The Husky coaches got some great news when four-star safety Paul Mencke Jr. from Samuel Clemens HS, TX flipped to UW on signing day after officially visiting the school earlier this month. Washington has officially announced his signing.
Listed at 6’2” and around 180 pounds, Mencke held offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, Colorado, and Duke (who the Huskies were able to get Mencke to flip from). Mencke’s father played for WSU and was on staff at UW for a while after his playing career was done.
The Huskies have seen Vincent Nunley enter the transfer portal already from the safety spot and multi-year starter Dom Hampton is out of eligibility. There’s also the chance that Asa Turner decides not to return for his 6th and final year of eligibility. That means adding several safeties from the HS ranks was very important for the staff to address.
Mencke joins fellow safeties Joshua Lair, and Peyton Waters (Mencke and Waters are more free safeties versus Lair who is more of a physical safety). When you watch his film the immediate thing that sticks out is his length and speed. He has really long arms which should help him break up passes and get ball carriers to the ground.
Washington now has 16 members of their 2024 recruiting class with only WR Aaron Butler potentially joining that group