- Lots of top recruits competed in the IE 7-on-7 tournament over the weekend including Washington commit Keith Taylor and target Deommodore Lenoir. Rivals' Adam Gorney had nothing but praise for Taylor and loved what he saw from Lenoir.
- The 11th-overall ranked prospect in the 2017 class, according to Scout, has trimmed his list to 7 and Washington made the cut. 5-star CB Darnay Holmes has already visited UW unofficially and plans to make his decision on June 23rd. Darnay's father was coached by Chris Petersen at Portland State and Darnay says he has known Coach Pete since he was a little kid:
Just want to thank God for blessing my mind & body. Proway & the 6 raised me right https://t.co/kwBDjPBXCq?ssr=true pic.twitter.com/cfCTbT1Mty— Darnay Holmes (@DarnayHolmes) February 7, 2016
- 4-star QB Tristan Gebbia, Darnay's teammate at Calabasas High, also narrowed his list this week. Gebbia loved his unofficial visit to UW this past season and said he plans to take another visit to see the surroundings and talk with the coaches a little more:
All thanks to the man up stairs. So many blessings. pic.twitter.com/x8hmbXL0Nd— Tristan Gebbia (@tgeb13) February 3, 2016
- Much has been made about the upcoming class of in-state talent in Washington and Scott Eklund tells you everything you need to know about the top 2017 Evergreen State recruits.
- Scout has released its 2017 top 300 list and it is shaping up to be a superb class out West.
- Dirk Knudsen of Northwest Prep Report tells you why Eastside Catholic TE Hunter Bryant will be a name to watch this year.
- One under-the-radar kid to keep an eye on this year is Puyallup Emerald Ridge receiver Andrew Boston. The 6-3 185-pound WR already has an offer from FCS power Eastern Washington and is also receiving a lot of interest from Boise State and Washington. He is planning on hitting the 7-on-7 tournaments and camp circuit hard this offseason, so it would not be surprising to see his stock rise significantly in the coming months.
Wrapping Up 2016
- JUCO safety Mason Stone is one of a handful of impressive walk-ons UW managed to land this year and he tells Scott Eklund that he will be enrolled in time for spring ball.
- While it might have seemed like NLI day was a calm and drama-free affair, that would not be entirely truthful. Byron Murphy nearly flipped to ASU on Wednesday morning and it took a final conversation with Jimmy Lake to calm him down and keep him on board. You can hear a portion of that story in Dawgman's podcast starting at around the 21:20 mark.
- 3-star IMG Academy LB Ryan Bowman will be walking on at UW, joining his brother Shane. He says that though he had scholarship offers from Montana and Montana State along with walk-on offers from Miami and Alabama, Coach Petersen was one of the main reasons he chose to come back home to Seattle.
- Just when you think Sean McGrew has secured basically every accolade possible, another one comes in. The 4-star RB was named the Football Player of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.
- JSerra Catholic 4-star OL Luke Wattenberg spoke to Scott Eklund this week and detailed why he decided to become a Husky.
- 3-star walk-on CB Myles Bryant discusses his decision to commit to Washington. If UW can keep him on board, he will be an absolute steal.
- A pair of Washington signees make Scout's list of most surprising commits. Most surprising to me was that neither of them are named Byron Murphy.