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Recruiting Roundup: a Look at the Top Husky Needs for the 2020 Class

Recruiting Roundup

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The Huskies landed a great haul of players to end up with a Top 15 2019. In 2020 there are some big-time state of Washington prospects that could help fill some major needs for the 2020 class. Here is a look at some of the top needs for that class:

At tight end the Huskies didn’t add any tight ends in the 2019 class, and there is a chance that Hunter Bryant could declare for the draft which would leave only three tight ends on the roster (Cade Otton, Jacob Kizer, and Devin Culp). The Huskies are in on some big-time prospects, including 3-star Mark Redman from Corona Del Mar HS, CA who has offers from across the country, and 3-star Ben Yurosek from Bakersfield Christian HS, CA. The Huskies will probably try to bring in two tight ends and they are doing very well with Redman right now. Here are some of Redman’s highlights:

The Huskies added two wideouts in the 2019 class and they will lose at least three to graduation, so they will need to bring in at least another two in 2020. The good news is that some really elite wideouts are high on the Huskies, including 5-star Johnny Wilson from Calabasas HS, CA (who recently named UW in his top 5), Jalen McMillan from San Joaquin HS, CA (who names UW in his Top 10 schools), and several other prospects. The Huskies would love to add at least two big-time wideouts, and if Ty Jones were to declare for the draft they might need at least three. The Huskies want to get bigger and more explosive at wideout; if they can land Wilson and McMillan they will have gotten both. Here is a look at some of Wilson’s highlights:

The Huskies only landed one running back in the 2019 class after the graduation of Myles Gaskin. Salvon Ahmed will be draft-eligible next year, and if has a good year he could declare for the draft. More than likely the Huskies will look at adding at least two running backs in the 2020 class. So far they have extended six scholarship offers at the position and right now it looks like they are doing well with 4-star Sam Adams from Eastside Catholic HS, WA (although he has been racking up offers from almost every bigtime program), and 3-star Jayveon Sunday out of Connally HS, TX. In the 2020 class the Huskies will want to bring in a bigger back, and both Sunday and Adams have bigger-back running abilities and size. Here are some of Sunday’s highlights:

The Huskies added several tackles in the 2019 class. They will lose at least two scholarship tackles next year in Trey Adams and Jared Hilbers, so they will want to try and get at least two in the 2020 class. So far they have offered seven offensive tackles (they have an offensive lineman currently committed in 3-star Gaard Memmelaar out of Middleton HS, ID, who may play offensive guard for the Huskies). The Huskies are doing well with 3-star Jeffrey Persi from J Serra Catholic HS, CA, and I am sure some other names will pop up in the coming months. Here is a look at some of Persi’s highlights:

The Huskies loaded up across the board on defense and they will probably load up again in the 2020 class. They are in on some big fish, including 5-star defensive end Sav’ell Smalls from Garfield HS, WA and 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo from Saguaro HS, AZ. They are also doing well with 4-star inside linebacker Jordan Botelho and 3-star linebacker Nick Herbig, both out of St. Louis HS, HI.

Coach Pete will probably also look at bringing in a punter, as they will lose Joel Whitford. However, they will still have Race Porter and Van Soderberg (who is currently on scholarship as a punter). I didn’t list this position as one of the biggest needs due to the fact that they have Porter, Soderberg, and Tim Horn. Horn could also punt for the Huskies, which would leave UW with some options going into the 2020 season.

The Huskies will probably bring in a class similar in size to the 2019 class. If they can land most of the in-state players they offer and some of the bigger fish out of state, they should have another Top 10-15 class.

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