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Recruiting Roundup: A Couple Of Surprise Visitors Made Their Way To The Apple Cup & Other Notes

Recruiting Roundup: A Couple Of Surprise Visitors Make Their Way Up To Montlake

NCAA Football: Washington State at Washington Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Sunday Husky fans. 12-0 feels really really good doesn’t it? Yesterday’s game probably took a year off my life, but winning is winning. Speaking of winning, the Huskies showed a few 2024 recruits what winning looks like up close and personal.

4 star wide out Aaron Butler from Calabasas HS, CA made his way up to Montlake to catch the Apple Cup. Rated as the 88th best player in the country by 247sports, Butler is an elite wideout who is currently committed to Colorado. The Huskies were one of the early favorites for Butler, but he ended up committing to Colorado after being wowed by Coach Prime. With 2 wideouts committed in the class already the Huskies are likely looking for another, and Butler would be an immediate impact wideout for the Dawgs. When I watch his film I see a little bit of John Ross in his game (speed, and elusiveness after the catch). With the drop-off Colorado saw at the end of the season it will be interesting to see if Butler de-commits (if he does watch out for him to end up on Montlake). Butler is an early enrollee so his final decision should come in the next couple of weeks.

3 star safety Paul Mencke Jr from Samuel Clemons HS, TX was another surprise visitor to Montlake this weekend. Mencke, who is currently committed to Duke, has been a safety the Huskies really really like for a while. Rated as the 58th best safety in the country by 247sports, Mencke is probably making sure he has his bases covered in case Mike Elko (Duke HC bolts for another job). The Huskies already have 2 safeties in the class (Peyton Waters, and Joshua Lair), but they could look at adding another in Mencke to bolster the depth in the room.

With the transfer portal opening soon the Husky coaches are officially extending some offers to players who have already entered the portal (in the lower divisions I believe recruits can already enter).

DIII receiver Jaden Richardson from Tufts college was offered by the Husky staff (after visiting unofficially this weekend). Listed at 6’3” and around 210 pounds, Richardson is a bigger wideout who has received offers from UW and USF. With the offense likely loosing Rome, and JaLynn (as well as Jalen) adding instant impact wideouts is a priority for this staff. It will be interesting to see if the staff brings in Richardson to compete with the returning wideouts on the roster.

UPenn defensive tackle Joey Slackman was also offered by the Husky staff this last week as a transfer player with 1 year left of eligibility. It’s been no secret that the Huskies have struggled to recruit and develop DT’s over the last couple of seasons. With the graduation of Tuli Letuligasenoa and MJ Ale the Huskies need to try and bring in some impact defensive lineman to fill the void. Slackman has been offered by Florida, Miama, TCU, and Missouri since he entered the portal. It will be interesting to see if Slackman will end up visiting Montlake, and what other DT’s the Husky staff looks at when the portal officially opens.

That is all for today and as always follow me @asieverkropp.