Take that, Cal!
The offseason in college football, especially the Pac-12, has been turbulent to say the least. With signing day coming earlier this week, those who follow college football recruiting were left with their jaws dropped.
This season, there was no such thing as a commitment until their Letter of Intent was faxed into the school the players chose.
People changing their mind is understandable and it happens often, but this year it was taken to new limits.
Take Jordan Payton for example. He initially committed to USC. Then at the Army All-American game, he put on a Cal hat.
The night before signing day, he held a big press conference in Los Angeles and explained for well over a half hour why he was now going to the University of Washington.
The next morning, he sent his LOI to UCLA. This is what it has come to.
In light of that, the Washington Huskies had a good year in the recruiting game (out of state, at least). After getting Tosh Lupoi from Cal and Peter Sirmon from Tennessee, both top notch recruiters, the Huskies basically stole the show.
With the promise of a better team, better facilities and better coaching, recruits piled into commits to Washington on signing day.
In fact, the Dawgs gained 25 new members on signing day.
Here are the top recruits (in my opinion) that the Huskies lined up.
1. Shaq Thompson – DB
By far the biggest catch for the Huskies this year. The 6’2″ five star safety out of Sacramento, California was the #1 safety in the nation and the #3 overall prospect in the nation who literally did it all for his high school team his senior season.
He threw for 893 yards and 8 touchdowns, ran for 1,134 yards and 15 touchdowns, had 57 tackles and PUNTED.
Not only is he a football stud, but he can play baseball and run track as well.
2. Brandon Beaver – DB
Another huge pickup for the Huskies is this four star 6 foot tall cornerback out of Long Beach, California. He had 4 interceptions and 38 tackles his senior season. He is going to fill some big spots opened up with the outgoing seniors leaving and Nick Holt not there any longer.
He was a star basketball player in high school, too.
3. Jaydon Mickens – WR
Another four star recruit landed by the Huskies at wide receiver. He stands between 5’8″ and 5’11” (multiple heights listed for him) and played QB, RB and WR in high school. He excelled at WR and was awarded lots of top honors throughout the state and the country.
He also ran track in high school.
4. Jeff Lindquist – QB
This is one of the most prized recruits by the Huskies. This four star QB stand 6’3″ and is out of Mercer Island, Washington. Lindquist is one of the very few in-state recruits the Huskies were able to land, and he was a big one.
Along with the next guy on the list, Lindquist won MVP honors at 1 of the 2 top high school showcase games.
As a senior, Lindquist was 141/255 for 1,908 yards, 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He rushed 147 times for 826 yards and 12 touchdowns.
With Nick Montana out of the picture, Lindquist and Cyler Miles will compete for who gets to play after Keith Price‘s reign.
5. Cyler Miles – QB
Yet another four star recruit for the Dawgs, this one 6’4″ and out of Denver, Colorado. Like Lindquist, Miles stole the MVP award at the second big high school football showcase game this season. Miles earned many accolades in his high school career including being part of a 34 game win streak.
And also like Lindquist, he will be competing for the starting job once Keith Price has set his records at Washington.
6. Pio Vatuvei – DE
This 6’3″ DE is out of Patterson, California and is also a four star recruit. I like him a lot, because he need the defensive ends to solidify next season in order to get some serious pass rush and run stopping going.
What’s great about Vatuvei is that he can also play fullback if the Huskies are in 3rd and short or goal line situations. I know I wouldn’t want to be the one to tackle this guy bowling through a crowd of linemen.
7. Jake Eldrenkamp – OL
Another prized in-state recruit out of Bellevue, Washington. He’s a three star recruit, but his versatility is what he will be good for. He isn’t the most overpowering lineman out there, but he is good at his cut blocks and moving around the line on switches and cuts. He stands 6’5 and 295 lbs and is not one to mess with.
He was on the Bellevue Wolverines varsity squad all four years in high school and won the Washington State 3A championship all four years in school.
8. Shane Brostek – OL
A lot of people are probably going to be curious about this one. For starters, Brostek is the son of Husky legend Bern Brostek and is just as ferocious. He is listed as a two star recruit, but even Sark himself says if he came from Califonia we would easily be a three or four star recruit.
The fact that he is from Hawaii has had him overlooked and the Huskies swooped in at the last second and got his commitment.
He is 6’3″ 283 lbs and can play fullback as well. He is the #3 recruit in Hawaii.
9. Blake Rodgers – LB
This is another one that may baffle some people, but this is why. Anybody we can get to fill Quinton Richardson’s spot is instantly a star to me. The best part is that this guy has the ability to drop back and cover receivers, but he is a stellar pass rusher as well.
Last year, the 6’2″ linebacker had 103 tackles with 13.5 for loss and 8 sacks playing for Tesoro High School in Coto De Caza, California.
10. Travis Coons – K
And lastly on my top 10 is a big need for the Huskies. The Huskies were gifted with Eric Folk who had a golden leg, but just finished his senior year with the team. With him moving on, they need to replace him badly. This guy is a good replacement.
He is the #3 kicking prospect out of Mt. SAC in Alta Loma, California and he’s apparently got a big leg.
Arguments can be made for most of this recruiting class, but these are my personal favorites. The Huskies went out and had a stellar recruiting season and filled many holes in their roster.
Since almost all of these guys are in high school, you can see their debuts in practice in August, although they may be around to watch the spring camp take place.
Is it September yet?