With 16 known recruits in this class, it appears the Huskies have room for one more recruit before the Feb. 3 signing day.
After landing three recruiting commitments in three days, the Washington Huskies have just about wrapped up their recruiting class for 2016, and it appears the class will have a chance to finish in the top half of the Pac-12 Conference when signing day arrives on Feb. 3.
Commitments from four-star defensive end, Levi Onwuzurike, four-star cornerback Byron Murphy and three-star athlete Kamari Pleasant helped vault the Huskies’ class up 11 spots to No. 25 in the nation in Scout.com rankings, and from seventh to fifth in the Pac-12.
Of the 16 recruits who have made verbal commitments to UW, eight have a four-star designation from Scout. The Huskies’ 25-man class in 2015 also featured eight four-star recruits; in 2014, Chris Petersen’s first UW class, four of the 23 signed recruits had a four-star ranking.
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What this class lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. Overall, this Husky class has an average star ranking of 3.50, second-best in the Pac-12 behind USC (3.93) and UW’s best ranking in the 15-year history of Scout’s database.
With those 16 public commitments, the Huskies have just about filled out this class. They are believed to have one more scholarship available, and there is an obvious need for another wide receiver on the roster.
Earlier this week, UW offered a scholarship to Jordan Chin, a three-star receiver from West Hills, Calif. On Thursday, Chin decommitted from San Diego State and he has reportedly set up a visit to UW this weekend.
The Huskies have also been recruiting two other high-profile recruits, De La Salle teammates Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa, who are scheduled to announce their choices on signing day. UW appears to be a longshot for them.
On Thursday night, five-star junior-college defensive end Jonathan Kongbo announced he had eliminated UW from his list of finalists.
PAC-12 RECRUITING RANKINGS
Scout.com (national ranking in parentheses)
1. UCLA (13): 21 recruits, 3.38 average
2. Stanford (17): 18 recruits, 3.44 average
3. Oregon (19): 17 recruits, 3.47 average
4. USC (20): 14 recruits, 3.93 average
5. Washington (25): 16 recruits, 3.50 average
6. Arizona State (26): 18 recruits, 3.33 average
7. California (34): 24 recruits, 2.88 average
8. Utah (44): 22 recruits, 2.95 average
9. Oregon State (46): 24 recruits, 2.75 average
10. Washington State (47): 25 recruits, 2.84 average
11. Arizona (52): 13 recruits, 3.23 average
12. Colorado (73): 11 recruits, 3.00 average
HUSKIES’ 2016 RECRUITING CLASS
Daniel Bridge-Gadd, QB, 6-3, 195, Paradise Valley HS, Phoenix, Ariz.*
Sean McGrew, RB, 5-7, 175, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.
Kamari Pleasant, ATH, 6-2, 185, Etiwanda HS, Etiwanda, Calif.
Aaron Fuller, WR, 5-10, 170, Lovejoy HS, Allen, Texas
Jacob Kizer, TE, 6-5, 235, West Salem HS, Salem, Ore.
Nick Harris, OL, 6-1, 275, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Luke Wattenberg, OL, 6-5, 275, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Levi Onwuzurike, DE, 6-3, 248, Allen HS, Allen, Texas
Amandre Williams, DE, 6-3, 225, Tahoma HS, Covington
Camilo Eifler, OLB, 6-2, 219, Bishop O’Dowd HS, Oakland, Calif.
Brandon Wellington, OLB, 6-0, 217, Eastside Catholic HS, Sammamish
Isaiah Gilchrist, CB, 5-11, 190, Bellevue HS, Bellevue
Kentrell Love, CB, 6-2, 175, Centennial HS, Corona, Calif.
Byron Murphy, CB, 6-0, 170, Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Taylor Rapp, S, 6-0, 200, Sehome HS, Bellingham*
Van Soderberg, K/P, 6-0, 200, Capital HS, Olympia
*enrolled at UW earlier this month