While the news wasn't all good - Husky targets Trevon Sidney (USC), Chase Claypool (Notre Dame) and Lamar Winston (Oregon) committed elsewhere - Washington was a big topic of conversation among many of the recruits on hand. Among the most important news was word that a couple of major linemen targets would be sticking around the PNW and taking the opportunity to pay unofficial visits to Washington this week:
2016 5-star Monroe (LA) Neville DT Rashard Lawrence confirms w/me his unofficial visit to Washington will be Tuesday. His 2nd visit to UW.— Lars Hanson (@LarsHanson) July 13, 2015
While most national recruiting observers figure LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss are the teams to beat, he insists he's still wide open and has genuine interest in Washington. He has family in the Vancouver, WA area and claims to love the weather out here, so perhaps he's not as much of a longshot as initially thought. He certainly appeared to have a good time on campus:
What a visit.... pic.twitter.com/2gd2bvK3Hs— Rashard Lawrence (@Rashard_99) July 15, 2015
The other big target on hand this week?
Eletise had a strong showing at The Opening and trimmed his list to five schools. With UCLA and Cal as surprise omissions, things are looking very promising for Washington. Could he decide to shut things down soon and commit to the Huskies? It's not out of the question...
He's not the only high level OL giving a long look at the Huskies - OL Mike Alves out of St. Augustine in San Diego also has them among a list of three programs really standing out to him (including Wisconsin & Oregon among many high-level offers).
Another top prospect giving the Huskies a long look is TE Devin Asiasi. USC has long thought to be the leader, but they recently took a commitment from Cary Angeline and that could push him to look harder at Michigan, Notre Dame and Washington. At least one reporter is feeling good about Washington's chances here.
His teammate Boss Tagaloa is generally considered the top DT on the west coast, and while UCLA likely leads, he's very high on Washington and has them listed as one of his three certain official visits this fall (along with Alabama & UCLA). Could there be some package deal magic in store for the Huskies with these two De La Salle studs?
While some fans are fretting about the WR recruiting, 4-star Dylan Crawford out of Santa Margarita Catholic reports that the Huskies are recruiting him harder than any other team and are certain to get an official visit. He tested well at The Opening, running a 4.45 40-yard dash, jumping 37" and measuring 6'1.5", 183 lbs.
The spot concerning Husky fans is QB. While Jacob Eason looks solid to Georgia and Max Gilliam has reaffirmed his commitment to Cal, keep an eye on the other Cal QB commit Armani Rogers. It's been reported he's likely to visit Seattle next month, and if he indeed makes it up here, don't be surprised if the Huskies vault into the lead.
Out of Arizona, 4-star ATH Byron Murphy showed off his abilities at CB at The Opening and listed Washington among his top schools and one of four likely to get official visits from him (plus USC, ASU and an already scheduled visit to Texas A&M). With his former teammate Christian Kirk already on campus in College Station the Aggies could be the team to beat, but the Huskies are right in there.
That's it for now, but I'll leave you with this bit of past & future: