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February 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Notes and quotes on UW’s 24 signed recruits for the Class of 2014

Introducing Washington’s Class of 2014:

Budda Baker, S, 5-10, 180, Bellevue HS — The Northwest’s most high-profile recruit committed to UW during a live KING5 broadcast Tuesday evening, after earlier backing out of a December commitment to Oregon. … The Seattle Times state player of the year and Army All-American figures to vie for a starting job at safety immediately at UW. “The second we got here, (Baker was) all we heard about,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “He’s a fabulous player. … We need him on defense in the worst way right now.” … Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff: “In the secondary, he could shut down half a field for us. He was so instinctive. He could get to footballs that no average kid could get to.”

Shane Bowman, DL, 6-4, 250, Bellevue HS — The three-star recruit had been committed Oregon State before flipping to UW on Jan. 20. … One of six in-state recruits to sign with the Huskies on Wednesday. … … A Seattle Times red chip recruit and first-team all-state selection. … Played offensive line, defensive line and tight end on three straight 14-0 teams at Bellevue. … Petersen: “He’s a blue-collar tough guy, and that’s exactly what we need on the defensive line.” …  Goncharoff: “He’s relentless. He’s play hard every single snap … and he’s one of the strongest kids we’ve ever had.”

Jaimie Bryant, DT, 6-5, 300, Tumwater HS — One of the first recruits to commit to UW’s Class of 2013 before UW’s previous coaching staff asked him to grayshirt and delay his enrollment. Was in limbo for the past year before the new UW staff honored his scholarship last month. … Gained 60 pounds over the past year at the urging of UW’s previous coaches, but plans to lose about 15 before enrolling at UW in March. … A first-team AP all-state and 2A Evergreen Conference Defensive MVP as a senior in 2012. … Played defensive tackle, tight end and running back at Tumwater.

Devin Burleson, OL, 6-7, 260, Palmdale, Calif., Highland HS — Had been committed to San Diego State. … The final recruit to commit to UW on Wednesday, Burleson is a more accomplished basketball player. Some basketball recruiting sites list him at 6 feet 9. … Attended six different high schools, according to the Los Angeles Times. … Has only played football for a couple years. … Petersen: “He might be the tallest person I’ve been around. He started playing football the last couple years and we think his upside is going to be very, very good.”

K.J. Carta-Samuels, QB, 6-2, 227, Saratoga, Calif.; Bellarmine Prep — The lone quarterback to sign with UW. … Had a long-standing commitment to Vanderbilt, where his brother, Austyn, was the starting quarterback last season, before coach James Franklin left for Penn State. … The first of four four-star recruits (Baker, Bowman and Naijiel Hale) to commit to UW, on Jan. … Ranked nation’s No. 10 pro-style QB by Rivals. … U.S. Army All-American Bowl. … A first-team All-West Catholic Athletic League selection after leading Bells to an 8-4 record and the semifinals of the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs … His father, James Samuels, played tight end at Utah State, and his father’s twin brother was the Aggies’ quarterback. … Petersen: “Really feel great about him. I’ve known about him for a long time, but he was committed to Vanderbilt forever. And then when these crazy coaches decide to change jobs, it just blows everything up (smiles). … I just think he got a tremendous amount of potential. He can run. He’s big, physical; he can throw, and I think there’s a lot there and we’re excited to get him in our offense.”

Will Dissly, DE, 6-4, 250, Bozeman, Mont. — The former Boise State commit was Montana’s Gatorade Player of the Year. … Just the second Montanan to earn Parade All-America honors (honorable mention). … Also named first-team all-state as a tight end. … Had 57 tackles, 12 for a loss and 9.5 sacks, plus 55 catches for 917 yards and 11 touchdowns. … Led Bozeman to a 14-0 record and the AA state championship as a senior. Petersen: “Great kid. Another kid we had in our (Boise) camp; got a firsthand look at him. A really good student. He could be a tight end; he’s really athletic, but we’ll start him on defense and see how it goes.”

Jomon Dotson, RB, 5-11, 175, American Canyon, Calif. HS — Three-star recruit switched his commitment from Colorado to UW the same day Carta-Samuels pledged to UW. … Rushed for 2,004 yards and 26 touchdowns on 189 carries as a senior, following a school-record 2,148 yards rushing as a junior. … Named Napa Valley Register Napa County Player of the Year and second-team All-CIF San Joaquin Section. … Petersen: “He’s extremely fast; breakaway speed. I think he’s going to do some good things.”

