The Washington Huskies are getting ready for summer camp starting July 27. Meanwhile, UW coaches are also busy recruiting for 2022.
Even though it’s summer, the Washington Huskies coaching staff are busy recruiting their next wave of players. Most high school rookies had limited play action in 2020-2021. This makes the job even more difficult.
For the 2021 class, the Huskies have signed 16 players for scholarships compared to most seasons when they sign 22 to 25 high school prospects. I could see UW signing around the 22 stock exchange mark or a little lower this time around. Of the 16 players signed for 2021, at least 10 could redshirt. This is due to the large number of Husky seniors who returned for the 2021 season after the NCAA granted an additional year of eligibility due to COVID-19.
Right now, the Washington Huskies have just six entries for 2022. Germie Bernard, a wide receiver from Henderson, Nev., Is UW’s only four-star rookie and is in ESPN’s top 300. According to 247sports.com reporter Blair Angulo, Benard has excellent lower body strength and the ability to make big plays after the catch. If Bernard has one avenue for improvement, it’s overall speed.
Three players engaged in Washington are classified three stars by ESPN. Two of them are from Pierce County, Washington. They are offensive tackle Vega Loane of Graham and tight end / back Chance Bogan of Lincoln High School in Tacoma. The third member of the trio is Jackson Stratton. The 6-4 quarterback from La Jolla, Calif., Excels as a pocket passer.
The other two UW commits are both guards and are not ranked by ESPN. However, Rivals.com has classified Parker Brailsford of Scottsdale, Ariz., As a three-star prospect. According to Dawgman.com, Brailsford was recruited by offensive line coach Scott Huff who liked his style of play and his aggressiveness. He’s the type of player the Huskies look for in their line.
Another Huff rookie is Mark Nabou, a local player at O’Dea High School in Seattle. 24/7 has Nabou as a three star talent. Even though O’Dea is primarily a running team, Nabou has made great strides in blocking passes (Dawgman.com). The Big Guard was recruited by several Pac-12 schools, including the state of Oregon, which had the most interest outside of Washington.
The Washington Huskies are currently recruiting 18 players from ESPN’s top 300. The most notable name is tight end Ryan Otton of Tumwater. Ryan’s older brother Cade Otton is the Huskies tight end and an All-American contender. UW is a favorite to land Ryan in part because of his brother. Also, because the young Otton knows the team well.
What the Huskies love about Ryan is that he plays a lot like his older brother, Cade. Washington is big on tight ends that can block and catch the ball well. This is why several former Huskies are currently playing in the NFL. And preparing for the NFL is a good reason to come to Washington. This is not a done deal as several other schools are on the Otton trail.
Due to the high turnover of wide receivers, the Huskies are trying to replenish talent at the station. They’re looking for four of ESPN’s top 300. The group includes Union High School (Camas, WA) product Tobias Merriweather. Notre Dame is also heavily recruiting Merriweather, according to Sports Illustrated.
The Fighting Irish want Merriweather’s long arms, strong hands and jumping ability in South Bend. It would be great if the Washington Huskies could have a player like Merriweather. The fact that it is in the state is a bonus. One of Washington’s perks in signing receivers is the ability to catch assists from 2021 top QB prospect Sam Huard.
During the fall, all high school programs will return to normal training and play levels. Throughout the year, we’ll be looking at all of the additional players entering UW and those still considering the Washington Huskies. Come on friends!