With the Huskies off for a little while, coaches are on the road recruiting, which means it’s a good time to lay out exactly where things stand in that area.
First, here’s the official recruiting calendar from the NCAA.
You’ll see that much of the next two months is a contact period except for a few notable dead and quiet periods — notably a dead period from Dec. 17-Jan. 3, when teams are concentrating on bowl games.
Letter-of-intent signing day is Feb. 6.
UW has 19 reported commits in a class that is rated 13th nationally by Scout.com (third in the Pac-12 behind USC and UCLA), and 15th nationally by Rivals.com (and also third in the Pac-12 behind USC and UCLA).
Here’s a list of the known commits:
Defensive end Daeshon Hall, Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster High)
Guard Sean Harlow, San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente High)
Tight end David Ajamu, Shelton (Shelton High)
Cornerback Kevin King, Oakland (Bishop O Dowd HS)
Defensive end Marcus Farria, Peoria, Ariz. (Centennial High)
Guard Andrew Kirkland, Portland (Jesuit High
Wide receiver Demorea Stringfellow, Moreno Valley (Rancho Verde High)
Running back Lavon Coleman, Lompoc, Calif. (Lompoc High)
Defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, Petaluma, Calif. (Casa Grande High)
Linebacker Caleb Tucker, Monroe, La. (Ouachita Parish High)
Defensive tackle Andrew Basham, Lynnwood (Lynnwood High)
Wide receiver Darrell Daniels, Oakley, Calif. (Freedom High)
Quqarterback Troy Williams, Harbor City, Calif. (Narbonne High)
Kicker Cameron Van Winkle, Snoqualmie (Mount Si High)
Linebacker Connor O’Brien, Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic High)
Center Dane Crane, Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic High)
Linebacker Sean Constantine, Bellevue (Bellevue High)
Defensive tackle Jaimie Bryant, Tumwater (Tumwater High)
Wide receiver Sammie Long, Lakewood (Lakes)
If you’ve followed recruiting much through the years, though, you know that list can — and probably will — change drastically the next few months.
As for the number of players UW will sign, most expect the Huskies to come close to a full class of 25. That leads to the question of how they will fit them in since the Huskies had just 11 scholarship seniors this year. But even if the coaches don’t fill in the public on every step of how it will work itself out, the expectation is that they will find a way to make it work to fit in pretty much a full class this year.
UW is expected to bring in a half-dozen or so recruits in for official visits the next two weeks — exactly who generally becomes clearer closer to the weekend.
As you can see, UW has commits from six in-state players in a year when the in-state corps of recruits is not regarded as being quite as strong or deep as the last few years.
There are two other in-state players that figure to provide the most intrigue going forward — linebacker Myles Jack of Bellevue and defensive end/tight end Danny Mattingly of Mead High in Spokane. Each are four-star recruits regarded as sort verbals to other schools — Jack to UCLA and Mattingly to Notre Dame.
But each is also taking visits to other schools and considering UW —- Mattingly took an official visit to UW in October and to UCLA last weekend and reportedly has Oregon also on the schedule. Jack has said he will take official visits in December and January, telling Scout.com recently that Mississippi State, Utah and UW will all get visits and he will likely take all five.
This is probably also a good time to reiterate that the goal of this blog is to keep you as up-to-date as we can on the high points of recruiting. But it’s simply not possible to cover it as minute-to-minute as some other sites. But again, we’ll do what we can to make sure you don’t miss any huge news.