Happy Sunday Husky fans. The 2021 recruiting class is still at a standstill with the Huskies still waiting for the two local 5-star prospects to make their decisions (JT Tuimoloau and Emeka Egbuka). The NCAA also extended the dead period through the rest of the year.
After only taking 1 inside linebacker in the 2021 class (Will Latu) it looks like the Huskies will probably take at least 2 in the 2022 class.
The highest rated and biggest target target for the Huskies is 4 star inside linebacker Dishawn Misa from Eastside Catholic HS, WA. Listed at 6’3” and 220 pounds Misa is rated as the 148th best player in the 2022 class (per 247sports). The Huskies are battling Oregon, UCLA, Boise State, and ASU for his commitment. Right now I think the Huskies are the leader for Misa but he will probably wait until next year to make a decision. Misa is a fast and physical linebacker who loves to fly around on the field.
Taariq Al-Uqdah from Inglewood HS, CA is another inside linebacker the Huskies have offered and are after in the 2022 class. Listed at 6’0” and around 200 pounds Al-Uqdah is a true inside linebacker that has the ability to also cover in space (he reminds me of a smaller version of former Husky Keshawn Bierria). The Huskies are battling Colorado, Kansas, USC for his commitment. 247sports has Al-Uqdah rated as the 12th best inside linebacker in the 2022 class. The Huskies look like one of the early favorites but there is a long ways to go in his recruitment.
The Huskies have also offered 2 inside backers from the state of Texas. 3-star inside backer Jordan Crook from Duncanville HS, TX. The Huskies are battling lots of schools including Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and USC. Crook is rated as the 15th best inside backer in the country in the 2022 class per 247sports. Crook is listed at 6’0 and 220 pounds. The Huskies have a lot of competition to try and land him from Texas and it will be tough to get him.
The other Texas linebacker that the Huskies have offered is Ty Kana from Katy HS, TX. Listed at 6’1” and around 210 pounds the Huskies are battling USC, Oklahoma State, and Virginia Tech. 247sports has Kana rated as the 18th best linebacker in the country per 247sports. Of the 2 linebackers from Texas that they offered Kana is probably the likeliest to end up on Montlake. The Huskies have less competition for his commitment, but it will still be difficult to land him.
There are a couple of other players that could end up playing inside backer of the Huskies land them (the Huskies could also extend more offers). One of those players is 4-star linebacker Teverau Tafiti from Punahou HS, HI (who is listed at outside linebacker but may be able to slide inside and play inside linebacker).
That is all for now and as always follow me @asieverkropp.