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February 1, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Updated bios with Sarkisian quotes

Here are the full bios for the Thursday paper with quotes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian for each of the 25 Husky signees:

Kalei Auelua, defensive end/OLB
6-1, 227, Honolulu (St. Louis)
Had 15 sacks playing for a school that is a Hawaiian powerhouse. … Committed to UW last summer and was in Washington’s camp. … Due to an injury, may enroll late as a “greyshirt,” meaning he wouldn’t be part of team until 2013. Said UW coach Steve Sarkisian: “He’s a great pass rusher. Not the biggest of guys but resembles a Hau’oli Jamora type. Great work ethic, real technician when it comes to using his hands and rushing the passer.”

Josh Banks, defensive tackle
6-3, 274, Stockton, Calif. (San Joaquin Delta JC)
One of just two JC players in the class. … Also considered Oregon State and Iowa State. Defensive MVP of the Valley Conference last year. .. Said Sarkisian: “He’s a guy who can come in and fill an immediate need from a pass rushing standpoint at the three technique (tackle spot) is big. Great first step, good hands, a guy we’re expecting to have an immediate impact as well.

Brandon Beaver, cornerback
6-0, 176 Compton, Calif. (Dominguez)
Played in the U.S. Army All-American game. … Also considered Cal and Utah but had been a silent commit to UW for a few weeks before announcing on signing day. Four interceptions, 38 tackles as a senior. … Said Sarkisian: “Beav is a cover corner at 6-1 about 180 pounds. When you look at those four defensive backs, we absolutely nailed it in every capacity to get all four of those guys on board to go along with Antavius Sims from last year’s class, who is now on campus they really fulfilled a huge need for us on that end.”

Shane Brostek, offensive line
6-3, 283, Kamuela, Hawaii (Hawaii Prep)
Son of former UW center Bern Brostek (who played from 1986-89). … Was almost invisible during recruiting, doing few interviews. Final choice appeared to come down to UW and Oregon before deciding on the Huskies this week. … Rated No. 71 guard in the nation by Scout.com. Said Sarkisian: “This has been a three-year project with this first kid, and obviously his father playing here and the great history and tradition of playing here. Getting Shane Brostek was a big get for us. From Hawaii, Hawaii Prep high school, same high school as Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. Tremendous kid. Tremendous work ethic. I think from a physical and mental standpoint, can come in and contribute early. Physically, Bern has worked him extremely well in the weight room. He’s prepared himself mentally for this. And so we’re excited about Shane. He’s a guy that’s more than likely going to be an inside guy, a guard-tackle type.”

Travis Coons, kicker
6-2, 205, Alta Loma, Calif. (Mt. San Antonio College)
Originally committed to San Diego State but gave a recent commitment to UW citing desire to play in Pac-12. … Expected to compete to replace the graduated Erik Folk. Also can punt and kickoff. … Said Sarkisian: “Tremendous leg strength, really bombs kickoffs, which is key as we’re finding out in college football. NFL moved their kickoffs up, we’re still back on the 30, so you’ve got to have the leg strength, especially at Husky Stadium. Travis will have a big impact on us early.”

Nathan Dean, offensive tackle
6-5, 274, Kirkland (Juanita)
One of the earliest commits to UW’s class, was a 3-year starter at Juanita. … Was a Seattle Times Red Chip selection. Played in the Semper Fidelis All-Star game in Phoenix in January. … Said Sarkisian: “Tremendous kid. Tremendous work ethic. A kid we had in camp. He’s got the right mindset. He’s physical. He’s got that nasty streak to him. A guy that I think we can anticipate being a tackle for us at some point, whether it’s right or left tackle, but a guy I think will definitely help us. Is the right type of body type to help us (being 6-5).”

Korey Durkee, punter
6-3, 215, Gig Harbor (Gig Harbor)
Averaged 45.9 yards per punt last year at Gig Harbor and was named an All-State pick by the Times. … Expected to step right in at punter to replace the graduated Kiel Rasp and Will Mahan. A teammate of Austin Seferian-Jenkins at Gig Harbor. … Said Sarkisian: “He punts and kicks. Has the accuracy from a kicking standpoint to do PATs, shorter field goals but also has the punting aspect of it.”

Jake Eldrenkamp, offensive line
6-5, 295, Bellevue
Committed to UW last week after also seriously considering Washington State. … Won 3A state title all four years at Bellevue. … Said Sarkisian: “What I thought what was cool about Jake is you look at the best games he played were against his best opponents, his toughest opponents. You look at the Oaks Christian game, you go back to some of the playoff games, you look at O’Dea, you look at Lakes. Those were his best games, and that made it very clear to me that this guy belonged at the University of Washington. Tackle-type body, but also has the athleticism to play inside at the center spot.”

