Jaimie Bryant is on Washington’s radar once again.
The defensive tackle from Tumwater, one of the first recruits to commit to the Huskies’ Class of 2013, has been in limbo for most of the past year.
Bryant had agreed to grayshirt — that is, not sign a letter of intent and delay his enrollment for a year — with UW’s previous coaching staff, but there was uncertainty about his status during the transition to Chris Petersen’s regime.
“He was kind of lost in the shuffle for a bit,” said Bryant’s mother, Leighanne Malmin. “He was just kind of … waiting.”
The wait is over.
Kicking off the final recruiting weekend before national signing day on Wednesday, Bryant and his mother will make an official visit to UW starting today.
The new UW coaching staff has told the family that Bryant’s previous scholarship offer will be honored.
“He’s excited,” Malmin said. “He doesn’t want to go anywhere else. Others have tried to contact him, but he really wants to be Husky.”
Bryant plans to enroll at UW for the spring quarter.
While grayshirting, the 6-foot-5 Bryant had been encouraged to gain weight. He was down to about 245 pounds a year ago, and now weighs about 300 pounds, his mother said. She said he was relieved when the new staff told him he would actually be better of losing 15 pounds before enrolling.
“He’s back on track,” Malmin said.
A look at other recruits mentioned as making visits to UW this weekend:
OL Devin Burleson, Palmdale, Calif. (committed to San Diego State)
CB Naijiel Hale, Bellflower, Calif. (committed to Arizona)
WR/TE Brayden Lenius, Palmdale, Calif. (considering WSU, Utah, UW)
S Joseph McIntosh, West Hills, Calif. (committed to UW)
OL John Turner, Los Angeles (committed to UW)
Add: DeJaun Butler, a cornerback from Santa Monica (Calif.) College.