Washington recruits Erik Brown and Rahshead Johnson are included in Phil Steele’s list of top 200 high school seniors entering the 2013 season.
Brown, a 6-1 receiver from Fontana, Calif., cracked the list at No. 123; he’s the 18th-rated receiver on the list.
Johnson, a 5-11 slot receiver from Long Beach, Calif., comes in at No. 188.
Also of note: Bellevue’s Budda Baker, the state’s top recruit, made the list at No. 57.
The only other in-state player on the list is Mountlake Terrace linebacker Devante Downs at No. 183.
Brown committed to UW last week during Nike’s “The Opening” camp in Oregon. Brown told Scout.com that it was a difficult decision to choose UW over UCLA, his hometown school; he added that he might still make some official visits to other schools, such as Notre Dame, Nebraska Oregon State and Cal.
“I’m solid though,” Brown told Scout. “I wouldn’t announce my decision to the whole nation like this if I wasn’t solid and I think UW is building the best wide receiver corps in the nation and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Johnson was the first recruit from the Class of 2014 to commit to the Huskies, having done so more than a year ago, before his junior season. He’s apparently drawing interest now from the likes of USC, a school he told Scout he would consider, if the Trojans offer.
That committed recruits are still talking with other schools this time of year isn’t unusual. Then again, signing day is nearly seven months away, and surprises do happen now and then.