Greg Gaines, DL, 6-1, ,305 La Habra, Calif. HS —One of six former Boise State commits to follow Chris Petersen and UW’s new staff to UW. … Earned MVP of the Freeway League and first-team All-CIF Southern Section Southwest Division on the defensive line. … Also played running back in short-yardage situations. … Ranked by ESPN as the No. 42 recruit in California and the No. 44 defensive tackle in the country. … Petersen: “Coming over here, everyone’s into this star rating thing. And I’m just kind (confused) — I don’t know how you give these kids star and these other kids (no) stars. But I know Greg Gaines was one of those guys that shut down his recruiting extremely early when we got him (committed) at Boise. Then he decided to come here, but he had everybody in the country calling him. … I think he’s the ultimate inside guy. He’s tough, he’s athletic — we’re excited about him.”

Darren Gardenhire, CB, 6-0, 180, Long Beach, Calif., Cabrillo HS — Played wide receiver, safety, punter and returned kicks and punts at Cabrillo. … Had 97 tackles as a senior in 2013 … Also had 34 catches for 618 yards and six touchdowns … earned Moore League Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-league as a senior. … Helped Jaguars to the playoffs as a senior, playing alongside quarterback Kaelon Price, younger brother of former Husky Keith Price. … Petersen said Gardenhire could probably play corner or safety, but defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake likes Gardenhire at corner to begin with.

Naijiel Hale, CB, 5-11, 180, Lakewood, Calif., St. John Bosco HS — Four-star recuirt was perhaps the biggest surprise in UW’s recruiting efforts, after he broke off his long-standing commitment to Arizona. Made a verbal pledge to UW on Saturday during his official visit to Seattle. … The son of the late rapper Nate Dogg, who’s hit song, “Regulate” with Warren G, has more than 25 million hits on YouTube. Hale’s senior season highlight video has about 12,000 YouTube views. … Petersen: “Tremendous competitor. A really tough guy who plays with a chip on his shoulder. We’re excited to get him.”

Matt James, OL, 6-5, 270, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho HS — Maintain his commitment to UW through the coaching transition from Steve Sarkisian to Petersen. … The Class 5A Inland Empire League Player of the Year as a senior after helping Coeur d’Alene to the state title. … Named first-team all-state on offense and defense. … Also a standout wrestling. … Had a 4.0 GPA and has been a volunteer firefighter. … Petersen: “You want to talk about another OKG (our kind of guy) — I was dying to get him (to Boise) when we were over there. I think he was very interested in the education part of things here at Washington. He’s a fabulous student.”

Jaylen Johnson, DE, 6-3, 245, Corona, Calif., Centennial HS — CIF Southern Section Inland Division Defensive Player of the Year and the Defensive MVP of the Big VIII League as a senior in 2013 … earned first-team Division I all-state honors from … Had 63 tackles and six sacks as a senior, after 113 tackles as a junior, when the Centennial Huskies won the Inland Division playoffs and also made it to the state Open Division championship game. … Rated as nation’s No. 43 defensive end by Scout. … Petersen: “We may have been on him longer than anybody on this list right here. Awesome player. We were recruiting him forever and he committed to us (at Boise) way back when and we were just hoping to be able to hold onto him.”

Sidney Jones, CB, 6-1, 170, Diamond Bar, Calif., West Covina HS: Former Utah commit was the Hacienda League’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. … Was a first-team All-CIF Southern Section Southeast Division at defensive back. … Played wide receiver, running back, cornerback, free safety and also returned kicks and punts for the Bulldogs. … Petersen: “A guy that kind of came onto us late. A big, tall corner. Very athletic. We think his upside is going to be tremendous and we’re excited to develop him.”

Brayden Lenius, WR, 6-5, 220, North Vancouver, B.C.; West Covina HS (Calif.) — A Made public his commitement to UW on Wednesday, then signed his national letter of intent. … A first-team All-CIF Southern Section Western Division in 2013, his lone season of football in the U.S. … Had 26 catches for 615 yards and six touchdowns as a senior despite missing the first five games of the season due to transfer rules. … Played youth football in British Columbia for the Carson Graham Secondary School. … Petersen: “Brayden Lenius is real interesting. He’s legitimately 6-5 and over 220 pounds and he’s a wide receiver. So we’re excited to get him.”

