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Recruiting Roundup: Washington Expanding Recruiting Footprint in Utah

Chris Petersen's hiring of Ikaika Malloe is paying dividends in the state of Utah. Check out those stories and more of the latest recruiting headlines in today's recruiting roundup.

4-star ATH Tayler Katoa
4-star ATH Tayler Katoa
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  • The QB situation is expected to be sorted out in the next month or so. The main targets Washington is focusing on are 3-star signal callers Chase Garbers and Jack Sears. Garbers has already visited Montlake and is expected to take another trip up to UW next week. Chase says he is in daily contact with UW's staff and most people think the Huskies are in a great spot with him. He's planning on making a July decision. Of the two quarterbacks, Garbers appears to be the Huskies' best bet. He has been taking part in the Elite 11 this weekend and has been holding his own against some of the top QB prospects in the country.

  • Chris Fetters caught up with Juanita star ATH Salvon Ahmed, who talked about his summer camp plans and his timeline for cutting his list of schools down to a final five. He says his relationship with the Washington staff continues to get stronger and he likes the direction of the program. Salvon says he is planning on making a commitment at some point during the football season.
  • Since the hiring of Ikaika Malloe from Utah State, the Huskies have been expanding their recruiting footprint in Utah this spring. 4-star ATH Tayler Katoa out of Layton, Utah recently received an offer from the Huskies. He took a visit to UW while in Seattle for The Opening regional and says he really liked getting to know linebackers coach Bob Gregory. Tayler followed Chris Petersen while the two-time Bear Bryant award winner was at Boise State and he's excited to see what Petersen is able to do with Pac-12 resources at Washington. Katoa says the Huskies now sit near the top of his list of schools.
  • Another Utah prospect the Huskies are eyeing is 3-star DE Alden Tofa. Washington has yet to extend an offer, but they have been showing increasing interest in Tofa over the course of the spring evaluation period. The interest is mutual as Alden says he could definitely see himself being a part of the Death Row defense. He says he would like to make a commitment by the end of his senior season.
  • Scout to a look at which schools are hot and which schools are not so far in the 2017 recruiting cycle. Unsurprisingly the Huskies, who have the #1 recruiting class in the conference, are one of the hottest teams in the country right now. As a cherry on top, our feathered foes to the south are treading water and are listed among the teams struggling to build momentum.
  • Salt Lake City DE Jordan Lolohea has seen his recruitment skyrocket over the spring evaluation period and the currently unrated prospect now holds offers from half of the Pac-12 and a handful of Mountain West teams. Washington is recruiting Lolohea (6'2", 240 lbs.) as a middle linebacker. He is hoping to visit UW at some point this summer and says he'll take his time in making a commitment. Lolohea is LDS and is planning on taking his mission right after he graduates, so the earliest he'd be able to enroll in college would be 2019.

Heading into the summer, here is what the Huskies' recruiting class looks like so far: