I was reminded recently that when I did reviews of the classes that made up the 2011 Washington roster prior to the Alamo Bowl, I forgot the Class of 2010, Guilty as charged — mostly, I got busy with other stuff and just never got it posted.
So here it is, a look at the current status of the 30 members of the Class of 2010, Steve Sarkisian’s first full class at Washington.
It’s also one that received what remains the highest rating by Scout.com of any class since 2001, at No. 11. Rivals.com rated it No. 28, a divergence of opinion among the two major recruiting sites that is the widest for any recent UW class.
Scout’s high rating was due in large measure to nine four-star signees — Sean Parker (pictured), Sione Potoa’e, Micah Hatchie, Kevin Smith, Deontae Cooper, Erik Kohler, Colin Porter, Nick Montana and Chris Young.
Only three of those four-stars are, at the moment, regular starters — Porter, Parker and Kohler. Two are already off the roster — Young (who never got academically eligible) and Montana. Those are two of seven players overall that are already gone. This class could also include Josh Shirley, who arrived in July by way of UCLA. But for the purposes of this review, I’ll stick with the 30 players who actually signed in February.
OL James Atoe — Backup guard who saw a little bit of action last year on the PAT/FG teams but otherwise has yet to see the field. Will have a chance this spring to make his mark with injuries to others at guard.
LB Victor Burnett — Highly-touted LB who enrolled early never saw the field and was kicked off the team prior to the 2011 season for an off-field incident.
RB Jesse Callier — Callier was the main backup to Chris Polk the last two seasons and is the front-runner in 2012 to take his place as the starter.
WR DiAndre Campbell — Caught two passes for eight yards as a redshirt freshman and will compete for more playing time in 2012.
RB Deontae Cooper — As did Callier, enrolled for the spring of 2010 and impressed during spring drills and into fall camp before suffering an ACL injury in Aug. 2010. Suffered another ACL injury last off-season and missed the 2011 season, as well. Said to be on track to return for the 2012 season.
C Mike Criste — Officially was the backup center in 2011 but has yet to see any game action.
CB Greg Ducre — Played as true frosh in 2010 and then started seven games last season and will be a front-runner for a starting CB job again in 2012.
FB Zach Fogerson — Saw brief action in 2010, then suffered a neck injury in spring practice of 2011 that forced him to give up football.
LB Princeton Fuimaono — After playing primarily as a reserve/special teamer in 2010, was a regular starter at outside linebacker in 2011.
LB Garret Gilliland — Has been primarily a reserve linebacker and special teams player in first two seasons. With move to more 3-4 looks, could see more time going forward.
TE Michael Hartvigson — After redshirting in 2010, served as No. 2 tight end in 2011.
OT Micah Hatchie — Redshirted in 2010 and served as backup tackle in 2011. Will compete for starting tackle job in 2012 with graduation of Senio Kelemete.
DE Andrew Hudson — Redshirted in 2010 and moved into defensive end rotation in 2011, starting twice.
DE Hau’oli Jamora — One of the early stars of the class with a standout 2010 season a true freshman, suffered a knee injury early in 2011 and expected to get a medical redshirt and return next season as a sophomore.
LB Jamaal Kearse — Redshirted in 2010 and served primarily as a reserve and special teamer in 2011, starting three games when John Timu was injured.
OL Erik Kohler — One of the most highly-touted members of the class, was a part-time starter in 2010 and started all 13 games at right tackle in 2011.
DT Lawrence Lagafuaina — Redshirted in 2010 and was a reserve nose tackle in 2011.
QB Nick Montana — Highly-touted QB redshirted in 2010 then served as backup to Keith Price last season, getting one start against Oregon State, before deciding to transfer to Mt. SAC JC, where he will play this fall as a sophomore with hopes of then transferring to another D-I in 2013.
S Sean Parker — One of the highlight players of the class along with Montana and Kohler, memorably picked UW over USC and Michigan on national TV on signing day. A regular in the rotation in 2010 emerged as full-time starter at strong safety in 2011, a spot he figures to hold the next two seasons.
LB Cooper Pelluer — A late addition to the class, saw sparing action in both 2010 and 2011 as a backup LB and on special teams.
OG Colin Porter — This class featured seven OLs, and Porter is one of three so far to earn a regular starting role, starting all 13 games in 2011 at right guard.
DT Sione Potoa’e — Highly-touted DT still waiting to make the impact expected when he signed. Got one start last season (against Cal) but otherwise has been a reserve, making 13 tackles in two seasons.
OT Ben Riva — Redshirted in 2010 then served as a backup and on PAT/FG units, officially playing in 10 games.
WR Kevin Smith — After playing as a reserve in 2010, was a regular in the rotation and at kickoff returner in 2011. Suffered ACL injury prior to Alamo Bowl, however, and his status for the 2011 season is uncertain.
S Taz Stevenson — Has been a regular on special teams and a backup safety the last two years, though has also been bothered by nagging injuries limiting him to eight games in 2011.
OG Colin Tanigawa — After redshirting in 2010 became the regular starting left guard in 2011 before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Oregon State. Expected to be ready for the 2012 season.
LB John Timu — After delaying enrollment until Jan. 2011 while rehabbing a high school knee injury, emerged as a starting linebacker as a true freshman in 2011.
LB Darius Waters — Didn’t qualify academically. Enrolled at Arizona Western JC but wasn’t on roster in 2011.
DE Brent Williams — Never enrolled and is now at Colorado State. Was initially planning to grayshirt and enroll in time for 2011 season but Williams told Scout.com that UW then pulled its offer, forcing him to go elsewhere. Redshirted in 2011 at CSU.
LB Chris Young — Highly-touted safety prospect didn’t qualify academically and transferred to Arizona Western JC, where he played the last two seasons. Signed with Arizona State and will be a junior there in 2012.
Two years is obviously too early to really judge a class, so the jury remains out on this group. UW’s had some bad luck with the Cooper and Young situations, and Montana’s transfer means another high-profile member of this group is already gone. But as is always the case, some of the lesser-touted guys have already made big impacts, such as Jamora and Tanigawa.
And while there have already been some promising moments for some of the OLs in this class, getting a few more to emerge will go a long way toward ultimately defining this group.