December was a productive month for the Huskies and their recruiting efforts for the 2015 class as they landed five verbal commitments to bring their total to 21 overall. With remaining space limited, the staff is focusing on a few high-level recruits to round out this class to add to what is shaping up as a very strong recruiting effort by Chris Petersen in his first full recruiting cycle at Washington.
The recruiting dead period is still in effect until January 15th when official visits can resume, but in the meantime we have the three major recruit all-star games (and associated practice combines) happening - here are links to the rosters for each:
Here are the players in each of those games that are either committed already or recruits the Huskies are still known to be pursuing:
Under Armour All America Game (January 2nd): No Husky commits are active targets are participating in this game.
Army All American Bowl (January 3rd):
- DB Dechaun Holiday - The 4-star DB appears to be focusing on three schools at this point, all of which he'll be visiting in consecutive weeks this month: ASU, Washington & UCLA. He's considered a strong lean to UCLA, but if he follows-through with his visit to Seattle then you have to think the Huskies have a chance to sway him. He appears to be a Signing Day decision.
- OL Henry Roberts - The top-rated OL in the state, Roberts was a key commitment for this staff as they secured the best player on the best program (Bellevue) in the state. He's solid to Washington.
- RB Chris Warren - Probably the biggest name left on the board for the Huskies, Warren is an elite RB prospect from the state of Texas and has already had a very good official visit to the Longhorns. So why should we think Washington still has a shot at him? Well, he's the son of the former all-pro RB for the Seahawks of the same name, and his mother is from Seattle and has been instrumental in her son taking an interest in the Washington program. It appears the Huskies will get his last visit on January 30th, just before his scheduled Signing Day announcement. If he makes the trip, that will be good news for Husky fans, as it's possible he might decide to announce early. Another factor is whether the Longhorns will succeed in landing stud RB prospect Sotonye Jamabo, the only RB recruited rated higher than Warren in the country by Scout.com. The Huskies are also recruiting his friend and teammate Xavier Castille, though it's uncertain if he has a committable offer at this point or if he's a fall-back guy.
Semper Fidelis Bowl (January 4th):
- DB Austin Joyner - It's been quite the recruiting ride for Joyner, but he's set to make his announcement today at the game. Given that he's only taken official visits to Washington and Boise State, it would appear that WSU is out, which leaves the Huskies and Broncos. I like our chances.
- DL Benning Potoa'e - The other big fish remaining in-state along with Joyner, Potoa'e has narrowed things down to UCLA and Washington. He visited the Bruins in November and is slated to take his official visit to Seattle starting the 16th. USC has tried to get into the mix, but to no avail. While UCLA is a legit threat, I think Potoa'e will end up a Husky provided he has a good visit.
In addition to the above recruits, the following guys are ones to keep an eye on:
- WR Jaylinn Hawkins - The 4-star WR took his visit to Washington during the UCLA game and has also visited Utah and ASU. He still has visits scheduled for Oregon and Cal this month. Once considered a Husky lean, it's hard to say where he currently stands. If I had to guess, I think he'll end up a Sun Devil.
- WR Xavier Castille - As noted above, he's a teammate of Chris Warren. His offer list is modest (Oklahoma State is his most notable other offer), but he's a rising prospect. He's listed as visiting on January 16th, but it sounds like that's been re-scheduled so he'll visit along with Warren on the 30th.
- DE Gabe Reid - There have been no public updates on Reid, so whether or not he's going to try to squeeze in a mid-week visit this month to Washington is unknown. The Huskies are probably too late with Reid, as Stanford, Utah and BYU are the ones he's been focusing on.
Other upcoming visits - at this point, the visit list for January 16th appears to be Potoa'e along with current commits Ricky McCoy and Ben Burr-Kirven. There are no known visits for January 23rd, but I wouldn't be surprised if that changes in the days before that weekend as the staff works on backup plan guys and/or sleeper prospects.
As always, leave any questions below and we'll do our best to try to answer. As soon as Joyner makes his announcement we'll pass that along.