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February 5, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Unveiling UW’s recruiting class on National Signing Day

Bellevue High School's Budda Baker was The Seattle Times' 2013 state player of the year. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

Bellevue High School’s Budda Baker was The Seattle Times’ 2013 state player of the year. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

Good morning, all. Another big football day in Seattle, with the Seahawks parade starting at 11 a.m. downtown and then Chris Petersen holding his first recruiting press conference at 3 p.m. at UW.

We’ll have this thread open all day with updates on recruits as they are announced. We’ll also host a live chat at 2 p.m. leading up to Petersen’s press conference.

First, our story on the Huskies’ biggest recruiting coup of the season, landing Bellevue star Budda Baker, who made his announcement Tuesday evening.

“I know it sounds cliche and hokey, but he’s such an amazing kid,” Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff said Tuesday night. “I’m happy for him because this is really cool to see and it’ll be really cool to see how they use him. I’ve had a lot of good ones here, and he’s as good as I’ve ever coached.”

Baker figures to immediately join the mix for the starting job at free safety for the Huskies next season.

“First got to start out from the bottom and then hopefully get to that starting spot,” Baker said Tuesday night.

2:52 p.m.: The Petersen press conference is about to begin. I’ll post updates after.

2:44 p.m: UW officially announces the last signees of the day: OL Devin Burleson and S Lavon Washington. That’s 24 total signees for this class. No more expected today.

1:59 p.m.: Offensive lineman Devin Burleson has committed to UW, per reports. Burleson had earlier committed to San Jose State. He’s reportedly only played football for two years and has attended six different high schools.

1:52 p.m.: Just getting settled here at UW and about to fire up our live chat. A few minutes ago, wide receiver Brayden Lenius announced his commitment to UW. The Huskies have now formally announced his signing. Lenius is from North Vancouver, B.C., and played a half season of football at Chaminade HS in Southern California.

10:34 a.m.: OL John Turner is latest signee announced by UW, 21st in this class.

9:37 a.m.: Huskies announce they’ve received NFL from Will Dissly, a 6-4, 250-pound defensive end from Bozeman, Mont., who was named to the Parada All-America honorable-mention team. Dissly is one of six former Boise State commits to sign with UW.

9:05 a.m.: Huskies announce they have received the NFI from Naijiel Hale (Lakewood, Calif.) out of St. John Bosco High. Hale, the son of the late rapper Nate Dogg, was a surprise flip to UW on Saturday after being a longtime commit to Arizona.

9:01 a.m.:

8:25 a.m.: In a text message, Drew Lewis, the first recruit announced by UW this morning, said it was “a big weight off my shoulders … and I know it was the best decision I could’ve made.”

8:18 a.m.: Another cornerback, Brandon Lewis, has signed with UW. Listed at 5-11, 180 pounds out of Rancho Murieta, Calif.

8:14 a.m.: Four-star big man Kaleb McGary, the state’s No. 2 recruit behind Baker, has signed. A bit surprising that UW has listed him as a defensive lineman. Petersen had told McGary that he sees him as an NFL left tackle, but McGary has also said he wants to give defense a try.

8:08 a.m.: UW has announced the signing of two offensive linemen: Matt James (Coeur D’Alene) and Jesse Sosebee (Garden Grove, Calif.) .

8:08 a.m.: There it is: The Huskies have announced they have received the signed letter of intent from Budda Baker.

8:04 a.m.: WR Dante Pettis (San Clemente, Calif.) has been announced. He’s a 6-1, 170-pound receiver and the cousin of former Boise State receiver Austin Pettis, now with the St. Louis Rams. Pettis’ dad is the third-base coach for the Texas Rangers and his uncle is a longtime Mariners scout.

7:53 a.m.: CB Darren Gardenhire has signed. Here are his senior season highlights.

7:51 a.m.: UW announces signing of kicker/punter Tristan Vizcaino (Chino Hills, Calif.). I need coffee.

7:46 a.m.: Bellevue High’s Shane Bowman, a 6-foor-4, 250-pound defensive end, has faxed in his letter of intent to UW.

7:40 a.m.: Sidney Jones (Diamond Bar, Calif.) has signed with UW. He’s listed as a cornerback after some recruiting services had him pegged as an “athlete” throughout the recruiting process. He’ll join a deep class of defensive backs in this class, the position of greatest need for UW.

7:36 a.m.: After a year in limbo, Tumwater’s Jaimie Bryant has signed with UW. Bryant had grayshirted last year, and he plans to enroll in March.

7:25 a.m.: And there’s safety Jojo McIntosh (Canyon Country, Calif.), a former UCLA commit. That’s seven announced signees in about 10 minutes for UW.

7:24 a.m.: Four-star quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels has signed. Said he’s 6-2-1/2 and 227 pounds. Expected to be the only QB for this UW class.

7:22 a.m.: UW announces the signing of defensive lineman Jaylen Johnson (Corona, Calif.) and TE Drew Sample out of Bellevue’s Newport High.

7:20 a.m.: Defensive lineman Greg Gaines (La Habra, Calif.) is announced as the third UW signee.

7:19 a.m.: UW announces the signing of running back Jomon Dotson (American Canyon, Calif.). He is the only known running back committed to UW for this class.

7:15 a.m.: Eastlake High’s Drew Lewis of Sammamish has been announced as UW’s first signee today. Lewis is listed as a 6-2, 200-pound linebacker. According to UW’s Gregg Bell, Lewis runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, has a 3.5 GPA and is the nephew of Atlanta Falcons secondary coach Tim Lewis.



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