Among the dozen or so players expected in for official visits for the Huskies this weekend is John Timu, a safety from Jordan High in Long Beach, Calif.
But once Timu leaves Seattle it could be a while before he returns.
Timu, who suffered a significant knee injury in September, is almost certain to grayshirt this fall while continuing to recover, his high school coach, Scott Meyer, said this week.
While Timu suffered his injury — tearing the ACL and meniscus — in the second game of the season, he didn’t have surgery until Dec. 21 while encountering some difficulties with insurance. That, obviously, delayed his rehab a bit and seems to ensure that he will need an extra fall to rehab fully.
And the Huskies, as those who have followed recruiting closely, may need a player or two to delay enrollment to make the numbers work, already having 26 commitments and likely to get a couple more (schools can have only 25 initial enrollees in a year but if Timu arrives in January he can count against the Class of 2011 if need be).
“I think it will work out good for both the school and for Jon,” Meyer said. “Now he can really take his team rehabbing his knee and he’ll just take a couple of classes at a junior college and it won’t affect his (eligibility) clock or anything like that and then he’ll be ready to go (in January). Bottom line, I think it will be better for both of them.”
That Timu was hurt when he was — on the seventh play of the second game of the season while making a cut, apparently untouched — makes him one of the lesser-hyped players in this class.
But Meyer said that once healthy, Timu will prove to be a good player for the Huskies.
He did a little bit of everything for Jordan, playing quarterback, defensive back and also handling punting and field goal kicking.
“We lost a lot when we lost him,” said Meyer, whose team battled a rash of injuries and finished 5-22.
Meyer recalled a game in Timu’s junior year when Timu had two interceptions off Jesse Scroggins of Lakewood High — Scroggins was also recruited by UW before committing to USC.
“He’s just a great athlete,” Meyer said, adding that Timu is about 6-1, 205 now and has been working on his upper body strength since having surgery.
Despite the later-than-ideal surgery, Meyer said the rehab has gone ahead of schedule.
“Hopefully that thing will end up all right with plenty of time,” Meyer said.
Timu will be accompanied on his trip by teammate Princeton Fuimaono, a linebacker who has also committed to the Huskies.
“He’s just a pure football player,” Meyer said of Fuimaono. “We played him at running back, tight end, out at receiver on offense. He played a little corner this year at the beginning of the season. But his true position is outside linebacker. He is very, very active and very instinctive. He was all-league as a junior and again as a senior, though he battled some injuries, an ankle, a bruised shoulder, stuff like that all year, though nothing serious.”