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Recruiting Roundup: The Opening Comes to Town

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The Opening came to town this weekend and a few Washington commits and targets were among the top performers. We have those stories and much more in today's recruiting roundup.

UW commit Connor Wedington
UW commit Connor Wedington
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  • Brandon Huffman caught up with UW commit Marlon Tuipulotu at last weekend's The Opening regional in Oakland. When asked what made him commit to the Huskies and especially so early in the process, Tuipulotu says the most significant factor was his relationships with Chris Petersen and Ikaika Malloe. Though he's adamant his commitment is solid, Marlon says he and his family think it's best if he take some unofficial visits to other schools to make sure he made the right decision.
  • Washington is one of a handful of schools standing out most to 4-star OL Aaron Banks. He is planning a visit to Montlake at the end of June and says he's already heard a bunch of nice things about UW's facilities from other recruits. Banks has close to 30 offers and says he'll likely cut that list down to a top 10 or 15 by the end of July.
  • Washington is generally considered to be one of the top 3 schools competing for 4-star Addison Gumbs, the top OLB in the West, along with USC and UCLA. Gumbs says he really likes the scheme that the Huskies run and how productive their OLBs have been over the last couple of years. He says Chris Petersen's active involvement in his recruitment is one of the things that has set UW apart from other schools as he says Petersen is the head coach he talks to the most. Gumbs is planning on making a commitment by the end of June.
  • Washington already has a tight end committed in Eastside Catholic stud Hunter Bryant, but they are still going after 4-star TE Jimmy Jaggers. Jaggers says really likes UW's coaching staff and the family feel at Washington. The Huskies are one of a few schools recruiting him the hardest. Jimmy is planning on making a July decision.
  • Bishop O'Dowd 4-star OT Alijah Vera-Tucker says Washington continues to be heavily involved in his recruitment and he says he'll be taking a visit to Montlake in June. Husky fans will have a wait a while for a decision from Vera-Tucker as he says he would like to take all of his allotted official visits and make a commitment close to signing day.
  • The Opening was in town this weekend holding their last regional camp, at the Seahawks facility, before the finals in July. Brandon Huffman previewed the top offensive and defensive prospects taking part in the regional camp.
  • UW commit Connor Wedington did not earn an invite to The Opening finals, but he did earn the top SPARQ score (over 128) and ran the fastest 40 time (4.48).