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February 2, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Second set of player bios

Here are the rest of the player bios with a comment from UW coach Steve Sarkisian:

Dezden Petty, TB/FB, 6-foot, 213 Gardena (High), Calif. — Rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. Originally committed to San Diego State before getting UW offer. Said grandfather was a big Husky fan. … Sarkisian compares him stylistically to former USC fullback Stanley Havili. … Reportedly first player from his high school to get a D-I offer since receiver Damon Mack signed with UW in 1988. … Could be used at tailback or fullback. … ‘He’s got a lot of versatility,” Sarkisian said.

James Sample, S, 6-2, 191 Sacramento (Grant) — Made commitment to UW official during national TV telecast of US Army All-American Game. … Helped Grant shut out Bellevue in Seattle 14-0 in 2009. … had 109 tackles as a senior and rated the No. 9 safety in the country by … Played for a perennial power that went 25-2 his last two seasons. “He’s a big, beautiful looking guy,” Sarkisian said. “He’s 6-2, if not taller. Tall, rangy can play man coverage and then knock a guy’s helmet off on the next snap.”

Bishop Sankey, RB, 5-10, 194 Spokane (Gonzaga Prep) — Made much-balleyhooed switch from WSU to UW two last week. … A Times Blue Chip pick. … Career rushing leader in the Greater Spokane League with 4,355 yards and had a high of 359 in one game against Mead. … Single-season GSL record with 2,518 yards as a senior. … Sarkisian noted his ability to both run in traffic and with speed and said “he has a lot of versatility to his game and I’m not sure if everyone knows that about him.” … Could also get a chance at returning kicks. …

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, 6-6, 250 Fox Island (Gig Harbor) — Among the more highly-touted of UW’s recent commits, rated No. 32 overall by and 39 by … Should fill an immediate need at tight end and will enroll in time for spring practice. … Finished with a school-record 126 catches, 62 as a junior when he also had 1,152 yards and 11 touchdowns. … Named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best in the West First Team. … “He’s a freakish talent,” Sarkisian said. “He’s got amazing feet, amazing hand-eye coordination, the ability to time jumps. They just don’t make guys like this all the time.” … Committed in August and resisted overtures from the likes of Texas to sign with UW. …

Danny Shelton, DT, 6-3, 300 Auburn (High), Wash. — The top-rated lineman in the state this year and seriously considered Oregon before picking the Huskies in late December. … First Team All-State on both sides of the ball and a Times Blue Chip pick. … Twice named the South Puget Sound League 4A North’s Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year. … “He’s the real deal inside,” said Sarkisian. “A real beast. He’s a guy who should have an immediate impact in our program.”

Antavius Sims, QB/CB, 6-2, 200 Americus, Ga. (Ventura, Calif. CC) — Played QB at Ventura in 2009 and 2010 but also considered a prospect to play cornerback. … Got an offer from UW on signing day and quickly committed after having previously been committed to UTEP. … Threw for 1,956 yards and rushed for 1,014 last year at Ventura and will get looks on both sides of the ball. … Could develop as a spot player at QB in Wildcat-type looks. … “I’m sure we will have some QB stuff for him on the call sheet, as well,” Sarkisian said.

Siosifa Tufunga, OG/C, 6-1, 297 Long Beach (Jordan), Calif. — From same high school as 2010 signees John Timu and Princeton Fuimaono as well as UW recruiting coordinator and DL coach Johnny Nansen. … Was the Moore League’s Offensive Lineman of the Year. … Rated the No. 83 guard prospect in the country by … “He hasn’t played a whole lot of football,” Sarkisian said. “He’s a bright young man and a tremendous student and has got a great upside.” …

Taniela Tupou, DL, 6-2, 265 Marysville (Archbishop Murphy) — One of five Times Blue Chip picks to sign with UW. … Named to the 2A All-State First Team as a defensive lineman and second team as a tight end. … Played in the Team USA vs. the World game on Wednesday. … Another who impressed the Huskies while in their summer camps. “He dominated football games at his level yet in camp he dominated as well,” Sarkisian said. “He has a tremendous work ethic.”

Corey Waller, OLB, 6-2. 210 Long Beach (Poly), Calif. — Battled nagging injuries throughout his senior season but first got on the recruiting radar during a standout junior year when he had 82 tackles and 10 sacks. … Also considered Cal, among other schools. … “The first thing about him is he really knows how to rush the passer,” Sarkisian said.

Kasen Williams, WR, 6-2, 210 Sammamish (Skyline) — Among the more highly-touted players to sign with UW in recent memory, earning honors as the Parade Magazine Player of the Year among numerous accolades. .. Son of former UW WR Aaron Williams (1979-82) committed to UW in August in a celebration at Skyline High School. … Finished career with 235 receptions for 4,121 yards and 56 touchdowns. … The Times’ State Player of the Year. … “He can run, he can jump, he’s physical, he’s extremely competitive,” Sarkisian said. “I think he has the potential to have an immediate impact.”

Evan Zeger, S, 6-2, 200 Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman) — Played at Skyline before moving to Las Vegas after junior season. … Helped lead Bishop Gorman to a 13-2 record and the class 4A State title. … Father, John Zeger, lettered at UW as a safety in 1980-81. … Rated the No. 28 safety in the country by and No. 35 by … “He’s another big, physical safety with room to grow,” Sarkisian said.



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