanced physical development as well as his bloodlines (younger brother of another highly rated DL in Sione Potoa'e). The top-rated uncommitted prospect in the state, Potoa'e is down to a final two: Washington and UCLA. He's already taken his official visit to the Bruins back in November and they did a great job selling him on the program - many feel he's currently a strong lean to UCLA. However the Huskies get the last visit and the chance to make a big impression on him before he makes his decision next week. Petersen has done well with the in-state studs in his two recruiting cycles with the Huskies - can he sway Potoa'e to stay close to home? We should know in a few days...
- DE Mika Tafua (Honolulu, HI) - A long-time commit to Brigham Young, Tafua saw his offer list explode this past summer and he ended up deciding to look around take other visits, including Oregon, USC and Colorado. Washington will be his latest visit, and you can bet that Petersen will be selling him on the academics here as Tafua places a high priority on education. He also lists offers from Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Utah, Oregon State and Hawaii.
We'll keep you posted if there's any recruiting news over the weekend.