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UW's 2023 Scholarship Breakdown-a VERY early look

Yes, I know that we haven’t even started the 2022 season and that a lot can change in the next year, but with all of the recent recruiting for the 2023 class I thought that I would break down where UW is at for 2023-at least as far as we know now.

2022

We’ll start with where UW is as far as scholarship players. Here’s what I have as far as a breakdown by position.

Position

Scholarships

QB

3

RB

7

WR

8

TE

5

OL

16

DL

9

Edge

7

LB

7

Husky

2

Safety

7

CB

7

Specialist

3

That totals 81, which means that DeBoer could add up to 4 more. For now I’m going to assume that no more are added. Also, Will Nixon is listed as "RB/WR"; for the purposes of this I’ve included him in the "RB".

The tricky part is to figure out how many of those players will be on the team a year from now. There are some that will obviously be gone-those that will exhaust their eligibility after this season. At least one is likely to make the jump to the NFL (ZTF) even though he would still be eligible to play in 2023. There are some that could graduate and give up football, and others that could transfer to other teams. At this point it would just be wild guesses as to who those might be. So to start with, I will not include guesses.

Position

Scholarships

Known Departures

Net

QB

3

0

3

RB

7

1

6

WR

8

0

8

TE

5

0

5

OL

16

3

13

DL

9

0

9

Edge

7

2

5

LB

7

2

5

Husky

2

0

2

Safety

7

1

6

CB

7

1

6

Specialist

3

2

1

That means that there could be as many as 69 of the current players that will be on the team in 2023, leaving room for 16 new players in 2023.

2023 Commits

Now we get to the class of 2023. It is clearly not done, so this is just a snapshot of where UW stands as of now

Position

Current Players

Current 2023 Commits

Total for 2023

QB

3

1

4

RB

6

1

7

WR

8

2

10

TE

5

0

5

OL

13

4

17

DL

9

2

11

Edge

5

1

6

LB

5

2

7

Husky

2

0

2

Safety

6

1

7

CB

6

1

7

Specialist

1

0

1

Diesel Gordon is listed on 247Sports as a CB, but I’ve heard that he could be recruited as a safety. For now, I’m leaving him at CB.

The total as of now is 84. That means that there would be room for 1 more addition to the 2023 class. However, if we assume that DeBoer will want scholarship players at punter and kicker, that pushes UW over the limit (of 85). But, we can and should expect some attrition, so that make room for more in the 2023 class.

In addition to the two specialists, the position that looks to me to be lacking depth is Edge. I am expecting DeBoer will add at least one more-either through high school recruiting or a transfer. If it is through high school recruiting, I’m not sure who they are going to be able to get. UW has gotten official visits from a few: Jaedon Moore, Trey Wilson (he’s listed at DL, but seems more like Edge), and Blake Purchase. Wilson appears headed for Baylor and Purchase to Iowa State. If not Moore, then maybe Frederick Williams; there doesn’t seem to be a lot of options currently. This maybe where there look to the Transfer Portal.

Based on the Crystal Balls, we could be seeing as many as 2 more WR’s and a couple more DB’s. Plus we could see a TE and probably at least one more LB. All of those make sense. But the question is, where is the attrition. It would be great, for example, that there is some attrition in position groups that already have plenty of depth, like RB, OL, and DL. But if the attrition comes from Edge or LB, then that could present a depth problem. DeBoer may need to either go to the Transfer Portal or rely on incoming freshmen to provide depth in 2023.