Brandon Lewis, 5-11, 180, Rancho Murieta, Calif., Pleasant Grove HS — Another former Boise State commit . Played just six games as a senior because of injury, but still had eight touchdowns and 444 yards on 39 carries as a running back. … Missed his entire junior season with a knee injury. … Petersen: “Brandon Lewis is a guy that we’ve been on a long time when we were at Boise. Great, great student. Extremely high academics. … He had just been injured, so he missed a lot of time. Had he not been (injured), I think he would’ve been pursued by a lot of people.”

Drew Lewis, S, 6-2, 200, Sammamish, Eastlake HS — The only linebacker in this class for UW. … Stuck with his commitment through UW’s coaching change. … Was a first-team all-KingCo 4A Crest Division as a junior and senior… Named a Seattle Times red chip recruit. … Petersen: “Very athletic. He’s probably a safety, but we like to start with a bunch of athleticism at that linebacker position, and we’re really excited about him.”

Kaleb McGary, DL, 6-7, 285, Fife HS — A four-star recruit who was named the South Puget Sound League’s 2A Defensive Lineman of the Year. … State’s No. 2-ranked recruit, behind Baker. … Ranted the No. 27 offensive tackle by Scout. … Petersen said McGary will first “test the waters” on defense, because that’s where McGary’s most comfortable right now. … Petersen: “He may be that big-time defensive end, he may be an inside guy, he may be an unbelievable left tackle — I just know he’s something. A football player, and we’re excited to have him.”

Jojo McIntosh, S, 6-1, 195, Canyon Country, Calif., Chaminade Prep — A first-team all-CIF Southern Section Western Division selection. … Helped Chaminade to a 14-2 record, the CIF Southern Section championship and the fourt-team CIF Division II state title in 2013. … Petersen: “One of my favorite guys. He was in our (Boise) camp this past summer and Coach Lake and I were jumping up; we were as excited about him as anyone we had in camp. He  was a safety that covered like a corner for us. Really tough and he just competed. He’s going to be very interesting getting here.”

Dante Pettis, WR, 6-1, 175, San Clemente, Calif., Junipero Serra HS — Petersen said Austin Pettis “was maybe the best receiver that I’ve ever been around. And when I wanted (Dante’s) tape, I was trying not to project Austin onto Dante, but there’s a lot of similarities. From my recollection — Austin would probably dispute this — but Dante was looking like a stronger high school player than what I saw in Austin.”

Drew Sample, TE, 6-5, 235, Bellevue, Newport HS — A first-team KingCo selection as a junior and senior. Had 21 catches for 496 yards and 11 touchdowns in a three-year varsity career. … In Newport’s run-heavy option, had eight receptions as a senior for 265 yards and five touchdowns. A team captain as a senior for a squad that went 8-3 and advanced to the first round of the playoffs. … Petersen: “We had him in our camp at Boise and we thought he was a really good player.”

Jesse Sosebee, OL, 6-6, 300, Garden Grove, Calif., Edison HS — A first-team All-CIF Southern Section Southwest Division and Sunset League Offensive Lineman of the Year. … Helped Edison to the Sunset League championship and the semifinals of the CIF-SS Southwest Division playoffs last season. … Petersen: “We recruited him for a long time at Boise … he’s really athletic and another guy we’re real excited about.”

John Turner, OL, 6-4, 275, Los Angeles, Loyola HS — A two-year starter at Loyola on both lines. … Named a first-team all-Serra League as a senior. … Petersen: “He may play guard, may play center. He was a quarterback I think three years ago, so he’s got a little bit of athleticism in him. We like his potential.”

Tristan Vizcaino, K, 6-2, 195, Chino Hills, Calif., Damien HS — Ranked the No. 1 combo kicker/punter and give a five-star rating by Chris Sailer Kicking, where he was named camp champion in August 2013. … Converted 15 of 21 field-goal attempts with a long of 47 yards in three seasons as the Damien kicker. … Petersen: “He may be the most important guy in this class, and I mean that sincerely. It’s all fun and games until that kicker goes out there to kick that field goal. … He’s a guy that can do it all, and we expect him to come in and compete right away.”

Lavon Washington, S, 5-11, 180, Oakland, Calif., McClymmonds HS — Played wide receiver and defensive back, helping McClymonds to a 10-3 record and the CIF Division IV State Semifinals in 203. … Named All-East Bay as a senior. … Named to CalHiSports’ small-school all-state first team. Coached by Michael Peters, father of current Huskies’ cornerback Marcus Peters. … Petersen: “He was a guy who was committed here for a long time and stuck to his commitment. We’re excited to have him.”



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