Happy Sunday Husky fans. I recently was able to talk with Lars Hanson who is the Rivals Washington Publisher. We talked about the 2022 class and here is what he had to say:
What do you think of the 2022 class so far as a whole?
Overall, the class is a mixed bag of nailed it and still have work to do. Starting it off early with four-star Liberty wide receiver Germie Bernard out of Nevada was another big win for Junior Adams. With the plan to take only one receiver and one running back — another four-star, Emeka Megwa out of Texas — UW has done what it needed there. If Scott Huff can finish off the offensive line with top 50 Rainier Beach tackle Josh Conerly Jr. that will secure another position of huge importance. Same goes for tight end coach Derham Cato. If he can keep Ryan Otton home to pair with Chance Bogan that solves the offensive side.
Defense remains the biggest question mark. There is a potential for the class to meet or even exceed expectations if Rip Rowan can land four-star defensive tackle Hero Kanu out of Santa Margarita Catholic. Ben Roberts has a chance to be a solid four-star and the typical UW developed interior lineman; Greg Gaines, Vita Vea the list goes on. Defensive back is an interesting case for a few reasons. Ben Morrison to Notre Dame was a loss. They stand firm in Jahlil Florence, a three-star corner out of San Diego, but much of it depends on how many declare after the season for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Which prospect in the class is the biggest Gem so far and why?
The biggest gem I think is Parker Brailsford. He allows UW scholarship flexibility in that Huff only has to take three linemen in this years’ class. He will come in as a center, but he has the ability to truly play all five positions on the offensive line. Playing for a high school power in Saguaro is liken to Myles Murao out of Mater Dei. Guys you can plug and play based on talent but due to Huff’s recruiting prowess they get a tear or two to develop before starting. For linemen especially that’s invaluable.
Of whose left on the board, which guys should UW fans confident that we can land?
I feel confident that UW will be able to fight off the national powers trying to lure Josh Conerly Jr. away and keep the elite lineman home. Huff has developed a very strong relationship with the entire family and while he will want to go about the process the right way, take all the visits he needs, it’ll be purple and gold that Conerly Jr. will wear in college.
At the end of the cycle where do you think the class will end up being rated?
Based on the number of guys UW will rake and senior bumps after final Evaluations I think it’ll be a top 30 class, but at that won’t be indicative of how the class will pan out over the coming years. Bernard, Conerly Jr., Megwa, Otton, Bogan, Brailsford, Roberts and Kanu would be all multiple year impact players. It’s better to have a small class that has a majority of hits than have droves of transfers and have to sign a bunch of flyers mixed in with a decent haul to balance out numbers.
That is all for now and if anything pops up on the recruiting front I will make sure to keep you all updated. As always follow me @asieverkropp.