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February Signing Period Open Thread

Your updates as the Huskies close out their 2024 signing class

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Washington is used to getting just about all of their recruiting done in the early signing period. And back in December it very much looked like that was going to be the case again. Obviously, things can change and they did so.

It’s still not going to be the most explosive signing day ever. That’s in part because several of the players who the coaching staff flipped from Arizona were early enrollees that officially entered the transfer portal rather than getting out of their letters of intent.

There are three players who are expected to sign letters of intent today, all of whom previously had been committed to Arizona:

-DB Rahim Wright II, Rancho Cucamonga HS (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

-OL Justin Hylkema, Adrian Wilcox HS (Santa Clara, CA)

-DL Bryce Butler, Garden City C.C (Garden City, KS)

Both Wright and Hylkema are standard high school recruits who will have 4 years of eligibility remaining. Butler is a JUCO transfer who will have 2 years of eligibility remaining.

In addition to them, Garfield HS’s Rahshawn Clark will announce his commitment as part of 247 Sports’ live coverage today. He had previously been committed to Arizona (and Cal before that) but asked out of his letter of intent with the Wildcats after the coaching change and it is widely expected he will now choose to stay home and play for the Huskies.

It is also possible that Washington announces the signing of the players who committed via the transfer portal over the last month although they will not enroll until spring quarter. Those include:

-2024 QB Demond Williams, Basha HS (Chandler, AZ)

-2024 RB Adam Mohamed, Apollo HS (Glendale, AZ)

-2024 WR Audric Harris, Bishop Gorman HS (Las Vegas, NV)

-Arizona transfer CB Ephesians Prysock

-Arizona transfer RB Jonah Coleman

-Arizona/Indiana transfer CB Jordan Shaw

-California transfer WR Jeremiah Hunter

-San Jose State transfer LB Bryun Parham

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Update 6:15a

Former Husky signee S Joshua Lair has officially signed with Baylor. That leaves only Keona Wilhite uncommitted among Washington’s original Class of 2024. He is going to announce live on 247 Sports’ signing day show between Nebraska and UCLA, although the crystal ball picks are on Nebraska. That will mean that the Huskies ultimately lost 5 signees due to the coaching change and they somehow all came on the defensive side of the ball: ED Dominic Kirks (Ohio State), ED Noah Carter (Alabama), ED Keona Wilhite (Nebraska/UCLA), DL Ratumana Bulabalabu (USC), and S Joshua Lair (Baylor).

The Huskies replaced those 5 players with 6-7 recruits from Arizona’s 2024 recruiting class.

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Update 10:10a

The Huskies officially announce the first signing of the day with Arizona transfer RB Jonah Coleman. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry last year and finished 1st in the country in yards after contact per carry per Pro Football Focus (min. 85 carries).

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Update 10:40a

The Huskies officially announce signing of California transfer WR Jeremiah Hunter. He has over 2,000 career receiving yards and 13 TDs. Hunter for his career has a 61% contested catch rate including 67% this past year. By comparison, Rome Odunze during his career was 53% and was at 75% during his All-American season this year.

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Update 12:50p

Despite the lack of Twitter/X announcements, Fisch confirms the following players have signed with the program already:

2024 QB Demond Wiliams Jr.

2024 RB Adam Mohamed

2024 OL Justin Hylkema

2024 DB Rahim Wright II

2024 JUCO DL Bryce Butler

Arizona Transfer RB Jonah Coleman (above)

Cal Transfer WR Jeremiah Hunter (above)

Arizona Transfer DB Ephesians Prysock

Arizona Transfer DB Jordan Shaw

San Jose State Transfer LB Bryun Parham

Fisch also mentioned that there are an additional 5-6 recruits who he expects to be able to talk about publicly by the end of the day. The public commits he did not mention were WR Audric Harris and ED Russell Davis II.

Other possibilities to be part of that group could include 2024 former Arizona commit DB Rahshawn Clark, Arizona ED transfer Isaiah Ward, and Miami Ohio RB transfer Rashad Amos.

