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Class of 2024 Early Signing Period Open Thread

Your place to follow throughout the day as Letters of Intent roll in

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It has been a while since Washington had a truly wild adventure at the beginning of the early signing period. Chris Petersen almost always had his classes completely wrapped up and wanted as little drama as possible. Jimmy Lake basically just chose not to recruit which eliminated quite a bit of drama. And now Kalen DeBoer has largely taken the Petersen approach; mostly wrapping up his signing class by the end of June.

At the moment, Washington has 15 high school recruits that are committed in the class of 2024. The expectation is that each of those 15 will sign with the Huskies at some point today. It’s not impossible that someone leaves the fold. The least certain has been Ohio DL/ED Dominic Kirks who flirted with USC and whose primary recruiter and position coach Eric Schmidt has been hired to be the DC at San Diego State. Still, Kirks never ended up taking an official visit to LA and has the chance to be the first Husky to sign his Letter of Intent at 4a PT (players can submit paperwork beginning at 7a local time).

The expectation though is that the Huskies will be able to add a 16th prospect into the fold. Texas four-star safety Paul Mencke has been committed to Duke since this summer but recently visited Washington and the head coach he committed to, Mike Elko, left to take the job at Texas A&M. That is why there are several crystal ball picks in at 247 Sports for Mencke to flip to the Huskies. He is expected to sign at a ceremony at his school at 9:55a PT so news of a flip should come about then.

There’s only one other ball seemingly still in the air for the Huskies. Four-star WR Aaron Butler decommitted Colorado last month and took an unofficial visit to Seattle. Based on comments he has made it sounds like he is very interested in becoming a Husky. However, the coaching staff has told him they aren’t sure they have a scholarship available until Ja’Lynn Polk or Jalen McMillan decide they are entering the NFL Draft. Given that neither is likely to decide until after the Sugar Bowl (and hopefully after the National Championship game) and Butler wants to enroll early this January, the timing doesn’t appear to fit. All signs point to him committing to and signing with Arizona but if he doesn’t then it means Washington’s plea to have him hold off has worked and they’re a major factor.

In addition to those 15 or 16 prep recruits the Huskies have also earned verbal commitments from 5 transfers this cycle and all should be expected to sign as today as well. For those that haven’t paid attention to the last 5 days they are: Mississippi State QB Will Rogers, San Diego State OT Drew Azzopardi, Montana State DL Sebastian Valdez, Arizona State ED BJ Green II, and Vanderbilt LB Ethan Barr.

Washington will undoubtedly add more prospects through the portal at some point but almost every player that has reported a Husky offer has now committed either to UW or somewhere else. The Dawgs may be mostly done until after the CFP is over and they have a better sense of who is headed to the NFL Draft and who may be enticed back with an NIL package.

We’ll be posting articles on every prep recruit to send in their Letter of Intent today as they happen (the transfers all had write-ups done earlier this week so check those out). Aaron will be back to do a wrap-up summary of how they day went once everyone who is going to sign today has signed.

In the meantime you can talk about specific prospects on their commitment pages or else stay here to talk about recruiting and the signing period overall.