Chris Petersen is on fire.
Riding what may well be the most scorching recruiting hot streak that he has ever experienced, Petersen continued his momentum by securing the commitment of coveted 4* TE Hunter Bryant on Saturday morning.
Bryant, from reigning champion Eastside Catholic, is an elite athlete who excels primarily as a big receiving target out of the tight end position. The 6'4, 240" stud caught 48 balls for over 1100 yards and 17 touchdowns his senior season.
Securing Bryant is a major win for Petersen. Not only is Bryant one of the top rated players in the state of Washington, but he was also a highly coveted national recruit. The #6 overall ranked TE in the nation (per Scout.com) had offers from major programs all over the country including Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, Penn State and Auburn.
Tight ends coach Jordan Paopao, the lead recruiter for Bryant, and Petersen are unlikely to make room for any more tight ends in this class. Other offers had been made to Tyler Johnson (6'4" 240 lbs) of Arizona and Jimmy Jaggers (6'4" 230lbs) of Roseville, CA, both 4*, top 10 national TE recruits.
Bryant becomes the 5th commit to the 2017 UW recruiting class. His pledge comes just as Petersen and staff have secured commitments from other high level national prospects in WR Terrell Bynum and DT Marlon Tuipolutu. In what is expected to be a very small recruiting class overall, the UW staff has filled important positions with four 4* PSAs (including the programs first commit in DB Keith Taylor) and the top rated RB prospect in the state of Washington with Connor Wedington.
Depending on whose analysis you pay attention to, UW has already filled up roughly a third of the class that they expect to take. Expect Chris Petersen and staff to focus on lining up their very fluid situations at quarterback and the offensive line in the weeks ahead. Other situations could unfold rapidly as other PAC 12 teams wrap up their spring practices and host visitors on campus. Pay careful attention to the situation down in Westwood where Marques Tuiasosopo is trying to land his QB and where significant UW targets such as CB Thomas Graham, LB Addison Gumbs and RB Najee Harris are expected to be present.