Happy Sunday Husky fans. After a week off I am back to talk some recruiting for the Dawgs (last week we decided to let the CFP talk dominate the site). With the transfer portal open and the early signing period set to start on the 20th there is a lot to talk about. We will start with some official visits that are going to happen (over the next week):
From the high school ranks there is 1 confirmed visitor in 3 star safety Paul Mencke Jr from Samuel Clemens HS, TX. Mencke, who is currently committed to Duke, has some ties to the Husky program through his dad (who worked for the Dawgs a while ago). Mencke, is rated as the 58th best safety in the class by 247sports, is a longer safety (he’s listed at 6’2” and 180 pounds). Mencke committed to Duke over offers from Stanford, Notre Dame, and Colorado. With the losses of Dom Hampton and Vince Nunley (to graduation and the portal), as well as the likely loss of Asa Turner the Huskies are trying to bolster their safety depth. Mencke currently is committed to Duke, but with a coaching change and an official visit that could change after visiting Montlake.
Another name that sounds like a visit could be in the offing is 4 star athlete Aaron Butler from Calabasas HS, CA. Butler, who is rated as the 88th best player in the country by 247sports, just de-committed from Colorado and has heavy interest in the Huskies (he’s being recruited as a wideout). It sounds like Butler is waiting to see if the Huskies have an open spot, and if they do he would likely visit UW. Butler holds offers from Georgia, Oregon, USC, Alabama, Notre Dame (as well as a bunch of other schools). The Huskies currently have 2 wideouts already committed in the 2024 class (Jason Robinson and Justice Williams), but they could lose 2-3 via the draft (Rome, Jalynn, and potentially Jalen). If Butler visits UW, I would expect him to commit shortly after/on his visit.
https://t.co/sryqzlJ9JH— Aaron Butler (@Aaronbutlerrr) October 31, 2023
Thank god for blessing me with the opportunity to display my talent these past 4 years of high school. I’m just getting started. Year 13 coming soon I’m married to game. .
WATCH THE TAPE. Film don’t lie. I do this shi* @GregBiggins @samspiegs
There may be some more visitors and if/when that happens I will make sure to share those names here.
From the transfer portal there are several visitors that are set to visit Montlake this next week.
Will Lee III, a cornerback transfer from KSU, is set to visit Montlake early this week to check out the Husky program. Rated as the 4th best corner in the transfer portal, Lee had 42 tackles and 2 Int’s this last season. The Huskies are battling Texas A&M and Louisville for his commitment.
At tight end the Huskies are bringing in 2 players for visits this week. Carsen Ryan a transfer from UCLA and Jack Velling a transfer from Oregon State. This last season Ryan had 205 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Bruins (he is also considering Utah). Velling, who is originally from Seattle, accounted for 438 yards and 8 touchdowns for the Beavers this last season (he is also considering Michigan State).
These are the only confirmed visitors so far but there will likely be more that will become official here in the next couple of days. I would expect a couple QB’s to visit, a wideout, and several defensive lineman.
That is all for now and as always follow me @asieverkropp.