One of the realities of football in the age of scholarship limits is the dance coaches do every year to ensure the roster stays at (or below) the 85 man maximum. Attrition happens to every school every year and is one way that rosters stay within their NCAA-mandated limits. Another is the relatively new practice of recruits delaying enrollment until the following January (aka "greyshirting"). For Washington, both of these were necessary to allow the influx of the 2015 football freshmen to not push the roster beyond the 85-man limit. As of yesterday, most observers had the UW at a projected 87 scholarship players, which meant either more attrition had to happen or some kids were going to have to go the greyshirt route. It had been reported that long-snapper A.J. Carty was prepared to greyshirt, and there was much speculation that DE Myles Rice could go that route as well to give him more time to rehab from the torn right ACL injury he suffered this past October, speculation that appeared to be confirmed yesterday per Lars Hansen.
Christian Caple this morning published a list of the incoming freshmen enrolled in summer school and/or the LEAP program, and as expected both Carty & Rice were not listed. All of the remaining 2015 recruits are present on that list (recall that QB Jake Browning & LB Kyler Manu enrolled early for spring practices) including the recent additions of JC transfers QB Tony Rodriguez and WR Nik Little.
Also listed are a few preferred walk-ons, most of whom we were expecting and a couple that are new on the radar. They are:
|QB||Anthony Berg||Kamiak H.S./Saddleback JC|
|LB||Gerran Brown||Mater Dei H.S.|
|DB||Dustin Bush||Mira Mesa H.S.|
|DL||John Clark||Marysville Getchell H.S.|
|TE||Connor Griffin||Lake Oswego H.S./Gonzaga|
|WR||Jamon Jones||Bethel H.S.|
|WR||Josh Rasmussen||Lake Stevens H.S.|
Griffin is the former basketball player from Gonzaga. Rasmussen's father is part of the UW football administrative staff. Berg is an interesting addition, giving the Huskies another arm with some playing experience and another layer of insurance to allow the staff to redshirt Browning. It's also interesting to note players from Mater Dei and Mira Mesa, both California schools that have produced a lot of D1 talent over the years.
The players are on campus and acclimating themselves to school and to S&C coach Tim Socha's lifting program. While it's possible the NCAA Clearinghouse could decide to take a closer look at the transcripts of some of these players and potentially delay - or deny - their eligibility for 2015, that seems unlikely as there haven't been any rumors of any of the incoming kids being academically at risk.