Washington and OL coach Scott Huff kept up their momentum on the recruiting trail today when Graham-Kapowsin’s Vega Ioane verbally committed to the Dawgs. Ioane becomes the 3rd offensive lineman to commit in the past month.
Ioane is listed at 6’4 and 280 pounds by 247 Sports and has a 0.8678 rating in their composite. However, 247 Sports in their internal rankings have Ioane with an 88 grade and list him as the 15th best interior offensive lineman in the 2021 class and the 8th best player from the state of Washington. Also, that height and weight listing is from over a year ago and more recent reports have Ioane at closer to 320 pounds. Ioane chose the Huskies over reported offers from most of the Pac-12 including USC, UCLA, Arizona State, and Washington State.
Our own Coach B broke down Ioane’s game this past fall and you can find that article here. Now that we have spring film he’s going back through these write-ups and there will surely be an update on Ioane next week. There’s a chance that the Huskies could try to start out Ioane playing tackle but the odds are that he will slot in as a guard from the get go.
Washington is expected to lose 2 offensive lineman for sure after this year with Luke Wattenberg exhausting his eligibility and Jaxson Kirkland headed for the NFL Draft. We could also see another defection or 2 from among Corey Luciano, Henry Bainivalu, or Victor Curne either to graduation or early draft entry depending how those seasons go.
This 2021 in-state class had 5 offensive linemen clearly marked as at least future D1 contributors. With Ioane in the boat the Huskies now have a commitment from 2 of them along with Mark Nabou plus have Arizona’s Parker Brailsford. The most likely scenario from here appears to be that Washington will continue to pursue the consensus top guy from that group, OT Josh Conerly (who took an unofficial visit yesterday) and are willing not to wait for either Dave Iuli or Malik Agbo who don’t appear close to a decision. Washington is set to have 17 offensive linemen on the roster for 2021.
Ioane is now the 6th commitment for the Huskies in the class of 2022 and all of them are on the offensive side of the ball with a QB, WR, TE, and 3 OL.
Welcome to Montlake, Vega! And may you find a U for your last name to complete the set.