Happy Sunday Husky fans. The Husky coaches have been busy on the road these last few weeks doing in-home visits and getting the 2024 recruiting class ready to sign next week. This weekend the Huskies had 1 official visitor from the 2024 class.
4 star safety Paul Mencke Jr from Samuel Clemens HS, TX made his way up to Montlake for an official visit this weekend. Mencke, who is currently committed to Duke, is rated as the 58th best safety in the country by 247sports. The Huskies have liked Mencke for a while, and were initially thought to have a good shot at reeling him in, but he chose to commit to Duke over offers from Notre Dame, UW, Stanford, Missouri, and several other schools. Listed at 6’2” and around 180 pounds, Mencke is a bigger defensive back who projects to play safety once he gets to college. With a recent coaching change in Durham, the Huskies appear posed to flip Mencke and land his commitment. The Huskies currently have 2 Texas high school football players committed in the 2024 class (Joshua Lair, and Omar Khan) and they would like to continue adding some players each and every year from TX.
With signing day coming up on the 20th and 15 current commits in the 2024 class it sounds like there is room for a couple more players (Mencke, and another name to keep an eye on is 4 star wideout Aaron Butler- who is waiting to see if the Huskies have room for him). We will find out over the next 48-72 hours if/what additions that the 2024 class will have and it should have a little more drama than the last few years.
The transfer portal is also another recruiting tool that the Husky coaches have been diving deep into this offseason (they have already added Will Rogers, and Ethan Barr). Over this last week the Husky coaches have also hosted a bevvy of transfer players from the portal, and I wanted to share some of the more notable names with you guys:
Redshirt freshman Kamari Ramsey from UCLA is visiting UW this weekend (he also visited USC, and is checking out Ohio State). Ramsey accounted for 44 total tackles this last year with 1 INT. The Huskies are set to lose at least 3 safeties after the season and adding a young player of Ramsey’s caliber would be a major upgrade for the back end of the defense in 2024 (Vincent Nunley - Transferring, Dom Hampton- Graduating, Asa Turner- Likely moving on).
Former Oregon Duck cornerback Trikweze Bridges was also in town for a visit this weekend (and it sounds like a decision could be coming soon for him). It sounds like he will decide between UF and UW today, and UW really likes the size he would bring to the cornerback room (he’s listed at 6’3” and around 185 pounds). This last season he played more of a reserve role, but in 2022 he had 3 INT’s and 49 tackles.
Offensive tackle Drew Azzopardi, a transfer from San Diego State, also visited Montlake this week. Listed at around 6’7” and 315 pounds, Azzopardi started in 6 games as a redshirt freshman for the Aztecs and had a really good season. With multiple years of eligibility left, the Huskies have been looking for more tackles who are ready to go for the 2024 season (Troy Fautanu is likely leaving and we don’t know yet about Roger Rosengarten). It sounds like the Huskies are battling UCLA, and Arizona for his commitment (which could come any day).
Former Union HS (WA) wideout Tobias Merriweather also made his way over to Montlake for a visit. Merriweather, who was one of the top wideouts in the 2022 class, is listed at 6’4” and around 204 pounds. As a sophomore Merriweather had 14 catches for 284 yards and 2 scores (good for 20 yards a catch). The Husky wide receiver room is likely going to lose 2, if not 3 wideouts to the NFL draft this off-season and adding some more seasoned and talented players to the room is a big priority for the Huskies this offseason.
That is all for this morning, and always keep your eyes peeled here and @asieverkropp for any breaking recruiting news.