Cory English, guard/center
6-3, 285, Auburn
A teammate of current Husky Danny Shelton at Auburn. … Seriously considered Oregon State before committing to UW. … A Seattle Times Red Chip pick. Said Sarkisian: “What I like about Cory is the versatility, the strength for a high school kid. More than likely an inside guy, but has that nasty streak that you like, that physicality that you like.”

Taylor Hindy, offensive line
6-4, 295, West Hills, Calif. (Chaminade Prep)
Another signing day surprise as there had been no publicity that he was committing to the Huskies until his signing announced. Also can handle short snaps. … Named Mission League Co-Most Valuable Lineman as a senior. … Said Sarkisian: “Probably the sleeper of the group, which I’m glad we made it this far with this kid being here. This kid Taylor Hindy, from Chaminade High School in California, who his high school coach I have a great deal of respect for, who we had in camp. Kind of tried to let him fly under the radar as best we could, and we were able to do that. He was committed to another school here at the end but we made it work here at the very end. We knew we wanted to take him for a few weeks now and was able to make it work here at the end.”

Jeff Lindquist, quarterback
6-3, 234, Mercer Island (Mercer Island)
Committed to UW last April after also seriously considering Stanford. … Was 141-255 passing at Mercer Island as a senior for 1,908 yards and 22 TDs. Also rushed for 826 yards and 12 touchdowns. .. Said Sarkisian: “He’s got all the physical tools at 6-3, 230 pounds. The arm strength, the smarts to do what he can do. It’s just going to be a matter of transitioning that to college football. Love what he brings to the table. Just what a special person he is. He’s a great human being. Love everything about him.”

Cory Littleton, linebacker
6-4, 218, Spring Valley, Calif. (Mount Miguel)
Also had offers from the likes of UCLA and WSU before committing to UW last fall. … Named First-Team All-CIF San Diego Section as a junior and senior. … Said Sarkisian: “I believe he has the frame to grow into a 230, 240-pound outside linebacker, but at 6-4 with the wing span getting us longer on the edge is big for us with Cory. Fired up about getting Cory.”

Cyler Miles, quarterback
6-2, 220, Denver (Mullen)
Committed to UW last spring, then reconsidered after offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left and subject of furious signing day battle with USC. Reaffirmed commitment to UW Wednesday and signed in the afternoon, the last letter to arrive. .. Played in the U.S. Army All-American Game, throwing a touchdown pass and running for another. … Sarkisian says he will compete with Lindquist and redshirt frosh Derrick Brown for backup spot behind Keith Price in 2012: “We are going to push them both to compete for that back-up job. Both That process begins tomorrow. We have to get going.”

Ryan McDaniel, linebacker
6-0, 225, Torrance, Calif. (North)
Missed most of the season after suffering a knee injury in the second game. Will enroll for the spring to continue the rehab process. … Also a standout running back who rushed for 1,168 yards as a junior. Said Sarkisian: “He’s similar to what a Donald Butler was here early in his career. A guy coming off a knee injury I think his future looks even brighter than it is right now. Again, when you can go into southern California and beat some of the teams we beat to get him up here is a big get.”

Jaydon Mickens, wide receiver
5-11, 175, Los Angeles (Dorsey)
Committed to UW in a publicized announcement Tuesday after also considering Oklahoma State. … Committed at one point to USC, as well, before mutual agreement to go separate ways. … Played QB, RB and WR in high school. Said Sarkisian: “Obviously it came down to the wire here last night. Electric player. One of the keys for us at this wideout position was to get faster. We obviously did with Jaydon, a kid who played wide receiver, quarterback, some running back. The versatility with him. But ultimately the ability to stretch the field with Jaydon is huge.”

Blake Rodgers, linebacker
6-2, 215, Las Flores, Calif. (Tesoro)
Had 103 tackles, 13-and-a-half for a loss and eight sacks as a senior. … Also played running back. …Also had an offer from Air Force. Said Sarkisian: “He’s a true inside linebacker type. Very bright, a running back gets the game sees the game from both sides, offense and defense, just three really cool linebackers there.”

Kendyl Taylor, wide receiver
5-10, 196, Chandler, Az. (Hamilton)
Named Arizona’s Division-I Player of the Year by Rivals.com and fourth-best player in the state by the Arizona Republic. … Younger brother of former ASU receiver Kerry Taylor. … Caught 87 passes for 1,132 yards and 16 TDs as a senior and also rushed for 558 yards. Said Sarkisian: “Very versatile kid. Comes from a program that’s used to winning, Hamilton High. A kid that does the WR stuff, runs all the routes but has the ability to do the bubble screens, the fly sweeps, even lines up at tailback. Just a tremendous kid. Great kid, great parents, love him to death.”

