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Monday Dots: All-Pro Dawgs & PWO Season

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NFL Dawgs, Basketball Pain, & Looking Ahead in Recruiting

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NFL Dots:

  • Pro Dawg Budda Baker continued to pile up the accolades and achievements over the weekend by being selected First Team All-Pro at safety.
  • The First Team All-Pro selection goes along with his third Pro Bowl selection at the end of last month, which is a distinction that only Patrick Peterson earned as a Cardinal prior to his 25th birthday.
  • Speaking of birthdays... Happy belated birthday to Budda from the UWDP Writing Staff
  • Elsewhere around the league, several Pro Dawgs saw some playoff action with Greg Gaines making an appearance for the Rams in their win over the Seahawks (Taylor Rapp was inactive), Marcus Peters’ Ravens beat the Titans (yes, we’ll still claim some association with him), and Nick Harris & Marvin Hall’s Cleveland Browns earned a well-deserved win over the Steelers. Harris did not see game action despite COVID impacts and injuries along the OL, and Hall was inactive for the game.

CFB Dots:

  • Josiah Bronson confirmed via Twitter & IG that he will be entering the 2021 NFL draft
  • Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos has been announced as the next Boise State head coach. Avalos was selected over Boise State legend Kellen Moore and former UW & Chris Petersen assistant Jeff Choate. Petersen was a consultant through Boise State’s hiring process, and he has ties to all three finalists. Avalos has yet to announce staffing moves, and the situation should be monitored if Avalos decides to tap his connections to the Petersen coaching tree.

Basketball Dots:

Football Recruiting Dots:

  • UW also extended a PWO offer to ‘21 San Diego QB Tyler Jensen (6-6, 225). Jensen recently decommitted from Northern Colorado Bears, an FCS program, and UW is his most significant FBS school of interest. With the departures of Jacob Sirmon & Ethan Garbers leaving the QB room with little depth, and recent grad transfer Patrick O’Brien likely being a 1-year stop gap, Donovan is stocking up on additional QB talent.
  • On the topic of QB depth, Sam Huard’s impending arrival won’t help the depth situation much, and his presence may deter some 2022 QB recruits, but we may be on the hunt for an under-the-radar/high-ceiling QB that could be a solid back up while developing for a couple years. One QB in particular that should pique our interest is Jayden Maiava (6-5, 225) out of Kaimuki HS, HI. He is a big and athletic QB with a strong arm in the mold of Donovan’s recent offers to O’Brien & Jensen. He has some feeler offers from Auburn & Tennessee, but is still only a 3-star on 247, largely due to Hawaii HS football canceling his junior season this past year. There’s no real UW news to report on him, but if you need something to fill your morning, check out his tape & get the buzz going on the twits.
  • If you REALLY have a lot of time on your hands, you can check out a couple other Hawaii recruits who I’ve had the chance to either coach or follow throughout their HS careers, and who I think should get consideration for a PWO offer as a WR or DB if we get hit with some transfer portal or injury depth issues during the spring. Maiava’s WR1 Koby Moananu (6-2, 190) is certainly one. He’s a big body WR with strong hands, multi-sport athleticism, and he is a great kid that’s been on my radar in the local football scene for years. Looks like he wouldn’t mind getting on UW’s radar either :)
  • Another is Jonah Henry (6-2, 180) out of Punahou School, HI. He’s a lankier safety prospect that has primarily played in the defensive backfield throughout his career, but he’s been tasked with a fair amount of quasi-man coverage assignments in Cover 4, so another DB spot might be in the works. Henry currently holds offers to Army & Navy.
  • Finally, we have Henry’s cousin, John Keawe Sagapolutele (6-2, 185), a ‘23 QB who we need to also keep an eye on as well. As a freshman in 2019 he stepped into the starting role after the senior starter suffered a season ending injury in the third game of the season. He has all the traits that we liked in Dylan Morris (mobility, quick trigger, moxie), but his ceiling could be so much higher. He played well against the best competition he played, and we should get in on the ground floor of Sagapolutele’s recruitment.