Budda Baker, S
5-10, 180, Bellevue HS
Figures to vie for a starting job at safety immediately at UW. “The second we got here, (Baker was) all we heard about,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “He’s a fabulous player. … We need him on defense in the worst way right now.” … Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff: “In the secondary, he could shut down half a field for us. He was so instinctive. He could get to footballs that no average kid could get to.”
Shane Bowman, DL
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6-4, 250, Bellevue HS
Three-star recruit had been committed to Oregon State before flipping to UW. … One of six in-state recruits to sign with the Huskies. … Petersen: “He’s a blue-collar tough guy, and that’s exactly what we need on the defensive line.” … Goncharoff: “He’s relentless. He plays hard every single snap … and he’s one of the strongest kids we’ve ever had.”
Jaimie Bryant, DT
6-5, 300, Tumwater HS
One of the first recruits to commit to UW’s Class of 2013 before UW’s previous coaching staff asked him to grayshirt and delay his enrollment. … Gained 60 pounds over the past year at the urging of UW’s previous coaches, but plans to lose about 15 before enrolling at UW in March.
Devin Burleson, OL
6-7, 260, Highland HS, Palmdale, Calif.
Had been committed to San Diego State. … Burleson is a more accomplished basketball player. Some basketball recruiting sites list him at 6 feet 9. … Attended six high schools, according to The Los Angeles Times.
K.J. Carta-Samuels, QB
6-2, 227, Bellarmine Prep, Saratoga, Calif.
Lone quarterback to sign with UW. … Had a long-standing commitment to Vanderbilt, where his brother, Austyn, was the starting QB last season, before coach James Franklin left for Penn State. … The first of four four-star recruits (Baker, Bowman and Naijiel Hale) to commit to UW. … Petersen: “I’ve known about him for a long time, but he was committed to Vanderbilt forever. And then when these crazy coaches decide to change jobs, it just blows everything up (smiles).”
Will Dissly, DE
6-4, 250, Bozeman (Mont.) HS
Former Boise State commit was state player of year. … Petersen: “Great kid. … A really good student. He could be a tight end; he’s really athletic, but we’ll start him on defense and see how it goes.”
Jomon Dotson, RB
5-11, 175, American Canyon (Calif.) HS
Three-star recruit switched his commitment from Colorado to UW same day Carta-Samuels pledged to UW. … Rushed for 2,004 yards and 26 touchdowns, following a school-record 2,148 yards rushing as a junior.
Greg Gaines, DL
6-1, 305, La Habra (Calif.) HS
One of six former Boise State commits to follow Petersen to UW. … Ranked by ESPN as the No. 42 recruit in California and the No. 44 defensive tackle in the country.
Darren Gardenhire, CB
6-0, 180, Cabrillo HS, Long Beach, Calif.
Played wide receiver, safety, punter and returned kicks and punts. … Petersen said Gardenhire could probably play corner or safety.
Naijiel Hale, CB
5-11, 180, St. John Bosco HS, Lakewood, Calif.
Four-star recruit was perhaps biggest surprise in UW’s efforts, after he broke off his longstanding commitment to Arizona. Son of the late rapper Nate Dogg. Petersen: “Tremendous competitor. A really tough guy who plays with a chip on his shoulder.”
Matt James, OL
6-5, 270, Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) HS
League player of the year, standout wrestler. … Had a 4.0 GPA and has been a volunteer firefighter. … Petersen: “You want to talk about another OKG (our kind of guy) — I was dying to get him (to Boise) when we were over there.”
Jaylen Johnson, DE
6-3, 245, Centennial HS, Corona, Calif.
CIF Southern Section Inland Division defensive player of the year. … Rated as nation’s No. 43 defensive end by Scout. … Petersen: “We may have been on him longer than anybody on this list. Awesome player. “
Sidney Jones, CB
6-1, 170, West Covina HS, Diamond Bar, Calif.
Former Utah commit was league defensive player of the year as a senior. … Played wide receiver, running back, cornerback, free safety and also returned kicks and punts.
Brayden Lenius, WR
West Covina HS, Diamond Bar, Calif.
A first-team All-CIF Southern Section Western Division pick in 2013, his lone season of football in the U.S. … Had 26 catches for 615 yards and six touchdowns as a senior despite missing the first five games of the season due to transfer rules.
Brandon Lewis, CB
5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS, Rancho Murieta, Calif.
Played just six games as a senior because of injury, but still had eight touchdowns and 444 yards on 39 carries as a running back.
Drew Lewis, S
6-2, 200, Eastlake HS, Sammamish
Only linebacker in class. … Petersen: “Very athletic. He’s probably a safety, but we like to start with a bunch of athleticism at that linebacker position.”
Kaleb McGary, DL
6-7, 285, Fife HS
A four-star recruit, the state’s No. 2-ranked recruit, behind Baker. … Rated No. 27 offensive tackle by Scout. … Petersen said McGary will first “test the waters” on defense, because that’s where McGary’s most comfortable. … Petersen: “He may be that big-time defensive end, he may be an inside guy, he may be an unbelievable left tackle — I just know he’s something: a football player.”
Jojo McIntosh, S
6-1, 195, Chaminade Prep, Canyon Country, Calif.
A first-team all-CIF Southern Section Western Division selection. Petersen: “One of my favorite guys. He was in our (Boise) camp.”
Dante Pettis, WR
6-1, 175, Junipero Serra HS, San Clemente, Calif.
Petersen said Dante’s cousin, former Boise State star Austin Pettis “was maybe the best receiver that I’ve ever been around. And when I wanted (Dante’s) tape, I was trying not to project Austin onto Dante, but there’s a lot of similarities.”
Drew Sample, TE
6-5, 235, Newport HS, Bellevue
First-team All-KingCo selection as a junior and senior. Had 21 catches for 496 yards and 11 touchdowns in three years.
Jesse Sosebee, OL
6-6, 300, Edison HS, Garden Grove, Calif.
First-team All-CIF Southern Section Southwest Division and Sunset League offensive lineman of the year.
John Turner, OL
6-4, 275, Loyola HS, Los Angeles
Two-year starter on both lines. … Petersen: “He may play guard, may play center. He was a quarterback three years ago, so he’s got a little bit of athleticism in him.”
Tristan Vizcaino, K
6-2, 195, Damien HS, Chino Hills, Calif.
Ranked No. 1 combo kicker/punter and given a five-star rating by Chris Sailer Kicking, where he was named camp champion in August 2013. … Converted 15 of 21 field-goal attempts with a long of 47 yards in three seasons.
Lavon Washington, S
5-11, 180, McClymonds HS, Oakland, Calif.
Played wide receiver and defensive back. … Petersen: “He was a guy who was committed here for a long time and stuck to his commitment.”