Good Morning Husky Fans. I am sure there is lots of angst out there among Husky fans (some it warranted and some not). The Covid-19 shutdown has really affected the Huskies staff more than others since they can’t have recruits on campus. The coaching staff is doing what they can but they having recruits on campus to meet them, show them their facilities, and talk about built for life is really important to the staff to make kids feel 100% committed and comfortable with their commitment.
4 Star wide receiver Troy Franklin committed to Oregon this week after seemingly being a Husky lean for several months. The ducks were able to land Franklin due to them hosting him for his last visit and also selling him on immediate playing time (they haven’t recruited as well as the Huskies to their recruiting room over the last several years). The Huskies will still actively recruit Franklin and push for him to visit UW and if they can get a visit from him there is a strong possibility that they can land his commitment.
Saying that all when things open back up for visits (assuming they do) the Huskies should be able to land some of their top prospects that are still on their board.
With 8 commitments in the class the Huskies are still looking to add another 10-12 players in the class. There are still several big-time prospects in the class that the Huskies still have a good shot. Here is a look at a few players that the Huskies still have a good shot at:
5 star defensive lineman JT Tuimoloau from Eastside Catholic has basically narrowed his list down to OSU, USC, and UW (he is still talking with a few other schools). The Huskies are the local team that can offer him a chance to play in front of family. Right now OSU is in the lead but the Huskies have been making lots of ground and maybe even pulled even for him.
5 Star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka from Steilacoom HS, WA narrowed his list down to Clemson, Oklahoma, OSU, and UW. The Huskies are probably 2nd in his recruitment right now but they are making up ground on OSU and hope they can get him on campus.
4 star linebacker Will Latu from Bethel HS, WA is another player the Huskies have been recruiting for a long time. Latu is scheduled to choose next weekend between Utah and UW and it looks like UW will land Latu.
4 star wide receiver Jabez Tinae from Kennedy Catholic HS, WA has been looking heavily at UW for a long time along with schools like WSU, USC, Oregon, and ASU. The Huskies have been a favorite for Tinae since they offered him. The Huskies already have his quarterback committed (Sam Huard) and They are recruiting Tinae to play the slot receiver position.
4 star offensive lineman Owen Prentice from O’dea HS, WA is another player that is high on UW and is looking closely at Stanford and UW. The Huskies have been recruiting Prentice to play offensive guard and right now it looks like it’s a fairly even battle between Stanford and UW for his commitment.
Even though it seems like things are not going well for UW there is still 6 months left until the early signing period. After the season starts things will get back on track for UW and they will likely end up with a top 25 class again. They are still involved with lots of top recruits and UW still has a lot to sell recruits (education, a top city, and a track record of developing players).
That is all for now and as always follow me @asieverkropp.