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June 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Huskies hoping for big things at Rising Stars Camp?

It’s a true June-uary-type day here in Seattle as I write this, the sun stubbornly staying hidden.

But it’s supposed to get a lot better by next weekend, and maybe that’ll be a good omen for the Huskies as they host their annual Rising Stars Camp (here are details on the camp itself, and here’s an overview of all of UW’s camps).

Greg Biggins, a West Coast recruiting analyst for Scout.com, wrote that the camp will be “absolutely loaded” with top prospects and could yield a commit or two for the Huskies. In fact, here’s all of what Biggins wrote (this was a free story on their web site):

“The Washington Rising Stars Camp next weekend will be absolutely loaded and will bring in talent from all over the region and beyond. The last few years, Cal was the school that was able to win the battle of the Junior Days/Elite camps and when a few former Bear coaches, namely Tosh Lupoi, headed over to Washington, the Huskies made it a huge priority to bring in as much talent on campus as possible.

The Fresno (Calif.) Central crew headlined by defensive backs Johnny Johnson, L.J. Moore and Hatari Byrd, Long Beach Jordan (Calif.) wide receiver John Ross, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tight end Thomas Duarte, Lompoc (Calif.) running back Lavon Coleman, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end Austin Hooper and Missouri City (Texas) Marshall linebacker Deon Hollins are just a few of the big names expected on hand.

Don’t be surprised if the Dawgs don’t pick up at least a few commitments over the weekend as several players have hinted at wanting to end the recruiting process while on campus.”

There will undoubtedly be more names that will crop up as attending as the camp grows closer next week. The summer camps are always critical for all schools to get a chance to see recruits up close, and for the recruits to be around the coaches — I remember the Huskies deciding to offer receiver Chris Juergens in 1998 almost solely because of what he did in the summer camp as he hadn’t been on the radar previously. But as Biggins writes, it sounds as if the re-made UW staff is making it even more of a priority now.

UW currently has eight known commits for its Class of 2013 — WR Darrell Daniels of Oakley, Calif. (Freedom High); QB Troy Williams of Harbor City, Calif. (Narbonne High); K Cameron Van Winkle (Mount Si); OLB Connor O’Brien, Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic); C Dane Crane, MLB Sean Constantine, Bellevue; DT Jaimie Bryant, Tumwater; and WR Sammie Long, Lakewood (Lakes).

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