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December 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

A look at two of the Huskies’ under-the-radar recruits for 2015

In today’s paper, we have a general update on the Huskies’ recruiting efforts, which have taken off with five new commitments this week.

Today’s announcement from Tevis Bartlett gives Washington 21 known recruiting commitments for the Class of 2015. That bumped UW up four spots, to No. 22, in the national rankings and third in the Pac-12.

While looking at some highlight videos on Wednesday, one player that jumped out to me was linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven out of Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton, Calif.), who made a verbal commitment to the Huskies in September. Later Wednesday, while talking with national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman, I asked him if there were any diamond-in-the-rough-type recruits already committed to UW. He gave me two names:

Ben Burr-Kirven and Jordan Miller.

“I’m not going to say he’s Scooby Wright (from Arizona), but he is another Northern California guy who all the in-state schools overlooked,” Huffman said. “He almost singlehandedly took his team to state championship game last year. … I think the reason he was overlooked a bit was because he was a ‘tweener. He doesn’t have great size (at 6-feeet, 200 pounds) for a linebacker … but I think he has a chance special teams savage (for UW) right away. He definitely fits that ‘OKG’ model.”

Burr-Kirven, limited early this season by a calf injury, had 204 tackles as a junior, including 136 solo. Earlier this month, he rushed 27 times for 103 yards and scored the game’s only touchdowns in Sacred Heart’s 14-0 victory over Bellarmine Prep in the Central Coast Section Open Division championship game. Here are his senior year highlights.

Miller is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback from Oceanside (Calif.) High who will play in the CIF state championship Division I bowl game Friday night — against none other than Jake Browning, the record-setting quarterback from Folsom High School and the centerpiece of the Huskies’ recruiting class.

Like Burr-Kirven, Miller didn’t attract any scholarship offers from the Pac-12’s California schools in large part, Huffman said, because Miller didn’t start as a junior while playing behind two Division-I cornerbacks at powerhouse Oceanside.

“I think he has a chance to surprise a lot of people,” Huffman said.

Here are Miller’s highlights.

Twenty-one recruits are known to have made verbal commitments to the Huskies. National signing day is Feb. 4.

QB — Jake Browning, 6-2, 210, Folsom HS (Folsom, Calif.)
RB — Myles Gaskin, 5-9, 185, O’Dea HS
OL — Henry Roberts, 6-5, 270, Bellevue HS
OL — Trey Adams, 6-7, 270, Wenatchee HS
OL — Jared Hilbers, 6-7, 275, Beaverton HS (Beaverton, Ore.)
WR — Chico McClatcher, 5-9, 185, Federal Way HS
WR — Andre Baccellia, 5-11, 170, Westlake HS (Westlake Village, Calif.)
WR — Isaiah Renfro, 6-2, 185, Sierra Canyon School (Chatsworth, Calif.)
TE — Mike Neal, 6-4, 225, Etiwanda HS (Etiwanda, Calif.)

DL — Ricky McCoy, Roosevelt HS (Fresno, Calif.)
DL — Myles Rice, 6-4, 225, George Bush HS (Richmond, Texas)
DL — Jason Scrempos, 6-6, 250, Milpitas HS (Milpitas, Calif.)
LB — Jusstis Warren, 6-3, 225, Lincoln HS (Tacoma)
LB — D.J. Beavers, 6-1, 205, Crespi Carmelite HS (Encino, Calif)
LB — Ben Burr-Kirven, 6-0, 200, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton, Calif.)
LB — Kyler Manu, 6-1, 220, Highland HS (Pocatello, Idaho)
LB — Tevis Bartlett, 6-4, 214, Cheyenne East HS (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
CB — Jordan Miller, 6-1, 175, Oceanside HS (Oceanside, Calif.)
S — Ezekiel Turner, 6-3, 200, Los Angeles Pierce College
S — Quinten Pounds, 6-1, 175, Cypress HS (Cypress, Calif.)

LS — A.J. Carty, 6-3, 250, Servite HS (Anaheim, Calif.)

Note: Heights and weights are approximate.





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