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August 18, 2014 at 6:42 AM

Washington’s 2015 recruiting class gets high marks

David Crisp is one of three members of Washington's celebrated 2015 recruiting class. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson - Seattle Times)

David Crisp is one of three players in Washington’s highly-touted 2015 recruiting class. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson – Seattle Times)

Washington has assembled one of the best 2015 recruiting classes in the country, according to 24/7 Sports.

The Huskies are ranked seventh behind No. 1 Arizona, Louisville, Duke, Ohio State and Syracuse.

Scout.com lists the UW’s three recruits among its top 100. Dejounte Murray is 36th, Marquese Chriss 46th and David Crisp 95th.

It appears as if Washington will add at least one more player to the 2015 class.

Reportedly, the Huskies have extended scholarship offers to 6-7 forward Matisse Thybulle at Bellevue’s Eastside Catholic High, Juwan Morgan, a 6-8 forward from Waynesville, MO and Malik Dime, a 6-8 forward at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa.

Coach Lorenzo Romar acknowledged Washington has improved in recruiting recently thanks in large part to a change in tactics, in which the Huskies are securing early verbal commitments.

“My guys have been working their butts off in recruiting,” he said. “We’re identifying kids early that we think we can get and we’re trying to impress upon them the importance of joining us now.”

Romar also credits an uptick in talent among the local high schools for helping UW’s recruiting efforts. Murray is a senior at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High while Crisp, who is attending Brewster (N.H.) Academy, played for the Vikings last season.

“There are more kids locally that are able to come in and help us,” Romar said. “There was a time there where it wasn’t there as much. We had to go elsewhere and elsewhere they may not have as much pride in this place as the kids around here do. The kids in our backyard – some don’t – but most love this university and want to be a part of it. I think that has helpedĀ  us more than anything.”

MONDAY MORNING LINKS:

— In a CBSsports.com survey, 69 percent of coaches polled believe the Power 5 will splinter off from the rest of the pack within the next 10 years, creating a Division 4-type structure?

— Oregon’s Johnathan Loyd played more basketball games at Oregon than anyone. Now he’s ready to take snaps on the football field as a receiver for the Ducks.

— SI.com takes a look at the Nos. 6-10 top 2014 incoming players in a series that ranks the top 25 players. UCLA’s Kevon Looney is No. 9 and Oregon’s JaQuan Lyle is 23rd on the list.

Comments | More in Recruiting | Topics: David Crisp, Dejounte Murray, Marquese Chriss

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