The Husky coaches welcomed 18 recruits who signed their National Letter of Intent today. 10 of the players signed will play offense, 7 on defense with 1 special teamer also joining the Dawgs.
Overall the class is very balanced, and full of players who will likely be large contributors in their redshirt freshman or sophomore years. In a typical class, Chris Peterson would like to play 2 or 3 freshmen and redshirt the rest.
I would expect Ty Jones, Terrell Bynum, Alex Cook, Salvon Ahmed, Elijah Molden, and Joel Whitford to all play at some point during the 2017 season. Whitford will more than likely enter fall camp as the projected starting punter. Out of an 18 man class, playing 5-6 of the players and redshirting the rest is a formula for success long-term.
In the 2017 recruiting class, Husky coaches won several key recruiting battles with some major programs. Peterson landed Ty Jones, a 4 star wide receiver from UT who had later offers from Ohio State and UCLA but opted to sign with the Dawgs. He also beat out every major West coast program when 4 star wideout Terrell Bynum committed to UW. Probably the biggest recruiting win in the 2017 class was stealing Elijah Molden, a 4 star DB from West Linn, OR from the Ducks. Molden’s dad Alex played for Oregon and most experts thought he was locked into being a Duck. Getting him to commit to the arch rival Dawgs was a huge coup.
Although the Husky coaches secured plenty of talent in the 2017 class, they did miss out on a few key targets starting with arguably the best offensive lineman in the 2017 class — Foster Sarrell from Graham, WA. Getting Sarrell would've ensured that the left tackle spot would be solidified after Trey Adams exhausts his eligibility. When Sarrell chose Stanford, UW decided to pursue some of the players who were lower on their board in Jackson Kirkland and Cole Norgaard. Both players are good prospects, but they aren't on the level of Sarrell.
The other major blow to the 2017 recruiting class occurred when Marlon Tuipulotu flipped his commitment from UW to USC. Marlon was one of the best defensive tackles in the class and would've provided immediate depth at the position with the early departure of Elijah Qualls.
Based on who the Huskies are bringing in and who was available both locally and in the West, while also factoring in the relatively small class, I would give the Husky coaches a solid for B+ for the class. Out of 18 commitments, 9 are 4 star athletes — a good sign that you are recruiting well enough to possibly win your conference and put yourself in a position to play for the national championship. Had the recruiting class included Marlon Tuipulotu or Foster Sarrell I would've given the staff a A- or A+ for landing both.
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