Other notes from the press conference:

  • Mentions that 2024 WR Justice Williams signee entered the portal but came back which had never been previously reported.
  • Said that 3 of 9 offensive linemen currently on the roster for the spring will be out through the spring (full contact at least) due to injury so they are going to be critically low there to even be able to properly scrimmage. He said he hopes to sign 4-5 more scholarship linemen by the end of May.
  • Fisch says “I think NFL is a lot more important than NIL”. Notes that Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll will be walking through the UW facilities often. Will be able to tell kids with legitimate experience what it takes to succeed in the NFL and make way more money than is possible through NIL deals. NFL teams will see UW running pro concepts on both sides of the ball which will make for easy evaluation.
  • Noted that the only time a head coach is allowed to make on-campus visits for HS kids is in January until next December so he had to be out on the road to help the upcoming 2025 class while also re-recruiting current roster, recruiting from portal, and recruiting 2024. Each category had to be roughly an equal amount of time in each bucket.
  • Likened playing in the Big Ten to being an NFL Sunday every Saturday with quality of opponent and traveling to other time zones. “SEC recruiting is mostly in the south, Big Ten recruiting is national and we have to be national in our recruiting.”
  • Said the players that followed the coaching staff from Arizona to UW had committed to people to be coached and mentored by these coaches.
  • Jonah Coleman is “one of the best backs in the country”. Noted he can run, catch, and pass block at an elite level. Ephesians Prysock is a corner, broke his finger in their bowl game and got back in the game. Jordan Shaw came in as a nickel corner but he didn’t mention if he would stay in that role at UW.
  • Compared Demond Williams Jr. as someone who is elite as both a runner and a thrower but is a good enough pure passer that they don’t plan on calling a lot of designed runs for him. He can do his damage with his legs keeping plays alive and scrambling.
  • Says they interviewed 5 coaches for the DC role who were all from the NFL. Steve separated from others by virtue of calling defensive plays for 72 regular season games at the pro level and New England was ranked #2 over those 4 seasons. They were always great at the basics which is how you succeed in college. Great detail on tackling and shedding blocks before the scheme.
  • They want to make sure that they recruit quarterbacks who can accurately get the ball out to receivers whether it’s on schedule or off schedule. Says Brady and Mahomes are very different QBs but both are elite because they can/could distribute the ball consistently. Completion percentage is one of their key stats.
  • They are focused on the lines of scrimmage right now to build depth. Feel confident in the groups at the skill positions for the most part and didn’t want to upset the apple cart by adding too many extras but they won’t turn down great players who want to come here.
  • Said he appreciates guys going on social media and saying they’re staying, he mostly appreciates the guys who in the locker room were vocal as leaders to help guys stay. Calls out Carson Bruener, Elijah Jackson, Will Rogers, and Cam Davis as some of those.
  • Spring practice will start April 2nd to wait until after spring break to get those enrolling in the spring to be on campus and get the offense and defense installed in meetings.
  • Coach Kaufusi will coach both the DL and the Edge players. Sunseri will coach the safeties. And they are still trying to hire an inside linebackers coach. DC Belichick won’t have a specific position and will float at practices since he has been a position coach at all 3 levels.
  • Practices will be completely open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday to the media and the public starting beginning of April for 5 weeks.
  • There will be a coaching get together for all the local coaches in the next couple weeks and that in-state recruiting will be important for them. Doesn’t want to miss on a good player by slow playing them thinking it will be easy to get the in-state guys.

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Update 12:55p

Former Husky commit Keona Wilhite has officially committed to Nebraska.

The UW Football Twitter/X account has now announced the signings of 2024 QB Demond Wiliams Jr, 2024 RB Adam Mohamed, 2024 DB Rahim Wright II, 2024 JUCO DL Bryce Butler, and San Jose State Transfer LB Bryun Parham.

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Update 2:20p

Garfield HS four-star DB Rahshawn Clark committed to Washington on the 247 Sports live signing day show and he has been officially announced by UW. You can find our story on the commitment here.

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Update 5:05p

Washington announced the signing of brothers Anthony and Isaiah Ward. Neither had previously publicly committed to the Huskies but both were viewed as UW leans after entering the transfer portal from Arizona. Our story on the commitment is here. Isaiah started double digit games at defensive end for the Wildcats last year. Anthony as a LB walked on at UW before transferring to Arizona and now transferring back. Mike Vorel has reported that both brothers will be on scholarship.

The Huskies also announced the signings of every public commitment except for WR Audric Harris.

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We’ll keep you updated on this thread as official announcements come out throughout the day.