Shaq Thompson, safety
6-2, 215, Sacramento (Grant)
One of the most highly-rated UW commits in years, generally considered No. 1 safety in the county. … One of six finalists for U.S. Army National Player of the Year Award. … Made a January commit to Cal where brother Syd’Quan played, then changed mind, committing to UW Monday. Said Sarkisian: “He’s got tremendous work ethic, he’s an excellent leaer, but he’s also 6-2, 215 pounds playing safety who can run, played tailback in high school, not afraid to put his face on anybody coming across the middle of the field which I think is important. He’s a very intimidating figure back there and couldn’t be more fired up to have Shaq as part of our program.”

Damion Turpin, defensive end
6-2, 265, Compton, Calif. (Dominquez)
Was committed to UCLA before the change in coaches there. … Had 48 tackles and eight sacks as a senior. … Said Sarkisian: “He’s kind of a tweener. Could play a defensive end/inside guy, from Dominguez High School, a program we respect so much. His recruiting kind of opened back up and we got in on him. We’re looking for him to develop into a solid defensive lineman for us.”

Pio Vatuvei, defensive end
6-3, 272, Patterson, Calif.
A surprise signee early Wednesday, had been committed to USC. . … Rated the No. 23 prospect in the state of California by Rivals.com. .. Also had offers from Cal and Utah, among others. Said Sarkisian: “Kind of knocked him into the boat at 12:30 last night. Great relationship with the kid. I thought coach Nansen, coach Lupoi did a tremendous job with pio and his parent and getting them to the point where he really believed this is the best place for him. Anytime you can go into California and get a defensive lineman when that big school down there is on him, that’s a feather in our cap about getting Pio on board. He’s a special talent, 6-3, 270 pounds coming out of high school as a defensive end is a real type of athlete that can come in and do some things right off the bat.”

Cleveland Wallace, cornerback
5-11, 165, San Jose (Oak Grove)
Was committed to Oregon State before changing his mind after Huskies hired away Beavers defensive back coach Keith Heyward. … also played running back, receiver and punter. … 54 tackles and five interceptions as a senior. Said Sarkisian: “A very versatile kid. Can play safety, play corner. Also can cover, does kickoff returns, has played on offense. A very versatile kid. Again, trying to raise our football IQ on the defensive side of the ball and I think that kid does it.”

Darien Washington, defensive back
5-10, 165 Orange, Calif., (Lutheran)
Also considered Colorado but committed early to UW. … Also a 6-4 high jumper as well as a long and triple jumper. … Said Sarkisian: “He’s a hybrid, a kid who can play corner, can play safety, plays very physical, can cover. Fills a lot of those needs for us now as we see more and more spread offenses.”

Dwayne Washington, receiver
6-foot, 170, Cerritos, Calif. (Gahr)
Caught 66 passes for 1,338 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior and had 100 or more yards in nine of 10 games. … Also had offers from Colorado and Utah. .. Said Sarkisian: “A big-play guy. A very physical guy. 6-1, 205, gonna get bigger. Love what he brings to the table. He’s had a tremendous career there at Gahr. We’re expecting big things out of him.”

Erich Wilson II, running back
6-1, 190, San Mateo, Calif. (Serra)
Rushed for 2,106 yards to set a school record at a school with a rich athletic tradition (alums include Lynn Swann and Tom Brady). … Also had 33 touchdowns and averaged 9.3 yards per carry. … Named San Mateo County Player of the Year by the San Jose Mercury News. … Said Sarkisian: “You look at the records he broke at Serra High School, and some of the names of the records he broke, from Lynn Swann, most notably. Just a tremendous player. I think he’s really gojing to step in and help us in a lot of different factors, maybe not just on offense but on special teams as well.”

Psalm Wooching, fullback
6-3.5, 217, Kailua Kona, Hawaii (Kalakehe)
A one-time commit to UCLA who reconsidered after head coaching change. … Played linebacker and running back, rushing for 815 yards and 15 touchdowns. … Slated to play a fullback/H-back type role. … Said Sarkisian: “This is a guy who can run the football, he catches the football very well, he can line up all over the field. He’s got a very tough mentality about him. He’s not afraid to put his face in there and block and do those types of things. So Psalm Wooching, I think, will really have an instant impact in our offense, an added dimension we haven’t had here for a couple of years.”

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